Monday, January 22, 2018

More Music History for January 22, 2018

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1959 -

January 22
Buddy Holly was in the recording studio for the last time. He laid down tracks for "Slippin' and Slidin'", "Wait 'Til the Sun Shines Nellie", "Love Is Strange", "Dearest" and "Smokey Joe's Cafe". Alone with an acoustic guitar and tape recorder in his New York City apartment, he would make his final recordings, including "Peggy Sue Got Married", "Crying, Waiting, Hoping", "That's What They Say", "What To Do", "Learning The Game" and "That Makes It Tough". The recordings would be overdubbed posthumously and released by Coral Records.

1960 -

January 22
On his 25th birthday, Sam Cooke switched record labels from Keen Records to RCA, even though he had a string of hits with Keen that included "You Send Me", "Only Sixteen", "Everybody Likes to Cha Cha Cha" and "Wonderful World". The switch was beneficial to all as Sam continued to crank out the chart busters until his death in 1964.

1966 -

January 22
After twelve previous releases that failed to catch on, Frank Sinatra's daughter Nancy enters the Billboard Hot 100 with what will be her biggest hit, "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'". The song would later go to number one for one week and spend three and a half months on the chart.

1973 -

January 22
A band called Climax had the number 3 song in the US with "Precious And Few". The group's lead singer, Sonny Geraci, was the former vocalist of The Outsiders, who scored a US chart topper in January, 1966 with "Time Won't Let Me".

1977 -

January 22
Peter Green, who had earlier left Fleetwood Mac, was institutionalized after firing a pistol in the general direction of a delivery boy who was attempting to deliver a $30,000 royalty check. Green had renounced Rock and Roll in 1970 and didn't want the money. He later worked as a hospital porter and a gravedigger, but came back in 1979 to record "In the Skies", which did manage some moderate success.

1982 -

January 22
Tommy Tucker, who wrote "Hi Heel Sneakers" and many other R&B hits, is overcome by carbon tetrachloride fumes and dies while finishing floors in his home. He was 48 years old.

1984 -

January 22
Barry Manilow sings the national anthem at Superbowl XVIII. (18)

1989 -

January 22
Gene Simmons of Kiss and former Playboy model Shannon Tweed have a son they name Nicholas Adam Simmons.

1991 -

January 22
Twenty-three years after it was released in America, the LP "Elvis' Gold Records" is made available in China on cassette only.

1994 -

January 22
The number 1 song on Billboard's Hot 100 was "All For Love" by Bryan Adams, Sting and Rod Stewart. The tune was the first number one for Sting since 1983's "Every Breath You Take" by The Police and the first for Stewart since "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" from 1978. The track was written for the movie The Three Musketeers.

2001 -

January 22
Chubby Checker guests on Fox-TV's Ally McBeal.

January 22
Santana started a three week run at #1 on the Billboard Hot 200 chart with "Supernatural". The album spent a total of nine weeks at the top during the year.

2009 -

January 22
Prosecutors in the Phil Spector murder trial rested their case after testimony from Donna Clarkson, mother of 40-year-old actress Lana Clarkson, who died of a gunshot at Spector's California mansion in February 2003.

2012 -

January 22
Aretha Franklin called off her engagement to her longtime friend William Wilkerson just three weeks after announcing her intention to wed later in the year.

2015 -

January 22
A red Mosrite guitar, once owned and used by punk rocker Johnny Ramone, sold at an auction for $71,875.

2017 -

January 22
Peter Overend Watts, the original bassist for Mott the Hoople who played on the band's only Billboard Top 40 hit, "All The Young Dudes", died of throat cancer at the age of 69.

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