Thursday, January 25, 2018

More Music History for January 25, 2018

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1958 -

January 25
Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock" becomes the first single ever to enter the UK Pop chart at number one. Backed by "Treat Me Nice", the record would stay on top for three weeks.

1961 -

January 25
The House of Representatives Special Sub-committee on Legislative Oversight opens hearings on disc jockey payola. Legendary Cleveland DJ Alan Freed would eventually be convicted, while Philadelphia's Dick Clark would be cleared.

1964 -

January 25
The Beatles scored their first number one best seller in the US when "I Want To Hold Your Hand" reached the top of the Cash Box Magazine music chart. The Fab Four would eventually rack up 25 number ones in America.

1971 -

January 25
Grace Slick and Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane become the proud parents of a baby girl. They originally wanted to name the child God, but after a storm of controversy, settled on China.

1975 -

January 25
"Please Mr. Postman" became a US number one for the second time when The Carpenters took it to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. The Marvelettes version led the hit parade in January, 1961. Although the Beatles also recorded a popular version of the song, it didn't make the American Top 40.

1983 -

January 25
Allman Brothers bassist Lamar Williams died of cancer at the age of 34.

1987 -

January 25
Neil Diamond sings the national anthem at Superbowl XXI (21).

1990 -

January 25
Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers appears on NBC-TV's Cheers.

1994 -

January 25
Michael Jackson reached a multi-million dollar settlement with a boy who had accused him of sexual molestation.

2003 -

January 25
Billy Joel received minor injuries when he lost control of his Mercedes Benz and struck a tree on Long Island.

2005 -

January 25
Ray Peterson, the voice behind the June 1960, US number 7 hit, "Tell Laura I Love Her" passed away at the age of 65. After the hit records stopped coming in the early '70s, Peterson became a Baptist Church minister and occasionally played the oldies music circuit.

2011 -

January 25
Michael Jackson's physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, told Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor "I am an innocent man" in a pre-trial hearing in Los Angeles.

2012 -

January 25
Dick Kniss, who played bass for Peter, Paul And Mary for five decades and co-wrote the John Denver hit "Sunshine on My Shoulders", died of pulmonary disease at the age of 74.

2013 -

January 25
Without offering an explanation, Tina Turner revealed that she was giving up her US citizenship to become a citizen of Switzerland. Her reasons were probably was not tax related, as Switzerland itself is a high tax environment for its citizens.

January 25
69-year-old Barry Manilow was forced to call off the opening three nights of his Broadway comeback show after coming down with bronchitis.

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