Friday, January 26, 2018

More Music History for January 26, 2018

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1956 -

January 26
Buddy Holly And The Two Tunes record their first tracks for Decca Records in Nashville. Backing Buddy on four songs are Grady Martin on guitar and Doug Kirkham on drums.

1962 -

January 26
Bishop Burke of the Buffalo, New York Catholic Diocese bans the Twist, in any form, from all of his school's functions.

1963 -

January 26
The Four Seasons' "Walk Like A Man" is released. Five weeks later, it will become their third Billboard number one single.

January 26
A trio called The Rooftop Singers took "Walk Right In" to the top of the Billboard chart. The song had been written in 1930 by Gus Cannon, who had been living in poverty until he started earning royalties from the hit record.

1974 -

January 26
Ringo Starr went to #1 on the Billboard singles chart with his version of Johnny Burnette's 1960, #8 hit "Your Sixteen". The track featured Paul McCartney on kazoo and Harry Nilsson on background vocals. It reached #3 in the UK.

1977 -

January 26
As the Punk music movement continued to grow, The Clash sign a 100,000 Pound contract with CBS Records, a remarkable amount for a band that had played a total of about thirty gigs and very few as a headliner.

1980 -

January 26
Three years after signing with Warner Brothers Records, 21 year old Prince makes his US television debut on American Bandstand where he performs his R&B chart topping hit, "I Wanna Be Your Lover".

2007 -

January 26
Tommy Dee, who reached #11 on the Billboard chart in 1959 with "Three Stars", a song dedicated to Richie Valens, Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper, died at the age of 70 after a long illness.

January 26
Michael Jackson returned to the United States after living in Bahrain, France and Ireland for more than a year in self-imposed exile following his acquittal in a high-profile child molestation trial that ended in June 2005.

2011 -

January 26
Gladys Horton, whose lead vocals helped The Marvelettes establish their career with such hits as "Mr. Postman", "Playboy" and "Beechwood 4-5789", died following a stroke at the age of 66.

2013 -

January 26
The Ohio Players frontman Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner died of unknown causes at the age of 69. He led the group to the top of The Hot 100 with "Fire" in 1974 and "Love Rollercoaster" in 1975.

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