Monday, January 1, 2018

Today in Music History...January 1, 2018 (Now with more info)

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Music History: January 1st:


2013 Patti Page, a pop and country singer who had a huge hit with "Tennessee Waltz," dies at age 85, suffering from both heart and lung disease.

2011 An 84-year-old Chuck Berry collapses on stage in Chicago at a New Year's Day concert. He makes a full recovery.

2011 Shania Twain gets married for the second time, this time to Frédéric Thiébaud, the ex-husband of Twain's former best friend Marie-Anne Thiébaud, who had an affair with Twain's first husband, Mutt Lange, leading to their divorce.

2011 Hugh Laurie, a blues artist and actor best known for his role on the TV drama House, wins the fourth Golden Mouth Organ Award on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Laurie earns the award by playing "Oh! Susanna."

2010 Chris Cornell tweets that Soundgarden, split since 1997, are getting back together.

2007 Country singer Del Reeves - known for the 1965 novelty hit "Girl on the Billboard," among others - dies of emphysema at age 74.

2006 Flavor Flav's reality show, Flavor of Love, premieres on VH1. The series lasts for three seasons. Flav is one of the founding members of the pioneering rap group Public Enemy.

2006 Guitarist/songwriter Bryan Harvey (of House of Freaks) is murdered in his home along with his wife and two young daughters. The crime is part of the Richmond spree murders, a series of deadly home invasions in Virginia perpetrated by Ricky Javon Gray and his nephew Ray Joseph Dandridge over the course of a week.

2005 Ne-Yo earns his first #1 hit as a songwriter when "Let Me Love You," performed by Mario, seizes the top spot for the first of nine weeks. Billboard ranks the song as the eighth most successful single of the decade.

2004 Charles Aznavour is named a Commander in the French Legion of Honor.

2003 Aretha Franklin sings the National Anthem when Michigan's first female governor, Jennifer Granholm, is sworn into office.

2000 D'Angelo releases "Untitled (How Does It Feel)," the third single from his second album, Voodoo.

2000 George Harrison is informed that he will be able to play guitar again following knife injuries to his hand during Michael Abram's recent home invasion.

1995 Blues singer-songwriter Ted Hawkins dies of a stroke at age 58.

1994 Eazy-E's "Real Muthaphuckkin G's" hits #42 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

1991 Buck Ram - producer, songwriter, and arranger - dies in Las Vegas, Nevada, at age 83. Produced all recordings by The Platters.

1990 Ween release their debut full-length album, GodWeenSatan: The Oneness, on Twin/Tone records. The album contains 26 songs, some of which had appeared on the six cassette tapes the band had self-released in the late '80s.

1984 Blues musician Alexis Korner dies of lung cancer in London, England, at age 55.

1980 Cliff Richard becomes just the third rock act honored with an MBE (Member of the British Empire) designation, following The Beatles and Elton John.

1976 Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant walks for the first time following his horrible car accident in Greece the previous year.

1972 Carole King's LP Music hits #1.

1968 The Berkeley, California, swamp-rockers The Golliwogs change their name to Creedence Clearwater Revival.

1968 Al Stewart moves into a basement flat, number 10 Elvaston Place. One of his visitors is Yoko Ono, who records "The Snow Is Falling" there.

1966 Simon & Garfunkel's "The Sound Of Silence" hits #1 in the US for the first of two weeks.

1965 The Beatles (on Capitol Records) have three albums in the Billboard Top 10.

1964 BBC-TV premieres a new musical variety show entitled Top Of The Pops, kicked off by Dusty Springfield's "I Only Want to Be With You," followed by lip-synced performances from The Rolling Stones, The Dave Clark Five, The Hollies and The Swinging Blue Jeans.

1964 The Beach Boys begin the new year with a 7-hour session at Western Recorders in Hollywood, where they record "Fun, Fun, Fun" and "The Warmth Of The Sun."

1962 The Beatles and The Tremeloes both audition for Decca Records. Decca signs The Tremeloes, reasoning that "Guitar groups are on the way out."

1962 The romantic comedy If A Man Answers, starring real-life husband and wife Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee, debuts in US theaters. Darin writes and performs the hit title theme.

1959 For the first time, ABC-TV's teen dance program American Bandstand leads the US daytime television ratings.

1958 Grandmaster Flash is born Joseph Saddler in Barbados. The name "Flash" came about because he had a friend named Gordon, so one of their buddies called him Flash so they would be "Flash Gordon," like the sci-fi superhero.

1956 Carl Perkins releases "Blue Suede Shoes."

1955 Joan Weber's "Let Me Go Lover" hits #1 for the first of four weeks.

1953 Hank Williams dies of a heart attack in the back seat of a Cadillac while traveling to a concert in Ohio. He was 29.

1950 Morgan Fisher (keyboardist for Mott The Hoople) is born Stephen Morgan Fisher in Mayfair, London, England.

1942 Joe McDonald (lead singer of Country Joe & The Fish) is born in Washington, DC, but will grow up in El Monte, California.

1941 James West (lead vocalist for The Innocents) is born.

1923 Jazz vibraphonist Milt "Bags" Jackson is born in Detroit, Michigan. He is discovered by famous jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie.

1900 Bandleader Xavier Cugat is born with the impressive moniker Francisco de Asís Javier Cugat Mingall de Bru y Deulofeu in Girona, Spain.

Johnny Cash Plays To A Captive Audience At San Quentin Prison

Johnny Cash plays one of his first jailhouse shows when he performs at San Quentin prison in San Rafael, California. Among those in the captive audience is Merle Haggard, who is serving time for burglary.

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2013 For the first time in 41 years, New Year's Eve rings in without Dick Clark, who passed away in 2012. Clark, host of American Bandstand amongst many years of entertainment in TV and radio, hosted Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, from 1972 until 2012, even making video phone-ins from his hospital bed while recovering from a stroke in his later years. The show continues with many memorial tributes to Clark, as his protégé Ryan Seacrest takes over as the new host.

2012 During celebrations in Times Square, Lady GaGa shares a kiss with New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg just after the ball drops.

2002 56-year-old Eric Clapton marries the 25-year-old American graphic designer Melia McEnery, who will be the mother to three of his children: Julie Rose, Ella, and Sophie. It's a surprise wedding which takes place at St. Mary Magdalen church near London, where his 16-year-old daughter Ruth and 6-month-old Julie Rose are getting baptized. After the baptism, the vicar turns around and marries the couple to the astonishment of the 20 guests.

1997 Townes Van Zandt, a long-suffering alcoholic, dies of a cardiac arrhythmia after hip surgery at age 52.

1993 Elton John cracks the Top 40 with "The Last Song," making it 23 consecutive years he's had a song on the charts. It breaks Elvis Presley's previous record of 22.

1990 The Clearwater, Florida, radio station WKRL becomes the first "All Led Zeppelin" station, kicking off the format flip with 24 straight hours of "Stairway To Heaven." The all-Zep rotation lasts two weeks, after which they become more of a traditional Classic Rock station (they also switch their call letters to WXTB).

1975 Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham officially join Fleetwood Mac, bringing with them the songs "Rhiannon" and "Landslide."

1972 Three Dog Night becomes the first rock band to ride on a float in the Rose Bowl parade. Three of their hits (including "Joy To The World") play on a loop as they traverse the route.

1967 As a thank you to the citizens of San Francisco who helped raise bail money for two of their members who were jailed the previous day during a parade, the Hells Angels stage a concert at Golden Gate Park with performances by the Grateful Dead and Big Brother & the Holding Company (lead singer: Janis Joplin). The event is christened "The New Year's Wail."

1951 This being the Prohibition Era, performers are required to carry a "Cabaret Card" to play clubs in New York State. Charlie Parker's card is revoked because of drug charges against him, which makes it very difficult for him to earn a living.

1940 W2XDG in New York becomes the first licensed FM station and begins broadcasting from the Empire State Building.

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