Friday, January 12, 2018

Today in Music History...January 12, 2018 (Now with more info)

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Music History: January 12th:


2014 Beautiful: The Carole King Musical opens on Broadway. It wins a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and is nominated for a Tony Award for Best Musical.

2013 Black Sabbath, complete with their newly reunited original frontman Ozzy Osbourne, announce the upcoming release of the album 13, the first Black Sabbath album in 18 years (since 1995's Forbidden).

2013 The 1974 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow used by Freddie Mercury until his death in November 1991 is sold at an auction for £74,000 to a Russian businessman. It comes with a box of Kleenex Mansize tissues left in the car by the Queen frontman.

2012 Lou Reed and John Cale of The Velvet Underground sue the Andy Warhol Foundation for licensing the iconic banana logo Warhol created for the band to third parties.

2004 Randy VanWarmer, who had a hit in 1979 with "Just When I Needed You Most," dies of leukemia at age 48.

2002 Adam Ant, suffering from manic depression, is arrested after bringing a starter pistol to a London pub and threatening to shoot customers. He left to get the pistol after some patrons were poking fun at him for his clothing.

2002 Saturday Night Live skewers the uproar over the rumor that 'N Sync will be appearing in the latest installment of the Star Wars franchise, Attack of the Clones. The skit features an over-the-top cameo by the boy band, including Jimmy Fallon as Justin Timberlake, singing their hit "Bye Bye Bye" and a Star Wars-themed ballad about being a "Jedi knight in these Jedi days."

1995 The 10th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are held in New York. Inductees include The Allman Brothers Band, Al Green, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Martha and the Vandellas, Neil Young, and Frank Zappa.

1993 Zayn Malik, the first One Direction member to go solo, is born in East Bowling, Bradford, England.

1992 The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and wife Jerry Hall have their third child, Georgia May Ayeesha.

1981 The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) donates several rock albums to the Library of Congress, including Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde and KISS' Alive!

1977 Stephen Stills and Neil Young's album Long May You Run is certified Gold.

1974 Melanie Chisholm - also known as Mel C or "Sporty Spice" of The Spice Girls - is born in Whiston, England.

1974 Jim Croce's album You Don't Mess Around with Jim hits #1 in the US.

1971 Janis Joplin's album Pearl is released, three months after her death from a heroin overdose. It goes to #1 and yields her only chart-topping single, "Me And Bobby McGee."

1970 Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against The Machine is born in Long Beach, California.

1970 Raekwon aka "The Chef" of Wu-Tang Clan is born Corey Quontrell Wood in Staten Island, New York.

1969 Led Zeppelin's self-titled debut album is released in America.
1968 The Doors' album Strange Days is certified gold.

1965 Rob Zombie is born Robert Cummings in Haverhill, Massachusetts. He works as a production assistant for the popular children's series Pee-Wee's Playhouse before forming the band White Zombie.

1965 NBC television airs the first episode of the pop show Hullabaloo! which is designed to compete with ABC's popular Shindig show. The first broadcast features guests The New Christy Minstrels, Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Zombies (introduced by Brian Epstein), and Woody Allen.

1965 The Supremes play a trio of nuns on the Tarzan episode "The Convert."

1963 Steve Lawrence's "Go Away Little Girl," written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, hits #1 in the US.

1959 Per Gessle of Roxette is born in Sweden.

1957 Elvis Presley records "All Shook Up," "Got a Lot o' Livin' to Do," "I Believe," and "Tell Me Why."

1955 NRBQ drummer Tommy Ardolino is born in Springfield, Massachusetts.

1955 A teenaged Etta James releases her first single, the #1 R&B hit "The Wallflower," re-titled from the scandalous-sounding "Roll With Me, Henry."

1954 Felipe Rose (The Indian from The Village People) is born in New York City.

1951 Big Star guitarist Chris Bell is born in Memphis, Tennessee.

1946 Jazz musician George Duke is born in San Rafael, California.

1945 Singer Maggie Bell of Stone the Crows is born in Glasgow, Scotland.

1944 Cynthia Robinson of Sly & the Family Stone is born in Sacramento, California.

1941 Blues musician Long John Baldry is born in England.

1939 William Lee Golden of The Oak Ridge Boys is born in Brewton, Alabama.

1930 Glenn Yarbrough of the folk group The Limeliters is born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

1928 Soul singer Ruth Brown is born in Portsmouth, Virginia. Known for her huge voice, Brown is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

1926 Country singer Ray Price is born in Texas.

1906 Country blues performer Mississippi Fred McDowell is born in Rossville, Tennessee. The Rolling Stones covered his "You Gotta Move" on their 1971 album, Sticky Fingers.

1905 Country singer Tex Ritter is born Woodward Maurice Ritter in Murvaul, Texas. He becomes the first artist to sign with Capitol Records.

1723 The opera Ottone by George Frideric Handel premieres in London.

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inducts Cream, Etta James

At the Eighth Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, Cream (who reunite on stage for the event), Ruth Brown, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Doors, Frankie Lymon & the teenagers, Etta James, Van Morrison, and Sly & the Family Stone are welcomed into the hall.

Featured Events

2010 Vampire Weekend release their second album, Contra, which goes to #1 in America. The cover girl is an unwilling subject, leading to a lawsuit.

2003 While awaiting emergency surgery for a strangulated intestine, Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees dies unexpectedly of a heart attack at age 53.

1998 The 13th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are held in New York. Inductees include the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, The Mamas & The Papas, Lloyd Price, Santana, and Gene Vincent.

1991 "I Touch Myself" by Australian new wave girl group Divinyls hits #1 on the Australian ARIA chart, #4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and #10 on the UK charts. This is a landmark event, as the song deals very frankly with female libido and sexual desire - not just as the passive object of a male.

1974 Steve Miller's "The Joker" hits #1 in the US, leaving many to wonder what exactly is the "pompatus of love."

1959 Berry Gordy, who had a hit as a songwriter with "Lonely Teardrops," launches the Tamla Record Company with $800 he borrowed from his family. A year later, he changes the label's name to Motown Records.

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