Thursday, January 18, 2018

Today in Music History...January 18, 2018 (Now with more info)

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Music History: January 18th:


2015 Dallas Taylor, former Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young drummer, dies of complications from pneumonia and kidney disease in Los Angeles, California, at age 66.

2015 John Legend and Common perform "Glory" (from the movie Selma) at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, to celebrate Martin Luther King Day and honor the march King led from the bridge to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.

2008 Amid casting sessions for American Idol, Clay Aiken makes his Broadway debut in New York City in Monty Python's Spamalot.

1990 Eric Clapton kicks off an unprecedented eighteen-night concert stay at London's Royal Albert Hall.

1989 The Fourth Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are held in New York City. Inductees include Dion, Otis Redding, The Rolling Stones, The Temptations, and Stevie Wonder.

1987 Steve Winwood marries Eugenia Grafton.

1985 USA Today readers select Cleveland, Ohio, as their choice for the permanent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

1983 Samantha Mumba, known for her hit debut single "Gotta Tell You" (2000), is born in Dublin, Ireland.

1980 Famous Southern-rock record label Capricorn files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

1980 Studio 54 owners Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager are sentenced to 3 ½ years in jail on charges of tax evasion, which soon brings the legendary disco to an end.

1978 Neil Sedaka is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1977 President Jimmy Carter's Inaugural Concert takes place the night before the swearing-in, featuring performances by Linda Ronstadt and Aretha Franklin, among others. John Lennon and Paul Simon are among those spotted in the crowd.

1977 Michael Tierney is born in Sydney, Australia. He and his brother, Andrew, along with next-door neighbor schoolmates Phil Burton and Toby Allen form the Australian boy band Human Nature while they are students at Hurlstone Agricultural High School in Sydney.

1975 Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago officially declares today Bobby Vinton Day as a tribute to the artist.

1975 Barry Manilow's "Mandy" hits #1.

1973 The Rolling Stones perform a benefit concert for the victims of an earthquake in Nicaragua, where Mick Jagger's wife Bianca is from. The show raises $400,000.

1971 KoRn frontman Jonathan Davis is born in Bakersfield, California.

1971 The McCann-Erickson advertising agency takes a meeting with British songwriters Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway to record a Coca-Cola commercial with the group the New Seekers. That will eventually become "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing." While it initially attracts little attention on its radio release, it becomes a smash hit as a TV ad filmed with a globally diverse cast performing on a hillside outside Rome. The commercial, titled simply "Hillside" and costing a whopping $250,000 to film, is first aired in July 1971, and becomes a smash hit with many sequels, including a Christmas version filmed at night with a choir holding candles on a hillside in a tree formation. The commercials become some of the most successful and iconic ever filmed, and in a way herald in the dawn of the globalization era. They also make chart-topping stars of the New Seekers.

1970 DJ Quik is born David Marvin Blake in Compton, California.

1969 Former Beatles drummer Pete Best wins a defamation suit against his former group. Best sued over remarks Ringo made in an interview implying that Best was kicked out of the band because of drug use.

1969 The Beatles' album Yellow Submarine enters the charts.

1966 Lyricist Fred Wise dies aged 50 in New York, the city of his birth.

1965 Paul Simon drops out of law school to pursue music full-time.

1960 Johnny Preston's "Running Bear" hits #1 for the first of three weeks.

1956 Tom Bailey (lead vocalist for Thompson Twins) is born in Halifax, Yorkshire, England.

1953 Brett Hudson is born in Portland, Oregon, the youngest in The Hudson Brothers lineup.

1948 The Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour debuts on the Dumont network, a spinoff of Major Bowes' popular radio series. Teresa Brewer and Pat Boone, among others, are discovered via the program.

1944 "Legs" Larry Smith (drummer for Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band) is born in Oxford, England.

1944 New York City's Metropolitan Opera House holds its first Jazz concert, featuring Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden.

1943 English composer/keyboardist Dave Greenslade is born in Woking, Surrey, England.

1941 Country/pop singer Bobby Goldsboro is born in Marianna, Florida.

1941 David Ruffin (of The Temptations) is born in Meridian, Mississippi. He takes the lead on the hits "My Girl" and "Ain't Too Proud To Beg."

1939 Louis Armstrong records "Jeepers Creepers."

1928 Dmitri Shostakovich's opera The Nose premieres at the Maliy Opera Theatre in Leningrad.

"We Are One" Concert Celebrates Obama's Inauguration

2009A wide range of top musicians including Mary J. Blige, U2, Beyoncé, Bruce Springsteen, Garth Brooks, Sheryl Crow,, James Taylor, John Legend, John Mellencamp, Pete Seeger, Shakira, Usher and Stevie Wonder, perform at a concert in Washington, DC, to celebrate the upcoming inauguration of Barack Obama as President of the United States of America.
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2016 Glenn Frey dies at age 67. Years in the fast lane took a toll on Frey, who suffered from a host of ailments. Frey founded the Eagles, and along with Don Henley, led the group throughout their career. He had a successful solo career while the group was on hiatus, reaching #2 with "The Heat Is On" in 1985.

1996 Lisa Marie Presley files for divorce from Michael Jackson.

1974 Free's Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke, Mott The Hoople's Mick Ralphs, and King Crimson's Boz Burrell unite to form the band Bad Company.

1973 Elton John issues his sixth studio album, Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only The Piano Player. It features two of his most popular songs: the '50s flashback "Crocodile Rock" (Elton's first #1 hit in America) and the Vietnam War-inspired "Daniel."More

1968 At a White House luncheon to discuss the rise in urban crime, Eartha Kitt gets into a notorious spat with First Lady Claudia Taylor "Lady Bird" Johnson, declaring, "Vietnam is the main reason we are having trouble with the youth of America. It is a war without explanation or reason." Although accounts of the entire argument differ, Kitt is subsequently blackballed in America.

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