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Today in Music History...January 2, 2017 (Now with more info)

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Music History: January 2nd:


2017 Arnold Schwarzenegger sends off Carnie Wilson on the first episode of The New Celebrity Apprentice, introducing his new firing line, "You're terminated. Hasta La Vista, Baby."

2014 Jay Traynor of Jay & the Americans dies at age 70.

2008 With talk of a Kinks reunion in the air, the band's guitarist, Dave Davies, takes to the Internet to share his feelings: "It would be like a poor remake of Night Of The Living Dead."

2003 Pop singer Edward Farran (of The Arbors) dies of kidney failure at age 74.

2000 Jazz cornet and trumpet player Nat Adderley dies of complications from diabetes at age 68.

1997 Randy California, the guitarist for Spirit and composer of the song "Taurus" that Led Zeppelin borrowed for the intro of "Stairway To Heaven," drowns at age 45 while rescuing his 12-year-old son from a rip current in Molokai, Hawaii.

1985 Ron Wood of The Rolling Stones marries his second wife, Jo Karslake, in Buckinghamshire, England, with guests Ringo Starr, Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck, and the other members of the Stones (except Mick).

1981 Kelton "Little Drummer Boy" Kessee (drummer for Immature) is born in Los Angeles, California. He gets his first drum kit at age 6.

1981 David Lynch of The Platters dies of cancer at age 51 in Long Beach, California.

1978 Two months after quitting the band, Ozzy Osbourne rejoins Black Sabbath.

1975 Doug Robb (lead singer for Hoobastank) is born in Agoura Hills, California.

1975 US District Court judge Richard Owen allows John Lennon and his counsel access to his FBI files in his ongoing deportation case, on Lennon's suspicion that the deportation attempt is politically motivated.

1969 The Beatles begin work on what becomes their Let It Be album and accompanying film. The project is filled with tension as the band quarrels over the songs and the direction of the band. Both the film and the album are eventually released after the band breaks up.

1965 Elvis Presley's soundtrack LP Roustabout hits #1.

1962 A scheduled appearance by The Weavers on the Tonight Show with host Jack Parr is canceled after the folk group refuses to sign a statement denying any involvement with the US Communist Party.

1955 In Memphis, the funeral is held for Blues star Johnny Ace, who accidentally shot himself on December 25, 1954. His pallbearers include Junior Parker and Roscoe Gordon.

1954 Glenn Goins (singer, guitarist for Parliament, Funkadelic) is born in Plainfield, New Jersey.

1954 Eddie Fisher's "Oh! My Pa-Pa" hits #1 in the US.

1950 Sam Phillips opens the Memphis Recording Service, which he later renames Sun Studio. Among the artists to record there is Elvis Presley, who gets his start recording with Phillips.

1946 Chick Churchill (keyboardist for Ten Years After) is born Michael George Churchill in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England.

1941 The Andrews Sisters release "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy."

1930 Pop singer Julius La Rosa - known for '50s hits like "Anywhere I Wander" and "Eh Cumpari" - is born in Brooklyn, New York.

1926 The first edition of the legendary British music magazine Melody Maker is published, promising news and information for "all who are interested in the production of popular music."

1905 Composer Michael Tippett - known for the 1955 opera The Midsummer Marriage, among many other notable works - is born in Cornwall, England.

1843 The opera Der Fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman) by Richard Wagner premieres in Dresden.

"Chocolate Salty Balls" Hits #1 In The UK

1999"Chocolate Salty Balls (P.S. I Love You)" from the TV series South Park hits #1 in the UK.

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2010 Kesha's first single, "TiK ToK," hits #1 on the Hot 100, where it stays for nine weeks, making it the longest-running chart-topper of 2010.

1974 Country singer and actor Tex Ritter (father of actor John Ritter) dies of a heart attack in Nashville, Tennessee, at age 68. His first of many hits was 1944's "I'm Wastin' My Tears on You."

1971 George Harrison's All Things Must Pass begins a seven-week run at the top of the US albums chart.

1968 A shipment of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's album Two Virgins is confiscated at Newark airport, as its cover, showing the couple naked, is deemed pornographic. The album is later sold in America in brown wrappers.

1936 Country singer-songwriter Roger Miller - known for crossover hits like 1964's "King of the Road" - is born in Fort Worth, Texas.

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