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Today in Music History...January 21, 2018 (Now with more info)

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Music History: January 21th:


2014 Against Me! releases the album Transgender Dysphoria Blues, their first since lead singer Laura Jane Grace came out as transgender. The album began as a concept piece about a transexual prostitute back when Grace was still presenting as a man (Tom Gabel). The personal implications became clear when she came out and her bandmates figured out what was going on. Two of the four members of the band - drummer Jay Weinberg and bass player Andrew Seward - quit before it is completed, but the album earns strong reviews and Grace becomes a leader in the fight for transgender rights.

2010 Robert "Squirrel" Lester (of The Moonglows, The Flamingos, The Chi-Lites) dies at age 67 after a long battle with liver cancer.

2002 Peggy Lee dies of complications from diabetes and a heart attack at age 81.

1999 Blues singer/pianist Charles Brown, known for "Driftin' Blues" and "Merry Christmas Baby," dies of congestive heart failure at age 76.

1998 James Brown is released from a South Carolina hospital after undergoing treatment for an addiction to painkillers.

1997 Elvis Presley's controversial manager Colonel Tom Parker dies at age 87.

1996 Frankie "Cannibal" Garcia (of Cannibal and the Headhunters) dies of an AIDS-related illness at age 49.

1993 French singer Noël Rota aka Helno (of Les Negresses Vertes) dies of a heroin overdose at age 29.

1989 Kid 'N Play's soon-to-be-gold debut album, 2 Hype, which was released three months earlier, debuts at #96 on the Billboard 200 chart.

1987 The Second Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are held in New York City. Inductees include The Coasters, Eddie Cochran, Bo Diddley, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Bill Haley, B.B. King, Clyde McPhatter, Rick Nelson, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Smokey Robinson, Big Joe Turner, Muddy Waters, and Jackie Wilson.

1984 Soul singer Jackie Wilson dies after spending more than 8 years in a vegetative state caused by a heart attack he suffered on stage in 1975.

1984 Yes score their first (and only) Top 10 US single when "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" lands at #1.

1983 Lamar Williams (the bassist who replaced Berry Oakley in The Allman Brothers Band) dies of lung cancer, possibly from exposure to Agent Orange during his service in the Vietnam War, at age 34.

1982 B.B. King donates his entire record collection to the University of Mississippi's Center for the Study of Southern Culture. The 20,000-record collection includes 7,000 discs King aired as a disc jockey at Memphis' WDIA in the '50s.

1979 Lynyrd Skynyrd reunite at the Volunteer Jam in Nashville, Tennessee. This is the first time the band have played since the 1977 plane crash that killed three of their members. Lynyrd Skynyrd perform an instrumental version of "Free Bird" alongside The Charlie Daniels Band.

1944 Chris Britton (lead guitarist for The Troggs) is born in Watford, Hertfordshire, England.

1942 Country singer-songwriter Mac Davis is born in Lubbock, Texas. Wrote "In The Ghetto" and "A Little Less Conversation" for Elvis Presley.

1942 Motown singer Edwin Starr is born Charles Edwin Hatcher in Nashville, Tennessee, but grows up in Cleveland, Ohio.

1942 Count Basie records "One O'Clock Jump."

1941 Richie Havens is born in Brooklyn, New York. His music career takes off when he performs as the opening act at Woodstock in 1969.

1941 Placido Domingo (of The Three Tenors) is born in Madrid, Spain.

1938 Notorious radio personality Wolfman Jack is born Robert Weston Smith in Brooklyn, New York. In the 1960s he blasts rock 'n roll to the masses from a high-powered border blaster signal at XERF-AM in Mexico.

1936 Blues guitarist Snooks Eaglin is born in New Orleans, Louisiana.

1927 Frank Virtue (The Virtues)

1917 Billy Maxted

1834 Peter Dodds McCormick, the man who is best known for the patriotic tune, "Advance Australia Fair", is born in Glasgow, Scotland. Though his date of birth is usually given as being on an unknown date in 1834, this is a little off. Twenty-two years later, he would emigrate to Sydney, Australia, where in 1878, he would compose his famous tune, as well as many other patriotic songs, most of which were Scottish tunes. A little side note, one of Peter's siblings, most likely a brother, was credited as having invented the life jacket.

1979 Nokio the N-Tity (of the R&B group Dru Hill) is born Tamir Mateen Raheem Hameed Ruffin in Baltimore, Maryland.

1978 The soundtrack album to Saturday Night Fever hits #1 in the US and stays there for an astonishing 24 weeks.

1976 Emma Bunton ("Baby Spice" of Spice Girls) is born in Finchley, North London.

1974 Bob Dylan meets future president Jimmy Carter at a gathering in Georgia, where Carter is serving as governor. "Carter has his heart in the right place," Dylan would later say. "He has a sense of who he is."

1969 Elvis Presley records "Gentle on My Mind," "Rubberneckin'," "Hey Jude," "My Little Friend," "Inherit the Wind," "Mama Liked the Roses."

1965 The Animals are forced to cancel a show at New York City's famous Apollo Theater after US Immigration officials force the group to leave the country.

1965 The Byrds record "Mr. Tambourine Man."

1959 The Kingston Trio's "Tom Dooley" is certified gold.

1957 Filming begins on Elvis Presley's second movie, Loving You.

1957 An unknown singer named Patsy Cline wins on CBS' Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts program with a rendition of the song "Walking After Midnight."

1957 Chuck Berry records "School Day."

1957 Elvis Presley records "Party."

1956 Rob Brill (drummer for Berlin) is born in California.

1950 Billy Ocean is born Leslie Sebastian Charles in Fyzabad, Trinidad and Tobago. He moves to Romford, England, at age ten.

1945 Peter Kircher (drummer for Status Quo) is born in Folkestone, Kent, England.

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1966 George Harrison marries Pattie Boyd in Surrey, England, with Paul McCartney as best man. The couple met on the set of The Beatles movie A Hard Day's Night. Eric Clapton would later fall in love with Pattie, inspiring the song "Layla."

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