Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Today in Music History...January 23, 2018 (Now with more info)

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Music History: January 23rd:


2015 Pop singer Mandy Moore and alt rocker Ryan Adams announce their split after nearly six years of marriage, with Moore filing the divorce proceedings.

2010 Powered by the single "TiK ToK," Kesha's debut album, Animal, hits #1.

2007 David "Disco D" Shayman, a hip-hop record producer and composer who rose to prominence with 50 Cent's "Ski Mask Way," commits suicide at age 26.

2000 Britney Spears guest stars on The Simpsons in the episode "The Mansion Family," where she presents the award for Springfield's oldest man.

1997 "Louie Louie" composer (and original performer) Richard Berry dies of heart failure at age 61.

1991 The Albuquerque, New Mexico, radio station KLSK FM plays the Led Zeppelin song "Stairway To Heaven" over and over for 24 hours to inaugurate a format change to classic rock. It plays more than 200 times, eliciting hundreds of angry calls and letters. Police show up with guns drawn after a listener reports that the DJ had apparently suffered a heart attack, later because of suspicion that - this being eight days into the Gulf War - the radio station had been taken hostage by terrorists dispatched by Zeppelin freak Saddam Hussein. Weirdest of all, lots of listeners don't move the dial: "Turns out a lot of people listened to see when we would finally stop playing it."

1990 Original Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Allen Collins, a survivor of their 1977 plane crash, dies of pneumonia - a complication of paralysis caused by a 1986 car accident.

1988 The California Raisins' "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" peaks at #84 on Billboard's Hot 100.

1981 Orchestral composer Samuel Barber dies of cancer at age 70. Barber won the Pulitzer Prize for Music twice: first for the 1956 opera Vanessa and then for his 1962 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra.

1979 Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys divorces his wife Marilyn (one-time member of the Honeys and mother of Wendy and Carnie Wilson of Wilson Phillips).

1978 Terry Kath (singer and original guitarist for Chicago) dies at age 31 when he accidentally shoots himself in the head.

1970 Judy Collins is refused permission to sing testimony at the infamous "Chicago 7" trial.

1964 The Temptations release "The Way You Do The Things You Do."

1962 Tony Bennett records "I Left My Heart in San Francisco."

1961 Nina Simone's "Trouble in Mind" peaks at #92, where it will stay for one week.

1960 The Paradons record "Diamonds And Pearls."

1959 Earl Falconer (bass player for UB40) is born in Meriden, Warwickshire, England.

1959 6,000 teenagers attend the first night of the ill-fated Winter Dance Party with Buddy Holly at the Million Dollar Ballroom in Milwaukee (despite temperatures of 17 below and 13 inches of snow).

1957 Bill Haley & his Comets attend the Australian premiere of their movie Don't Knock The Rock while on tour there.

1955 Reggie Calloway (of the R&B duo Calloway) is born in Cincinnati, Ohio.

1954 Richard Finch (composer and former bass guitarist for KC & The Sunshine Band) is born in Indianapolis, Indiana, but is raised in Hialeah, Florida.

1953 Robin Zander (lead singer of Cheap Trick) is born in Beloit, Wisconsin.

1950 Bill Cunningham (original bass guitarist/keyboardist for The Box Tops) is born in Memphis, Tennessee.

1950 Danny Federici (organist, accordionist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band) is born in Flemington, New Jersey.

1948 Anita Pointer (of The Pointer Sisters) is born in Oakland, California.

1940 Pop singer Joe Dowell is born in Bloomington, Indiana, but grows up in Bloomington, Illinois.

1938 Eugene Church (lead singer of the Fellows) is born in St. Louis, Missouri. Known for the 1958 R&B hit "Pretty Girls Everywhere."

1910 Jazz guitarist Jean "Django" Reinhardt is born in Belgium.

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1988 At age 16, Tiffany becomes the youngest female singer with a #1 album in the US when her self-titled debut tops the chart.

1977 Carole King's Tapestry sets a new record: 302 weeks on the Billboard Albums chart.

1965 Petula Clark's "Downtown" climbs to #1 on the Hot 100. She is the first UK female singer to reach the summit on the US singles chart since Vera Lynn in 1952.

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