Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Today in Music History...January 24, 2018 (Now with more info)

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Music History: January 24th:


2016 Butch Trucks, co-founder and drummer of The Allman Brothers Band, dies at age 69 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

2015 INXS guitarist Tim Farriss severs the ring finger on his left hand while operating a winch on his boat. Doctors reattach the digit after two surgeries.

2012 Pete Townshend sells the publishing rights to the songs he has written to the Spirit Music Group, which plans to place more of his music in TV shows, movies and commercials. Townshend's catalog includes about 400 songs, most of which he wrote for The Who.

2009 Kings Of Leon play a fundraiser for the University of Chicago's Comer Children's Hospital at the House of Blues in Chicago. Despite the $150 ticket price, the show sells out.

2007 Randy Newman publishes the lyrics to his song "A Few Words in Defense of Our Country" in The New York Times as an editorial. In the song, he points out that George W. Bush isn't as bad as other world leaders from history, like King Leopold or Stalin.

2005 Country-pop singer Lynn Anderson is arrested for stealing a Harry Potter DVD from a supermarket in Taos, New Mexico, and then, allegedly, punching the arresting officer in the stomach.

2002 In San Antonio, Texas, Tex-Mex legend Freddy Fender receives a much-needed kidney transplant from his daughter, Marla Huerta Garcia.

2000 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young open the first tour of the full quartet in 25 years with a show at Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit, Michigan.

1986 Singer/actor Gordon MacRae, who starred in the film versions of the musicals Oklahoma! and Carousel, dies of cancer and pneumonia at age 64.

1982 The Super Bowl is held in Pontiac, Michigan, so the halftime show is a salute to Motown. Diana Ross sings the national anthem.

1981 Aerosmith's Steven Tyler gets in a nasty motorcycle accident with his 17-year-old babysitter riding on the back. He spends the remainder of the year recovering, which delays the band's next album, Rock In A Hard Place.

1980 The Ants of Adam & The Ants leave to join Bow Wow Wow, whose manager, the punk godfather Malcolm McLaren, presents the offer. Adam Ant had paid McLaren £1000 for musical advice, for which he learned about African beats, but lost his band, which he quickly replaced.

1980 Clever marketing: Pink Floyd advertise their upcoming world tour to promote their album The Wall with a special billboard on Los Angeles' Sunset Strip that is gradually covered up each day with a brick until an entire wall is built over it.

1976 Diana Ross's "Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)" hits #1.

1976 Bob Dylan's LP Desire hits #1.

1973 Donny Osmond's album Too Young is certified Gold.

1970 Doo-wop singer James "Shep" Sheppard (of Shep & the Limelites, The Heartbeats), age 35, is found dead in his car along the Long Island Expressway, the victim of an apparent robbery.

1969 The Beatles record "Two Of Us," "Maggie Mae," "Dig A Pony," and "I've Got A Feeling."

1969 Jethro Tull play their first American show, opening for Blood, Sweat & Tears at New York's Fillmore East.

1965 Gerry and the Pacemakers' first film, Ferry Cross The Mersey, premieres in the UK at the Liverpool Odeon Theater. It is the first rock musical filmed on location in Liverpool, and the era's only film document of the Merseybeat scene. The hit title track was written specifically for the movie.

1962 The Beatles sign their first and only management contract with Brian Epstein at the manager's offices at 12 Whitechapel St. in Liverpool. Epstein is to receive a full one-quarter of the band's earnings, yet to prove his worth, he does not sign the contract until the following October.

1961 Mel Blanc, who was the voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and many other cartoon favorites, gets in a horrible car accident on a stretch of road in Los Angeles known as "Dead Man's Curve." Hearing the news, Roger Christian is inspired to write a song about the treacherous turn.

1961 Bob Dylan arrives in New York after dropping out of the University of Minnesota. He immediately gets to work, playing a show at the club Cafe Wha? in Greenwich village.

1958 Jools Holland (original keyboardist for Squeeze) is born in Blackheath, London, England.

1957 Elvis Presley records "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear."

1953 Pop singer-songwriter Matthew Wilder is born Matthew Weiner in Manhattan, New York.

1949 John Belushi is born in Chicago. He is one of the original cast members on Saturday Night Live and forms The Blues Brothers with fellow SNL star Dan Aykroyd.

1947 Rock singer-songwriter Warren Zevon is born in Chicago, Illinois.

1941 Aaron Neville, vocalist with the Neville Brothers, is born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He also finds success as a solo artist, and sings on the hit duet "Don't Know Much" with Linda Ronstadt.

1941 Neil Diamond (yes, that's his real name) is born in Brooklyn, New York.

1939 Ray Stevens is born Harold Ray Ragsdale in Clarkdale, Georgia.

1936 Canadian rock 'n roll singer Jack Scott is born Giovanni Domenico Scafone, Jr. in Windsor, Ontario.

1936 Country singer/musician Doug Kershaw is born in Tiel Ridge in Cameron Parish, Louisiana.

1934 R&B/gospel singer Ann Cole is born Cynthia Coleman in Newark, New Jersey.

1933 Zeke Carey (of The Flamingos) is born in Chicago, Illinois.

1829 Composer William Mason, who becomes the first American piano student of Franz Liszt and Ignaz Moscheles, is born in Boston, Massachusetts.

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1998 The Titanic soundtrack goes to #1 in America, replacing Celine Dion's Let's Talk About Love. Both albums contain the hit song from the movie, "My Heart Will Go On."

1970 Dr. Robert Moog unveils the "minimoog" synthesizer, one of the first portable synth keyboards, at a price of $2,000. The American Federation of Musicians at first opposes the instrument, fearing its "realistic" settings will put horn and string sections out of work. The minimoog becomes the first synth to go on tour with rock bands.

1962 "The Twist" craze peaks, with a re-released version of Chubby Checker's song at #1 for the last time.

1957 Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock" enters the UK charts at #1, the first single to ever do so.

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