Thursday, January 25, 2018

Today in Music History...January 25, 2018 (Now with more info)

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Music History: January 25th:


2003 Clarence Carter and Eddie Floyd are inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.

2003 Billy Joel crashes his Mercedes while driving in Long Island, New York. The singer later says that he was in a "mental fog" around this time, caused by relationship issues and a lingering depression after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

2000 D'Angelo releases his second album, Voodoo.

1999 The Rolling Stones begin their "No Security" Tour in Oakland, California.

1994 R. Kelly releases the single "Bump N' Grind."

1990 The Righteous Brothers' Bill Medley guest stars on NBC's Cheers in the two-part episode "Finally!"

1990 CBS' 48 Hours program profiles Paul McCartney.

1987 Neil Diamond sings the US national anthem at Superbowl XXI in Pasadena, California. Halftime entertainment is Disney's "Salute to Hollywood's 100th Anniversary."

1986 Albert Grossman, manager to Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin, dies of a heart attack at age 59.

1985 Prince releases "Take Me With U," the last single from Purple Rain.

1984 John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, donates $375,000 to Liverpool's Strawberry Field, an orphanage which served as the inspiration for the Beatles song "Strawberry Fields Forever."

1980 Alicia Keys is born Alicia Augello Cook in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan, New York.

1978 Bob Dylan's Renaldo and Clara, a semi-documentary of his famous Rolling Thunder Revue tour, premieres in Los Angeles.

1976 New Orleans R&B singer Chris Kenner, struggling with alcoholism, dies of a heart attack at age 46.

1975 The Carpenters' "Please Mr. Postman" hits #1.

1969 Nina Simone's "Ain't Got No; I Got Life" peaks at #94, where it stays for one week.

1964 Phil Spector appears as a panelist on Britain's Juke Box Jury program. Earlier in the day, he calls famous English producer Joe Meek to arrange a meeting. Meek accuses Spector of stealing his ideas and hangs up the phone so hard he breaks the receiver.

1963 Cilla Black makes her stage debut at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England.

1963 EMI awards the US record label Vee Jay the right to distribute Beatles records in America.

1958 Gary Tibbs (bass guitarist for Adam & The Ants, Roxy Music) is born in Northwood, London, England.

1957 Edmund Sylvers of The Sylvers is born in Memphis.

1956 Andy Cox (guitarist for Fine Young Cannibals) is born in Birmingham, England.

1950 Michael Cotten (of The Tubes) is born in Kansas City, Missouri.

1929 Singer/actress Elizabeth Allen is born Elizabeth Ellen Gillease in Jersey City, New Jersey.

1925 Jazz pianist Barbara Carroll is born Barbara Carole Coppersmith in Worcester, Massachusetts.

1913 Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski is born.

1909 The opera Elektra by Richard Strauss premieres at the Dresden Hofoper.

Etta James Is Born

1938Blues singer Etta James, known for the enduring ballad "At Last," is born Jamesetta Hawkins in Los Angeles, California.
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1991 Paul McCartney appears on the second season of MTV's Unplugged, including some Beatles songs in his set. In June, he becomes the first artist to release his performance as an album.

1980 Paul McCartney is released and deported from Japan after spending nine days in a Tokyo jail. He was arrested at the airport when customs officials found 219 grams of marijuana in his luggage.

1971 Grace Slick and Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane welcome a baby girl they name "God." Her name is later changed to "China," and as "China Kantner" she becomes a VJ on MTV.

1958 Elvis Presley gets his first UK #1 when "Jailhouse Rock" tops the chart.

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