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Music History: January 28th:


2016 Jefferson Airplane founder Paul Kantner dies at age 74.

2014 At a press conference, all four members of Mötley Crüe sign a "cessation of touring agreement" preventing them from ever touring again after 2015. They also announce "The Final Tour," after which they are legally obligated to disband.

2009 Billy Powell (Lynyrd Skynyrd and Vision keyboardist) dies of a heart attack in his Orange Park, Florida home.

2008 Papa Roach's Jacoby Shaddix confirms drummer, Dave Buckner, has left the band. A statement released by the frontman says: "For y'all that don't know, we had to split with Dave, our drummer. It was one of the hardest things we have ever had to do. He's taking this time to get his life together. We are still friends and still talk on a regular basis."

2005 Traffic drummer Jim Capaldi dies of stomach cancer at age 60.

2004 James Brown is arrested on charges of domestic violence in Beech Island, South Carolina.

2004 Mel Pritchard, drummer for the British prog rock band Barclay James Harvest, dies of a heart attack at age 56.

2001 Ray Charles sings "America The Beautiful" at Super Bowl XXXV in Tampa. The Backstreet Boys sing the US national anthem, and halftime performers include Aerosmith, 'N Sync and Britney Spears.

1997 A day before his 16th birthday, Jonny Lang's major-label debut album, Lie To Me, is released.

1996 Chris Isaak guest-stars in the Friends episode "The One After the Superbowl." Isaak plays Phoebe's date, Rob Donnen.

1996 Diana Ross performs at the Superbowl XXX halftime show in Tempe, Arizona.

1995 Four British acts make the Top 10 of the US Modern Rock chart, where homegrown acts typically dominate:
#5 "Love Spreads" - The Stone Roses
#6 "Everything Zen" - Bush
#7 "Live Forever" - Oasis
#9 "Sour Times" - PortisheadMore

1990 Aaron Neville performs the US national anthem at Superbowl XXIV in New Orleans, Louisiana. Halftime entertainment is a salute to the city, with local marching bands performing along with Pete Fountain, Irma Thomas and Doug Kershaw.

1984 The legendary Nina Simone tells NME she was forced to record her 1978 album Baltimore under duress when she was kidnapped by five men and held in a basement for three days without food or water. She retracts the statement later.

1983 English pop singer Billy Fury, known for hit singles like 1961's "Halfway to Paradise," dies of a heart attack at age 42. Fury's heart was damaged when contracted rheumatic fever as a child.

1982 Jackson Browne's second child - a son named Ryan - is born. The mother is Lynne Sweeney, an Australian model and Browne's second wife. Ryan becomes a musician, performing in the band Sonny & the Sunsets.

1980 Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys is born in Jamestown, New York. He is just 13 when he joins the boy band in 1993.

1978 By request, Ted Nugent carves his autograph into the arm of a fan using his bowie knife.

1977 Joey Fatone (of *NSYNC) is born in Brooklyn, New York, where he grows up in the Bensonhurst neighborhood.

1976 R&B singer Raphael "Tweet" Brown (of Next) is born in Minnesota.

1969 The Beatles record "Dig A Pony," "Get Back," "Don't Let Me Down," "I've Got A Feeling," and "One After 909."

1969 Stevie Wonder releases "My Cherie Amour."

1968 Rakim, of the hip-hop duo Eric B. & Rakim, is born William Michael Griffin Jr. in Wyandanch, Long Island, New York.

1968 DJ Muggs (of Cypress Hill) is born Lawrence Muggerud in Queens, New York.

1968 Sarah McLachlan is born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.More

1968 During their tour in Australia, members of The Who and The Small Faces, among others, are escorted off their flight from Adelaide to Essendon for drinking beer on the plane, being rowdy, and using "very bad language." Two of the flight's four attendants are said to be in tears.

1968 Jim Morrison (of The Doors) is arrested after threatening a security guard at an adult movie theater.

1966 Brian Poole announces his departure from The Tremeloes.

1965 The Who make their UK TV debut when they appear on the show Ready Steady Go! to promote their single "I Can't Explain."

1956 Elvis Presley makes his TV debut on the Dorsey Brothers Stage Show, where he sings "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Heartbreak Hotel."

1955 The "Top 10 R&B Show" package tour kicks off its 42-date, 60-day national excursion in New York City, featuring The Clovers, Faye Adams, The Charms, Joe Turner, The Moonglows, Lowell Fulson, and The Bill Doggett Trio.

1953 Derek Bentley is hanged for the murder of Police Constable Sidney Miles, who on November 2, 1952, was shot dead on a Croydon rooftop by 16-year-old Christopher Craig. Christopher Craig, too young to be executed, was paroled in 1963. The murder and trial later become the topic of the Ewan MacColl song "Ballad Of Derek Bentley."

1946 Rick Allen (keyboardist for The Box Tops, The Gentrys) is born in Little Rock, Arkansas.

1943 Dick Taylor (lead guitarist for The Pretty Things) is born in Dartford, Kent, England.

1943 Brian Keenan (drummer for Manfred Mann, The Chambers Brothers) is born in New York.

1936 Country singer Bill Phillips, known for the 1966 hit "Put It Off Until Tomorrow," is born in Canton, North Carolina.

1929 Clarinettist/vocalist Acker Bilk is born Bernard Stanley Bilk in Pensford, Somerset, England.

1927 Jazz tenor saxophonist Ronnie Scott is born Ronald Schatt in Aldgate, England.

1927 Jean Goldkette and His Dancing Orchestra records "I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover."

1923 Ivo Robic is born in Garešnica, Croatia.

1900 Composer Michael Head is born Michael Dewar Head in Eastbourne, England.

1878 Hymn composer William Matthew Golden is born William M. Golding in Mississippi to James Golding and Camella Hood Golding.

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1985With the stars in town for the American Music Awards, "We Are The World" is recorded in Los Angeles, with cameras rolling for the video.
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2016 Jefferson Airplane's original lead singer, Signe Anderson, dies at age 74 on the same day as founding member Paul Kantner. Anderson left the group in 1966 after recording their first album. She was replaced by Grace Slick.

1986 The Space Shuttle Challenger explodes shortly after liftoff, killing the seven crew members on board. The disaster inspires a lyric in the Prince song "Sign O' the Times":

Silly, no? When a rocket ship explodes and everybody still wants to fly.

1984 Def Jam Records releases their first single: "It's Yours" by T La Rock and Jazzy Jay. The rap label becomes wildly successful, attracting Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Kanye West and many other big-name artists.

1978 The Doobie Brothers star in the first of a two-part episode of What's Happening! where they teach the kids why bootlegging is bad.More

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