Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Today in Music History...January 3, 2018 (Now with more info)

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Music History: January 3rd:


2014 Phil Everly of The Everly Brothers dies of complications from lung disease at age 74.

2008 Britney Spears suffers from a mental breakdown in Beverly Hills, where she refuses to hand over her sons Jayden James and Sean Preston to their father, Kevin Federline. Britney is eventually taken to Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center via ambulance and is admitted as a "special needs" patient.

1995 Canadian news anchor Byron MacGregor, who reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1974 with his version of "Americans," dies of complications from pneumonia in Detroit, Michigan, at age 46.

1981 David Bowie finishes his Broadway run as the title character in the play The Elephant Man.

1980 R&B singer and pianist Amos Milburn dies after a series of strokes in Houston, Texas, at age 52. He is known for the 1953 hit "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer."

1976 American interest in The Bay City Rollers peaks as their song "Saturday Night" hits #1 for one week, which is good enough to get their faces on cereal boxes.

1974 Bob Dylan begins a 6-week tour in Chicago with The Band, who do double duty: backing Dylan and then playing their own set. In July, the double album Before The Flood is released, featuring highlights from the shows.

1970 Davy Jones announces that he's leaving The Monkees, essentially dissolving the group, which had dwindled to a duo.

1970 Four days after learning that their movie Let It Be will be released in theaters, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr meet at Abbey Road Studios and record "I Me Mine" for the film and soundtrack.

1970 B. J. Thomas' "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" hits #1 in the US for the first of four weeks.

1970 Melody Maker names Al Stewart's Love Chronicles its album of the year.

1967 Declaring himself a conscientious objector, The Beach Boys Carl Wilson refuses to be sworn in after receiving an induction notice from the US Army.

1957 Fats Domino records "I'm Walking."

1956 Elvis Presley plays a show at the Von Theater in Booneville, Mississippi, where he is advertised as "The Folk Music Fireball."1946 Led Zeppelin bass player John Paul Jones is born in Sidcup, Kent, England.

1945 Stephen Stills (of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Buffalo Springfield) is born in Dallas, Texas.

1943 Songwriter and musician Van Dyke Parks, known for his work with The Beach Boys, is born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

1916 Maxene Andrews of The Andrew Sisters is born in Mound, Minnesota, to a family that already includes older sister LaVerne and will welcome younger sister Patty in two years.

1909 Victor Borge - pianist, conductor and comedian - is born Borge Rosenbaum in Copenhagen, Denmark.

1843 The opera Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti and Giacomo Ruffini premieres in Paris. 

Britney Spears Has A Quickie Wedding

Britney Spears marries her childhood friend Jason Alexander (not the actor) at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas.

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2017 Janet Jackson gives birth to her first child, a baby boy named Eissa Al Mana, at the age of 50. The father is the singer's husband, Qatari billionaire Wissam Al Mana.

1997 Researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm publish an article called "Nitric Oxide And Inflammation: The Answer Is Blowing In The Wind" in the journal Nature Medicine. The article deals with the detection of mucosal inflammation, and while we can't speak to its medical efficacy, it does reveal a trend of biomedical researchers using Bob Dylan song titles and lyrics in their articles. The Swedish scientists had a friendly bet going to see how many Dylan references they could inject into their published work; a later study reveals hundreds of medical articles that had borrowed from Dylan, with the most popular song being "The Times They Are A-Changin'."

1987 The second class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is announced, and it includes the first woman: Aretha Franklin. The Coasters, Eddie Cochran, Bo Diddley, Marvin Gaye, Bill Haley, Clyde McPhatter, Rick Nelson, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Smokey Robinson, and Jackie Wilson also enter.

1964 Americans get their first look at a Beatles performance when Jack Paar shows a film clip of the band performing on his TV show.

1926 Sir George Martin (Beatles producer) is born in Highbury, London, England.

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