Wednesday, January 31, 2018

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Music History: January 31st:


2017 Deke Leonard of Man dies at age 72.

2017 John Wetton of King Crimson and Asia dies at age 67 after a battle with cancer.

2015 Neo soul singer D'Angelo makes his debut appearance on SNL, performing "Really Love" and "The Charade" from his latest album, Black Messiah. His band, the Vanguard, wore t-shirts with the slogans "Black Lives Matter" and "I Can't Breathe" in reference to the controversial deaths of unarmed black men Michael Brown and Eric Garner at the hands of white policemen in 2014. The singer also donned a hooded sweatshirt as a nod to Trayvon Martin, who suffered a similar fate in 2012.

2010 The Record Academy honors Leonard Cohen with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. During his acceptance speech, Cohen comments on his surprise at receiving a Grammy, joking that he "was always touched by the modesty of [the Recording Academy's] interest in my work."

2009 Dewey Martin (drummer for Buffalo Springfield) dies at age 68. The cause of death is unknown, but he had been suffering from health problems for the last few years.

2008 Britney Spears' family helps orchestrate an intervention that lands her in the psychiatric ward of UCLA's hospital. She's taken by ambulance, which gets a police escort and draws a frenzy of media attention. The next day, her father is named as her conservator, as a court rules that Britney cannot care for herself. She is released a few days later and starts getting her life back together. Later in February, her saga is detailed in Rolling Stone; she appears on the cover with the headline, "Britney Spears: Inside An American Tragedy."

2001 After Barry Mason, who co-wrote the Tom Jones hit "Delilah," tells The Sun that the song was inspired by a woman named Delia from Llandudno in North Wales, the UK newspaper asks readers to help track her down. The search is aborted when Mason's ex-wife - who co-wrote the song - calls in to explain that "Delia" does not exist, and that the name came from the story of Samson and Delilah.

1999 Cher sings the national anthem at Super Bowl XXXIII in Miami; Stevie Wonder performs at the halftime show.

1998 The Bruce Springsteen "Come Together" benefit concert, organized for the family of a New Jersey police officer killed in the line of duty, turns into an impromptu E Street Band reunion that also features Southside Johnny and other Jersey musicians.

1993 Michael Jackson performs with 3,500 local children at the Superbowl XXVII in Pasadena, California.

1989 Alabama: Southern Star

1988 Herb Alpert performs the US national anthem at Superbowl XXII in San Diego, California; Chubby Checker performs at the halftime show.

1985 Barbara Cowsill (The Cowsills)

1985 John Fogerty plays his first live show in years, performing with Albert Lee and Booker T. Jones at the A&M Soundstage in Hollywood. It harkens a return for Fogerty, who two weeks earlier released Centerfield, his first album in 10 years.

1981 Justin Timberlake is born in Memphis, Tennessee.

1979 Bo Diddley opens up for punk band The Clash at the beginning of their first US tour.

1978 Greg Herbert (Blood, Sweat & Tears)

1977 Claudine Longet is convicted of misdemeanor criminal negligence in relation to her shooting and killing Vladmir Sabich in March the previous year; she is given a slap on the wrist.

1976 The Ohio Players' "Love Rollercoaster" hits #1.

1972 Joan Baez's album Any Day Now is certified Gold.

1971 Mahalia Jackson's funeral is held at Chicago's Great Salem Baptist Church. Over 40,000 mourners attend the open-casket service, which features a closing version of "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" performed by Aretha Franklin. Famous mourners include Coretta Scott King, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and Sammy Davis Jr.

1971 The Jackson 5 are given the key to their hometown of Gary, Indiana, by Mayor Robert Pastrick.

1970 Slim Harpo, a blues singer who was an influence on The Rolling Stones and many other acts, dies at age 46.

1970 "Whole Lotta Love" reaches #4 in the US, the highest Led Zeppelin will ever chart on the Hot 100. Most of their songs, including "Stairway To Heaven," are not released as singles.

1970 In New Orleans, the Grateful Dead are arrested for possession of LSD and barbiturates, an incident which would inspire one of their most famous songs, "Truckin'." (Apparently the band had fun afoul of mob interests in Texas, and the mob alerted the NOPD. This explains lines like "Houston, too close to New Orleans" and "Set up, like a bowling pin.")

1970 The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" hits #1.

1969 Billy Preston signs with Apple Records.

1969 Bobby Darin walks off the set of The Jackie Gleason Show when he is not allowed to perform his song "Long Line Rider," which deals with prisoner abuse.

1968 The American Breed's "Bend Me, Shape Me" is certified gold.

1967 Jason Cooper (The Cure)

1967 While in Sevenoaks, Kent, England, John Lennon visits an antique shop and purchases a circus poster from 1843. It is this poster which inspires most of the lyrics to The Beatles' "Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite."

1966 Alan Jaworski (Jesus Jones)

1966 At Western Recorders in Hollywood, Brian Wilson records "Caroline, No" without the other Beach Boys. The song appears on the group's Pet Sounds album, but the single is released under his name.

1964 Prolific music video director Sophie Muller is born in St Pancras, London, England. She'll get her start in the music biz directing several promos for the Eurythmics and their lead singer Annie Lennox before bringing her talent to a wide array of acts, including Sade, No Doubt, Gwen Stefani, Sarah McLachlan, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Birdy, Garbage, Radiohead, Kings of Leon, and many more.More

1963 Neil Young, 17, plays his first show, performing at a country club in Winnipeg.

1960 Jimmy Jones' "Handy Man" enters the R&B charts.

1956 Johnny Rotten (The Sex Pistols)

1956 Elvis Presley signs with the William Morris Agency in order to make himself available to film studios.

1951 Harry Wayne Casey (KC and the Sunshine Band)

1951 Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music)

1946 Terry Kath (Chicago)

1944 Charlie Musselwhite

1928 Chuck Willis, known for his rendition of "C.C. Rider," is born in Atlanta.

1923 Carol Channing

1921 Mario Lanza

1892 Singer and entertainer Eddie Cantor is born Edward Israel Iskowitz in New York City. He catches his break when he lands a contract with the popular theatrical revue Ziegfeld Follies.

1882 Peter Dawson, famed Australian bass-baritone who made popular recordings of "Advance Australia Fair," "Waltzing Matilda," and "Song Of Australia," is born in Adelaide, South Australia, to Scottish parents Thomas and Alison Dawson.

1797 Austrian composer Franz Schubert is born in Vienna.

Beyonce, Taylor Swift Break Grammy Award Records

Taylor Swift and Beyonce sweep the Grammy Awards with record-breaking wins. Earning Album of the Year for Fearless at age 19, Swift is the youngest artist to ever win the award. BeyoncĂ© wins six out of ten nominations - including Song of the Year for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) " - giving her the most wins in one night of any female artist. 

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1959 17-year-old Bob Dylan (known then as Robert Zimmerman) sees Buddy Holly perform at the Duluth Armory in Minnesota. Three days later, Holly dies in a plane crash.

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