Thursday, January 4, 2018

Today in Music History...January 4, 2018 (Now with more info)

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Music History: January 4th:


2013 Sammy Johns, who wrote and recorded "Chevy Van," dies at age 66.

2013 Rob Caggiano, longtime lead guitarist for the band Anthrax, announces he's quitting the band. The split is affirmed by all members as amicable, with Caggiano hinting that he'd like to work on other projects.

2012 Bryan Ferry, 66, marries Amanda Sheppard, 29. Sheppard dated Ferry's son Isaac for a short time.

2011 Grady Chapman of The Robins dies at age 81.

1979 Due to renewed interest in The Beatles, the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany, reopens to the public. The club had been an important stepping stone for the band, as they played a residency there early on.

1973 The Allman Brothers Band publicly announce Lamar Williams as their replacement for recently deceased bassist Berry Oakley.

1972 Yes releases "Roundabout."

1968 Jimi Hendrix spends the night in a Swedish jail after trashing a hotel room, reportedly during a fight with his bandmate Noel Redding.

1967 The Doors break on through with their eponymous debut album. The Doors is a hit with listeners and critics alike and produces the single "Light My Fire," which quickly hits #1 in the US.

1966 Deana Carter is born in Nashville. Her dad is country guitarist Fred Carter, Jr.

1965 Leo Fender sells Fender Guitars to CBS for $13 million.

1965 David Glasper of Breathe is born in Wales.

1965 Portishead lead singer Beth Gibbons is born in Devon, England.

1964 Bobby Vinton's "There! I've Said It Again" hits #1 in the US for the first of four weeks.

1962 Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins is born in Grangemouth, Scotland.

1960 Marty Robbins' "El Paso" hits #1 in the US despite running a shocking 4:40.

1957 Louis Jordan records "Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out."

1957 Patty Loveless is born Patty Lee Ramey in Pikeville, Kentucky. Her professional surname takes inspiration from her former married name, Lovelace.

1957 On NBC's Steve Allen Show, former heavyweight boxing champ Joe Louis introduces the world to singer Solomon Burke, who performs Louis' song "You Can Run, But You Can't Hide."

1957 Elvis Presley reports for his pre-induction Army physical in Memphis.

1956 Bernard Sumner of New Order is born in Manchester, England.

1954 A young truck driver named Elvis Presley pays to record two songs at the Memphis Recording Service. It's his second visit, and this time MRS head Sam Phillips gets his number and later calls him to record for his Sun label.

1946 Arthur Conley, famous for his hit "Sweet Soul Music," is born in Georgia.

1942 Jazz guitarist John McLaughlin is born in Doncaster, England.

1936 Billboard magazine publishes their first "Hit Parade," which ranks songs based on sales and airplay. The first #1: "Stop! Look! Listen!" by Joe Venuti & his Orchestra.

1932 NBC begins airing The Carnation Contented Hour (named for the sponsor, Carnation Milk), which features performances by top musical acts. The show runs for 19 years.

1926 Songwriter Irving Berlin marries Ellin Mackay, heiress to the Postal Telegraph Cable Company. They remain married until her death in 1988.

Jimi Hendrix Goes Stone Free On Live TV, Is Banned By The BBC

Jimi Hendrix is banned from the BBC after going off-script when he and his band, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, appear on the show Happening for Lulu, hosted by the "To Sir With Love" singer Lulu.

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2011 Gerry Rafferty, who had a huge solo hit with "Baker Street" and was also a member of Stealers Wheel, dies at age 63.

1991 Nirvana sign with Geffen Records. In September, their album Nevermind is released.

1986 After a long battle with addiction, Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott dies at age 36.

1975 Elton John's "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" hits #1 in the US. The Beatles original, released in 1967 on the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album, wasn't released as a single.

1970 The Who's Keith Moon accidentally runs over his chauffeur, Neil Boland, killing him. Apparently, Moon's car was under attack from some unruly teenagers, and when Boland jumped out to get them to move, Moon, in a panic, got behind the wheel to drive the car away himself. Unfortunately, the crowd had since pushed Boland under the car.

1960 R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe is born in Decatur, Georgia.

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