Saturday, January 6, 2018

Today in Music History...January 6, 2018 (Now with more info)

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Music History: January 6th:


2012 Wiz Khalifa is sued for $2.3 million over his hit song "Black and Yellow." Max Warren, who raps under the name "Maxamillion," claims Khalifa, his producers, and his label stole the song from him. In the lawsuit, Warren states that the idea for the song was taken from his copyrighted 2007 song "Pink and Yellow." Khalifa claims he's never heard of Warren or his music.

2012 NRBQ drummer Tom Ardolino dies of complications from diabetes at age 56.

2009 Ron Asheton (guitarist for The Stooges) is found dead of an apparent heart attack in Ann Arbor, Michigan, at age 60.

2007 "Sneaky Pete" Kleinow (pedal steel guitarist for The Flying Burrito Brothers), suffering from Alzheimer's, dies in Petaluma, California, at age 72.

1999 Jazz pianist Michel Petrucciani dies at age 36. Born with a debilitating genetic condition, he became a top performer in his native France.

1999 Photographed by Annie Liebowitz, the Backstreet Boys appear in a print campaign with milk mustaches to promote the beverage.

1996 Eazy-E's posthumous single "Just Tah Let U Know" hits #45 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

1992 Steve Gilpin (vocalist for MI-sex) dies after a severe car accident leaves him in a coma in Southport, Queensland, Australia, at age 42.

1980 Georgeanna Tillman (of The Marvelettes) dies of lupus and sickle cell anemia a month shy of her 36th birthday.

1979 The Bee Gees' "Too Much Heaven" hits #1 for the first of two weeks.

1979 Barbra Streisand's Greatest Hits, Volume 2 album hits #1 in America.

1977 KISS' Rock And Roll Over album is certified Platinum.

1968 Gibson patents their "Flying V" electric guitar.

1964 Mark O'Toole (bass player for Frankie Goes To Hollywood) is born in Liverpool, England.

1964 The Rolling Stones begin their first headlining UK tour. Opening act: The Ronettes.

1959 Kathy Sledge (of Sister Sledge) rounds out the R&B group when she's born the youngest of the five sisters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1959 Neil Simpson (bass player for Climax Blues Band) is born in Stoke-on-Trent, England. At age four, he receives a toy guitar featuring a picture of The Beatles.

1958 Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire" hits #2, where it stays for four weeks before dropping down. It is held out of the top spot all four weeks by "At The Hop" by Danny & the Juniors.

1958 Danny and the Juniors' "At The Hop" hits #1 for the first of seven weeks.

1956 Lonnie Donegan's cover of "Rock Island Line" enters the UK charts, eventually selling over three million copies and kicking off the national skiffle craze.

1953 Malcolm Mitchell Young (guitarist for AC/DC) is born in Glasgow, Scotland.

1951 Blues singer Kim Wilson (of Fabulous Thunderbirds) is born in Detroit, Michigan, but will be raised in Goleta, California.

1947 Sandy Denny is born Alexandra Denny in London. She becomes lead singer of Fairport Convention and the only guest vocalist to appear on a Led Zeppelin song ("The Battle Of Evermore").

1946 Syd Barrett (vocalist, guitarist for Pink Floyd) is born Roger Keith Barrett in Cambridge, England.

1940 Van McCoy is born in Washington, D.C. Known for the 1975 disco hit "The Hustle," he also writes a string of '60s hits, including "Giving Up" (Gladys Knight & the Pips and, later, Donny Hathaway) and "I Get the Sweetest Feeling" (Jackie Wilson).

1937 R&B singer-songwriter Doris Troy is born Doris Elaine Higginsen in The Bronx, New York.

1935 Nino Tempo is born Antonino LoTempio in Niagara Falls, New York. In 1963, he scores a #1 hit on the pop charts with "Deep Purple," a duet with his sister, April Stevens.

1934 Country musician Bobby Lord is born in Sanford, Florida, but is raised in Tampa. His biggest hit on the country chart is "Without Your Love" (1956) at #10.

1924 Bluegrass musician Earl Scruggs (The Bluegrass Boys, The Foggy Mountain Boys) is born near Boiling Springs, North Carolina.

1838 Romantic composer Max Bruch is born in Cologne, Germany.

A Talkbox Of Fun On Frampton Comes Alive

Peter Frampton's live double album, Frampton Comes Alive!, is released. Powered by his trusty talkbox sound, it becomes one of the best-selling live albums in history.

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1993 Jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie dies of pancreatic cancer in Englewood, New Jersey, at age 75.

1993 Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman announces that he is leaving the group after 30 years as a Stone.

1973 Carly Simon's "You're So Vain" hits #1 on the Hot 100. Listeners wonder just who the mystery man with the apricot jacket (high fashion!) is.

1957 Elvis Presley makes his third and final appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, where he performs seven songs in three segments, including "Hound Dog," "Don't Be Cruel" and "Heartbreak Hotel." He is only seen from the waist up, leaving viewers to speculate as to what the screams in the audience are about.

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