Sunday, January 7, 2018

Today in Music History...January 7, 2018 (Now with more info)

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Music History: January 7th:


2013 Justin Bieber fans are the target of an online trolling campaign. Members of the image board 4chan claim to be implementing an awareness campaign to encourage the pop star to say "no" to drugs. The campaign's premise is "Cut for Bieber," and fans are encouraged to cut themselves and post photos of the damage online accompanied by the #CutForBieber tag on Twitter. Several hoax accounts post results in "response," but it appears no actual Bieber fans fall for the ploy. Earlier in October, a similar troll campaign called "Bald for Bieber" fizzled out, too. That one encouraged fans to shave their heads for the pop star based on the false rumor that he had cancer.

2013 R&B singer Sam Pace (of The Esquires) dies at age 68.

2013 Seattle hip-hop artist Freddy E dies at age 22 of an apparent suicide.

2012 "The One That Got Away" from Katy Perry's album Teenage Dream hits #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart, making the album the first in history with seven #1s on that tally.

2011 Bobby Robinson, who did production work for Gladys Knight & the Pips and Elmore James, dies at age 93.

2011 Ed Sheeran releases what will be his final independent EP, No.5 Collaborations Project, in the UK. The EP goes on to reach #2 on the UK's iTunes chart, despite Ed having no label.

2009 At the People's Choice Awards, Carrie Underwood is the night's big winner, taking home the Favorite Female Singer, Country Song ("Last Name") and Favorite Star Under 35 Awards. Rascal Flatts takes the award for Favorite Group.

2006 Pink marries the motocross rider Carey Hart in Costa Rica.

2004 Chris Robinson (of The Black Crowes) and actress Kate Hudson's son, Ryder Russell, is born.

1999 Rod Stewart and supermodel Rachel Hunter publicly announce the dissolution of their eight-year marriage.

1997 French electronic duo Daft Punk release their debut album, Homework. The record is a big hit in Europe but only reaches #150 in the USA. Both members, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, are music producers who use recording technology to combine house music with synthpop.

1987 Elton John undergoes throat surgery at a hospital in Sydney, Australia, to remove nodules on his vocal cords. He cancels his upcoming American tour, but is thrilled with the results, later claiming that his voice became stronger and more resonant after the procedure.

1981 Eagles Live is certified platinum; it is 13 years until the next Eagles album is released.

1980 Doo-wop singer Carl White (lead vocalist for The Rivingtons) dies of acute tonsillitis in Los Angeles, California, at age 48.

1980 R&B singer Larry Williams dies at age 44 of a gunshot wound to the head in what's eventually deemed a suicide, though some speculate he was murdered. Known for a string of enduring rock 'n roll hits from the mid-'50s, including "Bony Moronie" and "Short Fat Fannie."

1974 Carly Simon and James Taylor welcome their second child, Sarah Martin.

1973 Sean Paul is born Sean Paul Ryan Francis Henriques in Kingston, Jamaica.

1972 Bread's soft rock classic "Baby I'm-A Want You" is certified Gold.

1971 The film Performance, starring Mick Jagger, premieres in London two years after its completion.

1970 Max Yasgur, whose farm in upstate New York hosted the original Woodstock Festival, is sued for $35,000 in property damages by neighboring farmers.

1964 Blues musician Cyril Davies (of Blues Incorporated) dies of endocarditis, an inflammation of the inner layer of the heart, at age 31, a year after contracting pleurisy, an inflammation of the lining of the lungs.

1963 Gary U.S. Bonds sues Chubby Checker, claiming that Checker's "Dancing Party" is essentially a rewrite of Bonds' hit "Quarter To Three." The case is settled out of court.

1959 Kathy Valentine (bassist, guitarist for Go-Go's) is born in Austin, Texas.

1956 Dean Martin's "Memories Are Made of This" hits #1 for the first of six weeks.

1955 Marian Anderson is the first African-American singer to appear at the Metropolitan Opera. Her performance as Ulrica in Giuseppe Verdi's Un ballo in maschera breaks barriers for black artists in the States.

1954 Muddy Waters records "Hoochie Coochie Man."

1950 Ernest Tubb makes his first appearance at The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.

1948 Kenny Loggins is born in Everett, Washington, but eventually settles with his family in Alhambra, California.

1946 Andy Brown (drummer for The Fortunes) is born in Birmingham, England.

1945 Dave Cousins (lead singer for The Strawbs) is born David Joseph Hindson in Hounslow, Middlesex, England.

1944 Rock musician Mike McGear (The Scaffold) is born Peter Michael McCartney in Liverpool, England, to a family that includes older brother Paul.

1943 Country singer Leona Williams is born Leona Belle Helton in Vienna, Missouri. Wrote the Merle Haggard hits "Someday When Things Are Good" and "You Take Me For Granted."

1942 Pop singer Danny Williams is born in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

1939 Lefty Baker (guitarist, vocalist for Spanky & Our Gang) is born Eustace Britchforth in Roanoke, Virginia.

1938 Rory Storm (lead singer of Rory Storm and the Hurricanes) is born Alan Caldwell in Liverpool, England.

1937 Paul Revere (keyboardist for Paul Revere & the Raiders) is born Paul Revere Dick in Harvard, Nebraska.

1936 Jazz double-bass and cello player Eldee Young (Young/Holt Unlimited, The Ramsey Lewis Trio) is born Chicago, Illinois.

1930 Country musician Jack Greene, known for the 1966 hit "There Goes My Everything," is born in Maryville, Tennessee.

1899 Composer and pianist Francis Poulenc is born in Paris, France.

1842 The opera Stabat Mater by Gioacchino Rossini premieres in Paris.

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2012Beyoncé and Jay-Z have their first child: a daughter named Blue Ivy Carter.

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1980 Led Zeppelin's In Through The Out Door is certified platinum; it is the last Zep album issued while drummer John Bonham is alive.

1972 The St. Cleve Chronicle reports that a "Major Beat Group" will put music to the epic poem "Thick As A Brick," written by 8-year-old Gerald Bostock. The Society for Literary Advancement and Gestation (SLAG) had disqualified Bostock's poem from their competition, citing an "extremely unwholesome attitude towards life, his God and Country."

1967 Charlie Pride becomes the first African American solo singer to perform at the Grand Old Opry in Nashville. He is invited to perform at the venerable country music mecca after the success of his hit "Just Between You and Me," which makes it to #9 on the Country music chart.

1950 Gene Autry's "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer," based on a children's book written in 1939, hits #1 on the Billboard singles chart.

1946 Magazine magnate Jann Wenner, most famous for his work with Rolling Stone and for his role in establishing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is born in New York City.

1924 George Gershwin finishes work on "Rhapsody In Blue."

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