Friday, January 21, 2011

Rock Music History For January 21

Happy Birthday Richie Havens!

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Musicians Born On January 21

1925 Benny Hill (Ernie - The Fastest Milkman in the West)
1938 Wolfman Jack
1941 Richie Havens (USA folk/protest singer)
1942 Edwin Starr (War)
1948 Peter Kircher (Status Quo)
1952 Billy Ocean
1965 Jason Mizell (Run-DMC)
1966 Wendy James (Transvision Vamp)
1976 Emma Bunton (Spice Girls)

Deaths On January 21

1984 Jackie Wilson
1997 Col. Tom Parker (Elvis Presley's manager)

Number 1 In The Charts On January 21

1978 Bee Gees: Saturday Night Fever US LP
1984 Yes: Owner of a Lonely Heart US 45
1989 Roy Orbison: Legendary Roy Orbison UK LP
1989 Phil Collins: Two Hearts US 45

Various Music Events On January 1

1955 For the first time since NME founded the original UK sales chart, four versions of one song - Mr. Sandman (Chordettes, Max Bygraves, Dickie Valentine and Four Aces) - dominate chart.

1956 Bill Haley's Rock Around the Clock LP becomes first rock-and-roll album to enter US charts.

1965 Rolling Stones arrive in Australia for tour.

1966 George Harrison marries Patti Boyd at Epsom Registry Office.

1967 The Rolling Stones hit USA chart with Ruby Tuesday on way to No. 1

1982 Blues guitarist B.B. King donates his entire record collection, including 7,000 rare blues records (which he played on air when he was a Mississippi DJ in the 40s) to the University of Mississippi's Centre for Study of Southern Culture.

1984 John Lennon hits USA Hot 100 at No. 36 with Nobody Told Me.

1985 Chaka Khan begins UK tour.

1987 Roy Orbison inducted into USA rock and roll Hall of Fame.

1989 Guns N'Roses become first act for six years to have two Top 10 American LPs, with Appetite for Destruction at No. 2 and Guns N'Roses Lies at No. 10

1989 Lou Reed releases New York LP in USA.

1991 Squeeze are the first performers as the MTV show "Unplugged" makes its debut.

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