Sunday, January 29, 2012

ROCK HISTORY - IT HAPPENED ON JANUARY 29

Uriah Heep
Born on this day:
1933, Sacha Distel, French singer and guitarist
1938, James Jamerson, bass, The Funk Brothers
1944, Andrew Loog Oldham, manager and producer, The Rolling Stones
1947, David Byron, singer, Uriah Heep
1952, Thomas Erdelyi (a.k.a. Tommy Ramone), drums, The Ramones

Rock Pills:
1964, The Beatles spent the day at Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris, France. It was The Beatles' only studio recording session for EMI held outside the U.K. They recorded new vocals for “She Loves You” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand” in German, as well as four takes of “Can’t Buy Me Love.”

1968, The Who, The Small Faces and Paul Jones appeared at the Town Hall, Wellington in New Zealand.

1972, the triple album, The Concert For Bangladesh, went to #1 on the U.K. album chart. The concert was organized by George Harrison to raise funds for victims in the war-torn and famine-ravaged region. The set featured Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Eric Clapton, Ravi Shankar and members of Badfinger.

1979, 16-year-old Brenda Spencer killed two people and wounded nine others when she fired a gun from her house across the street into the entrance of San Diego's Grover Cleveland Elementary School. Spencer fired the shots from a .22-caliber rifle her father had given her for Christmas. When asked why she did it, she answered, “I don't like Mondays.” The Boomtown Rats went on to write and record a song based on the event.

1983, Australian group Men at Work went to #1 on the British and American singles and album charts simultaneously with “Down Under” and Business as Usual. The last artist to achieve this was Rod Stewart in 1971.

John Martyn
1992, American blues singer and guitarist Willie Dixon died of heart failure. Dixon wrote such classic songs as “Little Red Rooster,” “Hoochie Coochie Man,” “I Just Want to Make Love to You” and “Back Door Man.” Dixon was a major influence on The Rolling Stones, Cream, The Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin.

1994, The Supremes' Mary Wilson was injured when her jeep crashed on a freeway and turned over just outside of Los Angeles, California. Wilson's 14-year-old son was killed in the accident.

2001, a New York-based data company issued a chart listing sales of “posthumous albums.” The idea came about after radio stations wanted to distinguish between proper recordings when the artists were alive and CDs released after they died. Mike Shalett, founder of SoundScan, said there was only one problem: what to call the chart. The Top 5 chart had The Doors at #5, Eva Cassidy at #4, Jimi Hendrix at #3, Bob Marley at #2 and Tupac Shakur at #1.

2009, singer-songwriter John Martyn died in a hospital in Ireland at the age of 60. The folk, blues and funk artist was widely regarded as one of the most soulful and innovative singer-songwriters of his generation and had been cited as an influence by artists as varied as U2, Portishead and Eric Clapton.

2009, former American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson made the largest-ever leap to #1 in U.S. chart history, rising 96 places. Her single, “My Life Would Suck without You,” rose from #97 to the top of the Billboard chart after selling 280,000 downloads in its first week of release. A clip from the video for the single was premiered during the commercial break of that week's episode of American Idol.

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