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Thursday January 13

* Donny Hathaway ("Where Is The Love" with Roberta Flack) falls to his death from the 15th floor of a New York hotel room (ruled a suicide, though evidence suggests it was accidental), 1979

* John Lennon and Yoko Ono cut their hair and donate it to a charity auction, 1970

* British police arrest the Who's Pete Townshend on suspicion of possession of child pornography (he says it was research and receives an official caution), 2003

* Elvis Presley begins recording his "Memphis Sessions", 1969

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1975: A nine-city 18-show tour of Europe starts for Warner Brothers acts Little Feat, Tower of Power, the Doobie Brothers, Bonaroo, Montrose & Graham and Central Station. The Warner Brothers Music Show does well with European audiences, especially Little Feat which establishes an adoring cult audience during the month-long tour.

Now that's something to see.

I saw Little Feat this past July and I thought they were a lot of fun to watch on stage. I even have pictures of them as I was standing front-center stage (this was the act immediately followed by LYNYRD SKYNYRD).

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Friday January 14

* Jack Jones ("Wives And Lovers") is 67

* Wife Jerri Hall files for divorce from Mick Jagger, 1999

* Elvis Presley is promoted to Sergeant in the U. S. Army, 1960

* The first "Be-In" is held in San Francisco, with Big Brother & the Holding Company and Jefferson Airplane, 1967

* Diana Ross performs for the last time in concert with the Supremes, in Las Vegas, 1970

* Elvis Presley's "Aloha From Hawaii" concert is broadcast live to a billion people around the world (but not in the U. S., where it airs on TV months later), 1973

* Alan Freed's first New York stage show includes the Clovers, the Drifters and Fats Domino, 1955

* The Beach Boys guest star on an episode of ABC-TV's "Home Improvement", 1997

* The "Monterey Pop" film opens in Los Angeles, 1969

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November 14th

Disc jockey Alan Freed begins his first New York area Rock & Roll Ball, a two night affair which is held at the Saint Nicholas Arena in Harlem. Both shows at the 6,000 seat arena are sold out in advance, bringing in $24,000. Those appearing on stage include Big Joe Turner, the Clovers, Fats Domino, the Moonglows, Drifters and the Harptones. (1955)

Elvis Presley is promoted to Sgt. in the U.S. Army. (1960)

Britain's Parlophone Records releases the single "Can't Help Thinking About Me" backed with "And I Say to Myself" by David Bowie and the Lower Third.

David Jones changes his last name to Bowie to avoid confusion with Davy Jones from the Monkees. (1966)

The first "Human Be-In" is held in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Among the performers are The Grateful Dead and The Jefferson Airplane. (1967)

Rapper LL Cool J is born. (1968)

Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters and Nirvana is born. (1969)

Diana Ross performs for the last time with the Supremes during a show in Las Vegas. (1970)

Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh is busted on drugs in California. (1973)

Pop vocal trio Three Dog Night earn its 12th and last gold record for the album "Joy to the World-- Their Greatest Hits." Also on this day, Joe Walsh earns a gold record for his third solo album, "So What." He will go on to join the Eagles next year. (1975)

The Sex Pistols play their last concert before breaking up in San Francisco. They would reunite (without Sid Vicious) in 1996 for a very unsuccessful tour. (1978)

Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas" becomes Britain's biggest selling single ever with sales approaching three million only weeks after its release. (1985)

Paul McCartney releases his album "Back In The U.S.S.R." exclusively in Russia. Bootleg copies sold for as much as $1,000 in the United States. (1989)

The January 14th issue of Rolling Stone magazine reveals that the two children of rocker Melissa Etheridge and her partner Julie Cypher were fathered by David Crosby. (2000)

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Saturday January 15

* Harry Nilsson ("Without You") dies of a heart attack, 1994

* Judy Collins' son, Clark, is found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in St. Paul, Minnesota, 1992

* Harry Casey (KC of KC & the Sunshine Band) is partially paralyzed in an auto accident in Hileah, Florida (recovery takes a year), 1982

* The Supremes sign with Motown Records, 1961

* Lou Rawls is arrested for battery in Albequerque, New Mexico, 2003

* Linda McCartney is voted to the top ten most-watchable women list by the Bachelors Club, 1977

* "Happy Days" premieres on ABC-TV, 1974

* The Rolling Stones sing a cleaned-up "Let's Spend Some Time Together" on CBS-TV's "Ed Sullivan Show", 1967

* "The Fastest Guitar Alive" movie, with Roy Orbison and Sheb Wooley, premieres in New York, 1967

* Chase records "Get It On", 1971

* The Buckinghams begin recording "Don't You Care" in 1967

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January 15:

1952: Melvyn Gale, cello player for Electric Light Orchestra, is born.

1965: The Who releases "I Can't Explain" in the U.K where it reaches No. 8. It is produced by Shel Talmy also the Kinks producer at the time and features the Ivy League on backing vocals.

1971: George Harrison releases "My Sweet Lord".

1973: The Rolling Stones announce they'll put on a benefit concert for the people of Managua, Nicaragua, which had been devestated by an earthquake back on December 23. Nicaragua is the home of Jagger's wife, Bianca.

1974: Brownsville Station earns a gold record for their only Top Ten hit "Smokin' in the Boys' Room."

1976: Paul Simonon auditioned for The London SS. The band went on to become The Clash.

1992: Dee Murray, long time bassist for Elton John, dies of cancer in Nashville.

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January 16


1937 Bob Bogle, bass guitarist and founding member of the Ventures, is born in Portland, Oregon.

1945 Ray Phillips, original drummer for Budgie, is born in Tiger Bay, Cardiff, Wales.


1972 Ross Bagdasarian, who had a bunch of hits "sung" by TV cartoon characters, the Chipmunks, dies at age 52. He did the voices for Alvin, Simon and Theodore. Under the name David Seville, he also recorded the Number One hit "Witch Doctor" in 1958.

1973 Famed gospel singer Carla Ward dies after suffering her second stroke within several weeks. Aretha Franklin called Ward, "my inspiration." She was 48 years old.

1999 Bassist John Baker Saunders dies of a drug overdose. Baker played for such Seattle bands as Mad Season and the Walkabouts.


1957 Elvis Presley's "Too Much" enters the pop chart. It will become the first of four chart toppers for Presley this year.

1957 The Cavern Club opens in a former wine cellar on Matthew Street in Liverpool, England. The club will earn its landmark status in 1961 and '62 when the Beatles are its house band.

1970 John Lennon's London Art gallery exhibit of erotic lithographs, Bag One, is closed by Scotland Yard and eight prints are confiscated as evidence of pornography.

1970 The Who begins it first tour of Europe in four years with a performance of its rock opera "Tommy" at the theatre Champs Elysees in Paris.

1975 Paul McCartney & Wings arrive in New Orleans to begin sessions for the album "Venus and Mars." The band records with Allen Toussaint at his Sea-Saint Studio; the LP will be released four months later.

1975 Years of missed performances and sliding creativity catch up with Sly and the Family Stone when they begin an eight show six night stand at Radio City Music Hall and bomb at the box office.

1976 The record set Frampton Comes Alive! is released and does extremely well. It goes gold in five weeks and platinum in less than three months, topping the charts for over two months.

1980 Paul McCartney is jailed in Tokyo for possession of a half pound of marijuana. He will spend ten days behind bars before being kicked-out of the country by Japanese authorities. The remainder of his tour is canceled. (On the same date four years later, he was arrested for marijuana possession in Barbados.)

1981 John Lennon releases "Woman" in the U.K.

1982 Earth, Wind & Fire's "Let's Groove" becomes the longest running R&B Number One single in the past ten years, having held that position now for eight weeks.

1984 The Rolling Stones go to Mexico City to shoot videos for "She Was Hot" and "Too Much Blood", two songs from their "Undercover" LP.

1987 The Beastie Boys become the first act censored on "American Bandstand."

1991 The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies are held. Among those being inducted are The Byrds and Wilson Pickett.

1992 Mick Jagger attends the Hollywood premiere of his flick "Freejack" at Mann's Chinese Theatre.

1996 Jamaican authorities open fire on Jimmy Buffett's seaplane, mistaking it for a drug trafficker's plane. U2 singer Bono was with Buffett, but neither was hurt.

1999 Warren Zevon, America, Jonny Lang and Delbert McClinton perform at the inaugural ball for former pro wrestler turned Minnesota governor Jesse "The Body" Ventura. America performs "Ventura Highway."

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Sunday January 16

* Jim Stafford ("Spiders & Snakes") is 61

* Barbara Lynn ("You'll Lose A Good Thing") is 63

* David Seville ("Witch Doctor" and leader of the Chipmunks) dies of a heart attack, 1972

* Cher's divorce from Gregg Allman is final, 1979

* Paul McCartney is jailed in Tokyo for marijuana possession, 1980

* A portion of highway I-80 in Southern California is renamed the "Sonny Bono Memorial Freeway", 2002

* The Cavern Club (home to many early Beatles concerts) opens in Liverpool, 1957

* Scotland Yard confiscates eight John Lennon lithographs in a London art gallery for being obscene, 1970

* Donny & Marie Osmond's ABC-TV variety show debuts in 1976

* Diana Ross' TV movie "Out Of Darkness" airs on CBS, 1994

* The "Harper Valley P.T.A." TV series debuts on NBC, 1981

* Little Richard records "Lucille", 1957

* The first Guess Who record (under that group name) is released, "Shakin' All Over" in 1965

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January 17


1927 Nightclub singer Eartha Kitt is born in Columbia, South Carolina.

1945 William Hart of the '60s soul group The Delfonics.

1948 Former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor is born in Welwyn Garden City, England.

1955 Country/Rock singer Steve Earle is born.

1956 Paul Young is born.

1957 Susanna Hoffs of the Bangles is born.


1970 Chicago R&B singer Billy Stewart and three of his band members are killed when their car goes out of control and off a bridge over the River Neuse in North Carolina. Stewart is best know for his 1966 hit "Summertime." He was 32 years old.

1982 Tommy Tucker, author of "Hi Heel Sneakers" and a bunch of other R&B hits, dies of carbon tetrachloride poisoning sustained while he was finishing floors in his home. He was 48 years old.


1964 Vee Jay Records files a motion in New York Supreme Court against Capitol and Swan records, seeking an injuction restraining Capitol and Swan from manufacturing, distributing, advertising or otherwise disposing of recordings by the Beatles.

1965 Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts' book, Ode to a High Flying Bird, a tribute to jazz great Charlie Parker, is published. Also, the same day the Stones record "The Last Time" and "Play with Fire."

1969 Led Zeppelin's debut album is released.

1970 A display of John Lennon's erotic "Bag One" lithographs opens in London. Scotland Yard seizes prints 2 days later as evidence of pornography.

1970 The Doors' two-night stand at the Felt Forum in New York is recorded for their forthcoming album, "Absolutely Live." Several other shows around the country will also be recorded for the album.

1972 Highway 51 South in Memphis is renames Elvis Presley Blvd.

1974 Dino Martin, singer and son of Dean Martin, is arrested on suspicion of possession and sale of two machine guns. He is arraigned and released the next day on $5,000 bail. He now faces indictment by a federal grand jury.

1977 The Marshall Tucker and Charlie Daniels bands headline a benefit concert for Scooter Herring, an ex-roadie for the Allman Brothers Band. Herring was facing a cocaine trafficking conviction based, in part, on testimony from Greg Allman. It was Allman's move to give evidence that caused the breakup of the Allman Brothers. Herring, meanwhile, was sentenced to 75 years in prison.

1981 Prince enters the soul chart for the fourth time since September 1979 with "Dirty Mind," which peaks at #65. Prince is more favored by critics rather than record buying public, although "I Wanna Be Your Lover" makes it to Number One R&B in 1979. That changes this year when Prince breaks out with the album "Controversy" and its title single.

1989 Chuck Berry sues High Society magazine for $10-million after it published nude photographs of him. Berry said the photos were stolen from his office in St. Louis. He told reporters he had taken photos of himself and his female companions over the past 30 years in case the women tried to defame him.

1990 Hank Ballard, The Four Seasons, The Four Tops, The Kinks, Simon and Garfunkel, the Platters and The Who are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame during ceremonies at New York's Waldorf Astoria.

1993 Hundreds of thousands of people gather in Washington for a free outdoor concert that was part of the presidential inauguration ceremonies. Among those performing are Aretha Franklin and Michael Bolton.

1996 David Bowie, Tom Donahue, The Jefferson Airplane, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Little Willie John, Pink Floyd, Pete Seeger, The Shirelles and the Velvet Underground are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

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Monday January 17

* Chris Montez ("Let's Dance") is 62

* Mick Taylor (one-time member of the Rolling Stones) is 57

* Eartha Kitt ("C'est Si Bon") is 78

* Billy Stewart ("Summertime") dies, along with three members of his band, in an auto crash in Smithfield, North Carolina, 1970

* Olivia Newton-John gives birth to daughter Chloe, 1986

* Elva Connes marries John Miller and becomes "Mrs. Miller" ("Downtown"), 1934

* Memphis' "Elvis Presley Boulevard" is dedicated, 1972

* Donny Osmond fights Danny Bonaduce of the Partridge Family in a charity boxing match in Chicago (Danny wins a split decision), 1994

* Marvin Gaye sings the national anthem at Superbowl V in Miami, 1971

* The "Michael Jackson?The Legend Continues" special airs on CBS-TV, 1992

* The Doors record their "Absolutely Live" album in Los Angeles, 1970

* The first Led Zeppelin album (self-titled) is released, 1969

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January 18:

1941: David Ruffin, singer for The Temptations, is born.

1964: The Beatles made their US chart debut when "I Want To Hold Your Hand" entered the chart at No.45. It went on to spend seven weeks at the No.1 position.

1975: Status Quo were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with "Down Down".

1991: Three fans were killed during a crush in a crowd during an AC/DC gig in Salt Lake City.

1997: Songwriter and producer Keith Diamond died of a heart attack. Wrote, "Caribbean Queen" and "Suddenly" for Billy Ocean. Also wrote for Donna Summer, James Ingram, Mick Jagger, Sheena Easton and Michael Bolton.

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Tuesday January 18

* Bobby Goldsboro ("Little Things") is 64

* The late David Ruffin of the Temptations ("My Girl") is born in 1941

* Lisa Marie Presley files for divorce from Michael Jackson, 1996

* Paul Simon drops out of law school to become a full-time musician, 1965

* Neil Sedaka receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 1978

* "Bobby Vinton Day" is celebrated in Chicago as Mayor Richard Daley dubs him the "Polish Prince", 1975

* Barbara Streisand and Bobby Darin sing for Lyndon Johnson's presidential inauguration, 1965

* A Rolling Stones benefit concert raises $200,000 for Nicaraguan earthquake relief (Mick Jagger donates $150,000 more), 1973

* HBO airs a live Rolling Stones concert from New York's Madison Square Garden, 2003

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January 19:

1939: Phil Everly, of the Everly Brothers, is born.

1943: Janis Joplin is born.

1949: Singer Robert Palmer is born.

1963: The Beatles made their first national TV appearance in the UK on Thank Your Lucky Stars performing "Please Please Me".

1967: The Monkees were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with "I'm A Believer".

1974: Two Bob Dylan/The Band shows, cause a nine-mile-long traffic jam in Miami that keeps many ticket holders from entering the Sportsatorium until the show is half over.

1998: Legendary rockabilly pioneer, guitarist and songwriter Carl Perkins, died in Nashville.

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Wednesday January 19

* Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers ("When Will I Be Loved") is 66

* The late Janis Joplin ("Me & Boby McGee") is born in 1943

* Shelley Fabares ("Johnny Angel") is 61

* Dolly Parton ("Jolene") is 59

* Dewey Bunnell of America ("Ventura Highway") is 54

* Laurie London (he sang "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands") is 61

* The late Robert Palmer ("Bad Case Of Loving You") is born in 1949

* Carl Perkins ("Blue Suede Shoes") dies from a stroke in 1998

* The Beatles turn down a $30 million offer to reunite, 1976

* Pat Boone sings at Dwight Eisenhower's presidential inauguraution ball, 1957

* Charlie Daniels and the Marshall Tucker Band play for Jimmy Carter's presidential inauguration, 1977

* Fleetwood Mac reunites for Bill Clinton's presidential inauguration, 1993

* Pat Boone receives an award from the National Association of Chiefs of Police for his efforts in support of families of officers killed in the line of duty, 1998

* Lesley Gore appears as Catwoman's sidekick, Pussycat, on ABC-TV's "Batman", 1967

* Marty Robbins makes his debut at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, 1953

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A few for yesterday, January 20:

1952: Paul Stanley, guitarist with Kiss, is born.

1958: St. Louis radio station KWK finishes its "Record Breaking Week." Orders of station management had all rock & roll music banned from the airwaves. The disc jockeys gave every rock and roll record in the station library a "farewell spin" before smashing it into pieces. The station manager at KWK, Robert Convey, calls the action "a simple weeding out of undesirable music."

1964: The album "Meet the Beatles" is released in the U.S. on Capitol Records.

1965: Alan Freed died in Palm Springs, California. Freed was a disc jockey in the mid-'50s who played as big a role as any one person in helping to promote the rise of rock & roll and R&B. Unfortunately, he saw his career take a beating in the end by the payola scandals.

1968: Despite his much rumored falling out with the New York-Cambridge folk singer circle, Bob Dylan joins Pete Seeger, Judy Collins, Arlo Guthrie, Odetta, Richie Havens, Ramblin' Jack Elliot and the Band in commemorating the late Woody Guthrie. This is Dylan's first appearance since his motorcycle accident two years ago.

1982: Ozzy Osborne was taken to hospital and treated for rabies after biting the head off a bat during a concert in Des Moines, Iowa.

January 21:

1941: Richie Havens is born.

1959: The Kingston Trio one of the foremost groups behind the current folk music revival in the country, receive the first gold record for Tom Dooley.

1965: The Animals cancel a show for New York's Apollo Theater after the U.S. Immigration Department, continuing its crackdown on U.K. bands, forces the group to leave the theater. Their only New York appearance is on the "Ed Sullivan Show."

1965: The Byrds record "Mr. Tambourine Man". It was produced by Doris Day's son Terry Melcher.

1966: Beatle George Harrison marries his longtime girlfriend, fashion model Patti Boyd. The two met on the set of the Beatles' first movie, "A Hard Day's Night." She leaves Harrison in the mid-'70s to take up with neighbor Eric Clapton who would write the song "Layla" about her and who she would marry in May 1979.

1984: Jackie Wilson dies of a long illness following a stroke in 1975. He was 49 years old.

1984: Yes' "Owner of a Lonely Heart" peaks at #1 on the pop chart.

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Thursday January 20

* Ray Anthony ("Peter Gunn") is born in 1922

* Alan Freed (disk jockey who coined the term "rock 'n' roll") dies of uremic poisoning, 1965

* Diana Ross marries Bob Silberstein (she files for divorce in five months, though they later reconcile), 1971

* Stevie Wonder returns to performing, in London, five months after a car crash put him in a coma, 1974

* Jerry Lee Lewis makes his first-ever appearance at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, 1973

* Arthur Conley records "Sweet Soul Music", 1967

Friday January 21

* The late Edwin Starr ("War") is born in 1942

* Mac Davis ("Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me") is 63

* Richie Havens ("Here Comes The Sun") is 64

* The late Frank Virtue of the Virtues ("Guitar Boogie Shuffle") is born in 1927

* The late Wolfman Jack (real name: Bob Smith) is born in 1939

* Jackie Wilson ("Lonely Teardrops") dies, eight years after a heart attack and subsequent fall left him in a coma with brain damage, 1984

* Peggy Lee ("Fever") dies, 2002

* Charles Brown ("Merry Christmas Baby") dies of congestive heart failure in 1999

* "Colonel" Tom Parker (Elvis Presley's manager) dies of a stroke in 1997

* George Harrison marries Patti "Layla" Boyd, 1966

* Patsy Cline wins "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts" program singing "Walking After Midnight", 1957

* Filming begins on Elvis Presley's second movie, "Loving You", in 1957

* Chuck Berry records "School Day", 1957

* The Byrds record "Mr. Tambourine Man", 1965

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January 22nd

Journey lead singer Steve Perry is born. (1949)

Alone with an acoustic guitar and tape recorder in his New York City apartment, Buddy Holly makes his last recordings. The songs taped this day, include "Peggy Sue Got Married," "Crying, Waiting, Hoping," "That's What They Say," "What to Do," "Learning the Game" and "That Makes it Tough." The recordings will be overdubbed posthumously and released by Coral Records. (1959)

Michael Hutchence of INXS is born. He died in December 1997. (1960)

Sam Cooke signs with RCA Records. (1960)

Frank Sinatra's daughter Nancy enters the Hot 100 for the second time with what will be her biggest hit, "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'." In 14 weeks on the charts, the song will go to Number One for one week next month. (1966)

The Rolling Stones refused to go on the revolving stage during the finale of the British TV show "Sunday Night at the London Palladium." The press saw it as a snub against tradition. (1967)

The Joe Cocker film "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" debuts at London's Festival Palace. The movie features performances by Cocker, Leon Russell, Rita Coolidge and others. (1971)

Carly Simon receives a gold record for "Hotcakes," her Top Five album highlighted by her duet with husband James Taylor on "Mockingbird," also a Top Five hit. (1974)

Gene Simmons of Kiss and former "Playboy" model Shannon Tweed have a son. (1989)

Guns & Roses guitarist Slash swore numerous times on live television while accepting an American Music Award. Viewers swamped the ABC-TV switchboard with irate calls and the network apologized. (1990)

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Saturday January 22

* The late Sam Cooke ("Cupid") is born in 1931

* Tommy Tucker ("Hi-Heel Sneakers") dies of carbon tetrachloride poisoning while refinishing floors in his home (though some accounts say it was food poisoning), 1987

* Ron Holden ("Love You So") dies of a heart attack in Mexico, where he had been performing, 1997

* Sam Cooke signs with RCA Records, 1960

* Barry Manilow sings the national anthem at Superbowl XVIII, 1984

* Gene Chandler makes his TV debut on "American Bandstand", 1962

* Chubby Checker guests on Fox-TV's "All McBeal", 2001

* The Drifters record "On Broadway", 1963

* The Beach Boys record "Wouldn't It Be Nice", 1966

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Jam the 24th

Warren Zevon is born. (1947)

Elvis Presley records "Teddy Bear." (1957)

Johnny Preston hits Number One on the pop chart with "Running Bear," a song penned by the late J.P Richardson (alias the Big Bopper). Preston's smash will make it to Number One on the U.K. pop chart and #3 on the U.S. R&B chart. (1960)

Teenage twist star Danny Peppermint--who had earlier released a version of "The Peppermint Twist" different from, but competing with, the version by Joey Dee & the Starlighters -- is nearly killed when he touches a microphone stand at the Thunderbird Hotel in Las Vegas and is electrocuted. He's rushed to a hospital where he recovers. (1962)

Brian Epstein signs the Beatles to a management deal. (1962)

Jethro Tull plays its first U.S. concert in New York City. The band, already popular with critics and audience in England, opens for heavy-metal supergroup Led Zeppelin. (1969)

It's announced that John Lennon and Yoko Ono have shaven their heads to commemorate the start of Year One for Peace. (1970)

James "Shep" Sheppard, the lead singer for the The Heartbeats and Shep and the Limelites, is found murdered in his car on the Long Island Expressway. (1970)

The live version of "Rock & Roll All Nite" by Kiss peaks at #12 on the chart. (1976)

Singer/songwriterr Randy Newman receives a gold record for his hit "Short People", which made it to #2 on the chart. Newman had angered many short people with the song, especially the line that stated, "short people got no reason to live." Newman claimed it was a subtle poke at prejudice. (1978)

The Clash's first U.S. single, their version of "I Fought the Law" is released on Epic Records. Though it gets lots of play on the college stations and in the new wave dance rock clubs, it will not be a hit on the pop chart. (1979)

The producer of the New Kids on the Block LP "Hangin' Tough" claimed that the boys only sang about 20% of the lyrics. He sued for a few million bucks for creative contributions and royalties. The group denied the allegations and the suit was eventually dropped. (1992)

Van Halen releases their "Balance" LP. It would be the last album with lead singer Sammy Hagar. (1995)

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Sunday January 23

* Joe Dowell ("Wooden Heart") is 65

* Terry Kath of Chicago ("Dialogue") accidentally and fatally shoots himself, 1978

* "Louie Louie" composer Richard Berry dies of an aneurism in 1997

* Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys divorces his wife Marilyn (one-time member of the Honeys, and mother of Wendy & Carnie Wilson of Wilson Phillips), 1979

* The first inductees into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame include Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Fats Domino, 1986

* Judy Collins is refused permission to sing testimony at the infamous "Chicago 7" trial, 1970

* Tony Bennett records "I Left My Heart In San Francisco", 1962

Monday January 24

* Neil Diamond ("Cherry Cherry") is 64

* Ray Stevens ("Ahab The Arab") is 66

* Aaron Neville ("Tell It Like It Is") is 64

* Jack Scott ("Leroy") is 69

* The late Warren Zevon ("Werewolves Of London") is born in 1947

* The late John Belushi of the Blues Brothers ("Soul Man") is born in 1949

* James "Shep" Sheppard of Shep & the Limelites and the Heartbeats is found murdered in his car on a New York expressway, 1970

* Freddy Fender receives one of his daughter's kidneys in a transplant operation, 2002

* Diana Ross sings the national anthem at Superbowl XVI, 1982

* Elvis Presley records "Teddy Bear", 1957

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