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January 25:

1938: R&B singer Etta James is born.

1962: Sam Cooke's "Twistin' the Night Away," later done by Rod Stewart, is released on RCA Records. It will make it up to #9 on the pop chart.

1971: Grace Slick and Paul Kantner of the Jefferson Airplane become the proud parents of a baby girl, which they originally wanted to name God, but settled on China.

1971: Charles Manson and three female members of his "family" are found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit murder and seven counts of murder in the first degree and are sentenced to life imprisonment. During one of the most sensational trials in history, it was revealed that Manson regarded the Beatles as angels who communicated to him through their music. In particular, "Helter Skelter," "Piggies," "Revolution 9" and other songs on the the White Album.

1979: The Cars win the Rolling Stone magazine annual readers' poll as the best new band of the year.

1980: Paul McCartney is released from a Tokyo jail where he'd been imprisoned for ten days after trying to carry a half pound of marijuana through customs at the Tokyo airport.

1986: Albert Grossman died of a heart attack. He managed such acts as Bob Dylan,The Band, Janis Joplin and Peter, Paul and Mary.

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Tuesday January 25

* Etta James ("Dance With Me Henry") is 67

* Jefferson Airplane's Grace Slick and Paul Kantner become the parents of a baby girl they name "god" (later they change it to "China"), 1967

* Paul McCartney is released after nine days in a Tokyo jail for marijuana possession, 1980

* Neil Diamond sings the national anthem at Superbowl XXI, 1987

* Clarence Carter and Eddie Floyd are inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, 2003

* Yoko Ono donates $375,000 to Liverpool's Strawberry Field retirement home, the inspiration for her husband John Lennon's song, 1984

* Billy Joel totals his Mercedes on a Long Island highway (but only receives facial cuts), 2003

* CBS-TV's "48 Hours" profiles Paul McCartney, 1990

* Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers appears on NBC-TV's "Cheers", 1990

* Sam Cooke records "Chain Gang", 1960

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January 26th

Buddy Holly's first recording session for Decca is held in Nashville. (1956)

Eddie Van Halen, guitar player for Van Halen, is born. (1957)

The Four Seasons' "Walk Like A Man" is released. (1963)

John Lennon and Phil Spector write and record "Instant Karma" which is released early next month. (1970)

Opening a concert for Bob Seger in Tampa, Florida, Patti Smith falls off the stage and must be rushed to the hospital for 22 stitches to close head lacerations. Her injuries mean a temporary retirement from the stage, during which time she will write her fifth book of poetry , "Babel." (1977)

Fleetwood Mac's first lead guitar player, Peter Green, is committed to a mental hospital in England after firing a pistol in the general direction of a delivery boy who was attempting to delver to Green a royalties check from Fleetwood Mac record sales. Green left the band in May 1970 to live a life of religious seclusion. (1977)

Singer Michael Jackson suffers scalp and neck burns when his hair catches fire in an accidental explosion on the set of a Pepsi commercial. The commercial debuted on MTV on February 27, 1984 with the fire scene edited out. (1984)

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Wednesday January 26

* Huey "Piano" Smith (the original "Rockin' Pneumonia - Boogie Woogie Flu") is 71

* Jean Knight ("Mr. Big Stuff") is 62

* Patti Smith falls off a stage, requiring 22 stitches, 1977

* The British Invasion begins in America as "I Want To Hold Your Hand" by the Beatles goes to #1, 1964

* John Lennon writes and records "Instant Karma", 1970

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Thursday January 27

* The late David Seville ("Witch Doctor" and leader of the Chipmunks) is born in 1919

* Bobby "Blue" Bland ("Turn On Your Love Light") is 75

* Little Richard enrolls at Oakwood College in Hunstville, Alabama to get his divinity degree, 1958

* The Bee Gees make their first-ever appearance in the U. S., at the Anaheim, California Convention Center (then head immediately back to England), 1968

* Michael Jackson's hair catches fire during the filming of a Pepsi TV commercial, 1984

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January 27:

1918: Elmore James, influential U.S. blues guitarist and singer, is born.

1945: Nick Mason, drummer for Pink Floyd, is born.

1951: Brian Downey, drummer for Thin Lizzy, is born.

1956: Elvis Presley releases "Heartbreak Hotel".

1976: David Bowie filed a $2 million suit against attorney Michael Lippman claiming that he had taken a 15% agents fee instead of the customary 10%.

1977: The Clash signed to CBS Records in the UK.

1990: "Tom Petty Day" was declared in the musician's hometown of Gainsville, FL.

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1956- Elvis Presley makes his national television debut on "The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show" on CBS.

1965- The Who make their first appearance on the British TV rock show "Ready Steady Go!". The band's performance helped put the single "I Can't Explain" into the British top-ten.

1978- The Doobie Brothers make the first of two appearances on TV's "What's Happening!".

1982- Jackson Browne proud dady of Ryan Daniel Browne.

1985- "We are the World" is recorded in A&M studios.

1996- Chris Isaak makes a guest appearance on "Friends."

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Friday January 28

* Mr. Acker Bilk ("Stranger On The Shore") is 76

* Chris Kenner ("I Like It Like That") dies of a heart attack in 1976

* Ted Nugent carves an autograph with a knife on a fan's arm (at the fan's request), 1978

* Aaron Neville sings the national anthem at Superbowl XXIV in New Orleans, 1990

* Ray Charles sings "America The Beautiful" at Superbowl XXXV (the Backstreet Boys sing the national anthem), 2001

* James Brown is arrested for domestic violence in Beech Island, South Carolina, 2004

* The Doobie Brothers guest-star on an episode of ABC-TV's "What's Happening", 1978

* Pat Boone releases an album of heavy metal tunes (which eventually costs him his Christian TV program), 1997

* "We Are The World" is recorded in Hollywood by a plethora of stars raising money for hunger relief in Africa, 1985

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Did they have a parade in Gainsville, Annabelle?

I didn't read anything about a parade...

I think I'm going to start calling you Annabello Mushroom.

:laughing: Sounds good.

Some for yesterday: January 29:

1952: Tommy Ramone is born.

1962: Warner Bros. Records signs the folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary.

1966: The Bobby Fuller Four's "I Fought The Law" is released.

1967: Jimi Hendrix and The Who perform at a concert at London's Saville Theatre.

1992: Blues legend Willie Dixon died of heart failure in Burbank, California.

January 30:

1942: Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane is born.

1947: Steve Marriott, guitarist and vocalist with Humble Pie & the Small Faces, is born.

1956: Jerry Lee Lewis plays piano for rockabilly singer Billy Lee Riley's Sun Studio session. They record "Red Hot," which will become Riley's most successful record.

1969: The Beatles make their last-ever public appearance as a group, performing on the roof of Apple Studios at 3 Saville Row, London. The show, filmed for the subsequent movie Let It Be , is stopped when police arrive after neighbors complain about the noise.

1973: Kiss play their first show, at the Coventary Club in Queens.

1982: Influential blues guitarist Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins died in Texas of cancer.

1990: Bob Dylan is named commander in France's Order of Arts and Letters by the country's Culture Ministry.

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Saturday January 29

* Cozy Cole ("Topsy II") dies of cancer in 1981

* Mary Wilson of the Supremes is injured and her son is killed in a California car accident, 1994

* Emerson, Lake & Palmer disband (the first time), 1979

* Peter, Paul & Mary sign with Warner Brothers Records, 1962

* Billy Joel sings the national Anthem at Superbowl XXIII, 1989

* According to Troy Shondell, Buddy Holly sees Troy's performance in Davenport, Iowa, four days before "the music dies", 1959

* The Paul Simon musical "The Cape Man" open on Broadway (it lasts only 68 performances), 1997

* Grand Funk records "The Loco-Motion", 1974

* The Beatles record "Sie Liebt Dich" (the German version of "She Loves You"), 1964

Sunday January 30

* The late Horst Jankowski ("A Walk in the Black Forest") is born in 1936

* Phil Collins ("Follow You, Follow Me" with Genesis, later a solo star) is 54

* Marty Balin ("Hearts" and member of Jefferson Airplane/Starship) is 63

* The Beatles perform "Get Back" on the roof of Apple Records for the "Let It Be" film (it's the last public performance by the Fab Four), 1969

* Natalie Cole sings the national anthem at Superbowl XXVIII, 1994

* The first Kiss concert is held, in the New York City borough of Queens, 1973

* Elvis Presley records his version of "Blue Suede Shoes", 1956

* Bobby Goldsboro records "Honey", 1968

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January 31:

1946: The late Terry Kath, guitarist with Chicago, is born.

1951: Phil Collins is born.

1951: Phil Manzanera of Roxy Music is born.

1956: John Lydon (Johnny Rotten) is born.

1972 Joan Baez claims a gold record for her album "Any Day Now," which was made up solely of songs by Bob Dylan.

1998: The "Come Together" benefit concert is held at a small New Jersey shore theatre. The show was a benefit for the family of Sgt. Patrick King, a Long Branch, NJ, police officer killed in the line of duty in the fall of 1997. The show was a 3 1/2 hour jam which featured Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Southside Johnny, Little Steven and a host of New Jersey musicians.

February 1:

1937: Don Everly is born.

1968: Lisa Marie Presley is born.

1988: The Cars break up.

February 2:

1942: Graham Nash is born.

1959: Frankie Avalon's "Venus" is released on Chancellor Records. It will become the teen idol's greatest hit.

1959: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper make their last onstage appearances during the GAC Winter Show tour, at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa.

1978: Van Halen signs with Warner Brothers Records.

1979: Ex-Sex Pistol bass player Sid Vicious dies of a heroin overdose in the New York City apartment of his present girlfriend, Michelle Robinson. The death is ruled an accident. He was 21 years old.

February 3:

1947: Dave Davies, guitar player with the Kinks, is born.

1956: Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash hold a recording session at Sun Studios in Memphis. The sessions are later named the "Million Dollar Quartet" and released.

1959: In the words of Don McLean, "it was the day the music died." Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper are killed when their plane crashes in the Iowa countryside.

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Monday January 31

* KC (Harry Wayne Casey) of KC & the Sunshine Band ("Boogie Shoes") is 54

* The late Terry Kath of Chicago ("25 Or 6 To 4") is born in 1946

* The late Chuck Willis ("C. C. Rider") is born in 1928

* Slim Harpo ("Baby Scratch My Back") dies of a heart attack while recording in London, 1970

* Aretha Franklin sings at the funeral of gospel great Mahalia Jackson in 1972

* Bob Dylan is reported to be in the audience as Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper play Duluth, Minnesota less than three days before their fatal plane crash, 1959

* 17 year-old Neil Young performs his first professional date at a country club in Winnipeg, 1963

* The Grateful Dead's bust for LSD and barbiturates in a New Orleans hotel becomes the inspiration for their song, "Truckin'", 1970

* The Jackson 5 receive the key to their home town of Gary, Indiana (32 years later the city gives another key to Michael-- they must have changed the locks), 1971

* Elvis Presley signs a contract with the William Morris Agency to represent him in film deals, 1956

* Herb Alpert performs the national anthem on the trumpet (and Chubby Checker performs at halftime) at Superbowl XXII in 1988

* Cher sings the national anthem (and Stevie Wonder is among the halftime performers) at Superbowl XXXIII, 1999

* Michael Jackson (and 3,500 local children) perform at halftime of Superbowl XXVII in Pasadena, California, 1993

* The "Bobby Darin & Friends" TV special airs on NBC, 1961

* Bobby Darin walks off the set of the "Jackie Gleason Show" when he is not allowed to sing "Long Line Rider", 1971

* The Beach Boys record "Surfin' U. S. A." and "Shutdown", 1963

Tuesday February 1

* Don Everly of the Everly Brothers ("Problems") is 68

* Ray Sawyer (Dr. Hook--"Cover Of Rolling Stone") is also 68

* Lisa Marie Presley is 37

* The late Rick James (the original "Super Freak") is born in 1952

* Mongo Santamaria ("Watermelon Man") dies in 2003

* Diana Ross weds a Norwegian businessman (it lasts almost 14 years), 1986

* The Cars disband, 1988Paul Simon graduates from Queens College in New York, 1963

* "Bar-Kays Day" is declared in Memphis, 1982

* It's reported that Indiana Governor Matthew Walsh has attempted to ban "Louie Louie", 1964

* Elvis Presley arranges for his daughter, Lisa Marie to meet her favorite singer, Elton John, for her seventh birthday, 1975

* Gladys Knight & the Pips leave Motown Records (and its Soul label) for Buddah, 1973

* Glen Frey of the Eagles appears on an episode of NBC-TV's "Miami Vice", 1985

* The Doors are offered a half-million dollars to star in a film (it never happens), 1968

* The Bob Dylan film, "Renoldo and Clara", premieres in 1978

Wednesday February 2

* Graham Nash of the Hollies ("Carrie-Anne") and Crosby, Stills & Nash ("Marakesh Express") is 63

* The late Clyde "Skip" Battin of Skip & Flip ("It Was I") is born in 1934

* Todd Rundgren names his newborn son "Rebop", 1992

* Keith Emerson's hands are injured during an Emerson, Lake & Palmer concert when a rigged piano explosion goes off prematurely, 1973

* "Carl Perkins Day" is celebrated in Jackson, Tennessee, 1969

* The first 45 RPM record is released, 1949

* The Beatles begin their first British tour, supporting Helen Shapiro, 1963

* Freddy Fender gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 1999

* The Coasters sign with Atlantic Records, 1956

* "The Midnight Special" premieres on NBC-TV, 1973

* Dale Hawkins records "Susie-Q", 1957

Thursday February 3

* Melanie ("Brand New Key") is 58

* The late Johnny Cymbal ("Mr. Bass Man") AKA Derek ("Cinnamon") is born in 1945

* Dave Davies of the Kinks ("A Well Respected Man") is 58

* "The Day The Music Died"--Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper die in an Iowa plane crash, 1959

* Producer Phil Spector is arrested for allegedly shooting a woman to death in his Alhambra, California home, 2003

* Harry Chapin meets with U. S. President Jimmy Carter to discuss fighting hunger, 1978

* Paul McCartney and Bary Manilow sing at a pre-game concert before Superbowl XXXVI in New Orleans, 2002

* The TV movie "Dead Man's Curve" (based on the lives of Jan & Dean) airs on ABC, 1978

* B. B. King guests on CBS-TV's "Touched by an Angel", 1996

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February 27:

1954: Neal Schon of Journey is born.

1967: In London, Pink Floyd record their first single, "Arnold Layne", which will reach the Top 20 on the U.K. charts but won't do a thing in the U.S.

1977: RCMP raid Keith Richards' Toronto hotel suite while he is asleep and seize 22 grams of heroin, 5 grams of cocaine and narcotics paraphenalia. Richards is arrested, charged with possession of heroin with intent to traffic and possession of cocaine. He is released on $25,000 bail. Trial is set for October.

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Sunday February 27

The late Guy Mitchell ("Heartaches By The Number") is born in 1927

Jerry Lee Lewis' son, Steve Allen Lewis (named after the TV host) is born, 1959

Mick Jagger is hospitalized in New York with a respiratory infection, 1976

During the taping of her TV talk show, James Brown asks the hostess, Rolanda White, to marry him (she doesn't), 1997

Carlos Santana is given the key to his home town of Autlan, Mexico, 2001

Jefferson Airplane is fined $1,000 for onstage profanity in Oklahoma City, 1970

James Brown is paroled from prison after serving two years, 1991

Keith Richards is arrested for heroin possession in Toronto, 1977

The Miracles make their first TV appearance, on ABC's "American Bandstand", 1960

"The Beach Boys: An American Family" TV mini-series begins on ABC, 2000

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February 28


1942 Brian Jones, guitar player for the Rolling Stones, is born in Cheltenham, England.

1943 Guitarist Donnie Iris is born.

1957 Cindy Wilson, formerly of the B-52's.

1957 Ian Stanley, formerly of Tears For Fears.


1968 Frankie Lymon, who made it to Number One at age 13 with "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" is found dead of a heroin overdose in New York City. He was 25 years old.

1974 Bobby Bloom, whose "Montego Bay" was in the pop Top Ten in 1970, shoots himself in the head with a derringer in a West Hollywood motel room. He was 28 years old.

1984 Joey Vann (real name Joseph Canzano), lead singer of the 1960's pop group the Duprees, dies at age 40.

1985 David Byron, lead singer of the British hard rock band Uriah Heep, dies at the age of 38.


1962 New York City's top rock & roll radio station, WINS, switches formats from rock & roll to "pretty music" and changes its call letters back to its originals ones, WHN. A station spokesman says top DJ Murray the K will program his shows according to the new format. After several months, the station goes back to rock & roll Top Forty programming.

1966 Liverpool's Cavern Club, where the Beatles rose to fame, closes.

1970 Led Zeppelin performs in Copenhagen under the pseudonym Nobs, because of a threat of suit by Count Evan von Zeppelin, a relative of the airship designer Ferdinand, if the band play under the name Zeppelin in Denmark.

1986 Pop duo Wham! announces they are breaking up.

1989 G.G. Allin, lead singer of the Toilet Rockers, defecates on stage and tosses the results into the audience at a Milwaukee nightclub. Allin admitted to police he took a dump on stage but said he didn't "think enough came out to bother anybody." He was convicted more than two years later of provoking a disturbance, describing the jury as "a bunch of narrow-minded, robotic puppets of society" who looked like his "dead grandmother."

1989 Sebastian Bach, lead singer of Skid Row, spends the night in jail in Hampton, Virginia for using abusive and violent language on stage. He is released after paying a $35 fine.

1990 Paul McCartney returns to Japan for the first time since he was expelled for marijuana possession 10 years earlier. He begins his stay with an anti-drug news conference, then plays six concerts.

1997 Marion (Suge) Knight, the head of Death Row Records, is sentenced in Los Angeles to nine years in prison after he violates his parole on a 1992 assault conviction.

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February 28:

1970: Simon and Garfunkel started a six week run at the top of the US singles chart with "Bridge Over Troubled Water", also No.1 in the UK in March the same year.

1977: While appearing live on stage Ray Charles was attacked by a member of his audience who tried to strangle him with a rope.

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