Friday, January 14, 2011

January 14 - Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday Dave Grohl!

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Musicians Born On January 14

1938 Jack Jones
1938 Alain Toussaint (New Orleans songwriter/performer)
1948 Tim Harris (Foundations)
1959 Carl Smyth (Madness)
1962 Patricia Morrison (Sisters of Mercy)
1968 LL Cool J
1969 Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters/Nirvana)

Number 1 In The Charts On January 14

1956 Dean Martin: Memories Are Made Of This US 45
1961 Elvis Presley: G.I. Blues UK LP
1965 Georgie Fame: Yeah Yeah UK 45
1984 Paul McCartney: Pipes of Peace UK 45
1989 Bobby Brown: My Perogative US 45
1995 Rednex: Cotton Eye Joe: UK single

Various Music Events On January 14

1955 Allan Freed promotes his first big New York concerts at St. Nicholas Arena in Harlem. Both shows in the 6,000-seater auditorium sell out far in advance. Big Joe Turner, Drifters, Clovers, Fats Domino and Harptones play.

1956 Little Richard hits US chart for first time with Tutti Frutti.

1960 Elvis Presley promoted to sergeant in the American army.

1966 Bill Graham takes charge of Fillmore East.

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

1967 First 'Be-In' takes place in the polo field of Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

1970 Diana Ross plays her last live show with Supremes in Las Vegas.

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

1973 Paul Gadd, who finally achieved fame under the name Gary Glitter, performs a ceremony on board the sloop John D. on the River Thames, during which Paul Raven (one of his earlier stage names) is officially drowned when a coffin containing all of his unsuccessful records and publicity is lowered into the water.

1973 Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh is charged with possession of drugs in California.

1978 Fleetwood Mac's Rumours LP logs its 31st week at No. 1 in America - the longest run until Thriller in 1984.

1978 Sex Pistols play their last live gig, at Winterland, San Francisco.

1984 Madonna debuts on UK chart with Holiday.

1985 Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas" becomes Britain's biggest selling single ever when sales hit three million.

1989 Dirty Dancing soundtrack LP certified sales of ten million copies.

1989 U2 win US platinum disc with Rattle and Hum.

1989 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 US

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