Monday, January 31, 2011

January 31 - Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday Johnny!

John Lydon, Johnny Rotten, Sex Pistols

Musicians Born On January 31

1914 Cyril Stapleton (UK band leader)
1921 Mario Lanza (tenor)
1928 Chuck Willis (C.C. Rider)
1946 Terry Kath (Chicago)
1951 Harry Wayne Casey (KC and the Sunshine Band)
1951 Phil Manzannera (Roxy Music)
1956 John Lydon (Johnny Rotten - Sex Pistols)
1961 Lloyd Cole (Commotions)
1966 Alan Jaworski (Jesus Jones)
1967 Jason Cooper (The Cure)

Deaths On January 31

1970 Slim Harpo (US blues performer)

Number 1 In The Charts On January 31

1968 Love Affair: Everlasting Love UK 45
1970 Edison Lighthouse: Love Grows UK 45
1970 Jackson Five: I Want You Back US 45
1976 Abba: Mamma Mia UK 45
1976 Roy Orbison: The Very Best of Roy Orbison UK LP
1981 Blondie: The Tide Is High US 45
1998 Janet : Together Again : US single
1999 Armand Van Helden : You Don't Know Me : UK single

Various Music Events On January 31

1965 P.J. Proby's trousers split onstage at Ritz Cinema, Luton.

1970 The Band LP hits UK chart.

1970 Jackson Five debut on UK chart with I Want You Back.

1971 Aretha Franklin sings memorial song at the funeral of Mahalia Jackson.

1972 Joan Baez awarded gold record for three-year-old LP Any Day Now, an LP of Bob Dylan songs.

1976 10CC's How Dare You hits UK LP chart.

1979 Clash begin major American tour, with Bo Diddley supporting.

1981 Neil Diamond hits US Hot 100 at No. 32 with Hello Again (on way to No. 6)

1998 The "Come Together" benefit concert becomes an E Street Band reunion, with Max Weinberg, Danny Federici and Clarence Clemons joining in. The show, held at a small New Jersey theatre, was a benefit for the family of Sgt. Patrick King, a Long Branch, NJ, police officer killed in the line of duty. It turns into a 3 1/2 hour jam with Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Southside Johnny, Little Steven and other New Jersey musicians.

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