Tuesday, January 4, 2011

January 4 - Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday Michael Stipe!

Michael Stipe, REM

Musicians Born On January 4

1944 Volker Hemback (early Tangerine Dream)
1956 Bernard Summer (New Order)
1960 Michael Stipe (REM)
1962 Martin Macaloon (Prefab Sprout)
1965 David Glasper (Breathe)

Deaths On January 4

1979 Charlie Mingus (jazz musician)

Number 1 In The Charts On January 4

1957 Guy Mitchell: Singing The Blues UK 45
1960 Marty Robbins: El Paso US 45
1964 Bobby Vinton: There I've Said it Again US 45
1975 Elton John: Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds US 45
1992 Simply Red : Stars : UK LP

Various Music Events On January 4

1936 Billboard Magazine introduces the first-ever pop music chart to rank records in an order based on notional sales. Joe Venuti, a big-band violinist, is the first No. 1

1954 Elvis Presley makes that first famous private recording for his mother. The two songs he records are Casual Love Affair and I'll Never Stand in Your Way.

1957 Louis Jordan records Nobody Knows You when You're Down and Out.

1957 Fats Domino records I'm Walkin' in New Orleans.

1965 CBS pay $13 million for Fender Guitars, the makers of the mighty Telecaster, founded in 1947 by Leo Fender.

1971 Mick Jagger's film Performance premiers in London

1974 Elton John goes gold with Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

1975 Phoebe Snow debuts on US chart with Poetry Man, on way to No. 5.

1979 Star Club in Hamburg reopens amid a resurgence of interest in Beatle's early history.

1981 Boomtown Rats begin a UK tour at Gaumont, Southampton.

1986 Simple Minds' Alive and Kicking hits UK chart.

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