Saturday, January 8, 2011

January 8 - Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday Elvis!

Elvis Presley, Elvis 70s

Musicians Born On January 8

1935 Elvis Presley
1937 Shirley Bassey
1941 Bobby Kreiger (Doors)
1943 Lee Jackson (Nice)
1947 David Bowie
1947 Terry Sylvester (Replaced Graham Nash in Hollies)
1964 Peter 'Ped' Gill (Frankie Goes to Hollywood).
1969 R Kelly

Happy Birthday David Bowie!

David Bowie

Number 1 In The Charts On January 8

1966 Beatles: We Can Work it Out US 45
1966 Beatles: Rubber Soul US LP
1969 Scaffold: Lily the Pink UK 45
1972 New Seekers: I'd Like to Teach The World To Sing UK 45
1994 Chaka Demus and Pliers: Twist and Shout : UK single
1994 Take That : Everything Changes : UK LP


Various Music Events On January 8

1955 On his twentieth birthday Elvis Presley records his third single - Milkcow Blues Boogie and You're a Heartbreaker.

1957 Bill Haley and the Comets begin Australian tour with Lavern Baker and Joe Turner.

1960 Drifters debut on UK chart with Dance With Me.

1960 Eddie Cochran cuts Three Steps To Heaven at Goldstar Studios, Los Angeles, backed by Sonny Curtis and Jerry Allison.

1966 Spencer Davis hit UK chart with their first LP.

1966 The final episode of "Shindig!" is broadcast on ABC-TV starring the Kinks and the Who.

1973 Carly Simon awarded gold record for You're So Vain.

1973 Yoko Ono releases "Approximately Infinite University" as a two record set. She says, "I figured if George Harrison can put out a triple album, then I can put out a double album."

1975 Three Led Zeppelin concerts at New York's Madison Square Garden - 60,000 tickets in all - sell out in a record four hours.

1979 Abba, Bee Gees, Rod Stewart and Earth, Wind and Fire play UNICEF concert in New York.

1979 Rush Named as Canada's 'Ambassadors of Music'.

1983 Marvin Gay's Sexual Healing becomes first single to log ten weeks at top of Billboard black singles chart since I Can't Stop loving You by Ray Charles.


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