Monday, January 24, 2011

Rock Music History For January 24

Happy Birthday Neil Diamond!

Neil Diamond

Musicians Born On January 24

1936 Doug Kershaw (country violinist)
1941 Neil Diamond (I Am I Said)
1941 Aaron Neville (Neville Brothers)
1941 Ray Stevens (The Streak)
1947 Warren Zevon (Werewolves of London)
1949 John Belushi (Blues Brothers)
1958 Jools Holland (Squeeze)

Deaths On January 24

1970 James 'Shep' Shepherd (Shep and the Limelites)

Number 1 In The Charts On January 24

1958 Elvis Presley: Jailhouse Rock UK 45
1963 Shadows: Dance On UK 45
1968 Georgie Fame: Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde UK 45
1976 Diana Ross: Theme From Mahogany/Do You Know Where You're Going To US45
1981 Adam and the Ants: Kings of the Wild Frontier UK LP
1987 Steve 'Silk' Hurley: Jack Your Body UK 45
1999 The Offspring : Pretty Fly (For A White Guy) : UK single

Various Music Events On January 24

1962 Beatles sign their management contract with Brian Epstein.

1968 Status Quo begin UK chart career with Pictures of Matchstick Men

1970 Creedence Clearwater Revival's Green River hits UK LP chart.

1979 Brian Wilson and Marilyn Rovell divorce.

1981 John Lennon hits UK chart at No. 3 with Woman.

1981 Styx hit USA Hot 100 at No. 31 with The Best of Times.

1981 Blondie's Rapture hits UK chart.

1987 Open Your Heart leaps to No. 4 on the USA Hot 100, giving Madonna her tenth straight Top 5 single, more than any other female singer of the rock era. (Previously the most successful had been Donna Summer.)

1992 The producer of the New Kids on the Block LP "Hangin' Tough"sues for a few million dollars for creative contributions and royalties. claiming that they only sang about 20% of the lyrics. The claim is eventually dropped.

1995 "Balance" becomes the last Van Halen album with lead singer Sammy Hagar when it is released today

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