Saturday, January 15, 2011

Rock Music History - January 15

Happy Birthday Ronnie! Your Spirit Lives On...

Ronnie Van Zant, Lynrd Skynrd

Musicians Born On January 15

1909 Gene Krupa (jazz drummer)
1930 Earl Hooker (blues singer/guitarist)
1941 Captain Beefheart (Don van Vliet) (….. and His Magic Band)
1947 Pete Waterman (record producer)
1949 Ronnie Van Zandt (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
1951 Martha Davis (The Motels)
1952 Melvyn Gale (ELO)
1959 Pete Trenavas (Marillion)
1967 Lisa Velez (Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam)

Happy Birthday Captain! Your Spirit Lives On..

Captain Beefheart, Don Van Vliet

Deaths On January 15

1992 Dee Murray (bassist for Elton John)

Number 1 In The Charts On January 15

1972 Don MacLean: American Pie US 45
1977 Leo Sayer; You Make Me Feel like Dancing US 45
1977 David Soul: Don't Give Up on Us UK 45
1977 Eagles: Hotel California US LP
1977 Abba: Arrival UK LP
1983 Phil Collins: You Can't Hurry Love UK 45
1983 Men at Work: Down Under US 45
1996 George Michael : Jesus To A Child : UK single
1993 Bryan Adams : So Far So Good : UK LP

Various Music Events On January 15

1955 Billboard reports, "music with an R&B beat is no longer regarded as a passing phase by major recording firms."

1961 Motown Records signs The Supremes.

1964 Capitol Records obtains an injuction restraining Vee Jay Records from further invovement withrecordings by the Beatles.

1965 The Who release I Can't Explain in UK, their first hit.

1967 US television censorship hits Rolling Stones when they appear on Ed Sullivan show singing Let's Spend Some Time Together.

1968 John Fred and the Playboy Band go gold with Judy in Disguise (With glasses)

1968 Cream's White Room hits UK chart.

1971 George Harrison releases "My Sweet Lord".

1972 Elvis Presley draws biggest-ever TV audience with live worldwide concert telecast from Honolulu.

1977 David Bowie releases Low LP in US

1982 Harry Wayne Casey(KC of the Sunshine Band) is seriously injured in an automobile accident in Miami.

1983 First broadcast of Gastank, new TV rock show, on Channel 4 in UK.

1984 Madonna enters UK chart for first time with Holiday.

1991 Sean Lennon's updated version of his father John's "Give Peace A Chance" is released to coincide with the United Nation's midnight deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait.

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