Almanac: January 11, 2016

Birthdays
  • 1895 - Laurens Hammond (inventor of the Hammond organ) (d. 1973)
  • 1911 - Tommy Duncan (Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys) (d. 1967)
  • 1924 - Don Cherry (92)
  • 1924 - Slim Harpo (d. 1970)
  • 1933 - Goldie Hill (d. 2005)
  • 1935 - Chuck Barksdale (Dells) (81)
  • 1936 - Bill Reed (Diamonds) (d. 2004)
  • 1936 - Jody Payne (Willie Nelson's The Family) (d. 2013)
  • 1938 - Narvel Felts (78)
  • 1940 - Phil Walden (founder of Capricorn Records) (d. 2006)
  • 1942 - Clarence Clemons (E-Street Band) (d. 2011)
  • 1944 - Jannie Pought (Bobbettes) (72)
  • 1946 - Tony Kaye (born Anthony Selvidge) (Yes, Badfinger) (70)
  • 1946 - Naiomi Judd (Judds) (70)
  • 1948 - Terry Williams (Dire Straits, Bob Dylan) (68)
  • 1949 - Frederick “Dennis” Greene (Sha Na Na) (67)
  • 1949 - Daryl Braithwaite (Sherbet) (67)
  • 1952 - Lee Ritenour (64)
  • 1956 - Robert Earl Keen (60)
  • 1958 - Vicki Peterson (Bangles) (58)
  • 1968 - Tom Dumont (No Doubt) (48)
  • 1969 - Maxee Maxwell (Brownstone) (47)
  • 1971 - Mary J. Blige (45)
  • 1971 - Tom Rowlands (Chemical Brothers) (45)
  • 1981 - Jamelia (born Jamelia Davis) (35)
  • 1981 - Tom Meighan (Kasabian) (35)
  • 1985 - Newton Faulkner (34)
  • 1997 - Cody Simpson (19)

Deaths
  • 1999 - Barry Pritchard - Fortunes - Heart attack (48)
  • 2003 - Mickey Finn (T. Rex) - Liver disease (55)
  • 2005 - James Griffin (Bread) - Cancer (61)
  • 2005 - Spencer Dryden (Jefferson Airplane) - Colon cancer (66)
  • 2010 - Mick Green (Johnny Kidd & the Pirates, Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas) - Heart failure (66)

On This Day
  • 1958 - In the U.K., Elvis Presley's single of Jailhouse Rock was delayed a week when the pressing plants couldn't complete a 250,000 unit preorder.
  • 1963 - The Whiskey-a-Go-Go opened in Los Angeles.
  • 1964 - Johnny Cash's Ring of Fire became the first country album to top the pop charts.
  • 1967 - Jimi Hendrix signed with Track Records.
  • 1968 - Jimi Hendrix moved into a townhouse in London formerly owned by Handel.
  • 1986 - Mel McDaniel joined the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1987 - Frankie Goes to Hollywood opened their final tour in Manchester, England.
  • 1990 - Paul McCartney started an eleven night stand at London's Wembley Arena.
  • 1992 - Paul McCartney performed in South Africa, the first western pop star to do so since the United Nations lifted a cultural boycott.
  • 1995 - Michael Jackson fought back, issuing the statement “I will no longer stand by and watch reckless members of the media try to destroy my reputation.”
  • 1999 - Lena Horne, 91, resigned with Blue Note Records.
  • 2000 - Gary Glitter was released from prison after serving two of a four month sentence for downloading child pornography from the internet.
  • 2000 - Whitney Houston was detained in a Hawaian airport after trying to smuggle 15.2 grams of marijuana onto the plane.
  • 2002 - Rosemary Clooney had successful lung cancer surgery.
  • 2003 - Pete Townshend was forced to issue a statement saying he was not a pedophile after a police investigation named him as part of an inquiry. He said he did study the subject for a campaign against it.
  • 2003 - Drummer Alan Whyte left Oasis after being diagnosed with tendonitis.
  • 2004 - While taping a segment for his show Surviving Nugent: The Ten Commandments (VH1), Ted Nugent injures himself with a chainsaw, requiring 40 stitches.
  • 2008 - Ringo Starr was in Liverpool to help the city celebrate the opening of their year as the official European Capital of Culture.
  • 2014 - The Earl Scruggs Center: Music & Stories From the American South opened in Shelby, NC. 

Recorded
  • 1946 - Tumbling Tumbleweeds - Gene Autrey
  • 1956 - Down in Mexico - Coasters (first session since changing name from the Robins)
  • 1964 - Dang Me, Chug-a-Lug - Roger Miller
  • 1965 - Do You Wanna Dance - Beach Boys
  • 1967 - Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix
  • 1967 - Jackson - Johnny Cash and June Carter

Released
  • 1969 - This Was - Jethro Tull (debut album)

Awards
  • 1999 - American Music Awards
    • Pop/Rock Male - Eric Clapton
    • Pop/Rock Female, Adult Contemporary Artist - Celine Dion
    • Pop/Rock Band, Duo or Group - Backstreet Boys
    • Pop/Rock Album, Soul/R&B Album - Big Willie Style - Will Smith
    • Pop/Rock New Artist - N'Sync
    • Soul/R&B Male Artist - Will Smith
    • Soul/R&B Female Artist - Janet Jackson
    • Soul/R&B Band, Duo or Group - K-Ci & JoJo
    • Soul/R&B New Artist - Lauryn Hill
    • Country Male - Garth Brooks
    • Country Female - Shania Twain
    • Country Band, Duo or Group - Alabama
    • Country Album - Sevens - Garth Brooks
    • Country New Artist - Dixie Chicks
    • Rap/Hip-Hop Artist - Master P
    • Alternative Artist - Pearl Jam
    • Latin Artist - Enrique Iglesias
    • Award of Merit - Billy Joel
  • 2004 - People's Choice Awards
    • Female Musical Performer (tie) - Faith Hill, Beyonce
    • Male Musical Performer - Tim McGraw
    • Musical Group or Band - Matchbox 20

Broadcasts
  • 1992 - Saturday Night Live (NBC) - Nirvana

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