Almanac: January 18, 2016


Birthdays
  • 1938 - Hargus "Pig" Robbins (78)
  • 1938 - Berman Patterson (Cleftones) (78)
  • 1941 - Bobby Goldsboro (75)
  • 1941 - David Ruffin (Temptations) (d. 1991)
  • 1944 - Legs Larry Smith (Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band) (72)
  • 1951 - Adrian Baker (65)
  • 1952 - R. Stevie Moore (64)
  • 1953 - Brett Hudson (Hudson Brothers) (63)
  • 1956 - Tom Bailey (Thompson Twins) (57)
  • 1956 - Mark Collie (57)
  • 1959 - Bob Rosenberg (Will to Power) (54)
  • 1970 - DJ Quik (born David Blake) (46)
  • 1971 - Jonathan Davis (Korn) (45)
  • 1973 - Crispian Mills (Kula Shaker) (43)
  • 1973 - Luther Dickinson (Black Crowes) (43)
  • 1974 - Christian Burns (BBMak) (42)
  • 1977 - Richard Archer (Hard-Fi) (39)
  • 1980 - Estelle (born Estelle Swaray) (36)
  • 1982 - Joanna Newsom (34)
  • 1982 - Quinn Allman (The Used) (34)
  • 1983 - Samantha Mumba (33)
  • 1984 - Kristy Lee Cook (32)
Deaths
  • 1990 - Melanie Appleby (Mel & Kim) - Liver cancer (23)
  • 1995 - Charles Baskerville (Shep & the Limelites) (54)
  • 1997 - Keith Diamond (songwriter, Suddenly, Caribbean Queen) - Heart attack
  • 2007 - Brent Liles (Social Distortion) (43)
  • 2010 - Kate McGarrigle - Cancer (63)
  • 2014 - Dennis Frederiksen (Trillion, Toto) - Liver cancer (62)
On This Day
  • 1944 - The first jazz concert was held at New York's Metropolitan Opera House.  Appearing were Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden.
  • 1964 - The Beatles made their U.S. chart debut with I Want to Hold Your Hand. It started at number 45 and eventually went to number 1.
  • 1965 - Barbra Streisand and Bobby Darin sang at Lyndon Johnson's inauguration.
  • 1969 - Pete Best won a defamation suit against the Beatles.
  • 1973 - The Rolling Stones raised $200,000 with a benefit for Nicaraguan earthquake victims. Mick Jagger donated another $150,000.
  • 1974 - Paul Rodgers & Simon Kirke (Free), Mick Ralphs (Mott the Hoople) and Boz Burrell (King Crimson) formed Bad Company.
  • 1978 - Neil Sedaka received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 1980 - Capricorn Records filed for bankruptcy.
  • 1981 - Wendy O. Williams of the Plasmatics was arrested by Milwaukee police for simulating sex with a sledgehammer during the group's concert.
  • 1984 - Van Halen opened their North American 1984 tour in Jacksonville, FL.
  • 1989 - The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, Otis Redding and Dion were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Wonder was the youngest person ever inducted.
  • 1991 - Three concert goers were killed during a show by AC/DC in Salt Lake City, UT.
  • 1993 - Elton John resigned as director of the Watford Football Club.
  • 2005 - Motown's Norman Whitfield was found guilty of failing to report over $2 million in royalty income and was sentenced to six months of house arrest and a $25,000 fine.
  • 2008 - Four members of the paparazzi were arrested for reckless driving after chasing a car that contained Britney Spears.
  • 2013 - George Strait opened his final tour in Lubbock, TX. 
Marriages
  • 1987 - Steve Winwood and Eugenia Grafton
Divorces
  • 1996 - Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley (filed)
  • 2001 - Noel Gallagher (Oasis) and Meg Matthews
  • 2004 - Jennifer Lopez and Cris Judd
Recorded
  • 1944 - Walking the Floor Over You - Ernest Tubb
  • 1965 - The Last TimePlay With Fire - Rolling Stones
  • 1973 - Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd (recording began)

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