Almanac: January 31, 2016

Birthdays
  • 1892 - Eddie Cantor (d. 1964)
  • 1906 - Roosevelt Sykes (d. 1983)
  • 1915 - Alan Lomax (d. 2002)
  • 1921 - Mario Lanza (d. 1959)
  • 1928 - Chuck Willis (d. 1958)
  • 1932 - Rick Hall (producer, owner of FAME Studios) (84)
  • 1932 - Ottilie Patterson (Chris Barber's Jazz Band) (d. 2011)
  • 1934 - Bobby Lee Trammell (d. 2008)
  • 1936 - Marvin Junior (Dells) (80)
  • 1937 - Philip Glass (79)
  • 1944 - Charlie Musselwhite (72)
  • 1946 - Terry Kath (Chicago) (d. 1978)
  • 1951 - Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music) (65)
  • 1951 - Henry Wayne Casey (K.C. & the Sunshine Band) (65)
  • 1952 - Curly Smith (Jo Jo Gunne) (64)
  • 1954 - Adrian Vandenberg (Whitesnake) (62)
  • 1956 - John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) (Sex Pistols, Public Image Ltd.) (60)
  • 1958 - Tom Schuman (Spyro Gyra) (58)
  • 1961 - Lloyd Cole (Lloyd Cole & the Commotions) (55)
  • 1964 - Jeff Hanneman (Slayer) (d. 2013)
  • 1966 - Al Doughty (born Alan Jaworski) (Jesus Jones) (50)
  • 1967 - Chad Channing (Nirvana) (49)
  • 1967 - Jason Cooper (Cure) (49)
  • 1967 - Fat Mike (born Michael Burkett) (NOFX, Me First & the Gimme Gimmies) (49)
  • 1981 - Justin Timberlake (35)
  • 1987 - Marcus Mumford (Muford & Sons) (29)
  • 1987 - Tyler Hubbard (Florida Georgia Line) (29)
Deaths
  • 1970 - Slim Harpo (born James Moore) - Heart attack (46)
  • 1978 - Greg Herbert (Blood, Sweat & Tears) - Accidental drug overdose (30)
  • 1985 - Barbara Cowsill (Cowsills) - Emphysema (56)
  • 2009 - Dewey Martin (Buffalo Springfield) (68)
On This Day
  • 1957 - Decca Records in the U.K. said that Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley & the Comets had sold a million copies in the U.K., mostly on 78's.
  • 1969 - Bobby Darin walked off of The Jackie Gleason Show when they would not allow him to perform the song Long Line Rider.
  • 1970 - The Grateful Dead are arrested for possession of LSD and barbiturates in New Orleans.
  • 1970 - Creedence Clearwater filmed a television special.
  • 1972 - Aretha Franklin sang at Mahalia Jackson's funeral.
  • 1979 - The Clash opened their first U.S. tour. Bo Diddley was the opener.1988 - Herb Alpert played the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXXIII.
  • 1998 - The Presidents of the United States of America played their final show in Seattle, WA.
  • 1999 - Reba McEntire closed her first European tour with a sold-out performance in Munich.
  • 1999 - Cher sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXII.
  • 2000 - Jay-Z was indicted on two assault charges from a December 1 stabbing of a record executive.
  • 2000 - The Strokes played in the U.K. next time in Portsmouth.
  • 2001 - It was announced Peter Criss would be leaving Kiss, to be replaced by Eric Singer.
  • 2002 - Koko Taylor is released from the hospital after undergoing an angioplasty.
  • 2008 - Britney Spears was taken to the hospital for a mental health evaluation.
Marriages
  • 2009 - Lisa Loeb and Roey Hershkovitz
Recorded
  • 1931 - T.B. Blues, Travellin' Blues & Jimmie The Kid - Jimmie Rodgers
  • 1949 - Kitty West recorded for the first time for RCA Victor.
  • 1963 - Surfin' U.S.A. & Shutdown - Beach Boys
Awards
  • 1977 - American Music Awards
    • Pop/Rock Male - Elton John
    • Pop/Rock Female - Olivia Newton-John
    • Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group - Chicago
    • Pop/Rock Album - Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 - Eagles
    • Pop/Rock Single - Don't Go Breaking My Heart - Elton John & Kiki Dee
    • Soul/R&B Male Artist - Stevie Wonder
    • Soul/R&B Female Artist - Aretha Franklin
    • Soul/R&B Band/Duo/Group - Earth Wind and Fire
    • Soul/R&B Album - Songs In the Key of Life - Stevie Wonder
    • Soul/R&B Single (tie) - You'll Never Find (Another Love Like Mine) - Lou Rawls
    • Soul/R&B Single (tie) - Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry
    • Country Male Artist - Charley Pride
    • Country Female Artist - Loretta Lynn
    • Country Band/Duo/Group - Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn
    • Country Album - Rhinestone Cowboy - Glen Campbell
    • Country Single - Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain - Willie Nelson
    • Award of Merit - Johnny Cash
  • 2010 - Grammy Awards
    • Album - Fearless - Taylor Swift
    • Record - Use Somebody - Kings of Leon
    • Song - Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) - Beyonce
    • New Artist - Zac Brown Band
    • Pop Female - Halo - Beyonce
    • Pop Male - Make It Mine - Jason Mraz
    • Pop Duo or Group - I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
    • Pop Collaboration - Lucky - Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat
    • Pop Vocal Album - The E.N.D. - Black Eyed Peas
    • Dance Recording - Poker Face - Lady Gaga
    • Electronic/Dance Album - The Fame - Lady Gaga
    • Traditional Pop Vocal Album - Michael Buble Meets Madison Square Garden - Michael Buble
    • Solo Rock Vocal - Working on a Dream - Bruce Springsteen
    • Rock Duo or Group - Use Somebody - Kings of Leon
    • Hard Rock - War Machine - AC/DC
    • Metal - Dissident Aggressor - Judas Priest
    • Rock Song - Use Somebody - Kings of Leon
    • Rock Album - 21st Century Breakdown - Green Day
    • Alternative Album - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix - Phoenix
    • R&B Female - Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) - Beyonce
    • R&B Male - Pretty Wings - Maxwell
    • R&B Duo or Group - Blame It - Jamie Foxx & T-Pain
    • Traditional R&B - At Last - Beyonce
    • Urban/Alternative - Pearls - India.Arie and Dobet Gnahore
    • R&B Song - Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) - Beyonce
    • R&B Album - BLACKsummers'night - Maxwell
    • Contemporary R&B Album - I Am...Sasha Fierce - Beyonce
    • Rap Solo - D.O.A. (Death of Autotune) - Jay-Z
    • Rap Duo or Group - Crack a Bottle - Eminem, Dr. Dre & 50 Cent
    • Rap/Sung Collaboration - Run This Town - Jay-Z, Rihanna & Kanye West
    • Rap Song - Run This Town - Jay-Z, Rihanna & Kanye West
    • Rap Album - Relapse - Eminem
    • Country Female - White Horse - Taylor Swift
    • Country Male - Sweet Thing - Keith Urban
    • Country Duo or Group - I Run to You - Lady Antebellum
    • Country Collaboration - I Told You So - Carrie Underwood & Randy Travis
    • Country Song - White Horse - Taylor Swift
    • Country Album - Fearless - Taylor Swift
    • Americana Album - Electric Dirt - Levon Helm
    • Bluegrass Album - The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo - Steve Martin
    • Traditional Blues Album - A Stranger Here - Ramblin' Jack Elliott
    • Contemporary Blues Album - Already Free - Derek Trucks Band
    • Traditional Folk Album - High, Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project - Loudon Wainwright III
    • Contemporary Folk Album - Townes - Steve Earle
    • Reggae Album - Mind Control: Acoustic - Stephen Marley
    • Short Form Music Video - Boom Boom Pow - Black Eyed Peas
    • Long Form Music Video - The Beatles Love: All Together Now - Various Artists
Broadcasts

  • 1961 - Bobby Darin & Friends (NBC) - Jimmy Durante, Bob Hope, Joanie Sommers
  • 1978 - The Old Grey Whistle Test (U.K.) - Talking Heads (British TV debut)

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