Almanac: January 15, 2017

Birthdays 
  • 1893 - Ivor Novello (d. 1951)
  • 1909 - Gene Krupa (d. 1973)
  • 1929 - Earl Hooker (d. 1970)
  • 1941 - Captain Beefheart (born Don Van Vliet) (d. 2010)
  • 1942 - Edward Bivins (Manhattans) (d. 2014)
  • 1945 - Joan Johnson (Dixie Cups) (72)
  • 1947 - Peter Waterman (producer) (70)
  • 1948 - Ronnie Van Zandt (Lynyrd Skynyrd) (d. 1977)
  • 1950 - David Lynn Jones (67)
  • 1951 - Charo (born Maria Rasten) (66)
  • 1951 - Duke Erikson (born Doug Erickson) (Garbage) (66)
  • 1952 - Boris Blank (Yello) (65)
  • 1952 - Melvyn Gale (Electric Light Orchestra) (65)
  • 1959 - Pete Trewaves (Marillion) (58)
  • 1961 - Damian O'Neill (Undertones) (56)
  • 1963 - Conrad Lant (Venom) (54)
  • 1965 - Adam Jones (Tool) (52)
  • 1966 - Lisa Lisa (born Lisa Valez) (Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam) (51)
  • 1979 - Young Dro (born D'Juan Hart) (38)
  • 1981 - Pitbull (36)
  • 1981 - Howie Day (36)
  • 1988 - Skrillex (born Sonny Moore) (29)
Deaths
  • 1992 - Dee Murray (Elton John Band) - Stroke (45)
  • 1993 - Sammy Cahn (79)
  • 1994 - Harry Nilsson - Heart failure (52)
  • 1995 - John “Vic” Willis (Willis Brothers, Hank Williams) - Car accident (73)
  • 1996 - Les Baxter (73)
  • 1996 - Artie Dunn (Three Suns) (73)
  • 1998 - Junior Wells (born Amos Blakemore, Jr.) - Lymphoma (63)
  • 1999 - Marion Ryan - Pneumonia and heart failure (68)
On This Day
  • 1961 - The Supremes signed with Motown.
  • 1964 - Vee Jay Records sued Capitol and Swan Records over who owns the manufacturing and distribution rights for the Beatles' recordings.
  • 1969 - George Harrison met with the rest of the Beatles, telling them he was ready to quit if they went forward with the Let It Be film and live touring.
  • 1970 - Bag One, a collection of John Lennon's sometimes racy lithographs, went on exhibition in London.
  • 1976 - Paul Simonon auditions for what would eventually become the Clash.
  • 1982 - Harry Casey (K.C. of K.C. and the Sunshine Band) was seriously injured in a head-on car accident.
  • 1982 - The Police opened the U.S. portion of their Ghost in the Machine Tour in Boston. The Go-Go's opened the show.
  • 1992 - Booker T. & the MGs, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, Sam and Dave, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Leo Fender, Doc Pomus and the Yardbirds were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • 1998 - James Brown was admitted to the hospital for treatment of addiction to painkillers.
  • 2000 - Ralph Stanley became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 2002 - The Statler Brothers announced they would be retiring from touring after their current dates.
  • 2004 - Reggae star Beenie Man broke his ribs and nose in an auto accident.
  • 2004 - Mystikal is given six years in prison for sexual battery.
  • 2008 - Ronnie Wood underwent hernia surgery after injuring himself during the Rolling Stones' Bigger Bang tour.
  • 2010 - Charlie Daniels suffered a stroke while snowboarding in Colorado. 
  • 2010 - Martie McGuire and Emily Robison of the Dixie Chicks announced their new project, The Court Yard Hounds. 
Recorded
  • 1965 - Bringing It All Back Home - Bob Dylan (second and last day of recording)
  • 1967 - Don't You Care - Buckinghams
  • 1969 - Don't Cry Daddy - Elvis Presley
  • 1971 - Get It On - Chase
  • 1982 - Any Day Now - Ronnie Milsap
Released
  • 1965 - I Can't Explain - Who (debut single)
  • 1991 - Give Peace a Chance - Sean Lennon (released as the U.N. deadline passed for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait)
Broadcasts
  • 1958 - Perry Como Show (British broadcast of U.S. show) - Everly Brothers (U.K. TV debut)
  • 1967 - Ed Sullivan (CBS) - Rolling Stones (Sullivan forced the group to change Let's Spend the Night Together to Let's Spend Some Time Together.
  • 1980 - Old Gray Whistle Test (U.K.) - Ramones
  • 1983 - Gastank (U.K. Channel 4) (debut) - Rick Wakeman, Tony Ashton (hosts)
  • 2005 - Benefit for Tsunami Victims (NBC owned networks) - Sheryl Crow, Christina Aguilera, Tim McGraw
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1949 - Buttons & Bows - Dinah Shore (1 week (9 previous weeks))
  • 1972 - American Pie - Don McLean (4 weeks)
  • 1977 - You Make Me Feel Like Dancing - Leo Sayer (1 week)
  • 1983 - Down Under - Men at Work (3 weeks)
  • 2000 - What a Girl Wants - Christina Aguilera (2 weeks)
  • 2010 - Firework - Katy Perry (1 week (3 previous weeks))

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