Almanac: January 29, 2017

Birthdays
  • 1917 - Lloyd Perryman (Sons of the Pioneers) (d. 1977)
  • 1920 - Paul Gayten (d. 1991)
  • 1931 - Leslie Bricusse (composer) (86)
  • 1936 - James Jamerson (Funk Brothers) (d. 1983)
  • 1942 - Claudine Longet (75)
  • 1943 - Tony Blackburn (British DJ) (74)
  • 1943 - Mark Wynter (74)
  • 1944 - Andrew Loog Odham (73)
  • 1946 - Bettye LaVette (71)
  • 1947 - David Byron (Uriah Heep) (d. 1985)
  • 1948 - Bill Kirchen (Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen) (69)
  • 1948 - Felice Taylor (69)
  • 1952 - Tommy Ramone (born Erdélyi Tamás) (Ramones) (d. 2014)
  • 1953 - Charlie Wilson (64)
  • 1953 - Louie Perez (Los Lobos) (64)
  • 1953 - Peter Bauman (Tangerine Dream) (64)
  • 1954 - Richard Manitoba (MC5, Dictators) (63)
  • 1954 - Rob Manzoli (Right Said Fred) (63)
  • 1956 - Irlene Mandrell (Mandrell Sisters) (61)
  • 1959 - Johnny Spampinato (NRBQ) (58)
  • 1961 - Eddie Jackson (Queenryche) (56)
  • 1961 - Pauline Henry (Chimes) (56)
  • 1961 - David Baynton-Power (James) (56)
  • 1962 - Marcus Vere (Living in a Box) (55)
  • 1964 - Roddy Frame (Aztec Camera) (53)
  • 1981 - Jonny Lang (36)
  • 1982 - Adam Lambert (35)
Deaths
  • 1976 - Jesse Fuller - Heart disease (79)
  • 1980 - Jimmy Durante - Pneumonia (86)
  • 1992 - Willie Dixon - Heart failure (76)
  • 2005 - Eric Griffiths (Quarrymen) (64)
  • 2009 - John Martyn - Double pneumonia (60)
On This Day
  • 1961 - Bob Dylan met Woody Guthrie for the first time.
  • 1962 - Peter, Paul and Mary signed with Warner Brothers records.
  • 1964 - The Beatles went to Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris and recorded the German versions of She Loves You, I Want to Hold Your Hand and Can't Buy Me Love.
  • 1972 - Smokey Robinson split with the Miracles.
  • 1979 - Emerson, Lake & Palmer split up.
  • 1982 - Gary Numan was forced to land his plane in Southampton, England at an RAF Base after running low on fuel.
  • 1989 - Billy Joel sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXIII.
  • 1991 - The Stone Roses attacked the offices of their former label, Revolver Records, over what they perceived as the unauthorized rerelease of their early material.
  • 1991 - The band James played on the roof of the Beatles' old offices in London 22 years to the day after the Fab Four had done the same.
  • 1994 - Mary Wilson of the Supremes was injured and her 14-year-old son was killed when their jeep crashed on the freeway in Los Angeles.
  • 1998 - Paul Simon's musical The Capeman premiered opened on Broadway.
  • 2001 - A U.S. District Court Judge ruled that George Clinton had, in fact, signed away the rights to his songs to Bridgeport Music in 1983.
  • 2004 - Gretchen Wilson signed with Epic Records. 
  • 2006 - Bryan Adams played in Karachi, Pakistan, the first performance by a western artist in the country in many years.
  • 2010 - Sly Stone filed a $50 million lawsuit against his former manager Jerry Goldstein over fraud and stolen royalties.
Marriages
  • 1983 - Stevie Nicks and Kim Anderson
Divorces
  • 2004 - James Brown and Tommie Ray Brown (filed by Brown)
Recorded
  • 1959 - Heartaches by the Number - Ray Price
Released
  • 1958 - Tequila - Champs
  • 1962 - Patsy Cline (EP) - Patsy Cline (included the newly recorded Crazy)
  • 1966 - I Fought the Law - Bobby Fuller Four
  • 1977 - Luxury Liner - Emmylou Harris
Awards
  • 1996 - American Music Awards
    • Pop/Rock Male - Michael Jackson
    • Pop/Rock Female - Mariah Carey
    • Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group - Eagles
    • Pop/Rock Album - Hell Freezes Over - Eagles
    • Sountrack - The Lion King
    • Pop/Rock New Artist - Hootie & the Blowfish
    • Soul/R&B Male - Luther Vandross
    • Soul/R&B Female - Mariah Carey
    • Soul/R&B Band/Duo/Group - Boyz II Men
    • Soul/R&B Album - II - Boyz II Men
    • Soul/R&B New Artist - Brandy
    • Country Male Artist - Garth Brooks
    • Country Female Artist - Reba McEntire
    • Country Band/Duo/Group - Alabama
    • Country Album - The Hits - Garth Brooks
    • Country New Artist - Shania Twain
    • Adult Contemporary Artist - Eagles
    • Rap/Hip-Hop Artist - Coolio
    • Alternative Artist - Pearl Jam
    • Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist - Pearl Jam
    • Award of Merit - Tammy Wynette
Broadcasts
  • 1942 - Desert Island Discs (BBC) (Premier)
  • 1969 - The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour (CBS) (Premier) - Bobby Gentry, John Hartford, Smothers Brothers
  • 1986 - Crook and Chase (The Nashville Network) (Premier)
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1944 - My Heart Tells Me (Should I Believe My Heart) - Glen Gray and His Orchestra (5 weeks)
  • 1966 - We Can Work It Out - Beatles (1 week (2 previous weeks))
  • 1977 - Car Wash - Rose Royce (1 week)
  • 2000 - I Knew I Loved You - Savage Garden (3 weeks)
  • 2011 - Hold It Against Me - Britney Spears (1 week)

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