Music Almanac: January 14, 2018

Birthdays
  • 1929 - Billy Walker (d. 2006)
  • 1930 - Johnny Grande (Bill Haley & the Comets) (d. 2006)
  • 1931 - Caterina Valente (87)
  • 1936 - Clarence Carter (82)
  • 1937 - Billy Jo Spears (d. 2011)
  • 1938 - Allen Toussaint (d. 2015)
  • 1938 - Jack Jones (80)
  • 1944 - Linda Jones (d. 1972)
  • 1948 - T-Bone Burnett (70)
  • 1948 - Tim Harris (Foundations) (d. 2007)
  • 1956 - Bob Bradbury (Hello) (62)
  • 1959 - Chas Smash (born Cathal Smythe) (Madness) (59)
  • 1959 - Geoff Tate (Queensryche) (59)
  • 1961 - Mike Tramp (White Lion) (57)
  • 1962 - Patricia Morrison (Sisters of Mercy, Damned) (56)
  • 1965 - Slick Rick (born Richard Walters) (53)
  • 1967 - Steve Bowman (Counting Crows) (51)
  • 1967 - Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society) (51)
  • 1968 - LL Cool J (born James Smith) (50)
  • 1969 - Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) (46)
  • 1982 - Caleb Fallowill (Kings of Leon) (33)
  • 1984 - Kristy Lee Cook (34)
  • 1989 - Frankie Sandford (Saturdays) (29)
Deaths
  • 1992 - Jerry Nolan (New York Dolls) - Stroke (45)
  • 1995 - Solly McElroy (Flamingos) (61)
  • 2011 - Trish Keenan (Broadcast) - Pneumonia (42)
On This Day
  • 1955 - Alan Freed's first New York Rock 'n' Roll Ball was held with the Clovers, Fats Domino, the Drifters, Big Joe Turner, the Moonglows, the Harptones and others.
  • 1960 - Elvis Presley became a Sargent in the U.S. Army.
  • 1963 - Charlie Watts played live for the first time with the Rolling Stones in London.
  • 1967 - The Human Be-In: A Gathering of Tribes was held in San Francisco with the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Big Brother And The Holding Company. 25,000 attended.
  • 1967 - Cliff Richard said he was retiring from music to teach religion in schools.
  • 1970 - Diana Ross made her last appearance with the Supremes in Las Vegas.
  • 1973 - Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead was arrested on drug charges.
  • 1978 - The Sex Pistols played their last show until the 90's.
  • 1986 - The Grand Ole Opry celebrated their 60th anniversary. On that night, Reba McEntire became a member.
  • 1993 - The Pixies announced they were splitting up.
  • 1999 - Metallica sued Victoria's Secret over their line of lip pencils named Metalica.
  • 2000 - Nashville's Music City News ceased publication after 37 years.
  • 2001 - Chaka Khan and Rufus reunited at a Barbados jazz festival.
  • 2001 - Run-D.M.C. performed at the American Football Conference halftime show.
  • 2002 - Adam Ant was taken to a U.K. hospital under the Mental Health Act.
  • 2003 - Jerry Lee Lewis' sister, Linda Gail Lewis, dropped a sex discrimination charge against Van Morrison.
  • 2004 - Eric B & Rakim sued Russell Simmons and Def Jam Records, saying they were never paid royalties for their 1987 album Paid in Full.
  • 2005 - A statue of Johnny Ramone was unveiled at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
  • 2006 - Leif Garrett was arrested for drug possession in Los Angeles.
  • 2010 - Jimmy Page received the United Nation's first Pathways to Peace Award. 
  • 2014 - Police questioned Justin Bieber over the egging of Bieber's neighbors house.
  • 2014 - Los Angeles police questioned Kanye West after he allegedly punched a man for making racist comments around his wife, Kim Kardashian. 
Marriages
  • 2006 - Eminem (Marshal Mathers) and Kim Mathers (their second marriage)
  • 2012 - Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) and Laurie Durning
Recorded
  • 1965 - Bringing It All Back Home - Bob Dylan (first recording session)
Released
  • 1966 - Can't Help Thinking About Me - David Bowie (debut single under his new name)
  • 1989 - Back in the U.S.S.R. - Paul McCartney (Soviet Union exclusive)
  • 1992 - Born Into the 90's - R. Kelly
  • 1997 - Wannabe - Spice Girls (U.S. release of debut single)
Broadcasts
  • 1973 - Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii - Elvis Presley (shown live worldwide except in the U.S. where it was shown later on tape)
  • 1997 - Home Improvement (ABC) - Beach Boys
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1950 - I Can Dream, Can't I? - Andrews Sisters (4 weeks)
  • 1956 - Memories Are Made of This - Dean Martin (5 weeks)
  • 1978 - Baby Come Back - Player (3 weeks)
  • 1989 - My Perogative - Bobby Brown (2 weeks)
  • 2006 - Laffy Taffy - D4L (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. Albums 
  • 1950 - South Pacific - Original Cast (16 weeks (29 previous weeks))
  • 2006 - Unpredictable - Jamie Foxx (2 weeks)
  • 2012 - 21 - Adele (10 weeks (13 previous weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1984 - Joanna - Kool & the Gang (2 weeks)
  • 1989 - Superwoman - Karyn White (3 weeks)
  • 2017 - Black Beatles - Rae Sremmurd Featuing Gucci Mane (1 week (6 previous weeks))
Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
  • 1984 - Slow Burn - T.G. Sheppard (1 week)
  • 1989 - Change of Heart - Judds (1 week)
  • 1995 - Not a Moment Too Soon - Tim McGraw (2 weeks)
  • 2006 - She Let Herself Go - George Strait (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1995 - I'll Make Love to You - Boyz II Men (1 week (2 previous weeks))
  • 2006 - Lonely No More - Rob Thomas (1 week (17 previous weeks))
  • 2012 - Someone Like You - Adele (4 weeks (1 previous week))
  • 2017 - Send My Love (To Your New Lover) - Adele (1 week (2 previous weeks))
Number Ones – U.K. Singles
  • 1955 - Mambo Italiano - Rosemary Clooney With the Mellomen (1 week)
  • 1965 - Yeh Yeh - Georgie Fame & the Blue Flames (2 weeks)
  • 1984 - Pipes of Peace - Paul McCartney (2 weeks)
  • 1995 - Cotton Eye Joe - Rednex (3 weeks)
  • 2012 - Good Feeling - Flo Rida (1 week)
Number Ones – U.K. Albums 
  • 1961 - G.I. Blues (soundtrack) - Elvis Presley (7 weeks)
  • 1984 - No Parlez - Paul Young (1 week (4 previous weeks))
  • 1989 - The Innocents - Erasure (1 week)
  • 2006 - First Impressions of Earth - The Strokes (1 week)
  • 2012 - 21 - Adele (1 week (18 previous weeks))

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