Music Almanac: January 6, 2017

Birthdays
  • 1924 - Earl Scruggs (d. 2012)
  • 1929 - Autry Inman (d. 1988)
  • 1934 - Bobby Lord (d. 2008)
  • 1935 - Paul Wilson (Flamingos) (d. )
  • 1935 - Nino Tempo (& April Stevens) (83)
  • 1935 - Ricky Allen (d. 2005)
  • 1937 - Doris Troy (d. 2004)
  • 1940 - Van McCoy (d. 1979)
  • 1946 - Syd Barrett (d. 2006)
  • 1947 - Shirley Brown (71)
  • 1947 - Sandy Denny (d. 1978)
  • 1949 - Joey "Cow Polka" Miskulin (Riders in the Sky) (69)
  • 1951 - Kim Wilson (Fabulous Thunderbirds) (67)
  • 1953 - Jett Williams (65)
  • 1953 - Malcolm Young (AC/DC) (d. 2017)
  • 1959 - Kathy Sledge (Sister Sledge) (59)
  • 1960 - Muz Skillings (Living Colour) (58)
  • 1961 - Eric Williams (Blackstreet) (57)
  • 1962 - Michael Houser (Widespread Panic) (d. 2002)
  • 1963 - Paul Brindley (Sundays) (55)
  • 1964 - Mark O'Toole (Frankie Goes to Hollywood) (54)
  • 1966 - A.R. Rahman (52)
  • 1971 - Gary Wiseman (Bowling for Soup) (47)
  • 1981 - Mike Jones (37)
  • 1986 - Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys) (32)
Deaths
  • 1980 - Georgeanna Tillman (Marvelettes) - Sickle cell anemia & lupus (36)
  • 1993 - Dizzy Gillespie - Pancreatic cancer (75)
  • 1996 - Chubby Wise (born Robert Wise) (Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys) (80)
  • 2006 - Lou Rawls - Brain and lung cancer (72)
  • 2007 - Sneaky Pete Kleinow (Flying Burrito Brothers) - Alzheimer's disease (72)
  • 2008 - Cy Leslie (founder of Pickwick Records) (85)
  • 2009 - Ron Asheton (Stooges) - Heart attack (60)
On This Day
  • 1958 - Gibson introduced their “Flying V” electric guitar.
  • 1958 - In one of his only film roles, Bobby Helms filmed a part as himself in The Case Against Brooklyn.
  • 1964 - The Rolling Stones opened their first headlining tour in Harrow, U.K. Along for the ride were the Ronettes, Marty Wild and the Swinging Blue Jeans.
  • 1969 - Dottie West's home was destroyed by fire.
  • 1970 - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young made their U.K. debut at London's Royal Albert Hall.
  • 1971 - Neil Young performed for the first time in his homeland of Canada in six years.
  • 1975 - While waiting for tickets to a February Led Zeppelin show at the Boston Gardens, a thousand fans started to riot doing $30,000 in damages. The mayor of Boston canceled the concert.
  • 1977 - EMI released the Sex Pistols after only three months on the label, giving them $68,000.
  • 1987 - Eric Clapton played the first of his annual residencies at London's Royal Albert Hall.
  • 1987 - Elton John canceled all of his appearances for the year after having throat surgery.
  • 1993 - Bill Wyman announced he had officially left the Rolling Stones.
  • 2004 - Celine Dion received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 2004 - Steven Van Zandt became a consultant with Sirius Satellite Radio to develop a show based on his Underground Garage series.
  • 2004 - A Belgian consumer group sued all four big music companies charging that their copy protection schemes stopped law abiding music listeners from making legitimate copies of their CDs.
  • 2004 - Urge Overkill announced they were reforming for four dates.
  • 2005 - Ringo Garza of Los Lonely Boys and his wife are arrested in San Angelo, TX for marijuana possession.
  • 2005 - Teen heartthrob Aaron Carter escaped serious injury when his SUV caught on fire while he was driving.
  • 2006 - The U.K.'s Ms. Dynamite was arrested for assaulting a police officer.
Marriages
  • 1981 - Bjorn Ulvaeus (ABBA) and Lena Kallersjo
  • 1990 - Mark Miller (Sawyer Brown) and Lisa Knight
Recorded
  • 1975 - Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd (first day of recording album)
Released
  • 1958 - Ballad of a Teenage Queen - Johnny Cash (single)
  • 1976 - Frampton Comes Alive - Peter Frampton
Broadcasts
  • 1957 - Ed Sullivan Show - Elvis Presley (last appearance on show)
  • 1966 - Duke Ellington Concert (CBS)
  • 1968 - Happening '68 (premier show)
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1958 - At the Hop - Danny & the Juniors (5 weeks)
  • 1973 - You're So Vain - Carly Simon (3 weeks)
  • 1979 - Too Much Heaven - Bee Gees (2 weeks)
  • 2008 - Low - Flo Rida Featuring T-Pain (10 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Albums 
  • 1958 - Merry Christmas - Bing Crosby (1 week (35 previous weeks))
  • 1968 - Magical Mystery Tour - Beatles (8 weeks)
  • 1979 - Barbra Streisand's Greatest Hits Vol. 2 - Barbra Streisand (3 weeks)
  • 1990 - ...But Seriously - Phil Collins (1 week)
  • 2007 - Hip Hop is Dead - Nas (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1951 - Bad, Bad Whiskey - Amos Milburn (3 weeks)
  • 1958 - At the Hop - Danny & the Juniors (5 weeks)
  • 1958 - Raunchy - Ernie Freeman (2 weeks)
  • 1962 - Unchain My Heart - Ray Charles (2 weeks)
  • 1973 - Superstition - Stevie Wonder (3 weeks)
  • 1979 - Got to Be Real - Cheryl Lynn (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
  • 1958 - Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis (2 weeks)
  • 1979 - Tulsa Time - Don Williams (1 week)
  • 1990 - Who's Lonely Now - Highway 101 (1 week)
  • 1996 - Rebecca Lynn - Bryan White (1 week)
  • 2007 - She's Everything - Brad Paisley (3 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1962 - When I Fall in Love - Lettermen (1 week)
  • 1968 - Chattanooga Choo Choo - Harpers Bizarre (2 weeks)
  • 1990 - How Am I Supposed to Live Without You - Michael Bolton (1 week)
  • 2001 - The Christmas Shoes - NewSong (1 week)
Number Ones – U.K. Singles
  • 1956 - Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley & the Comets (3 weeks (3 previous weeks))
  • 1979 - YMCA - Village People (3 weeks)
Number Ones – U.K. Albums
  • 1962 - Blue Hawaii - Elvis Presley (1 week)
  • 1968 - Val Doonican Rocks But Gently - Val Doonican (3 weeks)
  • 1979 - Greatest Hits - Showaddywaddy (2 weeks)

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