Music Almanac: January 7, 2018

Birthdays
  • 1930 - Jack Greene (d. 2013)
  • 1936 - Eldee Young (Young-Holt Unlimited) (d. 2007)
  • 1938 - Paul Revere (& the Raiders) (d. 2014)
  • 1941 - Robert Hicks (Paul Butterfield Blues Band) (77)
  • 1941 - James West (Kathy Young & the Innocents) (77)
  • 1943 - Leona Williams (born Leona Helton) (75)
  • 1944 - Mike McGear (born Mike McCartney, brother of Paul) (74)
  • 1945 - Dave Cousins (Strawbs) (73)
  • 1946 - Jann Wenner (publisher of Rolling Stone) (72)
  • 1946 - Andy Brown (Fortunes) (72)
  • 1948 - Kenny Loggins (70)
  • 1949 - Marshall Chapman (69)
  • 1953 - Earl Lindo (Wailers) (68)
  • 1959 - Kathy Valentine (Go-Go's) (59)
  • 1959 - David Lee Murphy (59)
  • 1963 - Clint Mansell (Pop Will Eat Itself) (55)
  • 1965 - Five For Fighting (born John Ondrasik III) (52)
  • 1972 - Taja Sevelle (born Nancy Richardson) (46)
  • 1974 - John Rich (44)
Deaths
  • 1964 - Cyril Davies - Endocarditis (possible leukemia) (31)
  • 1980 - Carl White (Rivingtons)
  • 1980 - Larry Williams - Suicide (possible murder) (44)
  • 1998 - Owen Bradley (82)
  • 2001 - James Carr - Lung cancer (58)
  • 2002 - Jon Lee (Feeder) - Suicide (33)
  • 2016 - Troy Shondell - Alzheimer's & Parkinsons Disease (76)
On This Day
  • 1933 - The Wheeling Jamboree was first broacast on radio station WWVA.
  • 1950 - Hank Snow and Tennessee Ernie Form made their Grand Ole Opry debuts.
  • 1953 - Apollo Records filed a $10,000 suit against the Royals, saying they were impersonating their group the Five Royals.
  • 1953 - Marty Robbins debuted at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1956 - Johnny Cash started regular appearances on the Louisiana Hayride. 
  • 1963 - Gary U.S. Bonds sued Chubby Checker alleging that his Dancin' Party sounded too much like Quarter to Three.
  • 1964 - Long John Baldry formed the Hoochie Coochie Men.
  • 1967 - Charley Pride made his first appearance and the first for any African-American solo singer at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1970 - Max Yasgur, owner of the farm where Woodstock was held, was sued for $35,000 for property damage by surrounding farmers.
  • 1974 - Aerosmith opened their Get Your Wings Tour in Detroit, MI.
  • 1976 - Record executive Kenneth Moss receives an 120 day prison sentenced for involuntary manslaughter in the death of Average White Band drummer Robbie McIntosh.
  • 1980 - Hugh Cornwall of the Stranglers was sentenced to three months in prison for possession of heroin, cocaine and marijuana.
  • 1981 - The Police opened their North American tour in Montreal.
  • 1994 - Nirvana played their last U.S. show in hometown Seattle.
  • 2003 - The Beatles Book Monthly shut down after forty years.
  • 2004 - Ozzy Osbourne canceled his U.K. tour to recover from an ATV accident.
  • 2006 - Gary Glitter was officially charged with obscene acts with an 11 and a 12 year old girl in Viet Nam.
Marriages
  • 2003 - Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne (renewed vows)
  • 2006 - Pink and Carey Hart
  • 2012 - Hillary Scott (Lady Antebellum) and Chris Tyrrell
Divorces
  • 1985 - Janet Jackson and James DeBarge
Recorded
  • 1961 - Hello Walls - Faron Young
  • 1994 - Definitely Maybe - Oasis (first day of recording on their debut album)
Released
  • 1971 - Paranoid - Black Sabbath (U.S. release)
Broadcasts
  • 1997 - Rosie O'Donnell Show (Syn) - Prince
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1950 - Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer - Gene Autrey (1 week)
  • 2012 - Sexy and I Know It - LMFAO (2 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Albums 
  • 1978 - Rumours - Fleetwood Mac (2 weeks (29 previous weeks)
  • 1995 - The Hits - Garth Brooks (5 weeks)
  • 2006 - The Breakthrough - Mary J. Blige (1 week)
  • 2017 - A Pentatonix Christmas - Pentatonix (2 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1956 - The Great Pretender - Platters (11 weeks)
  • 1956 - At My Front Door - El Dorados (1 week)
  • 1967 - Tell It Like It Is - Aaron Neville (5 weeks)
  • 1978 - Ffun - Con Funk Shun (2 weeks)
  • 1989 - Oasis - Roberta Flack (1 week)
  • 2006 - Be Without You - Mary J. Blige (15 weeks)
  • 2017 - Starboy - The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk (1 week (6 previous weeks))
Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
  • 1978 - Take This Job and Shove It - Johnny Paycheck (2 weeks)
  • 1984 - You Look So Good in Love - George Strait (1 week)
  • 1989 - Hold Me - K. T. Oslin (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 2017 - Baby, It's Cold Outside - Brett Eldridge Featuring Meghan Trainor (1 week)
  • 1978 - Just the Way You Are - Billy Joel (4 weeks)
  • 1995 - I'm the Only One - Melissa Etheridge (1 week)
Number Ones – U.K. Singles
  • 1955 - Finger of Suspicion - Dickie Valentine with the Stargazers (1 week)
  • 1989 - Especially For You - Kylie Minogue & Jason Donovan (3 weeks)
  • 2012 - Paradise - Coldplay (1 week)
  • 2016 - Love Yourself - Justin Bieber (3 weeks)
Number Ones – U.K. Albums 
  • 1989 - Now That's What I Call Music 13 - Various Artists (1 week)
  • 2012 - Plus - Ed Sheeran (1 week)
  • 2016 - 25 - Adele (2 weeks (5 previous weeks))

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