Almanac: January 26, 2011

Van Halen Guitar Virtuoso (Gtab)Birthdays:
  • Huey "Piano" Smith (77)
  • Marshall Lieb (72)
  • Dave Rowland (Dave & Sugar) (69)
  • Jean Knight (68)
  • Ashley Hutchings (Fairport Convention) (66)
  • Deon Jackson (65)
  • Corky Laing (Mountain, West Bruce & Laing) (63)
  • Derek Holt (Climax Blues Band) (62)
  • David Briggs (Little River Band) (60)
  • Lucinda Williams (58)
  • Bert Heerink (Vandenberg) (58)
  • Eddie Van Halen (54)
  • Anita Baker (53)
  • Norman Hassan (UB40) (53)
  • Tom Keifer (Cinderella) (49)
  • Andrew Ridgeley (Wham!) (48)


In ConcertOn This Day in:
  • 1956 - Buddy Holly made his first recordings for Decca.
  • 1963 - The Rooftop Singers were at number 1 in the U.S. with Walk Right In.
  • 1969 - Led Zeppelin played a four-hour set at the Boston Tea Party.
  • 1970 - John Lennon wrote, recorded and mixed Instant Karma.
  • 1970 - Elvis Presley opens at the International Hotel in Las Vegas and, for the first time, wears his one-piece jumpsuit.
  • 1974 - Ringo Starr hit number 1 in the U.S. with You're Sixteen.
  • 1974 - The Doobie Brothers open their first European Tour in London.
  • 1975 - A documentary on David Bowie, Cracked Actor, was shown on the BBC.
  • 1977 - Ex-Fleetwood Mac member Peter Green was committed after threatening his accountant with a gun.
  • 1980 - Prince made his television debut on American Bandstand.
  • 1984 - Michael Jackson is hospitalized with burns to his scalp after his hair catches fire while shooting a Pepsi commercial.
  • 1986 - Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Allen Collins crashed his car, killing his girlfriend and paralyzing him from the waist down.  
  • 1989 - Donnie Elbert passed away from a stroke at 52.
  • 1991 - Cher made the video Cher's Video Canteen for the troops in Operation Desert Storm.  Her guests included Janet Jackson, Paul Simon, Van Halen and Bonnie Raitt.
  • 1997 - The Super Bowl XXXI half-time show stars ZZ Top, James Brown and the Blues Brothers.
  • 1998 - Blues drummer S.P. Leary dies from cancer at the age of 67.
  • 1999 - The National Transportation Safety Board ruled that John Denver's plane crashed two years earlier because he did not have enough fuel in one tank and had trouble switching the plane to the other tank.  Denver was killed in the crash.
  • 2001 - Reba McEntire opened on Broadway in Annie Get Your Gun.
  • 2003 - Billy Joel ran his car into a tree and had to be airlifted to a hospital.
  • 2004 - John Lydon (Johnny Rotten) appeared on the U.K. show I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here but walked off the show after four days.
  • 2004 - A judge orders R. Kelly to keep his distance from Michael Jackson during the Grammy Awards.  Kelly had been charged with child pornography while Jackson had recently plead not guilty.

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