Jan. 13 – Today In Rock History

No. 1

1962 Cliff Richard: The Young Ones UK LP
1962 Chubby Checker: The Twist US 45
1973 Carly Simon: No Secrets US LP
1973 Slade: Slayed UK LP
1990 New Kids on the Block: Hanging Tough UK 45
1997 Tori Amos : Professional Widow : UK single


1948 John Lees (Barclay James Harvest)
1954 Trevor Rabin (Yes)
1955 Fred White (Earth, Wind and Fire)
1961 Suggs (Graham McPherson – Madness)


1979 Donny Hathaway


2004 – A Canadian furniture store apologizes to the widow of Frank Zappa for using his song “Watermelon in Easter Hay” without consent in a TV commercial.

2003 – Who guitarist Pete Townshend was arrested on suspicion of child porn offences. Police officers impounded seven computers from his £15 million ($25.5 million) home in Richmond, Surrey.

2003 – Tommy Mottola, onetime husband of Mariah Carey, resigns as chairman of Sony Music.

2003 – Police in England and the Netherlands recover nearly 500 lost tapes made by the Beatles in raids on bootleggers.

1993 – Tonight on TV’s A Country Music Celebration, Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan perform their “Heartland” songwriting collaboration.

1991 – The crowd at Dayton, Ohio’s Ervin J. Nutter Center get introduced to Guns N’ Roses time, as the band take the stage at 12:25 AM to play

1986 – Sex Pistol members John Lydon, Steve Jones and Paul Cook, as well as the mother of Sid Vicious, sued former manager Malcom McClaren for £1 million ($1.7 million).

1984 – BBC Radio 1 announced a ban on ‘Relax’ by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, after DJ Mike Read called it ‘obscene’, a BBC TV ban also followed.

1981 – appearing at The Venue, London, Bow Wow Wow. Tickets cost £3 ($5.10).

1980 – appearing live at the Birmingham Odeon, England, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, tickets £2.

1980 – Bob Dylan kicks off the second leg of his Gospel Tour in Seattle meeting with great success.

1980 – A benefit for the people of Kampuchea is held at the Oakland Coliseum in California. Headliners are the Grateful Dead, Beach Boys and Jefferson Starship.

1979 – Soul singer Donny Hathaway committed suicide falling from a 15th floor New York hotel window.

1979 – The YMCA sues the Village People over their song of the same name.

1978 – The Police started recording their first album at Surrey Sound Studios, Surrey, England with producer Nigel Gray.

1973 – Slade scored their first UK No.1 album with ‘Slayed’.

1973 – Carly Simon started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘No Secrets’.

1973 – Eric Clapton performs at the Rainbow Theatre in a concert organized by his friend Pete Townshend in order to help Clapton shake his alcoholism.

1969 – Elvis Presley begins recording in Memphis for the first time since his Sun sessions and makes some of his most powerful adult music, including “Suspicious Minds.”

1967 – Jimi Hendrix performs at London’s Bag O’Nails club before an audience that includes Beatles manager Brian Epstein.

1967 – The Rolling Stones appear on TV’s “Ed Sullivan Show” and are forced to change the lyrics of “Let’s Spend the Night Together” to “Let’s Spend Some Time Together”

1966 – George Harrison and his girlfriend Patti Boyd met up with Mick Jagger and Chrissie Shrimpton at Dolly’s nightclub on Jermyn Street in London’s west End.

1966 – Ringo Starr and John Lennon leave England for a vacation in Trinidad.

1965 – Bob Dylan releases The Times They Are A-Changing as a single. His first hit in the UK, it never makes the American chart.

1964 – The Beatles release their breakthrough single “I Want to Hold Your Hand” in the United States.

1964 – Bob Dylan releases Another Side of Bob Dylan. Share and Enjoy

1963 – Bob Dylan plays a folk singer in the BBC radio play The Madhouse of Castle Street. He fills out his performance by singing “Blowin’ in the Wind”

1963 – In Birmingham, the Beatles make a recording for Thank Your Lucky Stars, their first British national TV appearance.

1962 – Cliff Richard scored his second UK No.1 album with ‘The Young Ones’, which spent six weeks at the top of the charts.

1962 – Bob Dylan performs at the San Remo Coffee House in Schenectady, N.Y.

1962 – Chubby Checker tops the singles charts with “The Twist.”

1961 – Suggs, lead singer with the excellent English ska-pop group Madness (“Our House”), is born in Hastings as Graham MacPherson.

1958 -Little Richard releases Good Golly Miss Molly in US

1957 – Elvis Presley records “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin” at a Hollywood studio.

1957 – Elvis Presley records All Shook Up

1955 – Earth Wind & Fire drummer Fred White is born.

1954 – Yes guitarist Trevor Rabin is born in Johannesburg, South Africa.

1952 – Doobie Brothers sax player Cornelius Bumpus is born today.

1948 – John Lees, vocalist/guitarist with prog rockers Barclay James Harvest, is born in England.

1947 – Chris Thomas, who has produced classic albums like For Your Pleasure, Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex Pistols, The Pretenders and Kick, is born in Middlesex, England.

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