Jan. 8th – Today In Rock History

No. 1 Chart Listing

1966 Beatles: We Can Work it Out US 45
1966 Beatles: Rubber Soul US LP
1969 Scaffold: Lily the Pink UK 45
1972 New Seekers: I’d Like to Teach The World To Sing UK 45

Other Charts

1966 Spencer Davis hit UK chart with their first LP.
1972 Dennis Coffey hits #6 with “Scorpio”.
1972 King Crimson hits #30 in the UK with ‘Island’.
1977 Alice Cooper hits #12 with “I Never Cry”.
1977 ELO hits #13 with “Livin’ Thing”.


1935 Elvis Presley
1937 Shirley Bassey
1941 Bobby Kreiger (Doors)
1943 Lee Jackson (Nice)
1947 David Bowie
1947 Terry Sylvester (Replaced Graham Nash in Hollies)
1964 Peter ‘Ped’ Gill (Frankie Goes to Hollywood).
1955 Loverboy vocalist Mike Reno is born
1931 Bill Graham was born in Berlin, Germany.

1995 – Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder hosts a national late-night radio show broadcast titled “Self Pollution Radio” from the band’s hometown of Seattle.

1993 – A 29-cent U.S. postage stamp bearing the likeness of a 1950s-era Elvis Presley is issued at a post office near the King’s Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tenn.

1991 – Steve Clark of Def Leppard is found dead in the living room of his London home by his girlfriend.

1983 Marvin Gay’s Sexual Healing becomes first single to log ten weeks at top of Billboard black singles chart since I Can’t Stop loving You by Ray Charles.

1979 – The Canadian government names Rush “Official Ambassadors of Music.”

1979 Abba, Bee Gees, Rod Stewart and Earth, Wind and Fire play UNICEF concert in New York.

1977 – Queen went to No.1 on the UK album chart with — 1977 – Queen went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Day At The Races.’

1975 – Tickets for three Led Zeppelin concerts at Madison Square Garden go on sale. The box office has to call on other ticket outlets to help cope with demand.

1974 – Kiss is signed to its first recording contract. KISS drum up some press by performing a “dress rehearsal” shortly after signing to Casablanca Records.

1973 – Watch out. Yoko’s about. Yoko Ono releases Approximately Infinite Universe, a double album whose highlights include songs like “I Felt Like Smashing My Face in a Clear Glass.

1973 – Elvis Presley sues Priscilla Presley for divorce.

1973 Carly Simon awarded gold record for You’re So Vain.

1972 – The New Seekers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing, (in Perfect Harmony’).

1969 – Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were both barred from an exclusive hotel for wearing “op art” pants and nothing else. They were both asked to leave the Hotel.

1966 – ABC broadcasts the last ever episode of pop music program Shindig! The Kinks and the Who see off the twice-weekly show in explosive fashion.

1966 – The Beatles started a six week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Rubber Soul’ the groups seventh US chart topper.

1963 – The Beatles appeared live on Scottish TV’s Round Up, transmitted live from The Theatre Royal, Glasgow. They mimed to ‘Please Please Me.’

1957 – Elvis Presley undergoes an army pre-induction exam in Memphis on his 22nd birthday. He passes.

1957 – Bill Haley & His Comets started the first ever ‘rock & roll tour’ of Australia, playing two sold out nights in Sydney.

Have a groovy day 🙂

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