Jan 12 – Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday Ray!

No. 1

1969 Amen Corner: If Paradise Is Half as Nice UK 45
1972 Al Green: Let’s Stay Together US 45
1977 Julie Covington: Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina UK 45
1977 Barbra Streisand: A Star Is Born US LP
1994 Celine Dion : The Power Of Love : US single
1994 Tori Amos : Under the Pink : UK LP


1867 Len Spencer (First US recording star)
1935 Ray Manzarak (Doors)
1935 Gene McDaniels (Tower of Strength)
1949 Stanley Knight (Black Oak Arkansas)
1950 Steve Hackett (Genesis, 1970-9)
1968 Chynna Phillips (Wilson Phillips)
1970 Jim Creegan (Barenaked Ladies)


1956 Screaming Jay Hawkins records I Put a Spell on You, for Okeh Records in New York.

1957 Coasters record Young Blood with Leiber and Stoller.

1958 Monotones’ Book of Love released by Argo, US.

1961 Miracles’ Shop Around becomes first Motown million-seller.

1964 Beatles round off American visit with gig at Carnegie Hall, New York.

1967 Keith Richards’ home, ‘Redlands’, in West Wittering raided for drugs.

1968 Jimi Hendrix awarded an honorary high-school diploma from Garfield School (he dropped out aged fourteen).

1968 Traffic play gig at Grenoble during Winter Olympics.

1971 Deep Purple release Strange Kind of Woman in UK

1972 Michael Jackson debuts solo on UK chart with Got to Be There.

1973 Elton John wins gold disc for Don’t Shoot Me.

1975 Bob Dylan releases Blood on the Tracks.

1981 Debbie Harry confirms her departure from Blondie.

1989 Tiny Tim stands as a candidate for mayor of New York City.

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