SAT January 21
The Rolling Stones along with Roy Orbison arrive in Sydney, Australia to start a tour of Down Under. (1965) Beatle George Harrison marries his longtime girlfriend, fashion model Patti Boyd. The two met on the set of the Beatles' first movie, "A Hard Day's Night." She leaves Harrison in the mid-'70s to take up with neighbor Eric Clapton who would write the song "Layla" about her and who she would marry in May 1979. (1966) 1980 - I got you Split Enz was released (the Enz biggest hit) Blues guitar giant B.B. King donates his entire record collection (including about 7,000 rare blues records he played when he was a disc jockey) to the University of Mississippi's Center for the Study of Southern Culture. (1982) Yes' "Owner of a Lonely Heart" peaks at #1 on the pop chart. (1984)
SUN January 22
Journey lead singer Steve Perry is born. (1949) - Escape 81' Frontiers 83' & Oh Sheerie 84' Michael Hutchence of INXS is born in NSW 1960. He died @ 37 yrs old in Dec 1997 - from 95 untill his death he was in the papers almost non-stop due to his relationship with Paula Yates The Rolling Stones refused to go on the revolving stage during the finale of the British TV show "Sunday Night at the London Palladium." The press saw it as a snub against tradition. (1967) The Joe Cocker film "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" debuts at London's Festival Palace. The movie features performances by Cocker, Leon Russell, Rita Coolidge and others. (1971) Gene Simmons of Kiss and former "Playboy" model Shannon Tweed have a son. (1989) Guns & Roses guitarist Slash swore numerous times on live television while accepting an American Music Award. Viewers swamped the ABC-TV switchboard with irate calls and the network apologized. (1990)
MON January 23
BORN Patrick Simmons of the Doobie Brothers he wrote their 75' hit Black Water (1950) BORN Robin Zander, vocalist with Cheap Trick, is born. 1979 Dream Police... biggest hit - 88' The Flame (1952) ‘Special One’ is Cheap Tricks latest album (2003) 1973 Neil Young interrupts a New York concert to read a message handed to him. "Peace has come," he announces, sending the audience into a joyful ten minute fit of hugging and kissing. Young then went into a powerful version of "Southern Man." (1973) 1990 Former Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Allen Collins dies of complications from pneumonia in Jacsonville, FL. He was only 37. (1990) 2000 Heart's Nancy Wilson and her husband Cameron Crowe become the parents of twins -- William James Crowe and Curtis Wilson Crowe. (2000)
TUE January 24
Warren Zevon was born in ‘The Windy City’ Chicago. (1947) he died after a long battle with Throat Cancer in 2003. ‘The Wind’ his final album, has been nominated for a number of Grammies this year (04) 1978 was his biggest hit ‘Warewolves Of London’ 1969 Jethro Tull plays its first U.S. concert in New York City. The band, already popular with critics and audience in England, opens for heavy-metal supergroup Led Zeppelin. (1969) 1970 Its announced that John Lennon and Yoko Ono have shaven their heads to commemorate the start of Year One for Peace. (1970) 1976 The live version of "Rock & Roll All Nite" by Kiss peaks at #12 on the chart. (1976) 1979 The Clash's first U.S. single, their version of "I Fought the Law" is released on Epic Records. Though it gets lots of play on the college stations and in the new wave dance rock clubs, it will not be a hit on the pop chart. (1979)
WED January 25 1969
Creedence Clearwater Revival releases the "Proud Mary" LP - their 1st top 10 hit (1969) 1979 The Cars win the Rolling Stone magazine annual readers' poll as the best new band of the year. (1979) 1980 Paul McCartney is released from a Tokyo jail where he'd been imprisoned for ten days after trying to carry a half pound of marijuana through customs at the Tokyo airport. (1980) 1986 Bruce Springsteen's "My Hometown" peaks at #6 on the chart. (1986) 1999 The Rolling Stones open their No Security Tour in Oakland, CA. It is the band's first arena tour in more than two decades. (1999)
THU January 26
Eddie Van Halen, guitar player for Van Halen, is born. (1957) Once married to Valerie Bertinelli (One Day At A Time) He and brother Alex (The Drummer) are currently workin with Sammy Hagar on a new album. Fleetwood Mac's first lead guitar player, Peter Green, is committed to a mental hospital in England after firing a pistol in the general direction of a delivery boy who was attempting to delver to Green a royalties check from Fleetwood Mac record sales. Green left the band in May 1970 to live a life of religious seclusion. (1977) 1984 on the set of a Pepsi commercial, Michael Jackson suffers scalp and neck burns when his hair catches fire. 1979 - Bo & Luke Duke were making their first TV appearance on The Dukes Of Hazzard. Daisy was my favorite !
Fri January 27
Nick Mason, drummer for Pink Floyd, is born. (1945) Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" is released, 6 weeks after he is killed in a plane crash. (1968) A $2 million suit is brought against attorney Micahel Lippan by his former client, David Bowie. Bowie charges that Lippman took a 15-percent agent's fee instead of the customary ten percent and that he withheld $475,000 after being dismissed by Bowie. (1976) John Lennon and Phil Spector write and record "Instant Karma" which is released early next month. (1970) "Tom Petty Day" is declared in the musician's hometown of Gainsville, FL.