This Day In Rock History: Jan 11th

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  • 1962, Cliff Richard was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Young Ones’. It stayed at the top of the charts for six weeks and made Cliff the first UK artist to enter the chart at No.1.
  • 1964, Ring Of Fire The Best of Johnny Cash became the first No.1 album when Billboard debuted their Country Album Chart. It was his sixteenth album in total and the first compilations album by Cash.
  • 1964, ‘Louie Louie’ by The Kingsmen was the No.1 song on the US Cash Box music chart. For a while, the record was banned by a handful of US radio stations because of its indecipherable lyrics, which were rumored to contain some naughty words. Even the F.B.I. investigated the song, but finally concluded that they could find nothing wrong.
  • 1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded ‘Purple Haze’ at De Lane Lea studios in London. Jimi also signed a deal with the new record label Track Records in the UK on this day.
  • 1975, Led Zeppelin played their first concert in 18 months when they appeared at the Ahoy, Rotterdam, Holland, playing one of two warm-up shows for their forthcoming North American tour. The set list included some new songs: ‘Sick Again’, ‘The Rain Song’, ‘Kashmir’, ‘No Quarter’ and ‘Trampled Under Foot’.
  • 1986, The Pet Shop Boys scored their first UK No.1 single with ‘West End Girls.’ The first version of the song was released in April 1984, becoming a club hit in the United States, after the duo signed with EMI, the song was re-recorded with producer Stephen Hague.
  • 1992, Nirvana appeared on NBC-TV’s Saturday Night Live performing two songs, ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and ‘Territorial Pissings’. Also on this day the group’s Nevermind went to No.1 on the US album chart.
  • 1999, Barry Pritchard guitarist and singer with The Fortunes died of a heart attack. The group’s biggest hit was ‘You’ve Got Your Troubles’ which was a UK No.2 hit in 1965, also reaching No.7 seven in the US.
  • 2000, Gary Glitter was released from prison after serving half of a four-month sentence for possessing child pornography downloaded from the internet. Glitter was told he would have to go on the sex offenders’ register for seven years.
  • 2000, It was reported that Whitney Houston  was under investigation after allegedly trying to smuggle 15.2 grams of Marijuana out of Hawaii. A security officer found the drug in the singer’s handbag, Houston then walked away when he tried to detain her.
  • 2002, Mickey Finn percussionist and sideman to Marc Bolan  in Tyrannosaurus Rex (T Rex), died of kidney and liver problems aged 55. (1971 UK No.1 single ‘Hot Love’, plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles).
  • 2003, Pete Townshend issued a public statement denying being a paedophile after his name was linked with a police Internet porn inquiry. But The Who guitarist did admit studying child pornography for research into a campaign against it.
  • 2005, Former Bread guitarist and Academy Award-winning songwriter James Griffin died at his home in Nashville at the age of 61 after suffering from cancer. Bread had the 1970’s hits ‘Make It With You’, ‘Baby I’m-a Want You’, and ‘Everything I Own.’
  • 2008, Robbie Williams’ manager told The Times newspaper that the singer would refuse to make another album for his record label EMI, saying he was unhappy after the label was taken over by Terra Firma. Tim Clark told the paper Williams would not deliver a new album because he had no idea how the label would handle it. Williams had sold 47 million albums around the world since leaving Take That in 1995, making him one of EMI’s most successful artists.
  • 2009, Lady Gaga & Colby O’Donis went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Just Dance’, taken from her album The Fame.

Born on this day:

  • 1895, Born on this day, Laurens Hammond, inventor of the Hammond organ. The sound of the Hammond was used by many rock artists including; Procol Harum,Keith Emerson, Led Zeppelin, The Allman Brothers and The Faces. Hammond died on 3rd July 1973.
  • 1924, Born on this day, Don Cherry, singer, (1955 US & 1956 UK Top 10 single ‘Band Of Gold’).
  • 1942, Born on this day, Clarence Clemons, also known as The Big Man, saxophonist with E Street Band, (1987 UK No.16 single Born To Run). He released several solo albums and in 1985, had a hit single with “You’re a Friend of Mine,” a duet with Jackson Browne and as an actor Clemons featured in several films, including New York, New York and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Clemons died from complications caused by a stroke on June 18, 2011.
  • 1946, Born on this day, Tony Kaye, keyboards, Yes, (left in 1971).
  • 1949, Born on this day, Frederick Dennis Greene, Sha Na Na, US rock ‘n’ roll group.
  • 1956, Born on this day, Big Bank Hank (Henry Lee Jackson), rapper from The Sugarhill Gang who were the first hip hop act to have a hit with the cross-over single ‘Rapper’s Delight’ in the pop charts in 1979. He died on Nov 11th 2014 aged 58 from kidney complications due to cancer.
  • 1958, Born on this day, Vicki Peterson, guitar, vocals, The Bangles, (1986 UK No.2 single with the Prince song ‘Manic Monday’, 1986 US No.1 single ‘Walk Like An Egyptian’).
  • 1968, Born on this day, Tom Dumont, No Doubt, (1997 UK No.1 single ‘Don’t Speak’).
  • 1971, Born on this day, Mary Jane Blige, American R&B soul singer, songwriter, actress. (1997 US No.1 album, ‘Share My World’, 1999 UK No.4 single’ ‘As’, 2001 US No.1 single, ‘Family Affair’, 2006 US No.1 album ‘The Breakthrough’). Sold over 60 million records world-wide known as the “Queen of hip-hop soul.”
  • 1971, Born on this day, Tom Rowlands, The Chemical Brothers, (1996 UK No.1 single ‘Setting Sun’, 2007 UK No.1 album ‘We Are The Night’).
  • 1981, Born on this day, Thomas Meighan, lead singer, Kasabian, (2005 UK No.8 single ‘Cutt Off’, 2006 UK No.1 album ‘Empire’).
  • 1981, Born on this day, Chris Edwards, Kasabian, (2005 UK No.8 single ‘Cutt Off’, 2006 UK No.1 album ‘Empire’).

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