This Day In Rock History: Jan 17th

Calvin Harris

Calvin Harris

  • 1963, The Velvets appeared at The Marquee Club London with the Cyril Davies All Stars. Bottom of the bill, The Rolling Stones. Tickets cost 4 shillings, ($0.56).
  • 1966, NBC-TV in the US bought The Monkees series, placing it on their 1966 autumn schedule. The series centered on the adventures of The Monkees, a struggling rock band from Los Angeles, California and introduced a number of innovative new-wave film techniques to television.
  • 1967, The Daily Mail ran the story about a local council survey finding 4,000 holes in the road in Lancashire inspiring John Lennon’s contribution to The Beatles song ‘A Day In The Life’.
  • 1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded a session for Radio Luxembourg’s Ready Steady Radio. The band ran up a bar bill of £2.5 shillings, ($6.21), which they were unable to pay.
  • 1969, Led Zeppelin I the band’s debut album, was released in the US, coinciding with the band’s first headlining US concert tour. It was to peak at No. 10 in the US chart, and at No. 6 in the UK. The RIAA in the US has now certified it as having sold over 10 million copies in the US alone.
  • 1972, A section of Bellevue Boulevard in Memphis was renamed Elvis Presley Boulevard. The remaining length of road kept its original name after protests from the Bellevue Baptist Church.
  • 1976, Barry Manilow scored his second US No.1 single with ‘I Write The Songs’, which was written by The Beach Boys Bruce Johnson.
  • 1981, Motley Crue formed when bass guitarist Nikki Sixx left the band London and began rehearsing with drummer Tommy Lee and vocalist, guitarist Greg Leon, (who later left). Sixx and Lee then added guitarist Bob “Mick Mars” Deal. Vince Neil accepted an offer to join (after turning them down) in April of this year.
  • 1987, Kate Bush started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘The Whole Story’. The compilation album was Bush’s third UK number one album as well as her best selling release.
  • 1996, David Bowie Tom Donahue, The Jefferson Airplane, Gladys Knight And The Pips, Little Willie John, Pink Floyd, Pete Seeger, The Shirelles and The Velvet Underground were all inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • 2003, A long-lost recording featuring John Lennon and Mick Jagger was set to spark a biding war at a London auction. The acetate record was recorded in 1974 with Jagger singing the blues song ‘Too Many Cooks’ and Lennon playing guitar. The track had never been released because the two artists were both signed to different record companies.
  • 2003, Singer Lou Rawls was arrested at Albuquerque Airport, New Mexico after an incident with his companion, Nina Inman. Officers reported that she and Rawls had been talking about their relationship when the conversation escalated into a shoving match resulting in Rawls being booked on one count of battery on a household member.
  • 2008, The Police played the first nine dates in Australian and New Zealand at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand, on their 152-date Reunion tour.
  • 2011, Don Kirshner, the songwriter, manager, publisher and music executive who helped launch the careers of Neil Diamond, Bobby Darin, Carole King, Neil Sedaka, The Monkees, The Archies and Kansas, died of heart failure at the age of 76.

Born on this day:

  • 1927, Born on this day, Eartha Kitt, US female singer, (1955 UK No.7 single ‘Under The Bridges Of Paris,’ 1989 UK No.32 single with Bronski Beat, ‘Cha Cha Heels’). Kitt died from colon cancer on December 25 2008 at her Weston, Connecticut home at the age of 81.
  • 1945, Born on this day, William Hart, vocals, The Delfonics, (1968 US No.4 & 1971 UK No.19 single ‘La-La Means I Love You’).
  • 1948, Born on this day, Mick Taylor, guitar, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, joined The Rolling Stones in 1969 (aged 20), left in 1974. (1971 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Brown Sugar’). Also worked with Bob Dylan, Mike Oldfield, Jack Bruce and Ronnie Wood.
  • 1955, Born on this day, Steve Earle, US singer, songwriter who had the 1988 UK No. 45 single ‘Copperhead Road’ and the Country and independent No.1 album ‘Transcendental Blues’. Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Gretchen Peters, Shawn Colvin and Eddi Reader have all covered his songs.
  • 1956, Born on this day, Paul Young, singer, (1983 UK No.1 single ‘Wherever I Lay My Hat, That’s My Home’, 1985 US No.1 single ‘Everytime You Go Away’. The Streetband, (1978 UK No.18 single ‘Toast.’ Also lead singer with 1980’s Q-Tips a soul covers band.
  • 1958, Born on this day, Jez Strode, bass, Kajagoogoo, (1983 UK No.1 single ‘Too Shy’).
  • 1959, Born on this day, Susanna Hoffs, guitar vocals, The Bangles, (1986 UK No.2 single with Prince song ‘Manic Monday’, 1986 US No.1 single ‘Walk Like An Egyptian’).
  • 1963, Born on this day, Andy Rourke, bass, The Smiths, (1984 UK No.10 single ‘Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now’, plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles).
  • 1967, Born on this day, Richard Hawley, guitarist, singer-songwriter and producer. Hawley found success as a member of Britpop band Longpigs in the 1990s. After that group broke up in 2000, he later joined the band Pulp.
  • 1971, Born on this day, Kid Rock, (Robert James Ritchie), American singer-songwriter, musician and rapper who had the 2000 US No.2 album ‘History Of Rock’ and the 2007 US No.1 album ‘Rock N Roll Jesus’ which featured the hit ‘All Summer Long’ charting at #1 in eight countries.
  • 1971, Born on this day, Jon Wysocki, drummer, Staind, (2001 US No.1 album, ‘Break The Cycle’, 2001 US No. 7 & UK No. 15 single ‘It’s Been A While’, 2005 US No.1 album’ Chapter V’).
  • 1978, Born on this day, Ricky Wilson, vocals, Kaiser Chiefs, (2005 UK No.3 album ‘Employment’, 2005 UK No.6 single ‘Oh My God’, 2007 UK No.1 single ‘Ruby’).
  • 1984, Born on this day, Calvin Harris, singer-songwriter and producer. Has written and produced records for Kylie Minogue and Dizzee Rascal. Had the 2009 UK No.1 single ‘I’m Not Alone.’

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