This Day In Rock History: Jan 10th

Pat Benatar

Pat Benatar

  • 1956, Elvis Presley made his first recordings for RCA Records at The Methodist television, radio & TV Studios in Nashville. ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ was one of the songs recorded during this session.
  • 1957, Tommy Steele and the Steelmen were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Singing The Blues’. Guy Mitchell had been at No.1 the previous week with his version and then returned to No.1 the following week.
  • 1958, Jerry Lee Lewis was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Great Balls Of Fire’. Lewis was the only major white rock ‘n’ roll star to play piano rather than guitar.
  • 1964, The Rolling Stones recorded ‘Not Fade Away’ at Regent Sound Studios in London, England.
  • 1964, The first US Beatles album, ‘Introducing The Beatles’, was released on Vee-Jay records. The album cover showed John, Paul and George with their now famous “mop top” haircuts, but Ringo had yet to convert. Vee-Jay would be forced to stop selling the disc by the end of the year because of legal complications, but by then over 1.3 million copies had been sold.
  • 1976, Blues artist Howlin Wolf, (Chester Burnett), died in hospital of cancer aged 66. The guitarist, singer and harmonica player’s well known songs included ‘Smoke Stack Lightning’, ‘Little Red Rooster’ and ‘Spoonful.’
  • 1976, CW McCall went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Convoy’, it made No.2 in the UK. CW McCall was in fact an advertising agent whose real name was Bill Fries.
  • 1981, John Lennon’s Imagine started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart, 10 years after it was recorded. Lennon had two other songs in the Top 5 this week, ‘Happy Christmas, (War Is Over’) and ‘(Just Like) Starting Over.’ ‘Imagine’ was voted by the viewers of BBC TV as the best lyrics of all time in a poll broadcast in Oct 1999. Also on this day John and Yoko’s ‘Double Fantasy’ album started an eight-week run at No.1 on the US chart. ‘Just Like Starting Over’ was at No.1 on the US singles chart.
  • 1984, Motley Crue played their opening show on the first leg of Ozzy Osbourne’s Bark At The Moon tour in front of nine and a half thousand people in Portland, Maine.
  • 1984, Cyndi Lauper became the first female recording artist since Bobbie Gentry in 1967 to be nominated for five Grammy Awards: Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Performance (Female), Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
  • 1997, English singer Kenny Pickett with the 60’s band Creation died aged 54 of a heart attack. Had the 1966 hit ‘Painter Man’.
  • 2001, American guitarist and songwriter and founder member of The Cramps Bryan Gregory died after suffering a heart attack aged 46 at Anaheim Memorial Medical Center, Anaheim, California.
  • 2005, American drummer Spencer Dryden died from colon cancer at his home in California aged 66. Was the drummer for Jefferson Airplane, (replaced Skip Spence), New Riders of the Purple Sage and The Dinosaurs. Dryden was the Nephew of Charlie Chaplin.
  • 2008, Rod Allen Bainbridge, lead singer of The Fortunes, died aged 63 after battling liver cancer. 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.
  • 2008, Radiohead topped the US album charts with the physical release of ‘In Rainbows’, originally sold via the internet for a price chosen by fans. The album sold 122,000 copies during its first week on release, giving the band a second US chart topper following 2000’s ‘Kid A’, which sold an initial 207,000 copies.
  • 2013, Claude Nobs the founder and general manager of the Montreux Jazz Festival died aged 76. During a 1971 Frank Zappa concert, at the Montreux Casino the venue caught fire. Nobs saved several young people who had hidden in the casino, thinking they would be sheltered from the flames. This act earned him a mention (as Funky Claude in the line “Funky Claude was running in and out pulling kids out the ground”) in the Deep Purple song Smoke on the Water, which is about the incident.

Born on this day:

  • 1917, Born on this day, Jerry Wexler, producer and record company executive. Co-owner of Atlantic records, vice president at Warner Brothers, worked with Ray Charles, Phil Spector, Dr John, Dusty Springfield, Dire Straits, Bob Dylan. He died on Aug 15th 2008, aged 91.
  • 1943, Born on this day, Jim Croce, US singer/songwriter who had a 1973 US No.1 single with ‘Time In A Bottle’. He was killed in a plane crash on the way to a concert on September 20th 1973.
  • 1945, Born on this day, Martin Turner, guitar, Wishbone Ash, (1972 UK No.3 album ‘Argus’ and 8 other Top 40 albums).
  • 1945, Born on this day, Rod Stewart, singer, songwriter, The Hoochie Coochie Men, Steampacket, Shotgun Express, Jeff Beck Group, The Faces (UK No.6 & US No.17 single ‘Stay With Me’). Solo, (1971 UK & US No.1 single ‘Maggie May’, plus five other UK No.1’s & over 35 Top 40 hits). His 1971 debut album ‘Every Picture Tell’s A Story’ was the first album ever to simultaneously be No.1 in the UK & US.
  • 1946, Born on this day, Aynsley Dunbar, drums, Journey, (1982 US No.2 single ‘Open Arms’), Whitesnake, (1987 US No.1 & UK No.9 single ‘Here I Go Again’).
  • 1946, Born on this day, Neal Smith, drums, Alice Cooper Band, (1972 UK No.1 & US No.7 single ‘School’s Out’).
  • 1948, Born on this day, Cyril Neville, vocals, percussion, The Neville Brothers, (1989 UK No.47 single ‘With God On Our Side’).
  • 1948, Born on this day, Donald Fagen, vocals, keyboards, Steely Dan, (1973 US No.11 single ‘Reeling In The Years’ and nine other US Top 30 hits). Steely Dan’s ‘Two Against Nature’ won a Grammy in 2001 for Album of the year. Also a solo artist.
  • 1953, Born on this day, Pat Benatar, singer, and four-time Grammy winner, (1985 US No.5 and UK No.17 single ‘Love Is A Battlefield’ plus 10 other US Top 40 singles).
  • 1955, Born on this day, Michael Schenker, German guitarist, formed The Scorpions, member of UFO. (1982 UK No.5 album with the Michael Schenker group ‘One Night At Budokan’).
  • 1958, Born on this day, Shawn Colvin, Singer songwriter, (1995 UK No.40 single with Mary Chapin Carpenter, ‘One Cool Remove’).
  • 1964, Born on this day, Brad Roberts, vocals, guitar, Crash Test Dummies, (1994 UK No.2 & US No.4 single ‘MMM MMM MMM MMM’).
  • 1965, Born on this day, Joey Santiago, guitar, Pixies, (1990 UK No.28 single ‘Velouria’).
  • 1973, Born on this day, Aerlee Taree, vocals, Arrested Development, (1992 UK No.2 single ‘People Everyday’).
  • 1978, Born on this day, Matt Roberts, guitarist, 3 Doors Down, (2003 US No.4 single When I’m Gone’, 2005 US No.1 album ‘Seventeen Days’).
  • 1979, Born on this day, Chris Smith, Kris Kross, (1992 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Jump’). The duo of Chris Smith and Chris Kelly were 12 and 13 when they recorded the song.
  • 1981, Born on this day, Nasri (Nasri Tony Atweh), Canadian singer, songwriter with Magic! who scored the US & UK No.1 and international hit single ‘Rude’.

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