This Day In Rock History: Jan 6th

The Village People

The Village People

  • 1958, Gibson guitars launched it’ ‘Flying V’ electric guitar. Guitarists who played a Flying V include, Albert Collins, Jimi Hendrix, Marc Bolan and Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top.
  • 1962, Elvis Presley had his third UK No.1 album with ‘Blue Hawaii’; it spent a total of 18 weeks at the top of the charts.
  • 1964, The first night of a 14 date UK tour ‘Group Scene 1964’, featuring The Rolling Stones, The Ronettes, Marty Wilde, The Swinging Blue Jeans and Dave Berry and The Cruisers, played at the Granada Theatre, Harrow on The Hill, Middlesex.
  • 1968, The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour started an eight week run at No.1 on the US album chart, the group’s 11th US chart topper.
  • 1970, Crosby Stills Nash & Young made their UK live debut at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
  • 1973, Carly Simon’s ‘You’re So Vain’, (with Mick Jagger on backing vocals), started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart. In 2015, after keeping quiet for more than 40 years, Carly Simon admitted that ‘You’re So Vain’ was about Warren Beatty, but only one verse of it. Simon said the other verses were about two other men.
  • 1977, EMI Records dropped The Sex Pistols giving the band £40,000 ($68,000) to release them from their contract.
  • 1979, The Bee Gees started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Too Much Heaven’ the group’s 7th US No.1.
  • 1979, The Village People scored their only UK No.1 single with ‘Y.M.C.A.’ At its peak the single was selling over 150,000 copies a day. In the gay culture from which the group sprang, the song was understood as celebrating the YMCA’s reputation as a popular cruising and hookup spot.
  • 1987, Eric Clapton started what became an annual event by playing six shows at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
  • 1990, Phil Collins started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘…But Seriously’.
  • 1993, It was reported that David Bowie had lost over £2.5 million ($4.25 million) in unpaid royalties to an Italian Mafia-linked bootleg fraud.2001, Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour won the right to his dot com name. Dave took legal action in his battle to reclaim davidgilmour.com from Andrew Herman who had registered the URL and was selling Pink Floyd merchandise through the site.
  • 2005, US CD sales rose for the first time in four years. The CD format accounted for 98% of the 666 million albums sold, according to research company Nielsen Soundscan. A total of 140 million digital tracks were legally downloaded during 2004, equivalent to 14 million albums. R&B star Usher was the biggest-selling artist with his album ‘Confessions’ selling eight million copies. Other top sellers of the year were Norah Jones, Eminem and country stars Kenny Chesney and Gretchen Wilson. The UK recorded a record year for album sales in 2004, with 237 million sold The Scissor Sisters proved the most popular album of the year, followed by Keane and Maroon 5.
  • 2006, American soul, jazz, singer Lou Rawls died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The 72-year-old, Grammy-winning artist had been battling lung cancer. Rawls had the 1976 US No.2 & UK No.10 single ‘You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine’.
  • 2006, A collection of Elvis Presley  memorabilia bought by a council worker who embezzled nearly £600,000 was set to be sold to compensate the local authority. Julie Wall, 46, from Rippon Drive in Sleaford, was jailed for three years for the offence last October. The collection – which included rare recordings and foreign pressings of Elvis songs, was to be auctioned off by a High Court receiver to provide compensation.
  • 2006, Guitarist, trumpeter and drummer Alex St. Claire died. Member of The Omens, The Solid Senders and an original member of Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band and Frank Zappa.
  • 2007, US country-rock steel guitar player ‘Sneaky’ Pete Kleinow, died aged 72. He was one of the original members of the Flying Burrito Brothers with the Byrds’ Chris Hillman and Gram Parsons. Also worked with John Lennon and Joni Mitchell.

Born on this day:

  • 1929, Born on this day, Wilbert Harrison, singer, 1959 US No.1 single ‘Kansas City.’ Wrote ‘Let’s Work Together’ a hit for Canned Heat & Bryan Ferry. Died on October 26, 1994.
  • 1944, Born on this day, Van McCoy, singer and producer, who had a 1975 US No.1 and UK No.3 single with ‘The Hustle’. He also produced Gladys Knight and Aretha Franklin. McCoy died on July 6th 1979 aged 38.
  • 1946, Born on this day, Syd Barrett guitarist, singer, songwriter with Pink Floyd.Barrett, who was a co-founding member, left Floyd in 1968. He released 2 solo albums before going into self-imposed seclusion for more than 30 years, enjoying life as an artist and a keen gardener. Pink Floyd wrote many tributes to him after he left, the best-known being Shine On You Crazy Diamond. Barrett died, aged 60, on 7th July 2006 from complications arising from diabetes.
  • 1947, Born on this day, Sandy Denny, UK folk singer and member of Fairport Convention. She died on April 21st 1978 after falling down the stairs at a friend’s house. She sang on the Fairport Convention 1969 UK No.21 single ‘Si Tu Dois Partir’ and also worked as a solo artist. She is featured on the Led Zeppelin track ‘Battle Of Evermore’ on the bands fourth album.
  • 1953, Born on this day, Malcolm Young, guitar, AC/DC, (1980 UK No.36 single ‘Whole Lotta Rosie’. 1980 UK No.1 & US No.14 album Back In Black sold over 49 million copies).
  • 1959, Born on this day, Kathy Sledge, singer, Sister Sledge, (1979 US No.2 single ‘We Are Family’, 1985 UK No.1 ‘Frankie’).
  • 1960, Born on this day, Muzz Skillings, bass, Living Colour, (1991 UK No.12 single ‘Love Rears Its Ugly Head’).
  • 1964, Born on this day, Mark O’Toole, bass, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, (1984 UK No.1 & US No.10 single ‘Relax’ and six other UK Top 40 singles).
  • 1986, Born on this day, Alex Turner, guitar, vocals, Arctic Monkeys, (2005, UK No.1 single ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’, 2006 UK No.1 album ‘Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not’).

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