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This Day In Rock History: Jan 12th


Jim Croce
Jim Croce

  • 1969, Led Zeppelin’s debut album was released in the UK. Recorded at Olympic Studios in Barnes, London, the album took only about 36 hours of studio time to complete at a cost of just £1,782, most of the tracks being recorded ‘live’ in the studio with very few overdubs. The album spent a total of 71 weeks on the UK chart.
  • 1974, Jim Croce started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘You Don’t Mess Around With Jim’.
  • 1974, The Steve Miller Band were at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘The Joker’, the group’s first of three No.1’s. It reached No.1 on the UK chart in 1990.
  • 1977, EMI Records issued a statement saying it felt unable to promote The Sex Pistols records in view of the adverse publicity generated over the last two months.
  • 1992, Bob Geldof was arrested after a disturbance on a Boeing 727, which had been grounded for 5 hours at Stansted Airport.
  • 1996, AC/DC played the first date on their Ballbreaker World Tour in Greensboro, North Carolina. The world tour would last for 11 months finishing on November 30, 1996 in Christchurch, New Zealand.
  • 2001, British Airways staff complained about Oasis singer Liam Gallagher after he had grabbed a stewardess’ bottom, refused to stop smoking and threw objects around the cabin during a flight from London to Rio De Janeiro.
  • 2003, Singer-songwriter Maurice Gibb from The Bee Gees died aged 53 in Miami Hospital, Florida following a heart attack during abdominal surgery. The Bee Gees released over 20 albums and had the 1979 world-wide No.1 album ‘Spirits Having Flown’, and ‘How Deep Is Your Love, ‘Stayin’ Alive’, and ‘Night Fever’ from the soundtrack ‘Saturday Night Fever’ were all US No.1 singles. Gibb was married to the Scottish singer Lulu from 1969 to 1973. In 2002, Maurice was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE), along with his brothers.
  • 2004, American songwriter and guitarist Randy VanWarmer died from leukaemia aged 48. (1979 US No.4 & UK No.8 single ‘Just When I Needed You Most’). Also wrote The Oak Ridge Boys No.1 US Country hit ‘I Guess It Never Hurts to Hurt Sometimes.’ VanWarmer’s had arranged for a space burial and his cremated remains were sent into space in 2007.
  • 2005, It was announced that the Strawberry Field children’s home immortalised by The Beatles was to close. The home in Woolton, Liverpool was made famous when John Lennon  wrote ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ after playing there as a child.
  • 2013, The 1974 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow used by Freddie Mercury  until his death in November 1991, sold at auction for £74,000 to a Russian businessman. The 62,000-mile classic Rolls-Royce which had a guide price of just £9,000-£11,000 features grey leather, wood trim, electric windows, automatic gearbox, a car phone and radio cassette player and a 6.75-litre V8 engine. It was sold as part of the Coys auction at Autosport International.

Born on this day:

  • 1926, Born on this day Ray Price, singer, songwriter and guitarist. His wide-ranging baritone has often been praised as among the best male voices of country music. Price died on 16th Dec 2013 aged 87 at his ranch outside Mount Pleasant, Texas.
  • 1932, Born on this day, Des O’Connor, UK singer, comedian, TV presenter, (1968 UK No.1 single ‘I Pretend’. Plus seven other UK Top 40 singles). Toured the UK with Buddy Holly in 1958.
  • 1939, Born on this day, William Lee Gordon, Oak Ridge Boys, (1981 US No.5 single ‘Elvira’).
  • 1941, Born on this day, Long John Baldry, vocals, Bluesology and solo artist, (1967 UK No.1 single ‘Let The Heartaches Begin’). Baldry died of a chest infection on 21st July 2005.
  • 1945, Born on this day, Maggie Bell, singer, The Power, Stone The Crows & solo, (UK No.11 solo single ‘Hold Me’).
  • 1945, Born on this day, Abe Tilmon, Detroit Emeralds, (1973 UK No.7 single ‘Feel The Need In Me’). Died of a heart attack in 1982
  • 1951, Born on this day, Chris Bell, guitarist, Big Star. Bell was killed in a car accident on 27/12/78.
  • 1954, Born on this day, Felipe Rose, vocals, The Village People, (1978 US No.2 & 1979 UK No.1 single ‘YMCA’).
  • 1959, Born on this day, Blixa Bargeld, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, (1996 UK No.36 single with PJ Harvey,’ Henry Lee’).
  • 1960, Born on this day, Charlie Gillingham, keyboards, Counting Crows, (1994 UK No.28 single ‘Mr Jones’, 1996 US No.1 album ‘Recovering The Satellites’).
  • 1963, Born on this day, Guy Chambers, singer, songwriter, producer, member of The Waterboys, World Party, The Lemon Trees. Worked with Robbie Williams from 1997 as co-songwriter and producer penning tracks including ‘Angels’, ‘Rock DJ’, ‘Millennium’ and ‘Let Me Entertain You’.
  • 1965, Born on this day, Greg Kriesel, bass, The Offspring, (1999 UK No.1 & US No. 59 single ‘Pretty Fly, (For A White Guy’), 1999 US No.6 & UK No.10 album ‘Americana’).
  • 1970, Born on this day, Zack de la Rocha, vocals, Rage Against The Machine, (1996 US No.1 album ‘Evil Empire’, 1993 UK No.16 single ‘Bullet In The Head’).
  • 1975, Born on this day, Jason Freese, American musician, songwriter, record producer who has performed on over 50 albums by more than 35 different artists, including multiple albums by the Goo Goo Dolls, Green Day and Jewel.
  • 1991, Born on this day, Pixie Lott, British singer, 2009 UK No.1 with her debut single ‘Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)’.
  • 1993, Born on this day, Zayn Malik from English-Irish pop boy band One Direction who formed after finishing third in the seventh series of The X Factor in 2010. Scored the 2011 UK No.1 single ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ and the 2013 No.1 ‘One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)’.

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