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This Day In Rock History: Jan 13th

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  • 1962, Chubby Checker went back to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘The Twist’. The song first went to No.1 in Sept 1960 and became the only record in American chart history to top the charts on two separate occasions.
  • 1962, Cliff Richard scored his second UK No.1 album with ‘The Young Ones’, which spent six weeks at the top of the charts.
  • 1965, The first day of recording sessions for Bob Dylan’s Bringing It All Back Home album were held at Studio A, Columbia Recording Studios in New York City. Dylan recorded Subterranean Homesick Blues and ‘It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue’.
  • 1968, Johnny Cash  played a show, which was recorded, for his forthcoming live album at Folsom Prison, near Sacramento, California in front of 2,000 inmates. When released, the lead single, ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ (an update of his 1956 hit) became one of the most famous recordings of his career.
  • 1969, Elvis Presley  began a ten day recording session that would produce his final US number one record, ‘Suspicious Minds’. The tracks were laid down at American Sound Studios in Memphis and marked the first time Presley had recorded in his hometown since his Sun Records days in 1956.
  • 1973, Eric Clapton made his stage comeback at the Rainbow Theatre, London, with Pete Townsend, Ronnie Wood, Stevie Winwood, Rebop, Jim Capaldi and support from The Average White Band. The night’s two shows were recorded for the ‘Rainbow Concert’ album. Pete Townshend from The Who had organised the concert to help Clapton kick his heroin addiction.
  • 1978, With a budget of only £1,500 borrowed from Stewart Copeland’s brother Miles Copeland III, The Police started recording their debut album at Surrey Sound Studios, Surrey, England with producer Nigel Gray. The album ‘Outlandos d’Amour’ which was released in November of this year featured the hits ‘So Lonely’, ‘Roxanne’ and ‘Can’t Stand Losing You’.
  • 1984, BBC Radio 1 announced a ban on ‘Relax’ by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, after DJ Mike Read called it ‘obscene’, a BBC TV ban also followed. The song went on to become a UK No.1 and spent a total of 48 weeks on the UK chart.
  • 1986, Sex Pistols members John Lydon, Steve Jones and Paul Cook, as well as the mother of Sid Vicious, sued former manager Malcom McClaren for £1 million ($1.7 million). They later settled out of court.
  • 2003, Who guitarist Pete Townshend was arrested on suspicion of child porn offences. Police officers impounded seven computers from his £15 million ($25.5 million) home in Richmond, Surrey.
  • 2005, A report showed that more songs had been written about Elvis Presley than any other artist. It listed over 220 songs including: ‘Graceland’ by Paul Simon, ‘A Room At The Heartbreakhotel’ by U2, ‘Calling Elvis’, Dire Straits, ‘Happy Birthday Elvis’, Loudon Wainwright III, ‘There’s A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis’, Kirsty MacColl, ‘I Saw Elvis in a UFO’, Ray Stevens. ‘Elvis Has Left the Building’ by Frank Zappa and ‘My Dog Thinks I’m Elvis’ by Ray Herndon.
  • 2010, Soul singer Teddy Pendergrass died at the age of 59 following a difficult recovery from colon cancer surgery. Pendergrass enjoyed early success with Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, whose hits included If You Don’t Know Me By Now, before going solo in 1976. He was the first black male singer to record five consecutive multi-platinum albums in the US.
  • 2010, A plaque of The Beatles iconic yellow submarine, which was stolen six months ago from Liverpool’s Albert Dock, was set to be replaced by a new creation. The 5ft (1.5m) design featured the faces of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison peering through its portholes. The new submarine would hang outside the museum dedicated to the band, The Beatles Story.

Born on this day:

  • 1948, Born on this day, John Lees, Barclay James Harvest, eight UK Top 40 albums from 1974-87.
  • 1957, Born on this day, Don Snow, keyboards, Squeeze, (1979 UK No.2 single ‘Up The Junction’).
  • 1957, Born on this day, Jim Paris, bass, Carmel, (1983 UK No.15 single ‘Bad Day’).
  • 1961, Born on this day, Graham McPherson, (Suggs), vocals, Madness, (1982 UK No.1 single ‘House Of Fun’ plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles. Solo, 1995 UK No.7 single with cover of The Beatles ‘I’m Only Sleeping’).
  • 1961, Born on this day, Wayne Coyne, guitar, vocals, Flaming Lips, (2002 UK No. 32 single ‘Do You Realize’).
  • 1964, Born on this day, David McClusky, drums, The Bluebells, (1993 UK No.1 single with the re-issued ‘Young At Heart’).

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