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This Day In Rock History: Jan 14th


Dave Grohl
Dave Grohl

  • 1961, Elvis Presley’s ‘GI Blues’ started a seven-week run at No.1 on the UK chart. Also on this day Elvis was promoted to Acting-Sergeant in the US Army, receiving a pay increase of $22.94 per month.
  • 1965, Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Yeh Yeh.’
  • 1966, David Jones changes his name to David Bowie to avoid confusion with Davy Jones from The Monkees, just in time for the release of his single, ‘Can’t Help Thinking About Me’. He would later say that he chose “Bowie” because he liked that “big American bear-killin’ knife.”
  • 1967, Over 25,000 people attend The Human Be-In-A Gathering Of The Tribes at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. The event was a forerunner of major, outdoor rock concerts and featured The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Big Brother And The Holding Company.
  • 1984, Paul McCartney was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Pipes Of Peace.’ With this release McCartney made chart history by becoming the first artist to have a No.1 in a group, (The Beatles), in a duo, (with Stevie Wonder) in a trio, (with Wings) and as a solo artist.
  • 1992, Jerry Nolan drummer with The New York Dolls died from a fatal stroke. The influential American band formed in 1972 and made just two albums, the 1973 ‘New York Dolls’ and 1974 ‘Too Much Too Soon’.
  • 1996, Oasis went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory’, the group’s second UK No.1 spent a total of 145 week’s on the chart.
  • 2003, Linda Gail Lewis the sister of Jerry Lee Lewis, dropped a claim of sex discrimination against Van Morrison. Lewis had claimed that Morrison had ‘publicly humiliated’ her on stage and had tried to ruin her life by asking her for sex. She withdrew her claim after discussions with her lawyer. Morrison denied all the allegations.
  • 2005, A $100,000 (£58,823) statue honouring the late punk guitarist Johnny Ramone was unveiled by his widow Linda at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Johnny died from prostate cancer in September 2004 at the age of 55. Hundreds turned out for the ceremony, including Tommy Ramone the only surviving band member. Dee Dee Ramone  died of a drugs overdose in 2002 and Joey died in 2001 of lymphatic cancer.
  • 2007, Amy Winehouse  started a two week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Back To Black’. The album has sold over 3.58 million copies in the UK alone, becoming the UK’s second best-selling album of the 21st century. Worldwide, the album has sold over 20 million copies.
  • 2010, The BBC admitted coverage of the launch of U2’s album No Line On The Horizon in 2009 went too far – giving “undue prominence” to the band. RadioCentre, the trade body for commercial radio companies, had made a formal complaint over the coverage saying the BBC had given U2 “the sort of publicity money can’t buy”.
  • 2010, Guitarist Jimmy Page was honored with the United Nations’ first ever Pathways To Peace Award. Pathways To Peace is an international peace building, educational and consulting organization which has consultative status with the United Nations.

Born on this day:

  • 1936, Born on this day, Clarence Carter, blind US singer, guitarist, (1970 US No.4 & UK No.2 single ‘Patches’).
  • 1937, Born on this day, Billie Jo Spears, US female singer, (1975 UK No.6 single ‘Blanket On The Ground’). Spears died on Dec 14th 2011.
  • 1938, Born on this day, Allen Toussaint, US singer, songwriter, producer, worked with Paul Simon, Joe Cocker, The Band, Lee Dorsey, Neville Brothers. Toussaint died after appearing in concert in Madrid on 10th Nov 2015. He was 77.
  • 1948, Born on this day, Tim Harris, drums, The Foundations, (1967 UK No.1 single ‘Baby Now That I’ve Found You’, 1969 US No.3 single ‘Build Me Up A Buttercup’).
  • 1956, Born on this day, Bob Bradbury, Hello, (1974 UK No.6 single ‘Tell Him’).
  • 1959, Born on this day, Chas Smash, horns, Madness, (1982 UK No.1 single ‘House Of Fun’ plus over 20 other UK Top 40 hits).
  • 1962, Born on this day, Patricia Morrison, Gun Club, Sisters Of Mercy, (1992 UK No.3 single ‘Temple Of Love’).
  • 1967, Born on this day, Zakk Wylde, Ozzy Osbourne Band, between the studio albums of ‘The Ultimate Sin’ and ‘No Rest for the Wicked’ and NRFTW had the track ‘Miracle Man’ as a single.
  • 1968, Born on this day, James Todd Smith, (L.L. Cool J), 1987 UK No.8 single ‘I Need Love’.
  • 1969, Born on this day, Dave Grohl, drummer, singer, Nirvana, (1991 UK No.7 & 1992 US No.6 single ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ from the 1991 album Nevermind spent over 2 years on the UK chart & made US No.1 album chart in 1992). Foo Fighters, (1995 UK No.5 single ‘This Is A Call’, US No.5 single ‘All My Life’).
  • 1982, Born on this day, Caleb Followill, lead singer, rhythm guitarist, Kings of Leon, (2007 UK No.1 album ‘Because Of The Times’, 2008 UK No.1 single ‘Sex on Fire’, 2008 UK No.1 album ‘Only By The Night’).

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