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This Day In Rock History: Jan 16th


  • 1956, Tennessee Ernie Ford was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of the Merle Travis coal-mining song ‘Sixteen Tons.’ Written in 1947 about the misery of coal mining.
  • 1957, The Cavern Club opened in Liverpool, England. It became the home of many Liverpool bands including The Beatles who appeared at the club 292 times.
  • 1964, The Beatles played two shows at the Olympia Theatre, Paris, France, the first of an 18-night engagement. This first show was attended mostly by Paris’ ‘top society’ members (all dressed in formal evening attire). The French press had little good to say about The Beatles in the next day’s papers, but The Beatles didn’t care, because they’d just received news that their single ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ had hit No.1 in the US, selling 10,000 copies an hour in New York City alone.
  • 1969, Fleetwood Mac, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Albert Collins all appeared at the Fillmore West, San Francisco, California.
  • 1970, Two days after it opened, the Bag One Gallery in London, England was raided by Scotland Yard. The police remove eight John Lennon lithographs under the Obscene Publications Act.
  • 1973, Bruce Springsteen appeared at Villanova University, Philadelphia, to an audience of 25 people. Due to a strike at the time by Villanova’s school newspaper The Villanovan, this concert went unadvertised, so this is probably the smallest crowd Bruce and The E Street Band have ever played in front of.
  • 1974, The New Seekers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their second and final UK No.1 single ‘You Won’t Find Another Fool Like Me’.
  • 1978, Sex Pistol Sid Vicious fell through a glass door at a San Francisco hotel, took a drug overdose and was rushed to hospital.
  • 1980, Paul McCartney was jailed for nine days in Tokyo for marijuana possession after being found with 219g on his arrival at Narita Airport in Japan.
  • 1982, Bucks Fizz were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their second No.1 ‘Land Of Make Believe’. The lyrics to the song were written by ex-King Crimson member Peter Sinfield.
  • 1985, David Bowie’s schizophrenic half-brother Terry Burnes killed himself after laying down on the railway lines at Coulsdon South station, London. He was killed instantly by a passing train. He was 47.
  • 1987, TV presenter Jools Holland was suspended from Channel 4’s UK music show The Tube for 6 weeks, after using the phrase ‘groovy fuckers’ during a live trailer broadcast in children’s hour.
  • 1988, 24 years after The Beatles first topped the chart, George Harrison went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Got My Mind Set On You’ an old favorite of George’s that was originally recorded by James Ray in 1962. In the UK, Harrison’s version spent four weeks at No.2.
  • 1988, Former Go-Go’s singer Belinda Carlisle scored her first UK No.1 single with ‘Heaven Is A Place On Earth.’ The promotional video was directed by Academy Award-winning actress Diane Keaton and features an appearance of Carlisle’s husband Morgan Mason.
  • 1988, George Michael went to No.1 on the US album charts with his debut solo album ‘Faith’, which went on to sell over 8 million copies.
  • 1988, Tina Turner gave herself a place in the record books when she performed in front of 182,000 people in Rio De Janeiro. The largest audience ever for a single artist.
  • 1989, Michael Jackson played the first of five nights at the Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California. These were the last shows on the singers Bad World Tour. Jackson donated more than $1m of the final concert’s takings to an organisation fighting child cruelty. 
  • 1990, Ike Turner was convicted of driving under the influence of cocaine and being under the influence of cocaine and sentenced to a four year prison sentence in California.
  • 1992, Eric Clapton recorded his unplugged session for MTV. The set which included his current hit single ‘Tears in Heaven’ and a reworked acoustic version of ‘Layla’, earned six Grammy Awards for the album including Record of the Year.
  • 1996, Jamaican authorities opened fire on Jimmy Buffett’s seaplane, mistaking it for a drug trafficker’s plane. U2 singer Bono was also on the plane; neither singer was injured in the incident. The incident inspired Buffett to write a song called ‘Jamaica Mistaica’.
  • 1999, Norman Cook scored his third UK No.1 single under the name of Fatboy Slim with ‘Praise You’. The song features the prominent vocal sample “Praise You” from the opening of ‘Take Yo’ Praise’ by Camille Yarbrough. Cook’s other No.1’s had been with The Housemartins and Beats International.
  • 2000, Coasters singer Will Jones died aged 71. (1958 US No.1 single ‘Yakety Yak’, 1959 US No.2 and UK No.6 single ‘Charlie Brown’).
  • 2000, It was reported that Mick Jagger had lost the chance of a knighthood because of his errant ways, British Prime Minister Tony Blair having doubts about the message it would give about family values. This decision was changed and on 12 December 2003, Mick Jagger was made a Knight Bachelor by The Prince of Wales for services to music, as Sir Michael Jagger.
  • 2000, The Manic Street Preachers went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Masses Against The Classes’, the bands second UK No.1 single. A limited release, the single which was deleted on the day of issue.
  • 2004, Michael Jackson appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to seven charges of child molestation. The singer who arrived 21 minutes late was told off by the Santa Barbara judge saying ‘Mr Jackson, you have started out on the wrong foot here, it is an insult to the court.’
  • 2005, Elvis Presley’s  single ‘One Night’ made chart history by becoming the 1,000th UK No.1. Elvis, who led last week’s chart with ‘Jailhouse Rock’, had now scored more number one UK hits than any other artist with 20 No.1’s, beating The Beatles’ 17 chart toppers.
  • 2005, The Killers started a two week run at No.1 on the UK charts with their debut album ‘Hot Fuss.’ The Las Vegas band also entered the UK singles chart at No.3 with ‘Somebody Told Me’. Green Day were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘American Idiot.’
  • 2007, James ‘Pookie’ Hudson the lead singer of the 50’s doo-wop group The Spaniels died. Their 1954 hit ‘Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight’ was featured in such films as Three Men and a Baby, Diner and American Graffiti.
  • 2007, Bob Dylan and his brother bought Aultmore House a mansion in the Scottish Cairngorms National Park, near Nethybridge, Inverness-shire.
  • 2008, Radiohead were forced to abandon an intimate gig at Rough Trade East records in London after police raised safety fears. The band moved the gig to a nearby club after over 1,500 fans turned up after the event was announced in the morning promising tickets to the first 200 fans.
  • 2009, Boy George was sentenced to 15 months in prison after being convicted of falsely imprisoning a male escort. The Culture Club frontman denied the charge at Snaresbrook crown court and claimed the victim, Norwegian Audun Carlsen, 29, had stolen photos from his laptop. The singer told police he invited Carlsen back to his home after a cocaine-fuelled pornographic photo shoot in January, 2007, because he suspected the Norwegian of stealing pictures from his computer. He admitted handcuffing Carlsen to a wall in April 2007 but said he did so in order to trace the missing property.
  • 2013, It was announced that Joe Strummer was to have a city square named after him in Spain following a Facebook campaign. More than 2,000 residents of Granada, where The Clash frontman became a frequent visitor, signed a petition calling for him to be honoured. City hall officials agreed to the proposals and a square in the area was set to be renamed Plaza de Joe Strummer.

Born on this day:

  • 1937, Born on this day, Bob Bogle, guitar, The Ventures, (1960 UK No.4 single ‘Perfidia’, 1960 US No.2 ‘Walk Don’t Run’).
  • 1942, Born on this day, William Francis, keyboards, vocals, Dr Hook, (1972 UK No.2 & US No.5 single ‘Sylvia’s Mother’).
  • 1946, Born on this day, Ronnie Milsap, country music singer and pianist. He became country music’s first well-known blind singer, and one of the most successful and versatile country “crossover” singers of his time scoring the crossover hits, ‘It Was Almost Like a Song,’ ‘Smoky Mountain Rain,’ and ‘Stranger in My House.’ He is credited with six Grammy awards.
  • 1959, Born on this day, Helen Folasade Adu (Sade), singer, 1984 UK No.6 single ‘Your Love Is King’, 1985 US No.5 single ‘Smooth Operator’.
  • 1962, Born on this day, Paul Webb, bass, Talk Talk, (1986 UK No.16 single ‘Life’s What You Make It’).
  • 1965, Born on this day, Maxine Jones, singer, En Vogue, (1992 US No.2 & UK No.4 single ‘My Lovin’).
  • 1965, Born on this day, Jill Sobule, American singer-songwriter best known for the 1995 single ‘I Kissed a Girl’, and ‘Supermodel’ from the soundtrack of the 1995 film Clueless.
  • 1970, Born on this day, Brendan O’Hare, Teenage Fanclub, (1992 UK No. 31 single ‘What You Do To Me’).
  • 1976, Born on this day, Stuart Fletcher, The Seahorses, (1997 UK No.3 single ‘Love Is The Law’).
  • 1979, Born on this day, Aaliyah, US singer, actress, killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas 25/8/01. (2000, US No.1 single ‘Try Again’, 2002 UK No.1 single ‘More Than A Woman’).
  • 1981, Born on this day, Nick Valensi, guitarist with The Strokes who had the 2001 UK #14 single ‘Last Nite’ and the 2001 UK #2 album Is This It?’ Valensi is married to TV presenter Amanda de Cadenet (who was formally married to Duran Duran bassist John Taylor).
  • 1982, Born on this day, Samuel Dylan Murray Preston, lead singer of The Ordinary Boys.


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