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This Day In Rock History: Jan 21st

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  • 1957, English singer Frankie Vaughan was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Garden Of Eden’. (Vaughan recorded a large number of songs that were covers of United States hit songs).
  • 1968, Jimi Hendrix recorded his version of the Bob Dylan song ‘All Along the Watchtower’ at Olympic Studios in London. Rolling Stone Brian Jones  and Dave Mason from Traffic both played on the session. The track was released in the US as a single in 1968, peaking at No.20.
  • 1978, The soundtrack album ‘Saturday Night Fever’ started a 24 week run at No.1 on the US album charts, it went on to sell over 30 million copies world wide, making it the best selling soundtrack album of all time.
  • 1984, Soul singer Jackie Wilson died aged 49. Wilson suffered a massive heart attack while playing a Dick Clark show at the Latin Casino in New Jersey on September 29, 1975, falling head-first to the stage while singing ‘Lonely Teardrops’, and had remained in a coma until his death 8 years later. His 1957 single Reet Petite became a posthumous No.1 when re-issued in 1987 due in part to a new animated video made for the song, featuring a clay model of Wilson. Van Morrison wrote ‘Jackie Wilson Said’ which was covered by Dexy’s Midnight Runners.
  • 1984, Yes started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Owner Of A Lonely Heart ‘a No.28 hit in the UK.
  • 1989, Six weeks after his death Roy Orbison  started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘The Legendary Roy Orbison’ collection.
  • 1992, Billy Idol pleaded guilty to assault and battery charges after an incident outside a West Hollywood restaurant. He was fined $2,700 (£1,588) and ordered to appear in a series of anti-drug commercials.
  • 1997, ‘Colonel’ Tom Parker, Elvis Presley’s manager and agent died of a stroke in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the age of 87. Born Andreas van Kuijk, a Dutch immigrant who changed his name as soon as he arrived in the US, Parker never applied for a green card and feared deportation his entire life. He briefly managed country singers Eddy Arnold and Hank Snow.
  • 2001, Limp Bizkit started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Rollin’ (Air Raid Vehicle)’, taken from their album Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water.
  • 2002, American singer and actress Peggy Lee died of complications from diabetes and a heart attack at the age of 81. 1958 US No. 8 & UK No.5 single ‘Fever.’ Lee worked with Benny Goodman, Randy Newman, Quincy Jones and was nominated for 12 Grammy Awards, winning Best Contemporary Vocal Performance for her 1969 hit ‘Is That All There Is?’
  • 2003, David Palmer, former keyboard player for Jethro Tull changed his name to Dee Palmer after a successful sex change operation. Palmer was the keyboard player for Jethro Tull between 1969 and 1980. He played on all the Tull classics including ‘Thick As A Brick’ and ‘Aqualung.’
  • 2007, Mika scored his debut UK number one hit single with ‘Grace Kelly’, which went on to be became the third biggest-selling single in the UK in 2007. Amy Winehouse kept her place at the top of the UK album chart with ‘Back to Black’.
  • 2012, Adele was at No.1 on the US album chart with her second studio album 21. The album which yielded five hit singles including the lead single ‘Rolling in the Deep’, has now sold over 26.4 million copies worldwide.

Born on this day:

  • 1925, Born on this day, Telly Savalas, singer, actor (1975 UK No.1 single ‘If’). Played Lt. Theo Kojak a bald New York City detective in the television series Kojak, with a fondness for lollipops and whose trademark line was “Who loves ya, baby?” Died of cancer on 22nd January 1994.
  • 1938, Born on this day, DJ Wolfman Jack. Master of ceremonies for the rock ‘n’ roll generation of the ’60s on radio, and later on television during the ’70s. Died of a heart attack 1/7/95.
  • 1941, Born on this day, Placido Domingo, Spanish singer, (1994 UK No.21 single with Jose Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti, ‘Libiamo / La Donna E Mobile’).
  • 1941, Born on this day, Richie Havens, folk singer, (1971 US No.16 single with his version of George Harrison’s ‘Here Comes The Sun’, appeared at Woodstock,Newport, and Isle Of Wight festivals). Havens died of a heart attack at home in Jersey City, New Jersey aged 72 on 22nd April 2013.
  • 1942, Born on this day, Edwin Starr, singer, 1970 US No.1 and UK No.3 single ‘War’). Starr died on 2nd April 2003 aged 61.
  • 1942, Born on this day, Mac Davis, singer, songwriter. (1972 US No.1 single ‘Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me’, No.29 in the UK. Wrote ‘In The Ghetto’ and ‘Don’t Cry Daddy’ for Elvis Presley).
  • 1947, Born on this day, Jim Ibbotson, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, (1971 US No.9 single ‘Mr Bojangles’).
  • 1950, Born on this day, Billy Ocean, singer, (1988 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘Get Out Of My Dreams Get Into My Car’).
  • 1954, Born on this day, Nigel Glockler, drums, Saxon, (1980 UK No.5 album ‘Wheels Of Steel’).
  • 1956, Born on this day, Rob Brill, drums, Berlin, (1986 UK & US No.1 single ‘Take My Breath Away’).
  • 1959, Born on this day, Vic Reeves, one half of UK comedy act Reeves and Mortimer, (1991 UK No.1 single with The Wonder Stuff ‘Dizzy’).
  • 1965, Born on this day, Jam Master Jay, (Jason Mizell), Run-DMC. Murdered by an assassin’s single bullet on 30th Oct 2002. (1986 UK No.8 single with Aerosmith ‘Walk This Way’, 1998 UK No.1 single ‘It’s Like That’).
  • 1965, Born on this day, Robert Del Naja, 3- D, Massive Attack, (1991 UK No.13 single ‘Unfinished Sympathy’).
  • 1966, Born on this day, Wendy James, vocals, Transvision Vamp, (1989 UK No.3 single ‘Baby I Don’t Care’).
  • 1973, Born on this day, Chris Kilmore, Incubus, (2004 US No.2 and UK No.6 album ‘A Crow Left of the Murder’, 2006 US No.1 album ‘Light Grenades’).
  • 1979, Born on this day, Nokio, Dru Hill, (1999 US No.1 & UK No.2 single with Will Smith, ‘Wild Wild West’).
  • 1980, Born on this day, Benjamin Moody, guitar, Evanescence, (2003 UK No.1 & US No.5 single ‘Bring Me To Life’, 2003 UK No.1 & US No.3 album ‘Fallen’).

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