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This Day In Rock History: Jan 23rd

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  • 1965, ‘Downtown’ made Petula Clark the first UK female singer to have a No.1 on the US singles chart since Vera Lynn in 1952. The song was also a No.2 hit in the UK.
  • 1971, George Harrison became the first solo Beatle to have a No.1 when ‘ ‘My Sweet Lord’ went to the top of the UK single charts. The song from his ‘All Things Must Pass’ album stayed at No.1 for five weeks. The track returned to the top of the UK charts in 2002, following his death.
  • 1971, Dawn started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Knock Three Times’, the group’s first No.1, which was also an UK No.1.
  • 1976, The Sex Pistols played at Watford College, Watford, England. The first of 65 gigs for band in 1976.
  • 1978, Terry Kath, guitarist with Chicago accidentally shot himself dead while cleaning (with what he believed) was an unloaded gun. Kath’s last words were “Don’t worry it’s not loaded” as he put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger. The guitarist and singer was killed instantly.
  • 1986, Ray Charles was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the first induction dinner, held in New York City.
  • 1988, Michael Jackson went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’. It was the third single from Jackson’s seventh studio album Bad for which Jackson had written over sixty songs for the album, with plans of releasing a three disc album, but producer Quincy Jones convinced Jackson to make Bad a one disc LP.
  • 1988, Nirvana recorded a 10-song demo with Seattle producer Jack Endino. Sub Pop records boss Jonathan Poneman hears the tape and offers to put out a Nirvana single.
  • 1990, Allen Collins guitarist from Lynyrd Skynyrd died of pneumonia after being ill for several months. Collins who was one of the founding members also co-wrote most of the band’s songs (including Free Bird), with late front man Ronnie Van Zant. He survived a plane crash in 1977 that killed two other band members. Collins was behind the wheel in a car accident in 1986 that killed his girlfriend and left him paralyzed from the waist down. He later pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter as well as driving under the influence of alcohol.
  • 1994, Rage Against The Machine headlined the Rock For Choice benefit at The Palladium, Hollywood, California. Also appearing: Screaming Trees, Eddie Vedder, Mary’s Danish, 7 Year Bitch and Green Apple Quick Step.
  • 2000, Santana started a three week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Supernatural’, the album which went on to win eight Grammy awards spent a total of nine weeks at No.1 during this year.
  • 2005, Former Happy Mondays dancer Bez, won the £50,000 Celebrity Big Brother prize, after gaining 54% of the final viewer vote. The “Madchester” pop legend danced his way to becoming the sixth member of the indie-dance band in the late-1980s after playing maracas with them.

Born on this day:

  • 1910, Born on this day, Django Reinhardt, jazz guitarist. He badly burned his third and fourth fingers of his left hand in a house fire aged 18. Doctors suggested he play the guitar to keep his fingers flexible, giving him his two fingered guitar style. Has worked with Stepane Grappelli and Duke Ellington. Reinhardt died of a stroke on 15th May 1953.
  • 1944, Born on this day, Jerry Lawson, singer with The Persuasions, a-cappella group, who worked with Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder and Don McLean.
  • 1950, Born on this day, Danny Federici, organ and keyboard player for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band who had the 1984 US No.2 and 1985 UK No.4 single ‘Dancing In The Dark’. Federici who had worked with Springsteen for over 40 years, including early bands Steel Mill and Child died of cancer on April 17th 2008 at the age of 58.
  • 1950, Born on this day, Pat Simmons, guitarist, singer with The Doobie Brothers who had the 1979, US No.1 single ‘What A Fool Believes’ and the 1993 UK No.7 single ‘Long Train Runnin’.
  • 1950, Born on this day, Bill Cunningham, bass, piano, The Box Tops who had the 1967 US No.1 & UK No.5 single ‘The Letter’.
  • 1953, Born on this day, Robin Zander, vocals, Cheap Trick who had the 1979 UK No.29 & US No.17 single ‘I Want You To Want Me’ and scored the 1988 US No.1 single ‘The Flame’.
  • 1959, Born on this day, Earl Falconer, bassist with UB40, who had the 1983 UK No.1 & US 1988 US No.1 single ‘Red Red Wine’ and over 30 other Top 40 hits.

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