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This Day In Rock History: Jan 24th

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  • 1958, Elvis Presley  was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Jailhouse Rock’. It became the first ever single to enter the chart at No.1 and was Presley’s second UK No.1. It went on to sell over 4 million copies in the US.
  • 1962, Brian Epstein signed a management deal with The Beatles. Epstein was to receive 25 per cent of the bands gross earnings, the normal management deal was 10 per cent.
  • 1963, American lyricist Otto Harbach died aged 90 in New York City. He co-wrote, ‘Smoke Gets In Your Eyes’, US & UK No.1 for The Platters in 1958.
  • 1968, Georgie Fame was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Ballad Of Bonnie and Clyde’, the singers third and last UK No.1.
  • 1970, James Sheppard, the lead singer from the Heartbeats and Shep and the Limelites, was found murdered in his car on the Long Island Expressway. The US singer had been beaten and robbed. The Limelites reached No.2 in the US in 1961 with ‘Daddy’s Home’.
  • 1976, Bob Dylan started a five week run at No.1 on the US chart with his 17th studio album Desire. The album features ‘Hurricane’, which protests the conviction of former middleweight boxer Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter for triple murder in 1966, arguing his innocence.
  • 1976, Diana Ross went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Theme From Mahogany’, the singers third US No.1, a No.5 hit in the UK.
  • 1978, Workers at EMI’s record pressing plant refused to press copies of The Buzzcocks forthcoming release ‘What Do I Get’ because of the title on the B-side ‘Oh Shit.’
  • 1979, The Clash released their first single in the US, ‘I Fought The Law’ a song written by Sonny Curtis of Buddy Holly’s Crickets.
  • 1981, Adam And The Ants started a 10-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with their debut album ‘Kings Of The Wild Frontier’.
  • 1987, Billy Vera and the Beaters started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘At This Moment’ not a hit in the UK.
  • 1995, David Cole producer, keyboards, C & C Music Factory died of meningitis aged 32. (1991 UK No.4 single ‘Things That Make You Go Hmmm…’, 1991 US No.1 single ‘Gonna Make You Sweat’. Produced Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin.
  • 1998, Oasis went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘All Around The World’. The longest running-time for a UK No.1 with a total duration of 9 minutes 38 seconds. It was one of the first songs to be written by Noel Gallagher, with the band rehearsing it as early as 1992.
  • 1999, The Offspring went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Pretty Fly, For A White Guy’. Taken from their fifth studio album Americana the single was a No.1 hit in ten other countries.
  • 2005, Country singer Lynn Anderson was arrested for shoplifting after being caught stealing a Harry Potter DVD from a New Mexico supermarket and punching a police officer during her arrest. The 57 year-old had the 1970 Top 5 hit ‘Rose Garden’.
  • 2008, Amy Winehouse  was admitted into rehab in a battle to kick her addiction to drugs. A statement from her record company, Universal said she entered the facility “after talks with her record label, management, family and doctors to continue her ongoing recovery against drug addiction.”

Born on this day:

  • 1933, Born on this day, Zeke Carey, singer with The Flamingos. They had the 1959 US No.11 single ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’ which was a 1975 UK No.1 hit for Art Garfunkel. Carey died on 24th December 1999.
  • 1941, Born on this day, Aaron Neville, singer with The Neville Brothers who had the 1966 US No.2 single ‘Tell It Like It Is’, and the 1989 UK No.2 single with Linda Ronstadt ‘Don’t Know Much’).
  • 1941, Born on this day, Neil Diamond, singer, songwriter. Had the 1970 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘Cracklin’ Rose’ plus over 30 other US & 10 UK Top 40 singles. Wrote ‘I’m A Believer’, the No.1 for The Monkees. Many acts from Elvis Presley, Lulu and Deep Purple have all covered his songs. With his 2008 album ‘Home Before Dark’ Diamond became the oldest artist to have a US number one, the record was previously held by Bob Dylan in 2006 with ‘Modern Times’.
  • 1941, Born on this day, Ray Stevens, singer, songwriter who had the 1970 US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘Everything Is Beautiful’ and scored the 1974 US & UK No.1 single ‘The Streak’.
  • 1947, Born on this day, Warren Zevon, singer, songwriter. Zevon had played piano with The Everly Brothers, and during his career recorded over 15 solo albums. Well known for his 1978 single ‘Werewolves Of London’. Zevon died on September 7th 2003.
  • 1949, Born on this day, John Belushi, actor and singer who played Joliet ‘Jake’ Blues in The Blues Brothers who had the 1990 UK No.12 single ‘Everybody Needs Somebody To Love’. Belushi died of a drug overdose on 5th March 1982.
  • 1955, Born on this day, Jools Holland, English pianist, bandleader, singer, composer, who was a founding member of Squeeze who had the 1979 UK No.2 single ‘Up The Junction’. Became a TV presenter on the long running UK music show The Tube  and then the BBC music show Later… With Jools Holland. He also tours and releases records with the Jools Holland Big Band.
  • 1963, Born on this day, Keech Rainwater, drummer with Lonestar who had the 2000 US No.1 & UK No. 21 single ‘Amazed’.
  • 1974, Born on this day, Christopher River Hesse, drummer with Hoobastank who scored the 2004 US No.2 hit ‘The Reason’.
  • 1975, Born on this day, Paul Marazzi, singer with A1 who had the 2000 UK No.1 single, ‘Same Old Brand New You’.

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