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This Day In Rock History: Jan 25th


  • 1964, The Beatles scored their first number one best seller in the US when “I Want To Hold Your Hand” reached the top of the Cash Box Magazine music chart. The Fab Four would eventually rack up 25 number ones in America.
  • 1973, David Bowie finished a week of rehearsals at the Royal Ballroon, Tottenham, London, for the forthcoming UK leg of his Ziggy Stardust tour. Bowie had already played dates in North America and Japan, the tour saw the singer playing a total of 182 dates.
  • 1975, The Carpenters went to No.1 on the US singles chart with their version of The Marveletts 1961 hit ‘Please Mr. Postman’.
  • 1975, The last Sunbury Rock Festival in Victoria Australia was held. The promoters who had made heavy losses only paid Deep Purple. AC/DC were scheduled to play after Deep Purple but a fight started on stage between road crews after Purple’s set when they began packing up the lights and PA and denied AC/DC use of them, who then left the festival site without playing at all.
  • 1986, US manager Albert Grossman died of a heart attack while flying on Concorde from New York to London. He managed Bob Dylan (between 1962 and 1970), Peter, Paul and Mary, The Band, Janis Joplin and Todd Rundgren. Grossman built the Bearsville Recording Studio near Woodstock in 1969 and in 1970 he founded Bearsville Records.
  • 1986, Norwegian group A-Ha  were at No.1 in the UK with ‘The Sun Always Shines On TV.’ Becoming the first ever-Norwegian act to score a UK No.1.
  • 1992, The inaugural Big Day Out festival took place at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney. Acts appearing included, Nirvana, Beasts of Bourbon, Box The Jesuits, Celibate Rifles, Cosmic Psychos, The Clouds, Club Hoy, Died Pretty, Falling Joys, The Hard Ons with Henry Rollins Hellmen, Massappeal, The Meanies, Smudge, Sound Unlimited Posse, Ratcat, The Village Idiots, Violent Femmes and Yothu Yindi.
  • 2001, Millionaire pop impresario Jonathan King was charged with a further ten offences of sexually abusing children. The charges dated back to the 1970’s, King was granted bail.
  • 2007, Roger Waters kicked off the Australian leg of his 119-date The Dark Side of The Moon Live world tour at Acer Arena, Sydney.
  • 2008, British Sea Power’s keyboard and cornet player Phil Sumner, ended up in hospital after being knocked unconscious when he attempted a stage dive. The crowd at Leeds Irish Centre failed to catch him when he jumped off a 12-foot PA system landing head first. A spokeswoman for the band said: “The impact knocked him out straight away. He was unconscious for three minutes and there was a lot of blood.”
  • 2014, Susan Boyle applied for a minimum wage, £6-an-hour cashier’s job after spotting a job advert in the window of her local bookmakers, Ladbrokes, in Blackburn, west Lothian. Upon reading the advert the singer who is said to worth over £20m entered the premises and spent around five minutes talking to the shop’s deputy manager David Corr about the role.
  • 2014, A US jury decided that a tweet posted by Courtney Love about a lawyer she hired was not defamatory. The case against Love claimed she had committed libel by falsely suggesting in a 2010 tweet that Rhonda Holmes had been “bought off”. Jurors found that Love’s tweet included false information, but the singer did not know it was not true.
  • 2015, Greek singer Demis Roussos, who sold more than 60 million albums worldwide, died aged 68 in hospital in Athens. In the 1970s he was a member of Aphrodite’s Child, a progressive rock group that also included Vangelis. He was best known for his solo hits in the 1970s and 80s, including ‘Forever and Ever, Goodbye’ and ‘Quand je t’aime’.

Born on this day:

  • 1915, Born on this day, Folk singer, songwriter, socialist, actor, poet, playwright, and record producer Ewan MacColl, who was the composer of ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ a hit for Roberta Flack in 1971 for which he won a Grammy. MacColl died on 22nd October 1989. He was the father of singer/songwriter Kirsty MacColl.
  • 1931, Born on this day, Stig Anderson, songwriter, producer and ABBA’s manager. Co-wrote some of Abba’s biggest hits, such as ‘Waterloo’, ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘S.O.S’, ‘Fernando’, ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’. Anderson died of a heart attack on 12th Sept 1997.
  • 1938, Born on this day, Etta James, singer, who had 9 US Top 40 hits during the 60’s including the 1996 UK No.5 single ‘I Just Want To Make Love To You’. James died on January 20, 2012.
  • 1949, Born on this day, John Cooper Clarke, ‘Bard of Salford’, Manchester, poet laureate. Well known for ‘Kung Fu International’, ‘I Married A Monster From Outer Space’, ‘The Day My Pad Went Mad’.
  • 1950, Born on this day, Michael Cotten, synthesiser, The Tubes who had the 1977 UK No.28 single ‘White Punks On Dope’ and the 1983 US No.10 single ‘She’s A Beauty’.
  • 1953, Born on this day, Malcolm Green, drummer with Split Enz who had the 1980 UK No.12 single ‘I Got You’.
  • 1956, Born on this day, Andy Cox, guitarist with The Beat who had the 1983 UK No.3 single ‘Can’t Get Used To Losing You’. Also a member of Fine Young Cannibals who had the 1989 US No.1 & UK No.5 single ‘She Drives Me Crazy’.
  • 1958, Born on this day, Gary Tibbs bassist who has worked with Roxy Music and Adam And The Ants who had the 1981 UK No.1 single ‘Stand And Deliver’ plus 15 other Top 40 UK singles.
  • 1962, Born on this day, Peter Coyle, vocals with Lotus Eaters who had the 1983 UK No.15 single ‘First Picture Of You’.
  • 1981, Born on this day, Alicia Keys, American R&B and soul singer, songwriter, (born Alicia J. Augello-Cook). Scored the 2001 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘Fallin’ and the 2001 US No.1 & UK No.7 album ‘Songs In A Minor’. Keys has sold over 25 million albums and singles worldwide and won numerous awards, including nine Grammys.

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