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This Day In Rock History: Jan 27th

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  • 1956, Elvis Presley’s single, ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ was released by RCA Records, who had just purchased Presley’s contract from Sun Records for $35,000. The song sold 300,000 copies in its first week and would eventually sell over a million, becoming Elvis’ first Gold record.
  • 1962, Joey and the Starlighters started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Peppermint Twist, part 1’. The single reached No.33 on the UK chart.
  • 1966, The Overlanders were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of The Beatles song ‘Michelle’. The group’s only UK hit.
  • 1970, John Lennon wrote, recorded and mixed his new single ‘Instant Karma!’  all in one day. It ranks as one of the fastest-released songs in pop music history, recorded at London’s Abbey Road Studios and arriving in stores only ten days later.
  • 1973, ‘Superstition’ the lead single from  Stevie Wonder’s Talking Book album gave him his second No.1 single in the US, 10 years after his first No.1. Jeff Beck created the original drum beat while in the studio with Wonder. After writing the song, Wonder offered it to Beck to record, but at the insistence of Berry Gordy, Wonder himself recorded it first. Beck was instead offered ‘Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers’, which he recorded on Blow by Blow in 1975.
  • 1994, Oasis made their London live debut when the played at King’s Cross Water Rats. The UK gig was by invite only.
  • 1996, Babylon Zoo started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Spaceman’, the fastest selling single by a debut artist in the UK, (420,000 copies in 6 days). The song was used for a Levi Jeans TV commercial. The single also went to Number 1 in twenty-three other countries.
  • 2002, Spanish-American Enrique Iglesias scored his first UK No.1 single with ‘Hero’. His father, Julio Iglesias, had a UK No.1 hit in 1981.
  • 2009, Road Chef, the Watford Gap UK Motorway services operator, paid £1,000 at an auction for a collection of celebrity signatures, which were collected by former employee, Beatrice England. The book included signatures of Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones,  The Eagles and Dusty Springfield. The Blue Boar services as it was once known received so many famous guests in its 50-year history that Jimi Hendrix mistook it for a London nightclub as it was mentioned so often by his contemporaries.
  • 2015, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne were given a song writing credit on Sam Smith’s hit ‘Stay With Me’, because of the similarities to his 1989 track ‘I Won’t Back Down’. ‘Stay With Me’ had been nominated for three Grammys, including song of the year – which honours the writers of the track. Petty’s publisher had contacted Smiths publisher who made an out of court settlement.

Born on this day:

  • 1918, Born on this day, Elmore James, US blues guitarist, singer, known as the King of the Slide Guitar. James wrote ‘Shake Your Money Maker’, which was covered by Fleetwood Mac in 1968. Influenced Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King and Keith Richards. James died 24th May 1963.
  • 1930, Born on this day, Bobby Bland, R&B singer,who had the 1963 US R&B No.1 single ‘That’s The Way Love Is’. Bland was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1981, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. He died on 23rd June 2013 at his home in Memphis.
  • 1944, Born on this day, Nick Mason: drums, percussion and tape effects, Pink Floyd. Nick is the only member of the band to play on every album since the band’s formation in 1965. He studied architecture at London’s Regent Street Polytechnic, where he teamed up with fellow students Roger Waters, Rado ‘Bob’ Klose and Richard Wright in 1964 to form Pink Floyd’s predecessor, Sigma 6. Mason is a keen auto racing enthusiast and has taken part in many racing events such as the French 24 Heures du Mans race in Le Mans.
  • 1944, Born on this day, Kevin Coyne, singer, songwriter, film-maker, and a writer of lyrics, stories and poems. In the mid-1970s, prior to the formation of The Police, Coyne’s band included guitarist Andy Summers. Coyne died on 2nd December 2004.
  • 1948, Born on this day, Kim Gardner from English group Ashton Gardner & Dyke who had the 1971 UK No.3 single ‘The Resurrection Shuffle’. Gardner died on 24/10/01,
  • 1951, Born on this day, Brian Downey, Irish drummer and founding member of Thin Lizzy, who had the 1973 UK No.6 single ‘Whisky In The Jar’ and hits with ‘Jailbreak’ and ‘The Boys Are Back in Town’.
  • 1951, Born on this day, Seth Justman, keyboards, vocals with The J Geils Band who had the 1982 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘Centrefold’.
  • 1957, Born on this day, Janick Robert Gers English guitarist who has worked with White Spirit, Gillan and Iron Maiden.
  • 1961, Born on this day, Gillian Gilbert, keyboards with The Inadequates, and New Order who had the 1983 UK No.9 single ‘Blue Monday’, Also a member of The Other Two who had the 1991 UK hit single ‘Tasty Fish’.
  • 1961, Born on this day, Martin Deguille, singer with British group Sigue Sigue Sputnik who had the 1986 UK No.3 single ‘Love Missile F1-11’.
  • 1961, Born on this day, Margo Timmins, vocals, Cowboy Junkies, (1989 album ‘The Trinity Session’).
  • 1968, Born on this day, Adrian Thawes, (Tricky), musician and actor who had the 1996 UK No.10 single ‘Milk’. His 1995 debut album Maxinquaye was nominated for the Mercury Prize and voted Album of the Year by NME Magazine.
  • 1968, Born on this day, Mike Patton, singer and multi-instrumentalist with American rock band Faith No More, who had the 1993 UK No.3 and US No.4 single ‘I’m Easy’.
  • 1972, Born on this day, Mark Owen singer with Take That who had the 1995 UK No.1 single ‘Back For Good’. The group’s 1993 UK No.1 album ‘Everything Changes spent 78 weeks on the UK chart. Had the solo 1996 UK No.3 single ‘Child’. Was the winner of UK TV show Celebrity Big Brother in 2002. Re-formed Take That without Robbie Williams in 2006 for a sold-out European tour. Topped the UK singles and album charts simultaneously for the first time in their career when the single ‘Patience’ and album ‘Beautiful World’ both reached No.1 in Dec 2006.

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