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This Day In Rock History: Jan 3rd


John Paul Jones
John Paul Jones

  • 1957, Guy Mitchell was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Singing The Blues.’ (Tommy Steele and Marty Robbins had also released versions and Steele would replace this version at No.1). Also a US No.1.
  • 1964, The Beatles were seen for the second time on US TV when a clip from the BBC’s ‘The Mersey Sound’ showing the group playing ‘She Loves You’ was shown on The Jack Paar Show. The first US airing showing The Beatles was on Nov 18, 1963, on the NBC news program “The Huntley-Brinkley Report” (albeit pre-recorded) of The Beatles in concert.
  • 1967, Having received a US army draft notice, The Beach Boys, Carl Wilson refused to be sworn in, saying he was a conscientious objector.
  • 1969, Appearing live on The Lulu show on UK TV, The Jimi Hendrix Experience were booked to perform two songs, Voodoo Child, (which is performed in full), then he stopped performing his new single ‘Hey Joe’ after a verse and chorus and instead launched into a version of the Cream song ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’ as a tribute to the band who had split a few days earlier. Hendrix then proceeded to continuing jamming, running over their allocated time slot on the live show, preventing the show’s host Lulu from closing the show properly.
  • 1972, Two weeks of rehearsals for Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of The Moon tour began at the Bermondsey in London, England, (the venue was owned by The Rolling Stones).
  • 1974, Bob Dylan and The Band started a 39-date US tour, Dylan’s first live appearance for over 7 years. There were more than 5 million applications for the 660,000 tickets.
  • 1976, The Bay City Rollers went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Saturday Night.’ At the height of their US success, the Scottish group signed a deal to promote breakfast cereal.
  • 1979, The Hype, (later to be known as U2) appeared at McGonagils in Dublin, Ireland.
  • 1980, American rhythm and blues singer Amos Milburn died aged 52. Famous for his drinking songs including, ‘Let Me Go Home, Whiskey’ and ‘One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer.’
  • 1987, Aretha Franklin became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • 2004, It was reported that UK record companies were about to ditch up to 30 big names in the pop world due to poor record sales in the previous year. Gareth Gates, The Cheeky Girls, Mark Owen, Mel C and Samantha Mumber were among those listed.
  • 2009, Commercial radio show Hit 40 UK announced that it would no longer use CD sales for its official figures. The networked Top 40 chart program, which broadcast across 130 stations in the UK, would now base its weekly charts solely on digital downloads.
  • 2014, Phil Everly, one half of the Everly Brothers, died of complications from lung disease aged 74, in California. In their heyday between 1957 and 1962, the Everly Brothers had 19 Top 40 hits, and influenced acts such as The Beatles and The Beach Boys.

Born on this day:

  • 1926, Born on this day, Sir George Martin, 60’s EMI in-house record producer and so-called fifth Beatle. Produced all but one of The Beatles albums as well as working with comedy acts The Goons and Beyond The Fringe. Received a Knighthood in 1996.
  • 1943, Born on this day, Van Dyke Parks, US songwriter, producer. Worked with Brian Wilson on the ‘Smile’ album, played keyboards on The Byrds ‘Eight Miles High’, produced Ry Cooder, Randy Newman, Judy Collins.
  • 1945, Born on this day, Stephen Stills, guitar, vocals, Buffalo Springfield, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Manassas. 1969 UK No.17 single ‘Marrakesh Express’ & 1970 US No.1 album Deja Vu plus 1971 solo UK No.37 single ‘Love The One Your With.’
  • 1946, Born on this day, John Paul Jones, bass, keyboards, producer with Led Zeppelin who had the 1969 US No.4 single Whole Lotta Love. The bands fourth album released in 1971 featuring the rock classic Stairway To Heaven, has sold over 37 million copies. As a session player in the 1960s he worked with The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, Donovan, Jeff Beck, Hermans Hermits, Lulu, Tom Jones. In recent years Jones has worked with R.E.M. on 1992 Automatic For The People album and is a member of Them Crooked Vultures.
  • 1964, Born on this day, Raymond McGinley, guitar & vocals, Teenage Fanclub, 1992 UK No.31 single ‘What You Do To Me.’
  • 1975, Born on this day, Thomas Bangalter, French electronic musician with Daft Punk, 1997 UK No.5 single ‘Around The World’, remixed Gabrielle, Chemical Brothers. Scored the 2013 UK No.1 hit ‘Get Lucky’ featuring Pharrell Williams.

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