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This Day In Rock History: Jan 28th


  • 1965, The Moody Blues were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Go Now!’ the group’s only UK No.1.
  • 1965, The Who made their first appearance on UK TV show Ready Steady Go! To project the desired image, the hand-picked audience consisted only of teens dressed in the current Mod fashion.
  • 1968, Jim Morrison of The Doors was arrested and charged with public drunkenness after harassing a security guard at a Las Vegas adult movie theatre.
  • 1977, Pink Floyd’s tenth studio album Animals entered the UK charts at No.2. The sleeve concept was that of Roger Waters, who lived at the time near Clapham Common, and regularly drove past Battersea Power Station. A view of the imposing but disused former power station building was chosen for the cover image, complete with massive inflatable pig suspended between two of the towers.
  • 1978, The Fleetwood Mac album Rumours went to No.1 on the UK album chart, also a No.1 in the US. The album went on to sell over 15 million copies world- wide and spent over 440 weeks on the UK chart.
  • 1983, British Rock & Roll singer Billy Fury died of heart failure. 1961 UK No.3 single ‘Halfway To Paradise’, plus 25 other Top 40 UK singles. His ‘We Want Billy’ (released 1963, with The Tornados) was one of the first live albums in British rock history. Played rock ‘n’ roller “Stormy Tempest” in the film That’ll Be The Day along side David Essex and Ringo Starr.
  • 1984, Frankie Goes To Hollywood started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Relax!’ BBC Radio 1 DJ Mike Read expressed on air his distaste for both the record’s suggestive sleeve and its lyrics, he announced his refusal to play the record, not knowing that the BBC had decided that the song was not to be played on the BBC anyway. Produced by Trevor Horn the song remained on the chart for 48 weeks.
  • 1988, Eleven years after it was released, The Sex Pistols album Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols’. went Gold in the US with sales over 500,000.
  • 1990, Paul Abdul started a 10-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Forever Your Girl’. Abdul spent sixty-four consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200 before hitting number one, making it the longest time for an album to reach the number one spot.
  • 1998, Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher played a 20-minute solo gig at the King Head, an English pub in Santa Monica in front of 250 fans.
  • 2001, Limp Bizkit started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Chocolate Starfish’.
  • 2004, Elvis Presley  fans expressed their anger at plans to cut up a rare tape of the singer’s early songs and sell the snippets at auction. The tape, which featured a recording made by Presley during the early 1950s, was now too fragile to play. US firm Master Tape Collection said the tape would be cut into two-inch snippets and sold for £270 ($460) each.
  • 2005, English drummer and singer songwriter Jim Capaldi died of stomach cancer aged 60. He was a member of Traffic, (1967 UK No.2 single ‘Hole In My Shoe’) and had the solo 1975 UK No.4 single ‘Love Hurts’. Capaldi also worked with Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and George Harrison.
  • 2009, Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboard player Billy Powell died at the age of 56 of a suspected heart attack in Florida. Powell called police saying he was having trouble breathing and emergency services tried to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead an hour later. Powell had missed a doctor’s appointment on the day before his death; the appointment was for a checkup on his heart. He played piano on Kid Rock’s ‘All Summer Long’ (which sampled the Lynyrd Skynyrd song ‘Sweet Home Alabama’).
  • 2015, Funk legend Sly Stone was awarded $5m (£3.3m) in missed royalties by a Los Angeles court. The singer claimed his former manager, Gerald Goldstein, and lawyer, Glenn Stone, had cheated him out of earnings dating back more than 20 years. In 2011, it was reported he was homeless and living in a camper van after falling on hard times and fighting drug addiction problems.

Born on this day:

  • 1927, Born on this day, Ronnie Scott, jazz musician. Formed his own nine-piece group in 1953 and opened the first Ronnie Scott’s night club in London in 1959 where he presented the cream of the world’s jazz musicians at the club. He died on December 23rd 1996.
  • 1929, Born on this day, Bernard Stanley Bilk, (Acker Bilk), bandleader who had the 1962 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Stranger On The Shore’. He died on 2nd Nov 2014.
  • 1941, Born on this day, King Tubby, reggae producer who has worked with Robbie Shakespeare, Sly Dunbar and Carlton Barrett. He was killed on 6th February 1989 after being shot in the street outside his home.
  • 1943, Born on this day, Dick Taylor, guitarist and singer with The Pretty Things who had the 1964 UK No.10 single ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’.
  • 1951, Born on this day, William Nelson from Funkadelic who had the 1978 US No.16 album ‘One Nation Under A Groove’.
  • 1959, Born on this day, Dave Sharpe, guitarist and singer with The Alarm who had the 1983 UK No.17 single ’68 Guns’.
  • 1968, Born on this day, Canadian musician singer songwriter, Sarah McLachlan, who had the 1997 US No.2 album ‘Surfacing’. McLachlan who has sold over 40 million albums worldwide is the organiser of the Lilith Fair US tour.
  • 1976, Born on this day, Rick Ross (William Leonard Roberts II), American hip-hop artist who had the 2006 US No.1 with his debut album ‘Port of Miami’.

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