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This Day In Rock History: Jan 30th

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  • 1956, Elvis Presley started recording what would be his first album at RCA’s New York Studios. Songs recorded included his version the Carl Perkins song ‘Blue Suede Shoes’. Johnny Cash planted the seed for the song in the fall of 1955, while Perkins, Cash, Elvis Presley, and other Louisiana Hayride acts toured throughout the South. Cash told Perkins of a black airman, C. V. White, whom he had met when serving in the military in Germany, who had referred to his military regulation airmens shoes as “blue suede shoes.”
  • 1959, Elvis Presley had his third UK No.1 single ‘One Night / I Got Stung’ a double A side, (originally written and recorded under the title ‘One Night of Sin’) a revival of the Smiley Lewis’s R&B hit. Presley was in the army by the time this song reached No.1.
  • 1964, The Searchers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Sonny Bono song ‘Needles And Pins’. The group’s second UK No.1 had originally been recorded by Jackie DeShannon.
  • 1969, The Beatles with Billy Preston, played their lunchtime rooftop gig on top of the Apple building on Savile Row, London. Lasting for just over 40 minutes it was the last time The Beatles performed live. The played ‘Get Back’, ‘Don’t Let Me Down’, ‘I’ve Got A Feeling’, ‘The One After 909’ and ‘Dig A Pony’. Traffic was brought to a standstill as crowds of people gathered below and watched from windows in nearby buildings.  John Lennon ended the performance by saying “I’d like to say ‘Thank you’ on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we passed the audition.”
  • 1973, After recently changing their name from Wicked Lester, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss made their first appearance as KISS at the Popcorn Club in Queens, New York.
  • 1975, The Bee Gees begin recording ‘Jive Talkin’, which became their second US chart topper and No.5 UK hit. Barry Gibb’s inspiration for the song came when his wife commented on the sound their car made while crossing a bridge over Biscayne Bay into Miami. She noted, “It’s our drive talkin’.”
  • 1982, American blues guitarist, singer Sam Lightnin’ Hopkins died of cancer aged 70. Influenced Bob Dylan, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix. R.E.M. recorded a song named after him on their Document album.
  • 1982, Hall and Oates went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Can Go For That, (No Can Do)’ the duo’s fourth US No.1, a No.8 hit in the UK.
  • 1988, During a court case involving Holly Johnson and ZTT Records it was revealed that Frankie Goes To Hollywood had not played on their hits ‘Relax’ and ‘Two Tribes’. The court was told that top session musicians were used to make the records.
  • 1988, INXS had their first US No.1 hit single with ‘Need You Tonight’.
  • 1990, Unhappy with the re-issue of the bands early single ‘Sally Cinnaman’ The Stone Roses trashed their former record company Revolver FM’s offices and threw paint over cars. The band were arrested and charged with criminal damage.
  • 2000, Gabrielle went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Rise’. The song used a sample from Bob Dylan’s ‘Knocking On Heaven’s Door’ giving Dylan his third UK No.1 as a writer, the other two being The Byrds version of ‘Mr Tambourine Man’ and Manfred Mann’s ‘The Mighty Quinn’.
  • 2005, The Chemical Brothers went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Push The Button’, the duo’s fourth UK No.1 album. The Game had the US No.1 album with ‘The Documentary.’
  • 2013, Mick Jagger was named the most stylish rock star of all time by lifestyle website Complex. Jagger lead their top 50 list ahead of Prince, David Bowie, Kurt Cobain, Sid Vicious and Keith Richards. Complex stated “Even today, he wears silk scarves and suits with more rakish appeal than most men – and he’s pushing 70.”
  • 2015, Marion “Suge” Knight was arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with a fatal traffic incident. The record producer had earlier surrendered to police after he was declared a suspect in a hit-and-run incident where one man died.

Born on this day:

  • 1928, Born on this day, Ruth Brown, US singer who had the 1957 US No.25 single, ‘Lucky Lips’ and was Atlantic Records top selling artist of the 50’s scoring hits such as ‘Teardrops from My Eyes’ and ‘(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean’. Brown died on November 17, 2006.
  • 1942, Born on this day, Martyn Balin, singer and founder of US group Jefferson Airplane (later became Jefferson Starship), who had the 1967 US No.18 single ‘White Rabbit’.
  • 1943, Born on this day, Sandy Deane, Jay and the Americans who had the 1969 US No.6 single ‘This Magic Moment’ plus nine other US Top 30 hits.
  • 1947, Born on this day, Steve Marriott, guitarist and singer/songwriter. He was a major influence on many UK bands. Marriott was a member of Small Faces who had the 1967 UK No.3 & US No.16 single with ‘Itchycoo Park’ plus the 1968 No.1 UK album ‘Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake.’ Formed Humble Pie who had the 1969 UK No.4 single ‘Natural Born Bugie’. Marriott died in a house fire on April 20th 1991.
  • 1949, Born on this day, William King, trumpet player with The Commodores who had the 1978 UK & US No.1 single ‘Three Times A Lady’.
  • 1951, Born on this day, Phil Collins, drummer, singer, songwriter who was a member of Genesis who had the 1986 US No.1 ‘Invisible Touch’, 1992 UK No.7 single ‘I Can’t Dance’ plus six UK No.1 albums. As a solo artist had the 1988 UK & US No.1 single ‘A Groovy Kind Of Love’ plus six other US No.1’s and four UK No.1 solo albums. Acting roles include Oliver, Buster and Miami Vice, also worked with Brand X.
  • 1959, Born on this day, Mark Eitzel, guitarist, singer, songwriter who was a member of American Music Club who had the 1993 album ‘Mercury’. Eitzel is now a solo artist.
  • 1961, Born on this day, Jody Watley, singer with Shalamar who had the 1980 US No. 8 single ‘The Second Time Around’, and the 1982 UK No.5 single ‘A Night To Remember’. Solo hits include the 1987 UK No.13 single, ‘Looking For A New Love’ and the 1989 US No.2 single, ‘Real Love’. Destiny’s Child covered the Watley penned song ‘Sweet Sixteen.’
  • 1964, Born on this day, Angie Stone, singer, songwriter who was a member of Vertical Hold and is now a solo artist. Stones has written hits for Mary J. Blige & D’Angelo.

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