- 1966, The Beatles started a six week run at No.1 on the US album chart with Rubber Soul the group’s seventh US chart topper, which went on to spend 56 weeks on the chart. The group also started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘We Can Work It Out’ the group’s 11th US No.1 single.
- 1969, Mike Jagger and Keith Richards were both barred from an exclusive hotel for wearing “op art” pants and nothing else. They were both asked to leave the Hotel Crillen in Lima, Peru after refusing to change clothes.
- 1972, The New Seekers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing, (in Perfect Harmony’). The song started as a Coca Cola TV ad. It originally included the line, ‘I’d like to buy the world a Coke.’
- 1977, Queen went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Day At The Races.’
- 1991, Steve Clark guitarist with Def Leppard, was found dead at his Chelsea flat by his girlfriend, after a night of heavy alcohol consumption combined with prescription drugs. The autopsy revealed he had died from an overdose of codeine and had Valium, morphine and a blood alcohol level of .30, three times the British legal driving limit. In 2007 Clark was ranked No.11 on Classic Rock Magazine’s “100 Wildest Guitar Heroes”.
- 1996, A Los Angeles court found Robert Hoskins guilty of five counts of stalking, assault and making terrorist threats to Madonna. Hoskins had twice scaled the walls of the singer’s estate and had threatened to slash her throat from ear to ear.
- 2001, A woman who believed that Axl Rose communicated with her via telepathy was arrested for stalking the Guns N’ Roses singer for a second time. Police detained Karen Jane McNeil after she was spotted loitering outside his house.
- 2004, The estate of2014, It was reported that vinyl record sales had increased 32% in 2013, while CD sales declined 14.5% in the last last year, vinyl sales grew 32% from 4.5 million units sold in 2012 to 6 million sold in 2013, according to Nielsen SoundScan.started a $10 million (£5.8 million) legal action against Dr Gilbert Lederman of Staten Island University Hospital, claiming the doctor coerced Harrison to sign souvenirs. The main allegations of the legal action was that Dr Lederman got an extremely sick Harrison to sign his son’s guitar and autographs for his two daughters.
- 2006, The Strokes went to No.1 on the UK chart with ‘First Impressions Of Earth’ the bands third album and first No.1.
- 2010, Jimmy Page launched a new set of stamps in the UK which featured classic album covers from the last 40 years including Led Zeppelin IV, Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells, The Division Bell by Pink Floyd, A Rush Of Blood To The Head, Coldplay, Power, Corruption And Lies, New Order, Let It Bleed, The Rolling Stones, London Calling, The Clash, Screamadelica, Primal Scream, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, David Bowie and Parklife by Blur.
- 2014, It was reported that vinyl record sales had increased 32% in 2013, while CD sales declined 14.5% in the last last year, vinyl sales grew 32% from 4.5 million units sold in 2012 to 6 million sold in 2013, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Born on this day:
- 1935, Born on this day, Elvis Aaron Presley, the King of rock ‘n’ roll. He had his first No.1 in 1956 with the US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Heartbreak Hotel’. His first UK No.1 single was in 1957, with ‘All Shook Up’. Presley went on to have over 100 US & UK Top 40 singles from 1956 – 2006. Presley is one of the most celebrated and influential musicians of the 20th century, with estimated record sales of around 600 million units worldwide. Elvis Presley died on August 16th 1977.
- 1937, Born on this day, Shirley Bassey, singer. First charted in the UK in 1957, 1970 UK No.4 single with cover of The Beatles George Harrison song ‘Something’ also James Bond theme ‘Goldfinger’ and ‘Diamonds are Forever’.
- 1943, Born on this day, Lee Jackson, bass, vocals, The Nice, (1968 UK No.21 single ‘America’).
- 1943, Born on this day, Marcus Hutson, vocals, The Whispers, (1980 UK No.2 & US No.19 single ‘And The Beat Goes On’).
- 1945, Born on this day, Terry Sylvester, guitar, vocals, Swinging Blue Jeans, The Hollies, (joined in 1969). 1972 US No.2 single ‘Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress’, 1988 UK No.1 single ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’, first released in 1969.
- 1946, Born on this day, Robert Krieger, guitarist with The Doors, (1967 US No.1 & UK No.49 single with ‘Light My Fire’ and a 1971 US No.14 & UK No.22 single ‘Riders On The Storm’).
- 1947, Born on this day, David Jones, (David Bowie). First UK Top 40 single was the 1969 ‘Space Oddity’ which became a UK No.1 in 1975, plus over 50 other UK Top 40 hits including five No.1’s. Bowie has also scored two US No.1 singles, the 1975 ‘Fame’ and 1983 ‘Let’s Dance’. Plus two albums with Tin Machine in 1991 and 1992.
- 1948, Born on this day, Paul King, Mungo Jerry, (1970 UK No.1 & US No.3 single ‘In The Summertime’).
- 1959, Born on this day, Paul Hester, drums, Crowded House, (1992 UK No.7 single ‘Weather With You’). Hester died on 26th March 2005 aged 46, after he “attempted suicide” and died from strangulation after being found hanged in a park in Melbourne, Australia.
- 1966, Born on this day, Andrew Patrick Wood, American musician best known as the lead singer for grunge bands Malfunkshun and Mother Love Bone, cited as “founding fathers” of the Seattle’s grunge movement. Wood died on March 19th 1990.
- 1969, Born on this day, Jeff Abercrombie, bassist with American band Fuel.
- 1971, Born on this day, Karen Poole, vocals, Alisha’s Attic, (1996 UK No.14 ‘I Am I Feel’). Daughter of 60’s musician Brian Poole.
- 1973, Born on this day, Sean Paul, singer, (2003 US No.1 & UK No.4 single ‘Get Busy’).
- 1975, Born on this day, Stove King, Mansun, (1996 UK No.15 single ‘Wide Open Space’).
This Day In Rock History: Jan 8th