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This Day In Rock History: Jan 9th

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Charlie Watts
Charlie Watts

  • 1957, On 9th January 1957, on the very first rock n roll tour of Australia, Bill Haley and the Comets The Platters LaVern Baker Big Joe Turner Freddie Bell and the Bell Boys played the first of two nights at Brisbane Stadium.
  • 1961, Bob Newhart went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘The Button Down Mind Strikes Back!’
  • 1963, Drummer Charlie Watts joined The Rolling Stones after leaving Blues Incorporated and his job working as a graphic designer.
  • 1965, The Beatles started a nine week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Beatles 65’, the group’s fourth No.1. Beatles ’65 includes eight of the fourteen songs from Beatles for Sale and also includes ‘I’ll Be Back’ from A Hard Day’s Night and the single ‘I Feel Fine’/’She’s a Woman’.
  • 1969, The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK album chart with The White Album, The Rolling Stones were at No.2 with Beggars Banquet and The Seekers were at No.3 with Best Of The Seekers.
  • 1971, TV’s Dads Army star Clive Dunn was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Grandad’.
  • 1976, Queen were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.  The single enjoyed a nine week run on the chart selling more than a million copies by the end of the month. It reached No.1 again in 1991 for five weeks following Mercury’s death, eventually becoming the UK’s third best selling single of all time.
  • 1982, The Human League went back to No.1 on the UK album chart for three weeks with ‘Dare’.
  • 2001, Winners at the 28th annual American Music Awards; Favourite Album, Creed, ‘Human Clay’, Male Artist, Kid Rock, Favourite Female Artist, Faith Hill, Favourite Group, Backstreet Boys, Favourite New Artist, 3 Doors Down.
  • 2003, A grand piano once owned by Elvis Presley was sold for $685,000 (£425,711). Music producer Robert Johnson and partner Larry Moss sold the piano to the chairman of the Blue Moon Group, Michael Muzio who was planning to take the piano on a casino-sponsored promotional tour. He was then planning for the piano to be shown at the proposed rock museum at Walt Disney World.
  • 2005, Elvis Presley  went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Jailhouse Rock.’ The single sold just 21,262 copies to reach No.1, the lowest sales ever for a UK chart topper since data began in 1969. The single was released to celebrate the 70th anniversary of his birth, a previous Elvis chart topper was re-released each week.
  • 2005, The Scissor Sisters went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their self-titled album. They went on to win Best International Album as well as best international Group and International Breakthrough act at the 2005 Brit awards.
  • 2009, Dave Dee died at the age of 65, following a three-year battle with cancer. The UK singer had eight top 10 hits, with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich including a UK number one single in 1968 with ‘The Legend of Xanadu’, in which Dee famously cracked a whip. The singer, whose real name was David Harman, was originally a police officer and as a police cadet was called to the scene of the car crash that killed Eddie Cochrane during a UK tour in 1960.
  • 2015, Darren Partington, a member of 1980s and ’90s acid house pioneers 808 State, was jailed for 18 months for dealing heroin and crack cocaine. The court was told how Partington was pressured into dealing drugs after getting into debt with his own dealer.

Born on this day:

  • 1920, Born on this day, Clive Dunn, singer, actor in UK TV’s ‘Dads Army’ 1971 UK No.1 single ‘Granddad’. Died on 6 November 2012.
  • 1941, Born on this day, Joan Baez, US folk rock singer, songwriter, (1971 US No.3 & UK No.6 single ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’).
  • 1943, Born on this day, Dick Yount, guitar, vocals, Harper’s Bizarre, (1967 US No. 13 & UK No.34 single ‘The 59th Street Bridge Song, Feelin’ Groovy’).
  • 1943, Born on this day, Scott Engel, vocals, The Walker Brothers, (1966 UK No.1 & US No.13 single ‘The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore’).
  • 1944, Born on this day, Jimmy Page guitarist and producer, member of the Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin. The bands fourth album released in 1971 featuring the rock classic Stairway To Heaven has sold over 37 million copies. Formed The Honeydrippers, (with Robert Plant, Jeff Beck & Nile Rodgers) who had the 1984 US No.3 single Sea Of Love. As a session guitarist in the 60s Page played on Here Comes The Night by Them, Shout by Lulu and The Who’s ‘Can’t Explain’.
  • 1948, Born on this day, Tim Hart, guitar, vocals, Steeleye Span, UK folk group, (1975 UK No.5 single ‘All Around My Hat’). Died on 24th Dec 2009.
  • 1950, Born on this day, David Johansen, vocals, The New York Dolls, 1973 album ‘New York Dolls’. Now a solo artist and actor. Played Buster Poindexter in Saturday Night Live House band.
  • 1951, Born on this day, Crystal Gayle, singer, songwriter, (1977 US No.2 & UK No.5 single ‘Don’t It Make Your Brown Eyes Blue’).
  • 1963, Born on this day, Eric Erlandson, guitar, Hole, (1995 UK No.16 single ‘Doll Parts’).
  • 1964, Born on this day, Phil Hartnoll, Orbital, (1996 UK No.11 single ‘The Box’).
  • 1967, Born on this day, Dave Matthews, guitar, vocals, Dave Matthews Band. (1998 US No.1 album ‘Before These Crowded Streets’, 2001 US No.1 album ‘Everyday’, 2001 UK No. 35 single ‘The Space Between’).
  • 1967, Born on this day, Steve Harwell, Smash Mouth, (1997 UK No.19 single ‘Walkin’ On The Sun’).
  • 1978, Born on this day, A.J McLean, vocals, Backstreet Boys, (1997 US No.2 single ‘Quit Playing Games With My Heart’, 1999 UK No.1 single ‘I Want It That Way’).
  • 1987, Born on this day, Paolo Nutini, Scottish singer, songwriter, (2006 UK No.3 album ‘These Streets’, 2009 UK No.1 album ‘Sunny Side Up’).

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