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This Day In Rock History: Jan 7th

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Bill Haley
Bill Haley

  • 1955, ‘Rock Around the Clock’  by Bill Haley and his Comets, entered the UK chart for the first time. The original full title of the song was ‘We’re Gonna Rock Around the Clock Tonight!’ and is often cited as the biggest-selling vinyl rock and roll single of all time with sales over 25m.
  • 1971, Black Sabbath released ‘Paranoid’ their second studio album in the US. The album features the band’s best-known signature songs, including the title track, ‘Iron Man’ and ‘War Pigs’. The album was originally titled War Pigs, but allegedly the record company changed it to Paranoid, fearing backlash from supporters of the ongoing Vietnam War.
  • 1977, Andy Gibb was at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Just Want To Be Your Everything’ a song written by his Bee Gee brother Barry.
  • 1980, Pink Floyd released ‘Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)’ in the US. The single peaked at No.1 on both the US and UK charts, giving Pink Floyd their first and only No.1 hit single. The single went to No.1 in many other countries, including Australia, Germany and Italy.
  • 1982, Singles reviewed in this weeks Smash Hits included Haircut 100, ‘Love Plus One’, XTC ‘Senses Working Overtime’ and Robert Palmer ‘Some Guys Have All The Luck’. OMD had the front cover plus interviews with Adam Ant, Squeeze and Dollar.
  • 1993, R.E.M. played a Greenpeace Benefit show at the 40 watt Club, Athens, Georgia, for 500 people. The show was recorded on a solar powered mobile recording studio.
  • 1994, Oasis started recording their debut album Definitely Maybe at Monnow Valley Studio in South Wales. When released in August 1994, it became the fastest selling debut album of all time in the UK, (being surpassed in 2006 by Arctic Monkeys debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not). The album went on to sell over 12 million copies worldwide.
  • 2004, Drummer John Guerin died of pneumonia aged 64. Worked with Joni Mitchell, Frank Zappa, Linda Rondstadt, Gram Parsons, Todd Rundgren. He also played on the original title tune for the television series Hawaii Five-O.
  • 2006, Gary Glitter was formally charged with committing obscene acts with two girls aged 11 and 12 in Vietnam, the prosecutor in the southern province of Ba Ria Vung Tau said the charges would carry prison terms of three to seven years. Glitter, (Paul Gadd), had been held since November as he tried to flee the country over child sex allegations.
  • 2006, Pink married her motocross racer boyfriend Carey Hart on a beach in Costa Rica. More than 100 people attended the singer’s big day, including Lisa-Marie Presley. Pink proposed to him during one of his races in Mammoth Lakes, California, by holding up a sign that read “Will you marry me?” Hart pulled out of the race to say yes.
  • 2010, According to Nielsen SoundScan’s final 2009 figures, Michael Jackson was the best selling artist of the year, moving 8,286,000 units. Forty years after their break-up, The Beatles were still the best selling group, thanks to their remastered catalog which sold 3,282,000 copies. Digital downloads however, were a different story. Lady Gaga was the queen of the downloads, selling 15,297,000 digital tracks. The Black Eyed Peas, Michael Jackson and Taylor Swift all finished in the vicinity of 12 million digital units.

Born on this day:

  • 1937, Born on this day, Paul Revere, keyboards, Paul Revere and the Raiders, (1971 US No.1 single ‘Indian Reservation’, plus 14 other US Top 30 hit singles. He died on 4th Oct 2014.
  • 1942, Born on this day, Danny Williams, singer, (1961 UK No. 1 ‘Moon River’, the Oscar-winning song was from the film Breakfast At Tiffany’s).
  • 1944, Born on this day, Mike McGear, singer, brother of Paul McCartney, The Scaffold, (1968 Christmas UK No.1 single ‘Lily The Pink’).
  • 1945, Born on this day, Dave Cousins, vocals, guitar, The Strawbs, (1973 UK No.2 single with ‘Part Of The Union’).
  • 1946, Born on this day, Andy Brown, drums, The Fortunes, (1965 UK No.2 & US No.7 single ‘You’ve Got Your Troubles’).
  • 1948, Born on this day, Kenny Loggins, singer, songwriter, (one half of Loggins & Messina 1971-76), 1984 US No.1 & UK No. 6 single ‘Footlose’ from the film of the same name.
  • 1959, Born on this day, Kathy Valentine, bass, The Go- Go’s, (1982 US No.2 single ‘We Got The Beat’, 1982 UK No.47 single ‘Our Lips Our Sealed’).
  • 1972, Born on this day, Taja Sevelle, (real name Nancy Richardson), US singer, she started recording at age 15 in 1987. (1988 UK No.7 single ‘Love Is Contagious’).
  • 1974, Born on this day, John Rich, bass, vocals, Lonestar, (2000 US No.1 & UK No. 21 single ‘Amazed’).

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