This Day in Music - 1/21


Jan 21 2008, 14h24

1939 - Wolfman Jack born. Master of ceremonies for the rock 'n' roll generation of the '60s on radio, and later on television during the '70s. Died of a heart attack 1/7/95.

1941 - Richie Havens born.

1942 - Edwin Starr born. Starr died on 2nd April 2003 aged 61.

1963 - The Beatles made their third appearance on the Radio Luxembourg program ‘The Friday Spectacular’. They chat with the host and play ‘Please Please Me’ and ‘Ask Me Why’.

1965 - Over 3,000 screaming fans met The Rolling Stones and Roy Orbison at Sydney Airport when they arrived for a 16 date of tour in Australia and New Zealand.

1966 - George Harrison married Patti Boyd at Leatherhead Register Office in Surrey with Paul McCartney as Best man. George had first met Patti on the set of The Beatles movie ‘A Hard Days Night.’

1970 - Elvis Presley's last film 'Change Of Habit' was released.

1973 - The Rolling Stones kicked off an 11 date Pacific tour at Honolulu International Centre, Hawaii.

1974 - Appearing at Newcastle City Hall, England were T. Rex. Tickets cost £1.50 ($2.55).

1978 - The soundtrack album 'Saturday Night Fever' started a 24 week run at No. 1 on the US album charts, it went on to sell over 30 million copies world wide, making it the best selling soundtrack album of all time.

1982 - B.B. King donated his entire record collection of over 20,000 discs to Mississippi University's centre for the Study of Southern Culture,

1984 - Jackie Wilson died. Wilson had been in care after suffering a heart attack during a stage performance in 1975.

1987 - The Coasters became the first vocal group to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

1987 - Bruce Springsteen inducted Roy Orbison into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame.

1989 - Six weeks after his death Roy Orbison started a three-week run at No. 1 on the UK album chart with 'The Legendary Roy Orbison' collection.

1989 - Appearing at Liverpool Poly, England, Throwing Muses supported by The Sundays.

1992 - Billy Idol pleaded guilty to assault and battery charges after an incident outside a West Hollywood restaurant. He was fined $2,700 (£1,588) and ordered to appear in a series of anti-drug commercials.

1997 - 'Colonel' Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's manager and agent died aged 87. Born Andreas van Kuijk, a Dutch immigrant who changed his name as soon as he arrived in the US, Parker never applied for a green card and feared deportation his entire life. He briefly managed country singers Eddy Arnold and Hank Snow.

1999 - Gary Glitter appeared at Bristol crown court charged with eight sexual offences on girls dating back to 1976 and 50 charges relating to indecent photographs.

2001 - During a UK tour Marilyn Manson appeared at the Birmingham NEC, with special guests Disturbed. Tickets cost £16.50 ($28.05).

2002 - Peggy Lee died.

2003 - David Palmer, former keyboard player for Jethro Tull changed his name to Dee Palmer after a successful sex change operation. Palmer was the keyboard player for Jethro Tull between 1969 and 1980. He played on all the Tull classics including 'Thick As A Brick' and 'Aqualung.'

2004 - As the third season of American Idol was aired on US TV a memo was leaked showing a list of songs banned from being performed at this year's auditions that included, Elton John's 'Candle In The Wind' and 'Fallin' by Alicia Keys. Also all songs by Bruce Springsteen, Mariah Carey, No Doubt, R. Kelly, Tom Petty, Korn and Linkin Park were not allowed after concerns over the cost of securing rights for the song's use, (or the composers not wanting their song’s to be performed on the show).


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