1959, Alone with an acoustic guitar and tape recorder in his New York City apartment Buddy Holly  made his last recordings, including ‘Peggy Sue Got Married’, ‘Crying, Waiting, Hoping’, ‘That’s What They Say’, ‘What To Do’, ‘Learning The Game’ and ‘That Makes It Tough’. The recordings would be overdubbed posthumously and were later released by Coral Records.

1963, The Beatles appeared on three UK radio programs. First The Beatles recorded a session for the show Pop Inn at the BBC Paris studio, they then went to the Playhouse Theatre also in London, to tape a radio appearance on Saturday Club, recording five songs. Then the Beatles went back to the BBC Paris studio to record an appearance on The Talent Spot recording ‘Please Please Me’, ‘Ask Me Why’ and ‘Some Other Guy’ before a live audience. 

1966, The Beach Boys went into the studio to record ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’, which would be the opening track on their forthcoming album Pet Sounds.

1967, The Monkees performed live for the very first time at The Cow Palace, San Francisco to a sell-out crowd. 

1969, The Beatles moved from Twickenham Film Studios to Apple studios in London to start recording the “Get Back” LP. Billy Preston was brought into the sessions (John, Paul, and George knew Preston from 1962, when he was a member of Little Richard’sbacking group). The Beatles were determined to record the album “live”, flaws and all. 

1969, The Beatles moved from Twickenham Film Studios to Apple studios in London to start recording the “Get Back” LP. Billy Preston was brought into the sessions (John, Paul, and George knew Preston from 1962, when he was a member of Little Richard’sbacking group). The Beatles were determined to record the album “live”, flaws and all. 

1972, David Bowie ‘came out’ as bisexual during an interview in the British music weekly Melody Maker. 

1972, Don McLean’s album ‘American Pie’ started a seven week run at No.1 in the US album chart.

1977, Paul McCartney went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Wings Over America’, Paul McCartney’s sixth US No.1 after The Beatles.

1983, The new 24-hour music video network MTVstarted broadcasting to the West Coast of America after being picked up by Group W Cable, Los Angeles.

1987, One Hit Wonder Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Jack Your Body’, the first ‘House’ record to top the UK chart. 

1994, American actor and singer Telly Savalas died of prostate cancer aged 72. He scored the 1975 UK No.1 single ‘If’. Played Lt. Theo Kojak a bald New York City detective in the television series Kojak, with a fondness for lollipops and whose trademark line was “Who loves ya, baby?” 

1994, D:Ream had their first UK No.1 single with ‘Things Can Only Get Better’, it stayed at No.1 for four weeks. In 1997 the track was adopted by the UK Labour Party as their theme for the 1997 UK General Election. Keyboard player Brian Cox became a renowned physicist and science broadcaster on the BBC

1994, American musician Rhett Forrester was shot and killed at a Northwest Atlanta intersection after he refused to give up his vehicle in an attempted carjacking, he was 37 years old. He was best known as the lead singer for New York-based band Riot from 1981 until 1984. 

1997, Scottish singer Billy MacKenzie from The Associates committed suicide aged 39 after he overdosed on a combination of paracetamol and prescription medication in the garden shed of his father’s house in Auchterhouse, Scotland. The Associates debut single, a cover of David Bowie’s‘Boys Keep Swinging’, was released June 1979, just six weeks after Bowie’s version hit the UK Top 10 in April.

2002, English keyboardist Peter Bardens died from lung cancer aged 57. He was a founder member of the British progressive rock group Camel and during his career, Bardens also worked alongside Rod Stewart, Mick Fleetwood and Van Morrison, and recorded solo albums.

2004, Bryan Adams broke a wrist after falling during a gig at the Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool. Adam’s fell from the stage and suffered a fractured wrist. A fan said, ‘One minute he was on the stage and the next he had disappeared. He went down with a thud and we couldn’t believe he was trying to continue singing’. 

2005, One of the biggest charity concerts since Live Aid raised £1.25 million ($2 million) for victims of the tsunami disaster in Asia. The concert held at The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff featured Eric Clapton,Manic Street Preachers, Keane, Charlotte Church, Snow Patrol, Embrace, Feeder, Craig David and Liberty X, who appeared before 60,000 fans at the sold-out concert.

2006, Arctic Monkeys scored their second UK No.1 single with ‘When The Sun Goes Down’, from their debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not. The song contains the line, “and he told Roxanne to put on her red light,” a reference to The Police song, Roxanne. 

2012, Adele broke an American chart record that has stood for years after being set by The Beatles and Pink Floyd. The singers second album 21 clocked up 16 weeks at No.1 on the US chart matching the success of the Titanic original soundtrack. ’21’, released last January had now beaten The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s and Pink Floyd’s The Wall which had previously held the accolade with runs of 15 weeks at No.1.

2015, In the first successful celebrity case of its kind, Rihanna won a legal battle against UK high street store Topshop over a T-shirt bearing her image. The Court of Appeal in London upheld a ban on the store selling a sleeveless T-shirt featuring a photo of the star without obtaining her permission. The star had sued Topshop’s parent company Arcadia for $5m (£3.3m) back in 2013 over the T-shirts, which featured a photo taken during a video shoot in 2011. 

2017, English bass guitar player Pete Overend Watts and founding member of the 1970s rock band, Mott the Hoople died from throat cancer aged 69. Watts helped start the Buddies with guitarist Mick Ralphs, a band that evolved into Mott the Hoople after periods in which it was known as the Doc Thomas Group, the Shakedown Sound, then Silence. They became Mott the Hoople after Ian Hunter joined in 1969. Watts continued with Dale Griffin, Morgan Fisher and Ray Major in the Mott successor British Lions. He later became a record producer, producing albums for artists including Hanoi Rocks and Dumb Blondes.

2017, German drummer Jaki Liebezeit died of pneumonia aged 78. He was best known as a founding member of the experimental rock band Can who were hailed as pioneers of the German krautrock scene. He also worked with Jah Wobble, Depeche Mode and Brian Eno.

Born On This Day

1931, Born on this day, American singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur Sam Cooke who had the 1957 US No.1 & UK No.29 single ‘You Send Me’ and a 1986 UK No.2 single with ‘Wonderful World’, (which was first released in 1960). He began singing as a child and joined The Soul Stirrers before moving to a solo career. Cooke died on December 11th 1964 at the Hacienda Motel, at 9137 South Figueroa Street, in Los Angeles, California after he sustained a gunshot wound to the chest.

1940, Born on this day, Addie Harris, singer with American girl group The Shirelles, notable for their popularity in the early 1960s. They were the first all female group to have a No.1 hit record with ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’ in 1961. Harris died on 10th June 1982.

1947, Born on this day, Malcolm Mclaren, manager of the Sex Pistols and solo artist, (1983 UK No.3 single ‘Double Dutch’). Died aged 64 from cancer on 8th April 2010.

1949, Born on this day, English drummer Nigel Pegrum who was in an early line-up of the Small Faces, then played drums with Lee Grant And The Capitols before joining Spice, who subsequently changed their name to Uriah Heep. He was also a member of English folk rock band Steeleye Span who formed in 1969. They had the 1975 UK No.5 single ‘All Around My Hat’. 

1949, Born on this day, American drummer Vini Lopez. Between 1968 and 1974 Lopez backed Bruce Springsteen in several bands, including Steel Mill and the E Street Band. He also played on Springsteen’s first two albums, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. and The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle. 

1953, Born on this day, Steve Perry, vocals, Journey, (1982 US No.2 single ‘Open Arms’, solo 1984 US No.3 single, Oh, Sherrie’). 

1960, Born on this day, Michael Hutchence, singer, songwriter from Australian rock band  INXS, who had the 1988 UK No.2 & US No.1 single ‘Need You Tonight’. Their 1987 album Kick has sold over 10m copies in the US alone and features four Top 10 singles; ‘Need You Tonight,’ ‘Devil Inside’, ‘New Sensation,’ and ‘Never Tear Us Apart.’ INXS has sold over 55 million records worldwide. Hutchence was found dead in his hotel suite in Sydney on 22nd Nov 1997 age 37. Hutchence body was found naked behind the door to his room, he had apparently hanged himself.

1965, Born on this day, DJ Jazzy Jeff, (1993 UK No.1 single ‘Boom! Shake The Room’). 

1965, Born on this day, Roachford, UK singer, (1989 UK No.4 single ‘Cuddly Toy’).

1965, Born on this day, American drummer Steven Adler, a member of Guns N’ Roses, from 1985 – 1990. He appeared in the reality TV show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, as well as on the first season of its spin-off Sober House.

On This Day in Music January 22

1963, The Beatles made their third appearance on the Radio Luxembourg program The Friday Spectacular. The Beatles were interviewed by the host and played two tracks, ‘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 tour of 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 Day’s Night’. She left Harrison in the mid-’70s and started an affair with Harrison’s friend Eric Clapton, who wrote the song “Layla” about her. The two married in May 1979, but split in 1988. 

1968, Jimi Hendrix recorded his version of the Bob Dylan song ‘All Along the Watchtower’ at Olympic Studios in London. Rolling Stone Brian Jones (percussion) and Dave Mason from Traffic (twelve-string guitar) both played on the session. The track was released in the US as a single in 1968, peaking at No.20.

1972, Pink Floyd appeared at The Guildhall, Portsmouth, England. This was the first time that they were able to perform the whole of what became the The Dark Side of The Moon album in its entirety, the previous night’s performance in Brighton having been halted for technical reasons. 

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, 

1983, The Allman Brothers Band bassist Lamar Williams died of lung cancer age 34. He joined the band in 1972 after the death of original bassist Berry Oakley. His doctors believed that the disease was derived from exposure to Agent Orange during his Vietnam service. Opposed to the war and to killing in general, Williams went AWOL frequently and wandered around the jungles of South Vietnam, occasionally returning to various units. He was given an honorable discharge in 1970. 

1984, Soul singer Jackie Wilson died aged 49. Wilson suffered a massive heart attack while playing a Dick Clark show at the Latin Casino in New Jersey on September 29, 1975, falling head-first to the stage while singing ‘Lonely Teardrops’, and had remained in a coma until his death 8 years later. His 1957 single Reet Petite became a posthumous No.1 when re-issued in 1987 due in part to a new animated video made for the song, featuring a clay model of Wilson. Van Morrison wrote ‘Jackie Wilson Said’ which was covered by Dexy’s Midnight Runners. 

1987, Keith Richards inducted Aretha Franklin at the second annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Awards, held in New York City. Keith later took part in a jam with Bruce Springsteen, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Roy Orbison, Sting, and Daryl Hall. 

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.

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 of a stroke in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the age of 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.

1997, American songwriter Irwin Levine died of kidney failure aged 58. He co-wrote, ‘Knock Three Times’ and ‘Tie A Yellow Ribbon’ both US & UK No.1’s for Tony Orlando and Dawn in the early Seventies. 

2002, American singer and actress Peggy Lee died of complications from diabetes and a heart attack at the age of 81. 1958 US No. 8 & UK No.5 single ‘Fever.’ Lee worked with Benny Goodman, Randy Newman, Quincy Jones and was nominated for 12 Grammy Awards, winning Best Contemporary Vocal Performance for her 1969 hit ‘Is That All There Is?’

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). 

2007, Mika scored his debut UK number one hit single with ‘Grace Kelly’, which went on to be became the third biggest-selling single in the UK in 2007. Amy Winehouse kept her place at the top of the UK album chart with ‘Back to Black’. 

2012, Adele was at No.1 on the US album chart with her second studio album 21. The album which yielded five hit singles including the lead single ‘Rolling in the Deep’, has now sold over 26.4 million copies worldwide. 

2015, An Israeli man was arrested on suspicion of hacking into the computers of pop stars including Madonna and selling unreleased songs online. During the investigation it appeared the suspect had broken into the computers of a number of international artists, stole unreleased demos and final tracks and sold them over the internet.

Born In This Day January 21

1922, Born on this day, Telly Savalas, singer, actor (1975 UK No.1 single ‘If’). Played Lt. Theo Kojak a bald New York City detective in the television series Kojak, with a fondness for lollipops and whose trademark line was “Who loves ya, baby?” Died of cancer on 22nd January 1994.

1938, Born on this day, DJ Wolfman Jack. 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 July 1995.

1941, Born on this day, Placido Domingo, Spanish singer, (1994 UK No.21 single with Jose Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti, ‘Libiamo / La Donna E Mobile’).

1941, Born on this day, Richie Havens, folk singer, (1971 US No.16 single with his version of George Harrison’s ‘Here Comes The Sun’, appeared at Woodstock, Newport, and Isle Of Wight festivals). Havens died of a heart attack at home in Jersey City, New Jersey aged 72 on 22nd April 2013. 

1942, Born on this day, Edwin Starr, singer, 1970 US No.1 and UK No.3 single ‘War’). Starr died on 2nd April 2003 aged 61.

1942, Born on this day, Mac Davis, singer, songwriter. (1972 US No.1 single ‘Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me’, No.29 in the UK. Wrote ‘In The Ghetto’ and ‘Don’t Cry Daddy’ for Elvis Presley). 

1942, Born on this day, Australian artist, cartoonist, songwriter and film-maker Martin Sharp – Australia’s foremost pop artist. His psychedelic posters of Bob Dylan, Donovan and others, rank as classics of the genre. Martin co-wrote one of Cream’s best known songs, ‘Tales of Brave Ulysses’, created the cover art for Cream’s Disraeli Gears and Wheels of Fire albums, and in the 1970s became a champion of singer Tiny Tim. Sharp died from emphysema on 1 Dec 2013 aged 71.

1947, Born on this day, Jim Ibbotson, from American country rock band, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band who scored the 1971 US No.9 single ‘Mr Bojangles’. 

1950, Born on this day, Billy Ocean, singer, (1988 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘Get Out Of My Dreams Get Into My Car’).

1954, Born on this day, Nigel Glockler, drummer from English heavy metal band Saxon. As one of the leaders of the new wave of British heavy metal, they had eight UK Top 40 albums in the 1980s.

1956, Born on this day, Rob Brill, drummer from American new wave band Berlin, who scored the 1986 UK & US No.1 single ‘Take My Breath Away’ which was featured in the 1986 film Top Gun.

1965, Born on this day, American musician and DJ Jam Master Jay, (Jason Mizell), Run-D.M.C. He was murdered by an assassin’s single bullet on 30th Oct 2002. Run-D.M.C. had the 1986 UK No.8 single with Aerosmith ‘Walk This Way’ and the 1998 UK No.1 single ‘It’s Like That.’

1965, Born on this day, Robert Del Naja, 3- D, Massive Attack, (1991 UK No.13 single ‘Unfinished Sympathy’).

1966, Born on this day, Wendy James, singer with English group Transvision Vamp who had the 1989 UK No.3 single ‘Baby I Don’t Care’.

1973, Born on this day, Chris Kilmore, from American rock band Incubus, who had the 2001 US No.9 & UK No.40 single, ‘Drive’, and the 2004 US No.2 and UK No.6 album A Crow Left of the Murder’, and the 2006 US No.1 album Light Grenades. Worldwide, Incubus has sold over 23 million albums. 

1976, Born on this day, English singer, songwriter, actress, and radio and television presenter Emma Bunton, (Baby Spice in  The Spice Girls) who scored the 1996 UK No.1 & 1997 US No.1 single ‘Wannabe’. She had the 2001 UK No.1 solo single ‘What Took You So Long’. 

1979, Born on this day, Nokio, Dru Hill, (1999 US No.1 & UK No.2 single with Will Smith, ‘Wild Wild West’).

1980, Born on this day, Benjamin Moody, guitar, with American rock band Evanescence who had the 2003 UK No.1 & US No.5 single ‘Bring Me To Life’, and the 2003 UK No.1 & US No.3 album Fallen.

On This Day in Music January 21

1965, American disc-jockey Alan Freed died from uraemia and cirrhosis brought on by alcoholism at the age of 42. Freed called himself the “father of rock and roll”, appeared in the movies such as Rock Around the Clock  and Don’t Knock the Rock. His career was destroyed by the payola scandal that hit the broadcasting industry in the early 1960s. 

1967, The Monkees TV show was shown for the first time in the UK. The series followed the adventures of four young men (the Monkees) trying to make a name for themselves as rock ‘n roll singers. They went on to sell more than 75 million records worldwide and had international hits, including ‘Last Train to Clarksville’, ‘Pleasant Valley Sunday’, ‘Daydream Believer’, and ‘I’m a Believer’. 

1968, One Hit Wonders John Fred and the Playboy Band started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Judy In Disguise, (With Glasses)’, it made No.3 in the UK. The song was inspired by The Beatles ‘Lucy In The Sky’. 

1969, Led Zeppelin appeared at the Wheaton Youth Center, Wheaton, during their first North American tour. Some reports suggest that only 55 fans attended this show, (if so, this would make it the smallest audience they ever played to). This show was on a Monday and the night of Richard Nixon’s inauguration. Zeppelin were paid $250 to appear. 

1969, Bruce Springsteen had two of his poems published in the Ocean County College Literary Yearbook Seascapes. Springsteen was in his second semester at the Toms River, New Jersey College. 

1972, On the first date of a UK tour at The Dome, Brighton, England, Pink Floyd attempted to premiere their new album The Dark Side of The Moon but due to technical problems this was abandoned after a performance of the track ‘Money’. 

1982, During an Ozzy Osbourne concert in Des Moines, Iowa, a member of the audience threw a bat onto the stage. Stunned by the light, the bat lay motionless, and thinking it was a rubber fake, the singer picked it up and attempted to bite its head off. As he did this, the bat started to flap its wings and Ozzy soon realized it wasn’t fake but in fact a living thing. After the show Ozzy was immediately rushed to the nearest hospital for rabies shots. 

1983, Def Leppard released their third studio album ‘Pyromania’ which featured new guitarist Phil Collen and was produced by Robert John “Mutt” Lange. The album has now sold over 10 million copies in the US. 

1988, The Beatles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Yoko, Sean, and Julian Lennon all attend. Paul McCartney did not attend, sending instead a letter stating that continuing business differences with the other ex-Beatles was the reason for his absence. 

1997, Ben and Jerry’s introduced ‘Phish food’, a new flavor of ice cream named after the rock group Phish. The ingredients were chocolate ice cream, marshmallows, caramel and fish-shaped fudge. 

1999, Bill Albaugh drummer from the Sixties psychedelic group The Lemon Pipers died aged 53. The Lemon Pipers scored the 1967 US No.1 single ‘Green Tambourine’. The song has been credited as being the first bubblegum pop chart-topper and it was also the first US No.1 hit for the Buddah label. 

2000, English bassist Ray Jones from The Dakotas died. They had the 1964 UK No.1 & US No.7 single ‘Little Children’ as Billy J Kramer and The Dakotas. In addition to backing Kramer, the group itself is best known for their instrumental single ‘The Cruel Sea’, that reached No.18 in the UK charts in July 1963. The track was re-titled ‘The Cruel Surf’ in the US, and was subsequently covered by The Ventures. 

2000, Tourism chiefs in Liverpool were banned from putting up motorway signs saying ‘Liverpool, the Birthplace Of The Beatles because the Highways Agency thought the signs would distract motorists. 

2001, A memorial service was held for Kirsty MacColl who was killed in a boating accident off the coast of Mexico in December 2000. Bono from U2 and Billy Bragg were among friends and fans that packed St Martin-in-the-fields church in London. 

2002, George Harrison had the posthumous UK No.1 single with the re-release of the 1971 former No.1 ‘My Sweet Lord’. Harrison’s single replaced Aaliyah’s ‘More Than A Woman’, the only time in chart history that one deceased artist had taken over from another at No.1. ‘My Sweet Lord’. 

2003, 8 Mile, starring Eminem toppled The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers from its four-week hold at the top of the UK box office. The story of a Detroit rapper took £4,440,334 at 423 cinemas in the UK and Ireland. 

2006, American music executive Johnny Bienstock died of complications from heart disease aged 83. Owned Moss Rose Music, worked with Ernest Tubb, Hank Snow, Elvis Presley, The Bee Gees, Eric Clapton, Del Shannon and Meat Loaf. 

2012, Etta James, most often remembered for her signature song, ‘At Last’, which reached No. 2 on the Billboard R&B chart, died from complications of leukemia at the age of 73. She also placed nine other songs in the American Top 40, won three Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. 

2017, Sir Paul McCartney was suing Sony over control of The Beatles’ back catalogue. McCartney had gone to a US court, seeking to regain the publishing rights to 267 of the band’s classic songs. He had been trying to get them back since the 1980s, when Michael Jackson famously out-bid him for the rights. Jackson’s debt-ridden estate sold the songs to Sony in 2016. 

Born On This Day January 20

1889, Born on this day, Leadbelly, (Huddi William Ledbetter), Blues musician, who wrote ‘Goodnight Irene’, ‘The Rock Island Line’, and ‘The Midnight Special’. He was once jailed for shooting a man dead during an argument over a woman. Leadbelly died on 6th December 1949. 

1924, Born on this day, Slim Whitman, American country singer, (1955 UK No.1 single ‘Rose Marie’, 1977 UK No.1 album ‘Red River Valley’). He died of heart failure on June 19, 2013 surrounded by family at Orange Park Medical Center in Orange Park, Florida aged 90. 

1933, Born on this day, Ron Townson, The 5th Dimension, (1969 US No.1 & UK No.11 single ‘Aquarius’). Died on 3rd August 2001. 

1942, Born on this day, Billy Powell, vocals, The O’Jays, (1973 US No.1 & UK No.9 single ‘Love Train’). Powell died on 26th May 1982. 

1943, Born on this day, Rick Evans, singer, Zager and Evans, (1969 US & UK No.1 single ‘In The Year 2525’). 

1945, Born on this day, English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Eric Stewart who with the Mindbenders had the 1966 UK No.2 single ‘Groovy Kind Of Love’. With Hotlegs the 1970 UK No.2 single ‘Neanderthal Man’ and as a member of 10cc the 1975 UK No.1 & US No. 2 single ‘I’m Not In Love’ plus 10 other Top 30 hits). Stewart co-owned Strawberry Studios in Stockport, England from 1968 to the early 1980s. He also collaborated with Paul McCartney extensively in the mid-1980s, playing on or co-writing songs for McCartney’s solo albums Tug of War (1982), Pipes of Peace (1983), Give My Regards to Broad Street (1984), and Press to Play (1986). 

1946, Born on this day, Jimmy Chambers, singer, Londonbeat, (1990 UK No.2 & 1991 US No.1 single ‘I’ve Been Thinking About You’).

1947, Born on this day, George Grantham, drums, Poco, (1979 US No.17 single ‘Crazy Love’). 

1948, Born on this day, Mel Pritchard, drummer with the British progressive rock band, Barclay James Harvest. He died on 28 January 2004 aged 56. 

1952, Born on this day, Paul Stanley, guitarist and singer with American hard rock band KISS who had 1976 US No.11 album Rock and Roll Over which spent 26 weeks on the chart and the 1987 UK No.4 single ‘Crazy Crazy Nights’. Kiss have been awarded 24 gold albums to date, the most of any American rock band – selling more than 40 million albums. Stanley established The Starchild character for his KISS persona. 

1952, Born on this day, Ian Hill, English musician, best known as the bassist of the heavy metal band Judas Priest who have released over 15 studio albums. 

1959, Born on this day, American guitarist and singer-songwriter, Rusty Anderson, best known as the accompanying lead guitarist for Paul McCartney’s tours since 2001. Anderson has also worked with Gwen Stefani, Steven Tyler, Richie Sambora, Regina Spektor, Dido, Cat Stevens, Miley Cyrus, Eros Ramazzotti, Nelly Furtado and Meat Loaf.

1965, Born on this day, Heather Small, singer, M People, (1993 UK No.2 single ‘Moving On Up’ plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles). 

1969, Born on this day, Nicholas Allen Jones, Manic Street Preachers, (1996 UK No.2 single ‘A Design For Life’ 1998 UK No.1 album ‘This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours’).

1969, Born on this day, Tina O’Neill, drummer, from English alternative rock group We’ve Got A Fuzzbox And We’re Gonna Use It who had the 1989 UK No.11 single ‘International Rescue’. 

1971, Born on this day, Gary Barlow, vocals, piano, songwriter, Take That (1995 UK No.1 single ‘Back For Good’ plus eight other UK No.1 singles, 1993 UK No.1 album ‘Everything Changes spent 78 weeks on the UK chart). Solo, (1996 UK No.1 single ‘Forever Love’). Written songs for Donny Osmond Charlotte Church, Bryan McFadden and Atomic Kitten. Re-formed Take That without Robbie Williams in 2006 for a sold-out European tour. Topped the UK singles and album charts simultaneously for the first time in their career when the single ‘Patience’ and album ‘Beautiful World’ both reached No.1 in Dec 2006. 

1977, Born on this day, Sid Wilson, American DJ, keyboardist and pianist, best known as the turntablist of the Grammy Award-winning band Slipknot. Outside Slipknot, Wilson has made a following in Japan as a jungle musician, under the pseudonym DJ Starscream. 

1979, Born on this day, Rob Bourdon, drums, Linkin Park, (2002 US No.2 & UK No.4 single ‘In The End’, 2002 US No.2 & 2001 UK No.4 album ‘Hybrid Theory’). 

1979, Born on this day, Will Young, singer, UK TV’s Pop Idol winner, (2002 UK No.1 single ‘Anything Is Possible / Evergreen’).

1981, Born on this day, Nathan Connolly, from Northern Irish rock band Snow Patrol, who scored the 2006 UK No.1 album Eyes Open and the 2006 UK No.6 single ‘Chasing Cars.

Today in Music History January 20

1853 – Verdi’s opera “Il Trovatore” premiered in Rome. 

1934 – Laurens Hammond filed for a patent for the pipeless organ with the tonewheel generator. The patent was granted on April 24. 

1957 – Johnny Cash made his first network TV appearance, on CBS’ “Jackie Gleason Show.” 

1957 – Pat Boone sang at Dwight Eisenhower’s presidential inauguration ball. 

1967 – Lesley Gore appeared on ABC-TV’s “Batman” as Catwoman’s sidekick, Pussycat. 

1971 – At the Charles Manson murder trial, the Beatles‘ “Helter Skelter” was played. At the scene of one of his gruesome murders, the words “helter skelter” were written on a mirror. 

1976 – The Beatles turned down an offer of $30 million to play together again on the same stage. The offer was made by rock promoter Bill Sargent. 

1977 – Charlie Daniels and the Marshall Tucker Band played for Jimmy Carter’s inauguration. 

1977 – Aretha Franklin sang “God Bless America” at a special inaugural concert for President-elect Jimmy Carter. 

1981 – Styx released the album “Paradise Theater.” 

1993 – Fleetwood Mac reunited to perform at Bill Clinton’s inauguration. 

1993 – Tom Waits was allowed to keep the $2.5 million that a judge awarded him after he sued Frito-Lay for using a sound alike in a 1988 commercial. The U.S. Supreme Court supported the amount of the damages. 

1998 – Pat Boone was awarded the first annual Michael the Archangel Award by the National Assn. of Chiefs of Police. 

1999 – The U.S. Supreme Court without comment refused to hear a 1998 lawsuit brought by ticket buyers against Ticketmaster. The suit charged that the firm engaged in anticompetitive behaviour and price-fixing with promoters. 

1999 – Bizzy Bone (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony) went on trial in Columbus, Ohio, on charges that he dragged a student barber down a flight of stairs. 

1999 – Jean-Michel Jarre delivered a petition to the European Parliament signed by hundreds of leading European recording artists asking for better legal protection against music piracy on the internet. 

2002 – Rapper C-Murder (Corey Miller, 30) was arrested in the shooting death of 16-year old Steve Thomas at a nightclub on January 12. 

2012 – The documentary Searching for Sugar Man premieres at the Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Malik Bendjelloul, the film traces the seemingly unbelievable-but-true musical career of Sixto Rodríguez.

1998 – Carl Perkins dies at age 65 after suffering three strokes over the last two months.

1994 – The Ninth Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are held in New York City. Inductees include The Animals, The Band, Duane Eddy, The Grateful Dead, Elton John, John Lennon, Bob Marley, and Rod Stewart. Axl Rose performs “Come Together” at the ceremony with Bruce Springsteen – it is Axl’s last public appearance until 1998.

1961- The night before John F. Kennedy’s inauguration, Frank Sinatrathrows a star-studded gala to eradicate the Democratic Party’s $2 million campaign debt. With the help of Peter Lawford, fellow Rat Packer and husband of JFK’s sister Patricia, Sinatra enlists elite entertainers for the evening, including Nat King Cole, Harry Belafonte, Gene Kelly, Ethel Merman, and actors Laurence Olivier, Janet Leigh, Tony Curtis, and Bette Davis.More

1957 – Johnny Cash appears for the first time on national TV when he appears on The Jackie Gleason Show.

1943 – Janis Joplin is born in Port Arthur, Texas.

This Day in Music January 19

What do you get when you pair up ex-Darkest Hourguitarist Kris Norris, ex-Sybreed vocalist Benjamin Nominet and ex-Static-X drummer Nick Oshiro? You get the crushing industrial sounds of Shadow Domain. Shadow Domain recently announced their debut album Digital Divide, due out December 21, and unveiled their bludgeoning new single “Magnitizdat.”

If you’re a fan of Fear Factory grooves and the much-missed suffocating industrial riffs of Sybreed, then you’re going to absolutely love this. That, or you’re just a fan of kickass metal.

Former SYBREED, DARKEST HOUR & STATIC-X Members Team Up For SHADOW DOMAIN

Written By Scott Monroe

Vola share video for their new track Alien Shivers – the latest material from upcoming album Applause Of A Distant Crowd

Vola have released an animated video for their new single Alien Shivers.

It’s the latest material lifted from the band’s upcoming album Applause Of A Distant Crowd, which will launch on October 12 via Mascot Records/Mascot label Group.

Vola previously shared the tracks Smartfriend and Ghosts from the follow-up to their 2016 debut album Inmazes.

The Alien Shivers video was meticulously created by the band’s bassist Nicolai Mogensen along with Anne Nørkjær Bang. 

Mogensen says: “We’ve been looking much forward to sharing this video for the track Alien Shivers with you. It’s made by just the two of us and almost entirely by hand, so it is indeed a very personal project. 

“We are both happy amateurs in the field of animation, but we’ve put a lot of hours, effort and love into this video, which we hope will shine through!”

Mogensen adds: “The storyline of the video is loosely inspired by a short story by the Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges called The Circular Ruins from 1940, in which a mysterious, anonymous man set himself on a task to dream a human being and make it come to life. 

“We think it somehow relates quite well to the lyrics Asger Mygind created for the song, even though we did not intend to make a video that ‘explains’ the lyrics in any way. 

“Another great inspiration is Yuri Norstein’s beautiful 1979 film Tale Of Tales, which sparked our fascination for stop-motion animation in the first place.”

Vola have also released a trailer for the new record, which can be found below along with the video for Alien Shivers.

https://youtu.be/oV71YZluVQc

Vola – Applause Of A Distant Crowd
1. We Are Thin Air
2. Ghosts
3. Smartfriend
4. Ruby Pool
5. Alien Shivers
6. Vertigo
7. Still
8. Applause Of A Distant Crowd
9. Whaler
10. Green Screen Mother

Vola release animated video for atmospheric new track Alien Shivers

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROB ZOMBIE (54) \m/

Rob Zombie (born Robert Bartleh Cummings; January 12, 1965) is an American musician and filmmaker. He is a founding member of the heavy metal band White Zombie, releasing four studio albums with the band.

He is the older brother of Spider One, lead vocalist for American rock band Powerman 5000.

Zombie’s first solo effort was a song titled “Hands of Death (Burn Baby Burn)” (1996) with Alice Cooper, which went on to receive a nomination for Best Metal Performance at the 39th Annual Grammy Awards.

In 1997, he began working on his debut solo studio album, Hellbilly Deluxe, which was released in August 1998. A month later, Zombie officially disbanded White Zombie. Hellbilly Deluxe went on to sell over three million copies worldwide and spawned three singles. He released a remix album, American Made Music to Strip By, the following year that contained songs from Hellbilly Deluxe. Zombie directed the horror film House of 1000 Corpses in 2000, though the controversial project was not released until 2003.

His second studio album, The Sinister Urge (2001), became his second platinum album in the United States. In 2003, Zombie released the compilation album Past, Present, & Future.

Zombie directed The Devil’s Rejects (2005), a direct sequel to his prior film House of 1000 Corpses. The project received a more positive reception than its predecessor.

His third studio album, Educated Horses (2006), was a departure from his earlier recordings. The album became his third to enter the top ten of the Billboard 200, though saw a decrease in sales when compared to his previous releases.

Deciding to focus on his directing career, Zombie directed the horror film Halloween (2007), a remake of the 1978 horror classic of the same name. The film became Zombie’s highest-grossing film to date, though was met with a lukewarm critical reception. He later directed Halloween II (2009), which failed to match the success of its predecessor.

He released the animated film The Haunted World of El Superbeasto that same year. Zombie returned to music with the release of his fourth studio album, Hellbilly Deluxe 2 (2010). The album peaked at number eight in the United States and sold over 200,000 copies in the country.

In 2012, Zombie released a second remix album and directed the horror film The Lords of Salem, which was released the following year. He released his fifth studio album Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor the following year (2013).

He directed the horror film 31 and has purchased the rights to a film about the NHL team Philadelphia Flyers, titled The Broad Street Bullies; no release date for the film has been announced. Since the beginning of his music career, Zombie’s music and lyrics have featured notable horror and sci-fi themes.

His live shows have been praised for their elaborate shock rock theatricality. Since beginning his solo career, Zombie has sold an estimated fifteen million albums worldwide.

Written By Vinyl Lair

Happy Birthday Rob Zombie!