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

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