JANUARY 20 – 26 THIS WEEK IN ROCK 

JANUARY 20 – 26 THE ANSWER TO THIS WEEK’S TRIVIA QUESTION:

 On January 25, 1991, Paul McCartney goes on the second season of MTV’s Unplugged

JANUARY 20 – 26

BORN THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY

Lead Belly: January 20, 1888 (Folk and blues musician, vocals & guitar)

Paul Stanley: January 20, 1952 (rhythm guitar, co-lead vocals, KISS)

Edwin Starr January 21, 1942 (Soul singer)

Richie Havens: January 21, 1941 (Rock singer)

Mac Davis January 21, 1942 (Singer – Songwriter)

Blind Willie Johnson: January 22, 1897 (Blues Vocalist & Guitarist)

Steve Perry: January 22, 1949 (singer, Journey)

Orianthi: January 22, 1985 (rock guitarist)

Sam Cooke: January 22, 1931 (Soul Singer-Songwriter)

Steven Adler: January 22, 1965 (drums, Guns N’ Roses)

Robin Zander: January 23, 1953 (singer, Cheap Trick)

Cyril Davies: January 23, 1932 (Blues Vocalist & Harmonica Player)

Django Reinhardt: January 23, 1910 (Gypsy jazz guitarist)

Ray Stevens: January 24, 1939 (Singer, songwriter)

Beth Hart: January 24, 1972 (Soul blues singer)

Neil Diamond: January 24, 1941 (Singer, songwriter)

Sleepy John Estes: January 25, 1899 (Blues Vocalist & Guitarist)

Etta James: January 25, 1938 (Blues Vocalist)

Eddie Van Halen: January 26, 1955 (guitarist, Van Halen)

DIED THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY

Alan Freed: January 20, 1965 (DJ & rock promoter)

Etta James: January 20, 2012 (Blues vocalist)

Jackie Wilson: January 21, 1984 (Soul Singer)

Lamar Williams: January 21, 1983 (bass, The Allman Brothers Band)

Charles Brown: January 21, 1999 (Blues vocalist and pianist)

Peter Overend Watts: January 22, 2017 (bassist, Mott The Hoople)

Bobby Freeman: January 23, 2017 (Soul Singer)

Terry Kath: January 23, 1978 (Chicago, vocals & guitar)

Allen Collins: January 23, 1990 (guitarist/songwriter, Lynyrd Skynyrd)

Jimmy Bain: January 23, 2016 (Bass Guitarist, Dio /Rainbow)

Butch Trucks: January 24, 2017 (drummer, Allman Brothers)

MUSIC RELEASES AND TOP OF THE CHARTS

Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” hits #1 on January 22, 1966

Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish” reaches number 1 in America: January 22, 1977

Sting releases his third studio album: January 22, 1991

Don MacLean’s album American Pie hits #1 on January 22, 1972

Bob Dylan’s “Desire” hits #1: January 24, 1976

Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Proud Mary” enters the pop charts on January 25, 1969

Simon and Garfunkel release “Bridge Over Troubled Water”: January 26, 1970

THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY PART 1:

Radio station KWK in St. Louis, MO, finishes its “Record Breaking Week” of weeding out rock and roll records from its playlist. Records are spun once, then broken on air on January 20, 1958.

George Harrison and Pattie Boyd get married in Surrey, England on January 21, 1966. Paul McCartney is the best man.

The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on January 21, 1987. On that same year – the second since it’s inauguration – there were a total of 23 inductees, including B.B. King, T-Bone Walker, Bo Diddley, Big Joe Turner, Eddie Cochran, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Muddy Waters, and Leonard Chess.

The first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are announced. Some include: Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, and Fats Domino: January 22, 1986
On January 22, 1959, in his New York City apartment, Buddy Holly sits alone with an acoustic guitar and records what would be his last songs — “Peggy Sue Got Married,” “Crying, Waiting, Hoping,” “That’s What They Say,” “What to Do,” “Learning the Game” and “That Makes it Tough.” After his tragic death, these recordings would be overdubbed to become the Holly songs we know today.

Janis Drops Out of College

A 20-year-old college dropout from Port Arthur, TX named Janis Joplin begins hitchhiking to San Francisco on January 23, 1963 in order to become a singer, along with her friend Chet Helms.

On January 23, 1986, the first Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is celebrated in New York City honoring 16 inductees. In the list of inductees were Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, James Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, John Hammond, Alan Freed, Sam Phillips, Jimmie Rodgers, Jimmy Yancey, and Robert Johnson.

Elvis’ single “jailhouse rock” becomes the first to enter the UK charts at number one: January 24, 1957

On a whim, Bob Dylan drops out of college and arrives in New York City to pursue his music career: January 24, 1961

The British Rock band known for their erratic flute-playing front man, Jethro Tull plays their first US show opening for Blood, Sweat, and Tears: January 24, 1969

The Beatles sign their first and only management contract on January 24, 1962, with Brian Epstein at the manager’s offices at 12 Whitechapel St. in Liverpool. Epstein is to receive a full one-quarter of the band’s earnings, yet to prove his worth, he does not sign the contract until the following October.

On January 25, 1991, Paul McCartney goes on the second season of MTV’s Unplugged

The Apollo Theater in New York officially becomes a music venue after mainly hosting burlesque shows: January 26, 1934

ZZ Top, James Brown and The Blues Brothers perform at the Super Bowl XXXI halftime show in New Orleans: January 26, 1997

That’s all for This Week in Rock History! Be sure to check back next week for the latest Rock history tidbits!

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