January 29 – February 4 – This Week in Rock History:  

THE ANSWER TO THIS WEEK’S TRIVIA QUESTION:

On the Clash’s first US tour, Bo Diddley plays the opening set: January 31, 1979 

JANUARY 29 – February 4 – Born This Week 

Elmore James: January 27, 1918 (Blues Musician) 

Bobby “Blue” Bland January 27, 1930 (Blues Musician) 

James Jamerson: January 29, 1936 (THE Soul and Motown session bassist) 

Tommy Ramone: January 29, 1949 (drummer, the Ramones) 

Johnny Lang: January 29, 1981 (blues guitarist) 

Marty Balin: January 30, 1942 (singer, Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship) 

Steve Marriott: January 30, 1947 (singer and guitarist, Small Faces and Humble Pie) 

Phil Collins: January 30, 1951 (drummer, Genesis) 

Samantha Fish: January 30, 1989 (blues guitarist) 

Roosevelt Sykes January 31, 1906 (Blues Pianist) 

Charlie Musselwhite: January 31, 1944 (blues harmonica player, Paul Butterfield) 

Johnny Rotten: January 31, 1956 (singer Sex Pistols) 

Sonny Landreth: February 1, 1951 (blues slide guitarist) 

Mike Campbell: February 1, 1954 (guitar, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) 

Graham Nash, February 2, 1942 (guitar/ Crosby, Stills, and Nash) 

Dave Davies: February 3, 1947 (guitar, The Kinks) 

Alice Cooper: February 4, 1948 (Shock Rock Guitarist)

Died This Week 

Eddie Shaw: January 29, 2018 (blues saxophonist) 

Professor Longhair: January 30, 1980 (New Orleans Blues pianist) 

Lightnin’ Hopkins: January 30, 1982 (country blues guitarist) 

Grant Green: January 31, 1979 (jazz guitarist) 

Sid Vicious: February 2, 1979 (bass, Sex Pistols) 

Buddy Holly: February 3, 1959 (influential rock musician) 

Top Charts & New Releases 

The song “Car Wash” reaches #1: January 29, 1977 

Progressive Rock masters The Mars Volta release Bedlam in Goliath: January 29, 2008 

20 days after his death, David Bowie’s album Black Star reaches #1: January 30, 2016 

“I want you Back” by the Jackson 5 is number 1: January 31, 1970 

“Whole Lotta Love” reaches #4 in the US: January 31, 1970 

Neil Young releases Harvest by Neil Young on February 1, 1972 

Punk band Green Day release their hit album Dookie: February 1, 1994 

Lynyrd Skynyrd release Gimmie Back My Bullets: February 2, 1976 

Briefcase Full of Blues from the comedian duo Blues Brothers hits #1: February 3, 1979 

Fleetwood Mac releases their iconic album Rumors: February 4, 1977 

This Week in Rock History 

At the age of 17, Neil Young plays his first show in Canada: January 31, 1963 

At the Clash’s first US tour, Bo Diddley plays the opening set: January 31, 1979 

With the Beatles’ song “I Want to Hold your Hand” hitting #1, Beatlemania sweeps the US: February 1, 1964 

The band The Cars breakup officially: February 1, 1988 

The White Stripes call it quits on February 2, 2011. 

David Bowie starts his new tour with a fresh new persona, Thin White Duke: February 3, 1976 

The Firm, along with Jimmy Page on guitar and Paul Rodgers on vocals release their second and last album. On February 3, 1986 

The jam band that started it all Grateful Dead, came together again for a Barack Obama benefit show: February 4, 2008 

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