JANUARY 6 –12 – Week In Rock


Queen, Iron Maiden and Whitesnake play on Day 1 of the first Rock In Rio festival.: January 11, 1985


Syd Barrett: January 6, 1946. (guitar & vocals, Pink Floyd) 

Malcom Young: January 6, 1953 (rhythm guitarist, ACDC) 

Tampa Red: January 8, 1904. (Blues Musician: guitar, singer, kazoo) 

Elvis Presley: January 8, 1935. (The King of Rock and Roll) 

Robby Krieger: January 8, 1946. (guitar, The Doors) 

David Bowie: January 8, 1947. (Rock Singer-Songwriter: keyboards and guitar) 

Jimmy Page: January 9, 1944. (guitar, Led Zeppelin) 

Happy Birthday Dave Matthews! 

Dave Matthews: January 9, 1967 (Leader of Dave Matthews Band)

Jim Croce: January 10, 1943 (Folk Rock singer/songwriter)

Rod Stewart: January 10, 1945

Donald Fagen: January 10, 1948 (singer/keyboardist, Steely Dan)

Pat Benatar: January 10, 1953 (Rock singer)

Katie Webster: January 11, 1936. (Blues and Soul musician: keyboards) 

Mississippi Fred McDowell: January 12, 1904. (Blues Musicians: guitar & vocals) 

Long John Baldry: January 12, 1941. (Blues vocalist) 


Dizzy Gillespie: January 6, 1993. (Jazz musician, trumpet) 

Peter Joe Clayton AKA Doctor Clayton: January 7, 1947. (Blues musician, vocals) 

Cyril Davies: January 7, 1964. (vocals & harmonica, Blues Incorporated & Cyril Davies All-Stars) 

Larry Williams: January 7, 1980. (Rhythm & Blues musician, vocals & piano) 

Howlin’ Wolf: January 10, 1910. (Blues Vocalist & Guitarist) 

David Bowie: January 10, 2016 

Spencer Dryden: January 11, 2005. (drums, Jefferson Airplane) 


The Beatles’ “We Can Work It Out” hit the top of the charts on January 8, 1966.

“Rubber Soul” releasesby the Beatles hits number 1, the seventh top album for them: January 8, 1966

Otis Redding releases “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” on January 8, 1968, .

David Bowie’s “Black Star” releases two days before his death on January 8, 2016

Steve Miller – Joker

“The Joker” by Steve Miller reaches number 1: January 12, 1974

Muddy Waters 12th studio album Hard Again releases on January 10, 1977.

Muddy Waters’ releases “I’m Ready” on January 10, 1978.

Nirvana’s “Nevermind” release is #1 on January 11, 1992.

“Strange Days” by the Doors is certified gold: January 12, 1968

Led Zeppelin releases Led Zeppelin 1 on January 12, 1969

The Steve Miller Band’s “The Joker” hit #1 on January 12, 1974.


Led Zeppelin’s “In Through The Out Door” releases on January 7, 1980 and its it’s certified Platinum. It’s the last Led Zeppelin release before the passing of drummer John Bonham. 

Ozzy Osbourne leaves Black Sabbath by the end of 1977 because of irreconcilable differences. So, this prompts the band to get Dave Walker (Fleetwood Mac) to replace him on vocals. Soon after Ozzy rejoins the band. As a result, Dave Walker does his one and only performance with Black Sabbath on January 8, 1978.

Charlie Watts met the Rolling Stones gang in 1962 and joined the lineup on January 9, 1963 to be its drummer, role he has kept up to this day.

The Rolling Stones’ performance in Japan on January 9, 1973 is cancelled because of legal issues caused by Mick Jagger’s drug abuse from previous years. He almost gets banned from Australia as well.

Aretha Franklin’s “Chain of Fools” is certified Gold on January 10, 1968, and “See Saw” is certified Gold on January 13, 1969.

Jimi Hendrix records his famous tune “Purple Haze” 

Queen, Iron Maiden and Whitesnake play on Day 1 of the first Rock In Rio festival.: January 11, 1985

Berry Gordy Jr. founded the American record company Tamla Records on January 12, 1959 in Detroit, Michigan with the help of an $800 loan from his family. It becomes Motown Records.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame celebrated its induction ceremonies for the years of 1993, 1995, and 1998 on January 12. The inductees were Cream, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Etta James, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, Ruth Brown, The Doors, Van Morrison, Sly and the Family Stone, Dick Clark, Milt Gabler, and Dinah Washington in 1993; Neil Young, The Allman Brothers Band, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Al Green, Frank Zappa, Martha and the Vandellas, The Orioles, and Paul Ackerman in 1995; and The Eagles, Santana, Fleetwood Mac, Gene Vincent, The Mamas and the Papas, Lloyd Price, Allen Toussaint, and Jelly Roll Morton in 1998.

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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