Beth Hart blues singer
This Week in Rock History, we wish a very happy birthday to the wonderful blues chanteuse Beth Hart. Will you be catching her on this year’s Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea III cruise, also featuring Joe Bonamassa, Bruce Hornsby, and basically everyone else? Hope you’ll be making it! Meantime, here’s some awesome Joe and Beth for you to watch now:

And here’s what else happened This Week in Rock History:

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)

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

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

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

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

John Belushi AKA “Joliet” Jake E. Blues: January 24, 1949 (lead vocals, The Blues Brothers)

Beth Hart: January 24, 1972 (Blues & Soul 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)

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

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

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


Music releases and top of the charts

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

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

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

This Week In Rock History Part 1:

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


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.

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.

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 was 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.

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.

J&R Adventures 

Enjoy the blues and rock and roll? We have  a lot more where that came from. Meanwhile, you should definitely click here to check out the tour dates for Joe Bonamassa’s Spring Tour of the United States. We promise you it’s the best blues rock show in your city this year. 

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