Born This Week in Rock History
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)
Katie Webster: January 11, 1936. (Blues and Soul musician: keyboards)
Mississippi Fred McDowell: January 12, 1904. (Blues Musicians: guitar & vocals)
Died This Week in Rock History
Cyril Davies: January 7, 1964. (vocals & harmonica, Blues Incorporated & Cyril Davies All-Stars)
Music releases and top of the charts…
Muddy Waters 12th studio album Hard Again is released on January 10, 1977.
Muddy Waters’ “I’m Ready” is released on January 10, 1978.
This Week In Rock History:
Led Zeppelin’s “In Through The Out Door” is certified Platinum on January 7, 1980. This would be the last Led Zeppelin album released before the passing of drummer John Bonham.
Ozzy Osbourne left Black Sabbath by the end of 1977 because of irreconcilable differences, prompting the band to get Dave Walker (Fleetwood Mac) to replace him on vocals. Dave Walker did his one and only performance with Black Sabbath on January 8, 1978, and soon after Ozzy rejoined the band.
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 gets 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.
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. A bit over a year later he changes the name to Motown Records.
– J&R Adventures