BORN THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY

Blues/Jazz/Soul

Edwin Starr January 21, 1942 (Soul singer)

Mac Davis January 21, 1942 (Singer – Songwriter)

Sam Cooke: January 22, 1931 (Soul singer)

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

Cyril Davies: January 23, 1932 (blues harmonica player)

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

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

Etta James: January 25, 1938 (Multi-genre singer)

Elmore James: January 27, 1918 (King of blues slide guitar)

Bobby Bland: January 27, 1930 (Blues singer)

Rock

Richie Havens: January 21, 1941 (Rock singer)

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

Orianthi: January 22, 1985 (rock guitarist)

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

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

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

Nick Mason: January 27, 1944 (Drummer, Pink Floyd)

DIED THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY

Blues/Jazz/Soul

Jackie Wilson: January 21, 1984 (Soul Singer)

Bobby Freeman: January 23, 2017 (Soul Singer)

Rock

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

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

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

“American Pie” from Don Mclean hits #1; January 22, 1972

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

Sting releases his third studio album: January 22, 1991

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

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

Elvis releases “Heartbreak Hotel”: January 27, 1956

Stevie Wonder’s hit song “Superstition” is number 1: January 27, 1973

THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY 

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

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

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

Glam star David Bowie comes to the US for the first time to go on a few interviews. He turns many heads by wearing a dress to a few of these meetings: January 27, 1971

On January 27, 1984 pop sensation Michael Jackson was filming a Pepsi commercial when some stray pyrotechnics set his hair on fire

 

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