Zakk Wylde rock history
This Week in Rock History, we wish a very happy birthday to the great Zakk Wylde, he of some of the coolest looking guitars ever. Do you remember the time that Wylde played “Crossroads” with Joe Bonamassa? Here’s a refresher on that one:


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

Born This Week in Rock History

Zakk Wylde: January 14, 1967 (guitar, Ozzie Osborne)

Ronnie Van Zant: January 15, 1948 (lead vocals, Lynyrd Skynyrd)


Mick Taylor: January 17, 1949 (guitar, The Rolling Stones)


Phil Everly: January 19, 1939 (vocals & guitar, The Everly Brothers)


Janis Joplin: January 19, 1943 (vocals, Big Brother & the Holding Company)


Died This Week in Rock History

Donny Hathaway: January 13, 1979. (soul, blues, and jazz musician, vocals & keys)


Johnny Otis: January 17, 2012 (R&B musician and impresario)


Carl Perkins: January 19, 1998 (rockabilly singer-songwriter)


Wilson Pickett: January 19, 2006 (R&B singer-songwriter)


Denny Doherty: January 19, 2007 (vocals, The Mamas and the Papas)


Steve Knight: January 19, 2013 (keyboards, Mountain)


Music releases and top of the charts

Don McLean’s “American Pie” hits #1 on January 15, 1972


The Eagles’ Hotel California album hits #1 on January 15, 1977


The Beatles’ “I Want To Hold Your Hand” enters the pop charts on January 18, 1964


Michael Jackson’s “Rock With You” hits #1 on January 19, 1980


This Week In Rock History Part 1:


Future rock star David Jones changed his name to David Bowie in order to avoid confusion with the Monkees’ Davy Jones on January 14, 1966. We love David Bowie tremendously and still miss him so much. Argh, 2016!



On January 15, 1955, a young Elvis Presley performed at the Louisiana Hayride, Municipal Auditorium, Shreveport, LA, performing “Hearts Of Stone,” “That’s All Right, Mama” and “Tweedle Dee.” Elvis, of course, would become one of the most recognizable and important figures in rock and roll history.



The 1992 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony was held on January 15 of that year. The inductees included;

  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • The Yardbirds
  • Bobby “Blue” Bland
  • Booker T. and the M.G.’s
  • Johnny Cash
  • Sam and Dave
  • The Isley Brothers
  • Bill Graham
  • Doc Pomus
  • Leo Fender
  • Elmore James

and Professor Longhair.

According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, after he received a standing ovation (the night’s first), Johnny Cash’s voice broke as he said: “You made me see that I might actually belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.” Jimi Hendrix’s father, Al, wept as he stood onstage with his son’s drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Noel Redding. Honestly, that is an all around EXCELLENT class of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. As big blues fans, we’re particularly fond of the inclusion of both Bobby Bland and Elmore James.

This Week In Rock History Part 2:


Marvin Gaye performed the national anthem at Superbowl V in Miami, FL on January 17, 1971. Ah yes, back when Superbowl singers had real soul. 


New York City’s Metropolitan Opera House holds its first jazz concert on January 18, 1944, featuring Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden. This is significant as it shows how far jazz had traveled in becoming the extremely respected genre that it is today by crashing into the world of “serious” music like opera.


Pink Floyd begin recording their legendary Dark Side of the Moon album on January 18, 1973. Dark Side would become one of the most critically and commercially successful albums ever. Its music is timelessly beautiful, emotional, and haunting. More than almost any other album, it works perfectly as one cohesive, thematic work of art. Even The Beatles, though they tried, had never been able to perfect the idea of “the concept album” in the way that Pink Floyd did with albums like Dark Side, Animals, The Wall, and Wish You Were Here. If we were to pick a top 10 rock records ever list, Dark Side would surely be on it.


Fleetwood Mac reunites to perform for President William Jefferson Clinton’s inauguration ceremonies on January 19, 1993. Clinton had used the band’s 1977 hit “Don’t Stop” as his campaign theme song. Hey, if it takes The President of the United States to revive Fleetwood Mac, we’re good with that.


And that’s a wrap, folks. Have a great music-filled week!


Brian M. Reiser,

– J&R Adventures 

Joe Bonamassa Tour Dates:

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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