Born This Week

Sam Cooke: January 22, 1931 (Soul singer)

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

Orianthi: January 22, 1985 (rock guitarist)

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

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

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

Beth Hart: January 24, 1972 (soul&blues singer)

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

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

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

Bobby Bland: January 27, 1930 (blues singer)

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


Died This Week

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)

Butch Trucks: January 24, 2017 (drummer, Allman Brothers)


New Releases + Chart Toppers

“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

Jonny Lang’s debut “Lie To Me” is released when he is just 16 years old: January 28, 1997


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 purse 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 TopJames 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


Patrick Ortiz