Born This Week

James Jamerson: January 29, 1936 (THE Soul and Motown session bassist)

Tommy Ramone: January 29, 1949 (drummer, the Ramones)

Johnny Lang: January 29, 1981 (blues guitarist)

Marty Balin: January 30, 1942 (singer, Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship)

Steve Marriott: January 30, 1947 (singer and guitarist, Small Faces and Humble Pie)

Phil Collins: January 30, 1951 (drummer, Genesis)

Samantha Fish: January 30, 1989 (blues guitarist)

Charlie Musselwhite: January 31, 1944 (blues harmonica player, Paul Butterfield)

Johnny Rotten: January 31, 1956 (singer Sex Pistols)

Sonny Landreth: February 1, 1951 (blues slide guitarist)

Mike Campbell: February 1, 1954 (guitar, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)

Graham Nash, February 2, 1942 (guitar/ Crosby, Stills, and Nash)

Dave Davies: February 3, 1947 (guitar, The Kinks)

Alice Cooper: February 4, 1948


Died This Week

Eddie Shaw: January 29, 2018 (blues saxophonist)

Professor Longhair: January 30, 1980 (New Orleans Blues pianist)

Lightnin’ Hopkins: January 30, 1982 (country blues guitarist)

Grant Green: January 31, 1979 (jazz guitarist)

Sid Vicious: February 2, 1979 (bass, Sex Pistols)

Buddy Holly: February 3, 1959 (influential rock musician)


Top Charts & New Releases

The song “Car Wash” reaches #1: January 29, 1977

Progressive Rock masters The Mars Volta release Bedlam in Goliath: January 29, 2008

20 days after his death, David Bowie’s album Black Star reaches #1: January 30, 2016

“I want you Back” by the Jackson 5 is number 1: January 31, 1970

“Whole Lotta Love” reaches #4 in the US: January 31, 1970

Harvest by Neil Young is released: February 1, 1972

Punk band Green Day release their hit album Dookie: February 1, 1994

Lynyrd Skynyrd release Gimmie Back My Bullets: February 2, 1976

Briefcase Full of Blues from the comedian duo Blues Brothers hits #1: February 3, 1979

Fleetwood Mac releases their iconic album Rumors: February 4, 1977

This Week In Rock History

At the age of 17, Neil Young plays his first show in Canada: January 31, 1963

At the Clash’s first US tour, Bo Diddley plays the opening set: January 31, 1979

With the Beatles’ song “ I Want To Hold your Hand” hitting #1, Beatlemania sweeps the US: February 1, 1964

The band The Cars breakup officially: February 1, 1988

The White Stipes call it quits.. for the moment at least: February 2, 2011

David Bowie starts his new tour with a fresh new persona, Thin White Duke: February 3, 1976

The Firm, with Jimmy Page on guitar and Paul Rodgers on vocals release their second and last album: February 3, 1986

The jam band that started it all Grateful Dead, came together again for a Barack Obama benefit show: February 4, 2008


Patrick Ortiz

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