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January 18 : This Day in Music History
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Concerts and Festivals

2009 : A wide range of top musicians including Mary J. Blige, U2, Beyoncé, Bruce Springsteen, Garth Brooks, Sheryl Crow, will.i.am, James Taylor, John Legend, John Mellencamp, Pete Seeger, Shakira, Usher and Stevie Wonder, perform at a concert in Washington, DC, to celebrate the upcoming inauguration of Barack Obama as President of the United States of America.
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Awards and Honors (3)

1975 : Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago officially declares today Bobby Vinton Day as a tribute to the artist.
1978 : Neil Sedaka is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1989 : The Fourth Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are held in New York City. Inductees include Dion, Otis Redding, The Rolling Stones, The Temptations, and Stevie Wonder.

Band Dynamics (2)

1965 : Paul Simon drops out of law school to pursue music full-time.
1974 : Free's Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke, Mott The Hoople's Mick Ralphs, and King Crimson's Boz Burrell unite to form the band Bad Company.

Births (10)

1941 : Bobby Goldsboro
1941 : David Ruffin (The Temptations)
1943 : Dave Greenslade
1944 : "Legs" Larry Smith (The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band)
1953 : Brett Hudson (The Hudson Brothers)
1956 : Tom Bailey (Thompson Twins)
1970 : DJ Quik
1971 : Jonathan Davis (KoRn)
1977 : Michael Tierney is born in Sydney, Australia. He and his brother, Andrew, along with next-door neighbor schoolmates Phil Burton and Toby Allen formed the Australian boy band, Human Nature while they were students at Hurlstone Agricultural High School in Sydney.
1983 : Samantha Mumba

Charts (4)

1960 : Johnny Preston's "Running Bear" hits #1.
1964 : The Beatles' "I Want To Hold Your Hand" is knocked out of #1 on the UK album charts by The Dave Clark Five's "Glad All Over" on the same day that the Beatles single becomes their first to enter the US charts.
1969 : The Beatles' album Yellow Submarine enters the charts.
1975 : Barry Manilow's "Mandy" hits #1.

Concerts and Festivals (4)

1944 : New York City's Metropolitan Opera House holds its first Jazz concert, featuring Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden.
1977 : President Jimmy Carter's Inaugural Concert takes place the night before the swearing-in, featuring performances by Linda Ronstadt and Aretha Franklin, among others. John Lennon and Paul Simon are among those spotted in the crowd.
1990 : Eric Clapton kicks off an unprecedented eighteen-night concert stay at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
2009 : A wide range of top musicians including Mary J. Blige, U2, Beyoncé, Bruce Springsteen, Garth Brooks, Sheryl Crow, will.i.am, James Taylor, John Legend, John Mellencamp, Pete Seeger, Shakira, Usher and Stevie Wonder, perform at a concert in Washington, DC, to celebrate the upcoming inauguration of Barack Obama as President of the United States of America.

Deaths (2)

1995 : Sean McDonnell (Surgery)
2015 : Dallas Taylor, former Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young drummer, dies of complications from pneumonia and kidney disease in Los Angeles, California, at age 66.

Debuts (2)

1928 : Dmitri Shostakovich's opera, The Nose, premieres at the Maliy Opera Theatre in Leningrad.
2008 : Amid this week's casting sessions for American Idol, Clay Aiken makes his Broadway debut in New York City in Monty Python's Spamalot.

Good Deeds (1)

1973 : The Rolling Stones perform a benefit concert for the victims of an earthquake in Nicaragua, where Mick Jagger's wife Bianca is from. The show raises $400,000.

Incidents (1)

1995 : The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia escapes unhurt when his rented BMW crashes into a guardrail near Mill Valley, California.

Legal Issues (3)

1969 : Former Beatles drummer Pete Best wins a defamation suit against his former group. Best sued over remarks Ringo made in an interview implying that Best was kicked out of the band because of drug use.
1980 : Famous Southern-rock record label Capricorn files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
1980 : Studio 54 owners Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager are sentenced to 3 ½ years in jail on charges of tax evasion, which soon brings the legendary Disco to an end.

Marriages and Breakups (2)

1987 : Steve Winwood marries Eugenia Grafton.
1996 : Lisa Marie Presley files for divorce from Michael Jackson.

Miscellaneous (1)

1971 : The McCann-Erickson advertising agency takes a meeting with British songwriters Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway to record a Coca-Cola commercial with the group the New Seekers. That will eventually become "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing." While it initially attracts little attention on its radio release, it becomes a smash hit as a TV ad filmed with a globally diverse cast performing on a hillside outside Rome. The commercial, titled simply "Hillside" and costing a whopping $250,000 to film, is first aired in July 1971, and becomes a smash hit with many sequels, including a Christmas version filmed at night with a choir holding candles on a hillside in a tree formation. The commercials become some of the most successful and iconic ever filmed, and in a way herald in the dawn of the globalization era. They also make chart-topping stars of the New Seekers.

Music and Politics (2)

1968 : At a White House luncheon to discuss the rise in urban crime, Eartha Kitt gets into a notorious spat with First Lady Claudia Taylor "Lady Bird" Johnson, declaring, "Vietnam is the main reason we are having trouble with the youth of America. It is a war without explanation or reason." Although accounts of the entire argument differ, Kitt is subsequently blackballed in America.
2015 : John Legend and Common perform "Glory" (from the movie Selma) at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama to celebrate Martin Luther King Day and honor the march King led from the bridge to Mongtomery, Alabama in 1965.

Recordings (2)

1939 : Louis Armstrong records "Jeepers Creepers."
1973 : Pink Floyd, Dark Side Of The Moon

Releases (1)

1975 : Minnie Ripperton, "Lovin' You"

TV, Radio, Press (2)

1948 : The Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour debuts on the Dumont network, a spinoff of Major Bowes' popular radio series. Teresa Brewer and Pat Boone, among others, are discovered via the program.
1985 : USA Today readers select Cleveland, Ohio, as their choice for the permanent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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