15 January

Pick a Day

15 JANUARY

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2015 Kim Fowley dies of bladder cancer in Hollywood, California. The self-styled "Lord of Garbage" and founder of The Runaways was an infamous eccentric and was often sighted in his later days walking the Las Vegas strip with a cane, and his hair dyed green.

2011 Bluesman Fred Sanders Jr. dies of lung cancer at age 71.

2010 Charlie Daniels is rushed to the hospital after suffering a stroke. Daniels recovers and is released from the hospital two days later.

2005 Sheryl Crow, Christina Aguilera and Tim McGraw participate in a benefit for victims of the tsunami in Southern Asia.

2003 In Albuquerque, New Mexico, Lou Rawls is arrested on one count of battery against his girlfriend.

1998 James Brown is admitted to a South Carolina hospital for addiction to painkillers.

1994 Harry Nilsson, known by the mononym Nilsson, dies of heart failure at age 52, nearly one year after suffering a massive heart attack.

1993 Prolific lyricist Sammy Cahn, known for enduring tunes like "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!," dies of heart failure at age 79.

1992 Johnny Cash, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Booker T. & the MG's, The Isley Brothers, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Sam & Dave, and The Yardbirds are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

1992 On an episode of the pop culture news show Entertainment Tonight, pop star Brenda Lee criticizes the selections for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, noting the lack of female talent - such as The Shirelles, Dionne Warwick, and Connie Francis. She calls them "the women who pioneered rock and roll" and points out that they're just as important as the men. Lee's remarks and others like her do eventually break the "glass ceiling" of rock recognition and Lee herself goes on to be included in several halls of fame recognizing her music talents. It never hurts to ask, does it?

1982 Harry Casey (the KC in KC and the Sunshine Band) is partially paralyzed in a Miami car crash. His recovery takes the better part of a year.

1981 Pitbull is born Armando PĂ©rez in Miami.

1977 Leo Sayer's "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" hits #1.

1977 The Eagles' Hotel California album hits #1, taking over the top spot from Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life.

1976 Joe Walsh replaces Bernie Leadon on guitar for Eagles.

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Phil Collins Paints An Ugly Picture On TOTP

1981

Phil Collins plays "In The Air Tonight" on Top of the Pops with a paint can and brush nearby as props, seemingly a reference to the painter with whom his first wife cheated on him.

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