16 January

Pick a Day


In Music History

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1975 Sly and the Family Stone fail to attract much notice with their eight-show, six-night "comeback" bid at Radio City Music Hall.

1975 Paul McCartney and Wings arrive in New Orleans to begin sessions on their Venus and Mars album at Allen Toussaint's Sea Saint studios. They stay through Mardi Gras.

1975 Jazz musician Paul Beaver (of Beaver and Krause) dies at age 49.

1973 Bruce Springsteen performs at Villanova University, Philadelphia, to an audience of 25 people. His concert had not been advertised due to a strike by Villanova's school newspaper The Villanovan.

1973 Gospel singer Clara Ward (leader of The Famous Ward Singers) dies at age 48 after suffering two strokes.

1972 David Seville (real name: Ross Bagdasarian), who created The Chipmunks, dies of a heart attack at age 52.

1971 At a press conference in Memphis, Tennessee, Elvis Presley pleases the conservative crowd when he says, "I don't go along with music advocating drugs and desecration of the flag. I think an entertainer is for entertaining and to make people happy."

1970 John Lennon's "Bag One" exhibit at the Arts Gallery in London is closed down by Scotland Yard. The original Lennon lithographs in the exhibit are ruled obscene. Eight prints are confiscated.

1969 Aretha Franklin's attorney calls police in Ocala, Florida to let them know the woman who has been performing there as Franklin - quite convincingly - is a fake. The imposter, Vickie Jones, is arrested but set free when it becomes clear she was coerced into the scheme by an unscrupulous promoter. She becomes a popular live draw when news of her arrest, and how she can believably sing like Aretha, gets out.

1968 Blue Cheer release their debut album, Vincebus Eruptum. Considered a high-water mark of psychedelic music, it's also a formative influence on the heavy metal genre.

1965 The Guess Who release their debut album, Shakin' All Over.

1962 Maxine Jones (of En Vogue) is born in Paterson, New Jersey.

1962 Paul Webb (bassist for Talk Talk) is born in Essex, England.

1960 In Britain, Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent appear together on ITV's pop show Boy Meets Girl.

1959 Sade is born Helen Folasade Adu in Nigeria.

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Jamaican Police Maica Mistaica, Shoot At Jimmy Buffett's Plane


Jamaican police mistake Jimmy Buffett for a drug smuggler and shoot at his seaplane (the Hemisphere Dancer) after it lands in the water. Bono of U2 is on board with his family, along with Island Records head Chris Blackwell.

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