21 January

Pick a Day


In Music History

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1979 Lynyrd Skynyrd reunite at the Volunteer Jam in Nashville, Tennessee. This is the first time the band have played since the 1977 plane crash that killed three of their members. Lynyrd Skynyrd perform an instrumental version of "Free Bird" alongside The Charlie Daniels Band.

1976 Emma Bunton ("Baby Spice" of Spice Girls) is born in Finchley, North London.

1974 Bob Dylan meets future president Jimmy Carter at a gathering in Georgia, where Carter is serving as governor. "Carter has his heart in the right place," Dylan would later say. "He has a sense of who he is."

1965 The Animals are forced to cancel a show at New York City's famous Apollo Theater after US Immigration officials force the group to leave the country.

1959 The Kingston Trio's "Tom Dooley" is certified Gold.

1957 Filming begins on Elvis Presley's second movie, Loving You.

1957 An unknown singer named Patsy Cline wins on CBS' Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts program with a rendition of the song "Walking After Midnight."

1956 Rob Brill (drummer for Berlin) is born in California.

1950 Billy Ocean, known for his hit "Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)," is born Leslie Sebastian Charles in Trinidad and Tobago. He moves to Romford, England, at age 10.

1945 Peter Kircher (drummer for Status Quo) is born in Folkestone, Kent, England.

1944 Chris Britton (lead guitarist for The Troggs) is born in Watford, Hertfordshire, England.

1942 Country singer-songwriter Mac Davis is born in Lubbock, Texas. He writes "In The Ghetto" and "A Little Less Conversation" for Elvis Presley.

1942 Count Basie records "One O'Clock Jump."

1942 Motown singer Edwin Starr is born Charles Edwin Hatcher in Nashville, Tennessee, but grows up in Cleveland, Ohio.

1941 Opera singer Placido Domingo (of The Three Tenors) is born in Madrid, Spain.

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Hippies Gather At The Trips Festival


The first Trips Festival, a three-day event, begins at the Longshoreman's Hall in San Francisco. It's a landmark event in the evolution of psychedelic music.

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