2016 David Bowie's Blackstar album hits #1 in America, 20 days after his death. It's Bowie's first #1 album in the States.
1973 Kiss play their first concert, performing at the Popcorn Club in Queens, New York. They wear makeup onstage, but not the look they become known for.
1972 British soldiers open fire on 26 unarmed civilians during a peaceful protest march in Derry, Northern Ireland, resulting in 14 deaths. The incident inspires Paul McCartney to write "Give Ireland Back To The Irish" (Wings' debut single) and gives rise to the U2 song "Sunday Bloody Sunday."
1969 The Beatles stage their famous rooftop concert on the roof of Apple Records in London. After performing a few songs, including "Get Back" and "Don't Let Me Down," the police shut them down as a large crowd gathers. It is The Beatles' last public performance.More
1958 Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock" enters the UK chart at #1, the first single ever to do so.
2015 Record producer Suge Knight is arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of murder the day after he was involved in a hit-and-run that killed his friend Terry Carter and injured actor Cle Denyale Sloan. Knight was on the set of the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton when he allegedly argued with the two men, then followed them to a burger joint where he ran them down in the parking lot. Witnesses claim he even backed over the victims with his truck before leaving the scene, but Knight's lawyer insists he was fleeing for his own safety.
2013 Patty Andrews (lead singer of The Andrews Sisters) dies at age 94. She was the youngest and last surviving member of the group of singing sisters.
2002 Freddy Fender is released from a San Antonio, Texas, hospital after successfully recovering from kidney transplant surgery.
2000 Backed by drummers, bagpipers, and sign language interpreters, Faith Hill sings the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXXIV, which the Rams win over the Titans. Like Whitney Houston's 1991 Super Bowl performance, it goes over so well that it's released as a single, charting at #118.
1996 Eazy-E's posthumous album Str8 off tha Streetz of Muthaphukkin Compton is released. It debuts at #3 on the Billboard 200 chart and #1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
1993 The Eazy-E EP 5150 Home 4 tha Sick, his first recording since the end of N.W.A., debuts at #70 on the Billboard 200 chart.
1989 Singer Samantha Fish is born in Kansas City, Missouri.
1989 With Steven Adler in rehab, Don Henley fills in on drums for Guns N' Roses when they play "Patience" at the American Music Awards. Axl Rose had recorded vocals for Henley's song "I Will Not Go Quietly," which appears later in the year.
1989 Exodus releases their third studio album, Fabulous Disaster.
1988 Robbie Robertson of The Band appears on Saturday Night Live, making his first live TV appearance in 12 years.
1982 Country blues musician Lightnin' Hopkins dies of esophageal cancer at age 69.
1980 New Orleans bluesman Professor Longhair dies of a heart attack at age 61.
Spears honed her skills on The Mickey Mouse Club from 1993-1994 along with Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera. She's the first to start a solo career, and it launches like a rocket with "...Baby One More Time," written by the Swedish hitmaker Max Martin, who worked with Timberlake's group 'N Sync. Released in November 1998, the song is propelled by its video, which shows Spears in a schoolgirl uniform larking about the same high school where the movie Grease was filmed. And then there's the Internet. After seeing that video, many young men use their AOL accounts to track down pictures of Spears - not so easy with a dial-up modem. The album release (January 12) is timed so it will debut at #1 just as the song also peaks, making the 17-year-old ex-Mouseketeer one of the biggest stars in the land. The song goes on to sell over a million copies in the US (Platinum), and the album sells over 14 million (14x Platinum). Spears becomes a fixture on MTV, the pop charts, and in the tabloids.
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