31 January

Pick a Day


In Music History

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1978 Greg Herbert, a 30-year-old saxophonist with Blood, Sweat & Tears, dies of an accidental drug overdose. He's discovered in his hotel room the following day.

1977 Claudine Longet is convicted of misdemeanor criminal negligence in relation to her shooting and killing Vladmir Sabich in March the previous year; she is given a slap on the wrist.

1976 The Ohio Players' "Love Rollercoaster" hits #1 in America.

1972 Joan Baez's album Any Day Now is certified Gold.

1971 The Jackson 5 are given the key to their hometown of Gary, Indiana, by Mayor Robert Pastrick.

1971 Mahalia Jackson's funeral is held at Chicago's Great Salem Baptist Church. Over 40,000 mourners attend the open-casket service, which features a closing version of "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" performed by Aretha Franklin. Famous mourners include Coretta Scott King, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and Sammy Davis Jr.

1970 In New Orleans, the Grateful Dead are arrested for possession of LSD and barbiturates, an incident which would inspire one of their most famous songs, "Truckin'." (Apparently the band had run afoul of mob interests in Texas, and the mob alerted the NOPD. This explains lines like "Houston, too close to New Orleans" and "Set up, like a bowling pin.")

1970 Slim Harpo, a blues singer who was an influence on The Rolling Stones and many other acts, dies at age 46.

1970 The Jackson 5's debut single, "I Want You Back," hits #1 in America. It's the first of four consecutive chart toppers for the group, which is fronted by 11-year-old Michael Jackson.

1969 Bobby Darin walks off the set of The Jackie Gleason Show when he is not allowed to perform his song "Long Line Rider," which deals with prisoner abuse.

1969 Billy Preston signs with Apple Records.

1968 The American Breed's "Bend Me, Shape Me" is certified gold.

1966 Al Doughty, bassist for the British alt rock band Jesus Jones, is born Alan Jaworski in Plymouth, Devon, England.

1966 At Western Recorders in Hollywood, Brian Wilson records "Caroline, No" without the other Beach Boys. The song appears on the group's Pet Sounds album, but the single is released under his name.

1964 Prolific music video director Sophie Muller is born in St Pancras, London, England. She'll get her start in the music biz directing several promos for the Eurythmics and their lead singer Annie Lennox before bringing her talent to a wide array of acts, including Sade, No Doubt, Gwen Stefani, Sarah McLachlan, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Birdy, Garbage, Radiohead, Kings of Leon, and many more.More

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Beyonce, Taylor Swift Break Grammy Award Records


Taylor Swift and Beyoncé sweep the Grammy Awards with record-breaking wins. Earning Album of the Year for Fearless at age 19, Swift is the youngest artist to ever win the award. Beyoncé wins six out of ten nominations - including Song of the Year for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) " - giving her the most wins in one night of any female artist.

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