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HC's Rock Rewind

A look back at the past two weeks in Rock History

 

by Team HC

Week of January 15th - 21st

 

The third week in January has been marked by a trove of memorable rock events. The Eagles gained a new band member, a great southern band reunited following a tragic loss, and a British icon achieved his first Number One album in America. A spate of classic LPs was released as well, including landmark records by The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Def Leppard. Read on for a look back at other significant moments that shaped rock and roll during this historically eventful week.

 

Events

 

1957 – Little Richard records “Lucille.”

1957 – The Cavern Club opens in Liverpool, England.

1957 – Johnny Cash makes his first appearance on nationwide TV, on an episode of “The Jackie Gleason Show.”

1961 – The Supremes sign with Motown Records. Diana Ross is just 16 at the time.

1964 – The Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand” enters the U.S. singles chart at Number 45.


 

1964 – The Rolling Stones release their first EP. The four-song release reaches Number 15 on the U.K. chart.

 

 

1965 – The Who release their first single, “I Can’t Explain,” in the U.K.

1965 – The Rolling Stones and The Kinks make their debut on the pioneering music variety show, “Shindig!” Other guests include the Dave Clark Five and Gerry and the Pacemakers.

1972 – Don McLean’s “American Pie” tops the U.S. singles chart. It will remain in the Number One spot for the next four weeks.

1972 – Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog” makes its chart debut in the U.S.

1973 – Jerry Lee Lewis performs at the Grand Ole Opry for the first time.

1974 – Former Free members Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke team with ex-Mott the Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs and former King Crimson bassist Boz Burrell to form the super-group, Bad Company.

 

 

 

1975 – Paul McCartney and Wings arrive in New Orleans to begin work on the Venus and Mars album.

1976 – Joe Walsh replaces Bernie Leadon in the Eagles.

1977 – Leo Sayer’s “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” hits Number One.

1979 – Lynyrd Skynyrd reunite to perform for the first time since the horrific 1977 plane crash that took the lives of three band members.

1980 – Iconic southern rock label Capricorn Records files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

1980 – Pink Floyd’s The Wall begins a 15-week run atop the U.S. album chart.

1981 – Motley Crue forms when bassist Nikki Sixx begins rehearsing with drummer Tommy Lee and singer-guitarist Greg Leon. Leon soon departs, with guitarist Mick Mars stepping in as replacement. Singer Vince Neil joins the band in April.

1982 – B.B. King donates his 20,000-record album collection to the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture. Among the albums are 7,000 discs King played during his years as a Memphis disc jockey in the ‘50s.

1983 – Men At Work’s “Down Under” begins four-week run atop the U.S. singles chart.

1988 – Tina Turner performs for a crowd of 182,000 at a concert in Rio de Janeiro. At the time, the show marks the biggest-ever attendance turnout for a concert staged by a solo artist.

1989 – At age 38, Stevie Wonder becomes the youngest living person to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

1992 – Eric Clapton records an “Unplugged” session for MTV. The album culled from the session goes on to win six Grammy Awards.

2016 – David Bowie’s Blackstar album tops the U.S. album chart. Released two days before Bowie’s death, the album is the first LP by Bowie to achieve this distinction.

 

Releases

  

1964 – The Beatles: Meet the Beatles!

1964 –The Hollies: Stay with The Hollies

1965 – The Guess Who: Shakin’ All Over

1966 – Simon & Garfunkel: Sounds of Silence

1967 – The Rolling Stones: Between the Buttons

1968 – The Byrds: The Notorious Byrd Brothers

1968 – Canned Heat: Boogie with Canned Heat

1969 – Iron Butterfly: Ball

1970 – MC5: Back in the USA

1971 – ZZ Top: ZZ Top’s First Album

1971 – Mountain: Nantucket Sleighride

1971 – Little Feat: Little Feat

1971 – Uriah Heep: Salisbury

1972 -- Blue Öyster Cult: Blue Öyster Cult

1973 – Elton John: Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only the Piano Player

1974 – Bob Dylan: Planet Waves

1974 – Gram Parsons: Grievous Angel

1974 – Brian Eno: Here Come the Warm Jets

 

 

 

1973 – Thin Lizzy:  Vagabonds of the Western World

1973 – Aerosmith:  Aerosmith

1973 – Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band:  Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.

1974 – Joni Mitchell:  Court and Spark

1976 – Journey:  Look into the Future

1976 – Bob Dylan:  Desire

1976 – Peter Frampton:  Frampton Comes Alive!

1979 – Elvis Costello & the Attractions:  Armed Forces

1979 – Joe Jackson:  Look Sharp!

1983 – Eurythmics:  Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)

1986 – The Bangles:  Different Light

1988 – L.A. Guns:  L.A. Guns

1993 – Neil Young:  Lucky Thirteen

2006 – The Strokes:  First Impressions of Earth

2008 -- The Smashing Pumpkins:  American Gothic

 

 

1974 – Gordon Lightfoot: Sundown

1975 – Bob Dylan: Blood on the Tracks

1976 – Lou Reed: Coney Island Baby

1978 – Gerry Rafferty: City to City

1979 – Frank Zappa: Sleep Dirt

1980 – Wishbone Ash: Just Testing

1980 – The Pretenders: Pretenders

1983 – Def Leppard: Pyromania

 

1983 – Bryan Adams: Cuts Like a Knife

1984 – Bon Jovi: Bon Jovi

1985 – John Fogerty: Centerfield

1987 -- Hüsker Dü: Warehouse: Songs and Stories

1988 – Megadeth: So Far, So Good... So What!

1990 – Joan Jett: The Hit List

1991 – Todd Rundgren: 2nd Wind

1991 -- Motörhead: 1916

1992 – Green Day: Kerplunk

1994 – ZZ Top: Antenna

1998 – Air: Moon Safari

 

 

Deaths

 

Alan Freed – Jan. 20, 1965

Lamar Williams (The Allman Brothers Band) – Jan. 21, 1983

Jackie Wilson – Jan. 21, 1984

Harry Nilsson – Jan. 15, 1994

 

Junior Wells – Jan. 15, 1998

Carl Perkins – Jan. 19, 1998

Bob McBride (Lighthouse) – Jan. 20, 1998

Peggy Lee – Jan. 21, 2002

Wilson Pickett – Jan. 19, 2006

Denny Doherty (The Mamas & The Papas) – Jan. 19, 2007

John Stewart – Jan. 19, 2008

Don Kirshner – Jan. 16, 2011

Johnny Otis – Jan. 16, 2012

Etta James – Jan. 20, 2012

Steve Knight (Mountain) – Jan. 19, 2013

Dale Griffin (Mott the Hoople) – Jan. 17, 2016

Glenn Frey – Jan. 18, 2016

   

 

Births

 

Leadbelly – Jan. 20, 1889

Earl Hooker – Jan. 15, 1930

Bob Bogle (The Ventures) – Jan. 16, 1937

Wolfman Jack – Jan. 21, 1938

Phil Everly – Jan. 19, 1939

Don Van Vliet (aka Captain Beefheart) – Jan. 15, 1941

Bobby Goldsboro – Jan. 18, 1941

David Ruffin (The Temptations) – Jan. 18, 1941

Richie Havens – Jan. 21, 1941

Mac Davis – Jan. 21, 1942

Edwin Starr – Jan. 21, 1942

Janis Joplin – Jan. 19, 1943

Eric Stewart (10cc) – Jan. 20, 1945

Bobby Bloom – Jan. 15, 1946

Ronnie Milsap – Jan. 16, 1946

Dolly Parton – Jan. 19, 1946

Rod Evans (Deep Purple) – Jan. 19, 1947

Ronnie Van Zant – Jan. 15, 1948

Mick Taylor – Jan. 17, 1949

Robert Palmer – Jan. 19, 1949

Dewey Bunnell (America) – Jan. 19, 1952

Paul Stanley – Jan. 20, 1952

Steve Earle – Jan. 17, 1955

Paul Young – Jan. 17, 1956

Tom Bailey (Thompson Twins) – Jan. 18, 1956

Susanna Hoffs – Jan. 17, 1959

Brendan O’Hare (Teenage Fanclub) – Jan. 16, 1970

Crispian Mills (Kula Shaker) – Jan. 18, 1973

Luther Dickinson – Jan. 18, 1973

Nick Valensi (The Strokes) – Jan. 16, 1981

 

  

Week of January  22nd - 28th

 

It's a big week in the world of rock history, packing everything from the birth of Eddie Van Halen to the release of Elvis Presley's famous "Heartbreak Hotel" and Van Halen's Balance album. Get ready to rock with these significant events, historic record releases, births and deaths taking place Jan. 22 through 28 in music history.

 

Events 

 

1966 - Memphis gets a rare snowstorm, and Elvis Presley and his "Memphis Mafia" members build a snowman in front of Graceland.

1969 - Jethro Tull play their debut U.S. concert in New York City. They open for Led Zeppelin.

1986 - The first musicians were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, including Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Fats Domino.

1988 - Nirvana record a 10-track demo tape with producer Jack Endino. This is pre-Dave Grohl Nirvana, and Dale Crover from the Melvins plays drums.

1990 - "Tom Petty Day" is official in Petty’s hometown of Gainsville, Florida.

 

1991 - Paul McCartney performs on the second season of MTV's Unplugged, and he plays some Beatles songs in the set.

1999 - The Rolling Stones kick off their "No Security" Tour in Oakland, California.

 

Releases  

 

Elvis Presley, Heartbreak Hotel, 1956

Alabama, Mountain Music, 1982

Prince, Take Me With U, 1985

Sting, The Soul Cages, 1991

 

 

 

Van Halen, Balance, 1995 

 

 Bad Religion, The Process of Belief, 2002 

 

 

Bruce Springsteen, Working on a Dream, 2009

 

 

Bad Religion, True North, 2013

 

 

Deaths

 

Terry Kath (Chicago), January 23, 1978

Allen Collins (Lynyrd Skynyrd), January 23, 1990

James "Shep" Sheppard, January 24, 1970

Lamar Williams (The Allman Brothers Band), January 25, 1983

Jim Capaldi (Traffic), January 28, 2005

Billy Powell (Lynyrd Skynyrd), January 28, 2009

  


Births

 

Sam Cooke, January 22, 1931

Nigel Pegrum (The Small Faces), January 22, 1949

Steve Perry (Journey), January 22, 1949

Teddy Gentry (Alabama), January 22, 1952

Michael Hutchence (INXS), January 22, 1960

Steve Adler (Guns N' Roses), born Michael Coletti, January 22, 1965

Orianthi Panagaris, January 22, 1985

Danny Federici (E Street Band), January 23, 1950

Robin Wayne Zander (Cheap Trick), January 23, 1953

Earl Falconer (UB40), January 23, 1959

Ray Stevens, January 24, 1939

Neil Diamond, January 24, 1941

Etta James, January 25, 1938

Richard Finch (KC and the Sunshine Band), January 25, 1954

Corky Laing (Mountain), January 26, 1948

Lucinda Williams, January 26, 1953

Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen), January 26, 1957

Norman Hassan (UB40), January 26, 1958

Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), January 27, 1944

Brian Downey (Thin Lizzy), January 27, 1951

Seth Justman (The J. Geils Band), January 27, 1951

Gillian Gilbert (New Order), January 27, 1961

Mike Patton (Faith No More), January 27, 1968

Mark Trojanowski (Sister Hazel), January 27, 1970

Corky Laing (Mountain), January 28, 1948

 

 

  

  

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