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    HC's Rock Rewind - January 15-31

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    HC's Rock Rewind

    A look back at the past two weeks in Rock History

     

    by Team HC

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    January  15th - 22nd

    Historically speaking, this week in rock music has been marked by a trove of memorable events. Buddy Holly made his final recordings, 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 albums 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 – The Cavern Club opens in Liverpool.

    1957 – Johnny Cash makes his first appearance on national TV, performing on “The Jackie Gleason Show.”

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    1959 – TV ratings service Arbitron reveals that “American Bandstand” is the most popular daytime show in the U.S.

    1959 – Buddy Holly makes his final recordings, sitting alone with an acoustic guitar in his apartment in Greenwich Village.

    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.

    1967 – The Monkees perform live for the first time, staging a concert at The Cow Palace in San Francisco. The show is a sell-out.

    1970 – Robert Moog unveils his “minimoog” synthesizer. Carrying a retail price of $2,000, the portable synth becomes the first such instrument to be taken out on tour by rock bands.

    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.

     

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    1975 – Paul McCartney and Wings arrive in New Orleans to begin recording their Venus and Mars album. Sessions take place at Allen Toussaint’s Sea Saint studios.

    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 charts.

    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 – Ozzy Osbourne bites the head off a bat during a performance, believing the animal to be fake. Later it’s reported that Osbourne underwent a series of rabies shots.

    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.

     

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

    1996 – David Bowie, Pink Floyd, and the Velvet Underground are among the artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during this year’s ceremony.

    2000 – Carlos Santana’s Supernatural begins a multi-week run atop the U.S. album charts. The comeback LP goes on to earn eight Grammy wins.

    2008 – Charlie Daniels is inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.

    2016 – David Bowie’s Blackstar reaches Number One on the American album charts. The album is the first LP by Bowie to achieve this distinction.

     

    Releases

    1964 – The Beatles: Meet the Beatles!

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    1966 – Simon & Garfunkel: Sounds of Silence

    1967 – The Rolling Stone: Between the Buttons

    1968 – Dr. John: Gris-Gris

    1968 – Iron Butterfly: Heavy

    1968 – Aretha Franklin: Lady Soul

    1968 – Spirit: Spirit

    1971 – ZZ Top: ZZ Top's First Album

    1971 – Mountain: Nantucket Sleighride

    1972 -- Blue Öyster Cult: Blue Öyster Cult

    1974 – Bob Dylan: Planet Waves

    1974 – Brian Eno: Here Come the Warm Jets

     

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    1974 – Gordon Lightfoot: Sundown

    1975 – Bob Dylan: Blood on the Tracks

    1976 – Lou Reed: Coney Island Baby

    1978 – Journey: Infinity

    1980 – The Pretender: Pretenders

    1983 – Def Leppard: Pyromania

    1984 -- Bon Jovi: Bon Jovi

    1987 -- Hüsker Dü: Warehouse: Songs and Stories

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

     

    Deaths

    Alan Freed – Jan. 20, 1965

    Jackie Wilson – Jan. 21, 1984

    Colonel Tom Parker – Jan. 21, 1997

    Carl Perkins – Jan. 19, 1998

    Wilson Pickett – Jan. 19, 2006

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

    Don Kirshner – Jan. 17, 2011

    Johnny Otis – Jan. 17, 2012

    Etta James – Jan. 20, 2012

    Glenn Frey – Jan. 18, 2016

    John Stewart – Jan. 19, 2008

    Steve Knight (Mountain) – Jan. 19, 2013

     

     

    Births

     

    Earl Hooker – Jan. 15, 1930

    Bobby Bloom – Jan. 15, 1946

    Ronnie Milsap – Jan. 16, 1946

    Mick Taylor – Jan. 17, 1949

    Leadbelly – Jan. 20, 1888

    George Handy – Jan. 17, 1920

    Sam Cooke – Jan. 22, 1931

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

    Phil Everly -- Jan. 19, 1939

    David Ruffin (The Temptations) – Jan 18, 1941

    Richie Havens – Jan. 21, 1941

    Janis Joplin -- Jan. 19, 1943

    Rod Evans (Deep Purple) – Jan. 19, 1945

    Dolly Parton – Jan. 19, 1946

    Robert Palmer – Jan. 19, 1949

     

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    Steve Perry (Journey) – Jan. 22, 1949

    Dewey Bunnell (America) – Jan. 19, 1951

    Randy California – Jan. 20, 1951

    Paul Stanley – Jan. 20, 1951

    Ian Hill (Judas Priest) – Jan. 20, 1952

    Steve Earle – Jan. 17, 1955

    Michael Anthony (Van Halen) – Jan. 20, 1955

    Susanna Hoffs – Jan. 17, 1959

     

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    Michael Hutchence – Jan. 22, 1960

    Steve Adler (Guns N’ Roses) – Jan. 22, 1965

    Luther Dickinson – Jan. 18, 1973

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

    Orianthi – Jan. 22, 1985

    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

     

     

    January  23nd - 31th

     

    From the birth of Eddie Van Halen to the release of Elvis Presley’s timeless tune “Heartbreak Hotel,” the week of Jan. 23 through 31 is a good one for rock ‘n’ roll. Let’s not forget Nirvana recording a special demo tape with the Melvins’ Dale Crover, to boot. Read on for some major events, historic record releases and births and deaths taking place Jan. 23 through 31.

     

    Events

    1962 - Warner Brothers Records signed a deal with Peter, Paul & Mary.

    1969 - Jethro Tull performed their debut U.S. concert in New York City. They opened at the show 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 recorded a 10-track demo tape with producer Jack Endino. Dale Crover from the Melvins played drums.

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

     

    Births

    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

    Tommy Ramone (drummer for Ramones), January 29, 1952

    Eddie Jackson (Queensryche), January 29, 1961

    Jonny Lang, January 29, 1981

    Marty Balin – Jan. 30, 1942

    Andrew Loog Oldham – Jan. 29, 1944

    Charlie Musselwhite – Jan. 31, 1944

    Terry Kath – Jan. 31, 1946

    David Byron (Uriah Heep) – Jan. 29, 1947

    Tommy Ramone – Jan. 29, 1949

    Jonny Lang – Jan. 29, 1981

    Steve Marriott – Jan. 30, 1947

    Phil Collins – Jan. 30, 1951

    Phil Manzanera – Jan. 31, 1951

    John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) – Jan. 31, 1956

    Jody Watley – Jan. 30, 1959

    Jeff Hanneman (Slayer) – Jan. 31, 1964

     

    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

    John Martyn – Jan. 29, 2009

    Rod McKuen – Jan. 29, 2014

    Professor Longhair – Jan. 30, 1980

    Lightnin’ Hopkins – Jan. 30, 1982

    Slim Harpo – Jan. 31, 1970

    John Wetton (King Crimson, Asia) – Jan. 31, 2017

     

     

    Releases

    Elvis Presley, Heartbreak Hotel, 1956

    Prince, Take Me With U, 1985

    Van Halen, Balance, 1995

     

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    Dream Theater, Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, 2002

     

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    Bruce Springsteen, Working on a Dream, 2009

     

     

     

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    anneericksonthumb-6b75d5e8.jpg.8f4d9ffd48d2988aa2bef9538ff3a374.jpgAnne Erickson holds years of bylines in Gannett Media publications, as well as music magazines Premier Guitar, Guitar Edge and more. She also hosts radio shows with iHeartRadio and has been syndicated in Seattle, Dayton, Central Coast California and beyond. Anne is a loyal Spartan and holds a Master’s degree from MSU. She resides in Lansing, Michigan.A

     

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