January 2018


1923: Milt Jackson, vibraphonist
1942: Country Joe McDonald

1962: The Beatles perform their first audition for a major record company, Decca. Mike Smith for Decca auditions Brian Poole & The Tremeloes the same day and signs them, not the Beatles.

1963: Duke Records of Houston releases Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland’s ‘That’s The Way Love Is.’
1971: George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass – his first solo LP – hits No.1 in the US. A double LP with a bonus ‘jam’ disc, it contains the hit ‘My Sweet Lord,’ the subject of a plagiarism lawsuit years later, filed by the writers of ‘She’s So Fine.’
1979: The trial of ex-Sex Pistol Sid Vicious for the murder of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen opens in N.Y.C.
1980: Larry Williams (‘Dizzy Miss Lizzy,’ ‘Short Fat Fanny’ and ‘Bony Moronie’) is found dead at age 45 in L.A.

1941: Van Dyke Parks
1945: Stephen Stills
1948: John Paul Jones

1970: The Beatles record what will be their last song performed as a group, a Harrison tune for the Let It Be sessions, ‘I, Me, Mine.’
1980: R&B pianist and singer Amos Milburn, a star of the late ‘40s and early ‘50s, who influenced performers such as Fats Domino, dies in Houston aged 52. His hits included ‘One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,’ ‘Walking Blues’ and ‘Chicken Shack Boogie.’

1942: John McLaughlin
1957: Fats Domino records ‘I’m Walkin’’ in New Orleans.
1971: Performance – starring Mick Jagger – opens in New York.
1976: Mal Evans, former roadie and bodyguard to the Beatles, is shot to death, at age 40, by police in LA.
1979: Charles Mingus, dies in Mexico at age 56.


1923: Sam Phillips
1959: Buddy Holly releases his last record on Carol Records prior to his death, ‘It Doesn’t Matter Anymore.’
1978: The Sex Pistols begin their first and last tour of the U.S. in Atlanta, Georgia.

1929: Wilbert Harrison
1944-1979: Van McCoy
1941-1978: Sandy Denny
1946: Syd Barrett
1953: Malcolm Young (AC/DC)

1958: Gibson patents its famous ‘Flying V’ electric guitar.
1993: Dizzy Gillespie (75) succumbs to pancreatic cancer in Englewood, N.J.

1954: Muddy Waters records ‘I’m Your Hoochie-Coochie Man’ for Chess.
1964: One of the co-founders of British blues-rock band Blues Incorporated, Cyril Davies, succumbs to leukaemia at age 32. The band gave musicians such as Charlie Watts, Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce and Long John Baldry their first professional jobs.

1935-77: Elvis Presley
1941: Little Anthony
1946: Robbie Kreiger
1947: David Bowie (Jones)

1957: Bill Haley tours Australia for 2 weeks. Sharing the bill are LaVern Baker and Joe Turner.

1915: Les Paul
1941: Joan Baez
1944: Scott Engel
1944: Jimmy Page

1917: Jerry Wexler
1925: Max Roach, drummer
1935: Ronnie Hawkins
1935: “Eddy Clearwater” Harrington.
1943-73: Jim Croce
1945 – 1975: Rod Stewart

1976: (Chester Arthur Burnett) Howlin’ Wolf, dies at 65 after surgery in Chicago.

1924: James ‘Slim Harpo’ Moore

1904-1972: Mississippi Fred McDowell
1905: Tex Ritter
1941: Long John Baldry
1945: Maggie Bell
1951 – 1978: Chris Bell

1955: Blues singer Etta James’ ‘Wallflower,’ her first R&B hit, is released on Modern Records.

1909: Danny Barker, guitarist, banjoist
1956: Paul Kelly

1979: Soul/pop singer Donny Hathaway, dies at age 34 when he jumps (or falls)15 levels from a NY hotel room.

1938: Allen Toussaint
1946: Arthur Conley

1973: Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii is telecast from the Honolulu International Centre and a 2-record set of the performances becomes one of the best-selling LPs of the ‘70s.

1909: Gene Krupa. drummer
1930: Earl Hooker
1941: Captain Beefheart

1965: The Who release their first single, ‘I Can’t Explain.’
1977: RCA Records releases David Bowie’s Low.
1967: The Rolling Stones appear on the Ed Sullivan Show and perform a lyrically altered version of their current release. Jagger is forced to sing ‘Let’s Spend Some Time Together.’

1957: The Cavern Club opens in a former wine cellar on Mathew St in Liverpool, presenting jazz and skiffle bands. The Beatles become house band in1961-62.
1975: Paul McCartney & Wings arrive in New Orleans to begin sessions for the album that becomes Venus and Mars. The band records with Allen Toussaint.
1976: The 2-record live set Frampton Comes Alive! is released.

1930: Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland
1948: Mick Taylor
1960: Paul Young

1965: The Rolling Stones record their first Jagger/Richards composed A-side ‘The Last Time’ b/w ‘Play With Fire’ in Hollywood.
1970: Chicago R&B singer Billy Stewart and 3 band members are killed in an auto accident in North Carolina.

1941; David Ruffin
1944: Al Foster, drummer

1956: Little Richard enters the pop chart with ‘Tutti Frutti.’
1964: The Beatles’ ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ enters the US charts at No.45.
1978: Johnny Rotten announces the demise of the Sex Pistols.
1980: Capricorn Records, the Georgia based home of acts such as the Allman Brothers Band, files for bankruptcy.

1939: Phil Everly
1943: Janis Joplin
1946: Dolly Parton
1949: Robert Palmer
1961: Martha Davis

1962: Frank Ifield becomes the first Australian to chart in the U.S. with ‘I Remember You.’

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1936: Luther Tucker
1945: Eric Stewart
1947: Malcolm McLaren

1968: Bob Dylan makes his first public appearance since his motorcycle accident two years earlier. He and other ‘folkies’ appear at a commemoration concert for Woodie Guthrie.
1973: Jerry Lee Lewis makes his debut at the Grand Ole Opry.

1889 -1949: Huddie ‘Leadbelly’ Leadbetter
1938: Snooks Eaglin born in New Orleans
1941: Richie Havens
1942: Edwin Starr
1951: Billy Ocean

1965: The Rolling Stones tour Australia for the first time, supporting Roy Orbison.
1966: The Bee Gees announce plans to travel to London to record.
1982: Blues guitar giant, B.B. King, donates his entire 7000-record collection – many rare and critically acclaimed blues records that he had spun on air when a DJ in Mississippi and Tennessee in the ‘40s – to the University of Mississippi’s Centre for the Study of Southern Culture.

1935: Sam Cooke
1960 -1997: Michael Hutchence

1971: The Joe Cocker tour film, Mad Dogs and Englishmen, premieres in London.
1983: Neil Young takes a left turn yet again and releases an album of electronic music, Trans.

1950: Patrick Simmons (Doobie Brothers).
1978: Terry Kath, guitarist and vocalist with Chicago, plays Russian Roulette with what he thought was an unloaded pistol. He was 32.

1936: Doug Kershaw born in New Orleans
1941: Aaron Neville born in New Orleans
1941: Neil Diamond
1947: Warren Zevon

1969: Jethro Tull open for Led Zeppelin in N.Y.
1970: Robert Moog introduces his ‘Mini-Moog’ synthesiser for concert stages. The Musicians’ Union is sweating already.

1903-77: ‘Sleepy’ John Estes
1938: Jamesetta ‘Etta James’ Hawkins

1958: Elvis Presley’s ‘Jailhouse Rock’ becomes the first single ever to enter the U.K. pop chart at No.l.
1971: Charles Manson is found guilty of multiple murders.

1908: Stephan Grappelli (died 1997)
1926: : Eartha Kitt
1934: Huey ‘Piano’ Smith
1957: Edward Van Halen

1956: Buddy Holly’s first recording session for Decca is held in Nashville.
1962: Bishop Burke of the diocese of Buffalo, N.Y., bans The Twist.
1970: Australia’s first rock festival, the Ourimbah Rock Festival, is attended by11,000 people over the weekend. There are only 26 arrests.
1977: Fleetwood Mac’s first guitarist, Peter Green, is committed to hospital.

1918-63: Elmore James (died May 24, 1963)

1972 (d): Mahalia Jackson (October 26, 1911 – January 27, 1972)

1927: Ronnie Scott, tenor sax player, bandleader
1965: The Who make their first appearance on the UK TV show Ready, Steady, Go.
1983: English singer Billy Fury dies of a myocardial infection at age 41. He was born Ronald Wycherley in Liverpool.

1920: Paul Gayten
1923: Eddie Taylor
1940: Bobby King
1954: Handsome Dick Manitoba
1944: Molly Meldrum
1940: Germaine Gre

1911: Roy Eldridge, trumpeter
1928: Ruth Brown (died 2006)
1942: Martin Balin
1947: Steve Marriot

1969: The Beatles make their last public performing appearance on the roof of the Apple Studios at 30 Saville Row – filmed for the subsequent film Let It Be.
1976: Texan songster Mance Lipscomb dies at age 80.
1980: New Orleans piano giant Professor Longhair dies at age 62. He was born Roy Byrd.
1982: Texan blues player Sam ‘Lightnin’ Hopkins dies at 70.

1906: Roosevelt Sykes
1928-58: Chuck Willis
1944: Charlie Musselwhite
1946-78: Terry Kath (Chicago)
1951: Phil Collins
1951: Phil Manzanera
1956: John Lydon (Johnny Rotten)

1970: Bluesman Slim Harpo dies at 46.


Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM (rrr.org.au) in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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