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15th Jan 1972, Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’ started a four week run at No.1 in the US singles chart. The song is a recounting of “The Day the Music Died” (a term taken from the song) the 1959 plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper (Jiles Perry Richardson, Jr.), and […]

It was 52 years ago today, on Jan. 14, 1966 that David Bowie released his first single using the name David Bowie. The song was called “Can’t Help Thinking About Me”. Prior to this release he used David or Davie Jones. This release is by David Bowie with The Lower Third. It was the first […]

On Jan. 14, 1969, the movie “Monterey Pop” had its premier in Los Angeles. The movie was one of the first times many of Americas youths had a chance to see many of the artists who performed there. Kids had heard many of the names and had heard some of their music, but this movie […]

David Bowie released the LP “Low” on Jan. 14, 1977. Many people consider this one of Bowie’s most influential releases. “Low” was the first of three collaborations with Brian Eno termed the “Berlin Trilogy”, (though the album was mainly recorded in France and only mixed in West Berlin). The experimental, avant-garde style would be further […]

When the new record charts came out on Jan. 14, 1978, Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” album was the number one LP in the US. It was their 31st week at #1. It had been #1 for 29 non-conseutive week in 1977 and held the #1 one spot for the first two weeks of 1978. The reason […]

Happy Birthday to Dave Grohl born on 14th Jan 1969. American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer Dave Grohl. At the age of seventeen, Grohl joined Scream, he was the longest serving drummer with Nirvana and the frontman and founder of the Foo Fighters and is the drummer and co-founder of the rock supergroup Them Crooked […]

13th Jan 1979, American soul and gospel singer, songwriter Donny Hathaway committed suicide falling from a 15th floor New York hotel window. At the height of his career Hathaway was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and was known to not take his prescribed medication regularly enough to properly control his symptoms. He scored the 1972 UK […]

13th Jan 1978, With a budget of only £1,500 borrowed from Stewart Copeland’s brother Miles Copeland III, The Police started recording their debut album at Surrey Sound Studios, Surrey, England with producer Nigel Gray. The album ‘Outlandos d’Amour’ which was released in November of this year featured the hits ‘So Lonely’, ‘Roxanne’ and ‘Can’t Stand […]

Berry Gordy borrowed $800 from his family on Jan. 12, 1959 to start a record label. He rented an eight-room house on 2648 W. Grand Blvd, in Detroit. The house was to be the future home of Motown Records and would become known as “Hitsville USA” to millions. When you think of the music that […]

49 years ago today, on Jan. 12, 1969, music changed for many people. It was on this day that Led Zeppelin released their debut LP in the US. Of course, critics panned the record, but to the record buying public, well they never listened to critics anyway. We could go on for days on the […]


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