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1st February Blondie released ‘Call Me’, the main theme song of the 1980 film American Gigolo. It peaked at No. 1 for six consecutive weeks, and became the top-selling single of the year in the United States in 1980. See our 20 Blondie facts: https://www.thisdayinmusic.com/artists/blondie/ Blondie | This Day In Music Founded in New York […]

28th January 1977, Pink Floyd's tenth studio album Animals entered the UK charts at No.2. The sleeve concept was that of Roger Waters, who lived at the time near Clapham Common, and regularly drove past Battersea Power Station. A view of the imposing but disused former power station building was chosen for the cover image, […]

27th Jan 1970, John Lennon wrote, recorded and mixed his new single ‘Instant Karma!’ all in one day. It ranks as one of the fastest-released songs in pop music history, recorded at London’s Abbey Road Studios and arriving in stores only ten days later. https://www.thisdayinmusic.com/liner-notes/instant-karma-john-lennon/ Instant Karma! Written, Recorded & Mixed, In One Day | […]

26th January 1980. Prince made his TV debut on the US show American Bandstand. When interviewed after his performance the singer froze and struggled to reply to the questions he was being asked. We have a new book: Prince – The Day I Was There. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdVGqxHKMTg Article source: https://www.facebook.com/19706525166/posts/10162694117035167

25th January 1975, The Carpenters went to No.1 on the US singles chart with their version of The Marveletts 1961 hit ‘Please Mr. Postman’. The song is notable as the first Motown song to reach the No.1 position on the Billboard singles chart late 1961. https://www.thisdayinmusic.com/artists/carpenters/ Carpenters | This Day In Music What happened on […]

Happy birthday to Neil Diamond, born on 24th January 1941. Had the 1970 US No.1 & UK No.3 single 'Cracklin' Rose' plus over 30 other US & 10 UK Top 40 singles. Wrote 'I'm A Believer', the No.1 for The Monkees. Many acts from Elvis Presley, Lulu and Deep Purple have all covered his songs. […]

23rd January 1991, John Sebastian, owner and general manager of KLSK FM in Albuquerque, New Mexico, played Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway To Heaven' for twenty-four solid hours to inaugurate a format change to Classic Rock. Police showed up with guns drawn: once after a listener reported that the DJ had apparently suffered a heart attack, and […]

21st January 1983, The Allman Brothers Band bassist Lamar Williams died of lung cancer age 34. He joined the band in 1972 after the death of original bassist Berry Oakley. His doctors believed that the disease was derived from exposure to Agent Orange during his Vietnam service. Opposed to the war and to killing in […]

20th January 2002, George Harrison had the posthumous UK No.1 single with the re-release of the 1971 former No.1 'My Sweet Lord'. Harrison's single replaced Aaliyah's 'More Than A Woman', the only time in chart history that one deceased artist had taken over from another at No.1. 'My Sweet Lord'. https://www.thisdayinmusic.com/liner-notes/my-sweet-lord/ My Generation – Why […]

19th January 1943, Born on this day, Janis Joplin, US singer, who had a 1971 U.S No.1 single with 'Me And Bobby McGee' and the 1971 U.S No.1 album 'Pearl'. Janis died on October 4th 1970 after an accidental heroin overdose. Joplin was cremated in the Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Mortuary in Los Angeles; her […]


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