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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Music Calendar...

In 1955 RCA demonstrates the first music synthesizer.

In 1958 Little Richard quits music at the height of his fame to attend evangelism college, where he stayed for 4 years.

In 1959 Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper play Duluth, Minnesota, three days before their fatal plane crash.

In 1963 17-year-old Neil Young performs his first professional gig at a country club in Winnipeg, Canada.

In 1963 Tony Sheridan & the Beat Brothers record "What'd I Say" and "Ruby Baby."

In 1963 The Beach Boys record "Surfin' USA."

In 1968 "Judy In Disguise With Glasses" by John Fred & his Playboy Band and "Bend Me, Shape Me" by the American Breed are both certified gold.

In 1969 Bobby Darin walks off the "Jackie Gleason Show" when he is not allowed to sing "Long Line Rider."

In 1970 Creedence Clearwater Revival begins work on a TV special.

In 1970 Phil Leash and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead are arrested on drug charges after a show in New Orleans.

In 1970 "Travelin' Band" by Creedence Clearwater Revival enters the U.S.top 40 chart.

In 1970 "I Want You Back" by the Jackson 5 is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1972 More than 40,000 mourners file past Mahalia Jackson's open coffin in Chicago's Great Salem Baptist Church. Funeral services were held the next day.

In 1974 Paul & Linda McCartney appear on the cover of Rolling Stone.

In 1975 "Mandy" by Barry Manilow is certified gold.

In 1976 "Sara Smile" by Hall & Oates and "Let Your Love Flow" by the Bellamy Brothers both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1976 "Love Rollercoaster" by the Ohio Players is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1978 Greg Herbert, saxophonist for Blood, Sweat & Tears, dies of a heroin overdose during a tour of Europe.

In 1979 Paul McCartney signs with CBS Records for a reported $20 million.

In 1979 The Clash begin their first U.S. tour.

In 1980 Michael Jackson's single "Off The Wall" is released.

In 1981 "The Rapture" by Blondie, "Hello Again" by Neil Diamond and "What Kind Of Fool" by Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb all enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1981 "The Tide Is High" by Blondie is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1982 The Doobie Brothers officially dis-band.

In 1985 Barbara Cowsill (The Cowsills) dies in Tempe, AZ, at age 56.

In 1985 John Fogerty returns to live performances on the A&M soundstage with Albert Lee and Booker T. Jones.

In 1986 "Down And Out In Beverly Hills," starring Bette Midler and Little Richard, opens in theaters.

In 1987 "Nothing's Going To Stop Us Now" by Starship enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1988 Herb Alpert performs the National Anthem at SuperBowl XXII.

In 1989 A Playboy nude photo spread featuring Latoya Jackson posing with snakes hits the newsstands.

In 1993 Garth Brooks sings the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXVII, while Michael Jackson performs at halftime.

In 1995 Boyz II Men's album "II" is certified platinum for the seventhtime.

In 1997 Leann Rimes' album "The Early Years" is released.

In 1997 Pink Floyd's album "The Final Cut" goes double platinum.

In 1998 The Presidents of the United States of America play their final show at Seattle's Paramount Theatre.

In 1998 The "Come Together" benefit concert in New Jersey featured Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and others to raise money for the family of slain Long Branch, NJ, police officer Patrick King.

In 1998 "Together Again" by Janet Jackson is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1999 Reba McEntire closes her first European tour with a sold-out performance in Munich, Germany.

In 2000 The Smashing Pumpkins begin a national in-store tour in Lawrence, Kansas, in support of the band's upcoming CD.

In 2000 Santana's album "Supernatural" goes platinum for the seventh time.

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