January 21 Music History and Birthdays

Wolfman Jack

Wolfman Jack

born 1938, DJ Wolfman Jack. Master of ceremonies for the rock ‘n’ roll generation of the ’60s on radio, and later on television during the ’70s. Died of a heart attack 1/7/95.

Jim Ibbotson (guitarist) is 67 – Guitarist for The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Billy Ocean (singer-songwriter) is 64 – Had the hit “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car”

Robby Benson (actor) is 58 – The voice of “Beast” in Beauty and the Beast

Geena Davis (actress) is 58 – “Dottie Hinson” in A League of Their Own

Charlotte Ross (actress) is 46 – “Detective Connie McDowell” on NYPD Blue

Mark Trojanowski (drummer) is 44 – Drummer for Sister Hazel

Chris Kilmore (DJ) is 41 – – DJ for Incubus

Emma Bunton, a.k.a. “Baby Spice” (singer) is 38 – Spice Girls

Nokio (singer) is 35 – Dru Hill

Rock n Roll History

In 1963…Bob Dylan performed his new song “Masters of War” at Gerde’s Folk City in Greenwich Village.

In 1965…The Rolling Stones arrived in Australia, where they would shortly begin a tour with support act Roy Orbison. Two thousand people were there to greet them.

In 1965…The U.S. Immigration Department forced The Animals to cancel a performance at New York’s Apollo Theater. Instead, the English group appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.

In 1966…George Harrison married his girlfriend Patti Boyd at the Registry Office in Epsom, England. Paul McCartney and Beatles manager Brian Epstein were the best men. Boyd would later leave Harrison for his friend, Eric Clapton.

In 1966…The Grateful Dead, The Loading Zone and Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters all performed at the Trips Festival, held in San Francisco’s Longshoremen’s Hall.

In 1968…The Beatles’ business venture, Apple Corps, opened its first London headquarters.

Rolling Stone Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix

Rolling Stone Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix

In 1968… Jimi Hendrix recorded his version of the Bob Dylan song ‘All Along the Watchtower’ at Olympic Studios in London. Rolling Stone Brian Jones and Dave Mason from Traffic both played on the session. The track was released in the US as a single in 1968, peaking at No.20.

In 1969…At the Apple Studios in London, The Beatles began recording the album Let It Be.

In 1971…Mad Dogs & Englishmen, a documentary about Joe Cocker’s infamous tour across america premiered at london’s Festival Palace.

In 1974…Governor Jimmy Carter of Georgia threw a post-concert party for Bob Dylan at the gubernatorial mansion.

In 1979…Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant became a father for the third time. Wife Maureen gave birth to a son, Logan.

In 1981…A picture of a naked John Lennon appeared in his obituary issue of Rolling Stone.

In 1984… Soul singer Jackie Wilson died aged 49. Wilson suffered a massive heart attack while playing a Dick Clark show at the Latin Casino in New Jersey on September 29, 1975, falling head-first to the stage while singing ‘Lonely Teardrops’, and had remained in a coma until his death 8 years later. His 1957 single Reet Petite became a posthumous No.1 when re-issued in 1987 due in part to a new animated video made for the song, featuring a clay model of Wilson. Van Morrison wrote ‘Jackie Wilson Said’ which was covered by Dexy’s Midnight Runners.

In 1987…The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted the late Jackie Wilson, The Coasters, Eddie Cochran, Bo Diddley, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Bill Haley, B.B. King, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Smokey Robinson, T-Bone Walker, Muddy Waters, Hank Williams, Leonard Chess, Ahmet Ertegun, Louis JoRdan, the songwriting team of Leiber and Stoller, Clyde McPhatter, producer Jerry Wexler and Big Joe Turner.

David Dee Palmer

David “Dee” Palmer

In 2003… David Palmer, former keyboard player for Jethro Tull changed his name to Dee Palmer after a successful sex change operation. Palmer was the keyboard player for Jethro Tull between 1969 and 1980. He played on all the Tull classics including ‘Thick As A Brick’ and ‘Aqualung.’

In 2004…Gov’t Mule guitarist Warren Haynes joined The Dead, a touring group featuring the surviving members of The Grateful Dead.

In 2004…The Recording Industry Association of America sued 532 computer users, alleging they were illegally sharing copyrighted material.

2004, As the third season of American Idol was aired on US TV a memo was leaked showing a list of songs banned from being performed at this year’s auditions that included, Elton John’s ‘Candle In The Wind’ and ‘Fallin’ by Alicia Keys. Also all songs by Bruce Springsteen, Mariah Carey, No Doubt, R. Kelly, Tom Petty, Korn and Linkin Park were not allowed after concerns over the cost of securing rights for the song’s use, (or the composers not wanting their song’s to be performed on the show).

In 2006…A plane carrying Bon Jovi skidded off the runway at Hamilton International Airport in Canada. Fortunately, no one was injured