This Day In Music: 1/19/12

Musician Birthdays: Janis Joplin (Singer/songwriter, famous for hits “Me and Bobby McGee”, “Piece of My Heart”, born in 1943), Dolly Parton, (country singer/songwriter/actress, famous for hit, “I Will Always Love You”, born in 1946),  Robert Palmer, famous for hits, “Simply Irrestible”, “Addicted To Love”, born in 1949)

– In 1959: The Platters ‘Smoke Gets In Your Eyes’, started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart.

– In 1963: The Beatles made their first national TV appearance in the UK on ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’ performing ‘Please Please Me’.

– In 1967: The Beatles began recording ?A Day in the Life? at Abbey Road studio?s London, recording four takes of the new song

– In 1971: Tracks from The Beatles White Album (including ‘Helter Skelter), were played in the courtroom at the Sharon Tate murder trial to find out if any songs could have influenced Charles Manson and his followers to commit murder. Actress Sharon Tate who was married to film director Roman Polanski, was eight and a half months pregnant when she was murdered in her home, along with four others, by followers of Charles Manson.

– In 1978: Johnny Rotten was fired from The Sex Pistols for ‘not being weird enough anymore.’

– In 1980: Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ started a 15-week run at #1 on the US album chart. The group’s third US #1, it went on to sell over 23 million copies in the US alone. ‘The Wall’ is still the third largest grossing album in the US, behind Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ and Eagles’ ‘Greatest Hits’.

– In 1988: Bon Jovi’s and Mötley Crüe manager Doc McGheep pleaded guilty to importing more than 40,000lb of marijuana into the US from Colombia via a shrimp boat. McGhee received a five-year suspended prison sentence, a fine of $15,000, and was ordered to set up an anti-drugs foundation.

– In 1991: Janet Jackson went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Love Will Never Do’, her 5th US No.1, a No.31 hit in the UK.

– In 1997: Madonna won the Best Actress award for her role in Evita at the Golden Globe Awards.

– In 1998: American Rockabilly singer, songwriter Carl Perkins died aged 65 from throat cancer. He wrote the classic rock & roll song ‘Blue Suede Shoes’, the first record by a Sun label to sell a million copies.

– In 2001: It was reported that Paul McCartney was set to become the world?s first pop star billionaire. McCartney was said to be worth ?725 million ($1,233) and was expected to become a billionaire after huge sales from The Beatles compilation hits album.

– In 2006: American soul singer, Wilson Pickett died in hospital near his Ashburn, Virginia home of a heart attack aged 64. Pickett recorded the soul classics ?Mustang Sally?, ?Everybody Needs Somebody to Love? and ?In The Midnight Hour? plus he scored 15 other US Top 40 singles.

– In 2007: Canadian singer songwriter and former Mamas and the Papas singer Denny Doherty died at the age of 66. He died at his home near Toronto, Canada after a short illness. The group scored the 1966 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Monday Monday.’

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