This Day In Music: 1/31/12

Musician Birthdays: John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten, most famous as the lead singer of the Sex Pistols, famous for hits “Anarchy In the UK” and “God Save the Queen”, born in 1956), Jeff Hanneman, (guitarist of thrash metal band, Slayer, born in 1964), Chad Channing (Nirvana’s first drummer before Dave Grohl joined, born in 1967), Justin Timberlake (singer/songwriter/film actor, most famous as one of the singers for N’Sync and having a solo career, born in 1981)

– In 1967: The Beatles spent a second day at Knole Park, Sevenoaks, Kent, England to complete filming for the ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ promotional video. The film was shot in colour, for the benefit of the US market, since UK television was still broadcasting only in black and white. Taking time out from filming John Lennon bought a 1843 poster from an antiques shop in Surrey which provided him with most the lyrics for The Beatles song ‘Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite’.

– In 1970: The Jackson Five went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Want You Back’. The song was originally written for Gladys Knight & The Pips and was the first of four No.1’s for the group. It made No.2 in the UK.

– In 1981: Blondie went to No.1 on the US singles hart with ‘The Tide Is High’, the group’s third US No.1, also a No.1 in the UK.

– In 1987: Paul Simon went back to No. 1 on the UK album chart with ‘Graceland’, the album stayed on the chart for 101 weeks.

– In 1988: Janet Jackson started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Together Again’.

– In 2007: Jim Morrison was enlisted to help fight global warming more than 35 years after his death. ‘Woman in the Window’, a previously unreleased poem written and recorded by The Doors frontman shortly before he died in 1971 was being set to music and used to publicise the Global Cool campaign.

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