This Week in Music History
January 11th, 2000 – Whitney Houston is now under investigation after allegedly trying to smuggle 15.2 grams of Marijuana out of Hawaii. A security officer found the drug in the singer’s handbag, Houston then walked away when he tried to detain her.
January 12th, 2003 – Singer-songwriter Maurice Gibb of Bee Gees fame died at the age of 53 in a Miami Hospital after a heart attack during abdominal surgery. Over the course of The Bee Gees career, they had released over 20 albums, and had the 1979 world-wide No.1 album ‘Spirits Having Flown.’ Maurice Gibb was married to the Scottish singer Lulu from 1969 to 1973. In 2002, Maurice was made a Commander of the British Empire, along with his brothers.
January 13th, 1970 – Steel Mill, featuring Bruce Springsteen, played at The Matrix in San Francisco, California. Boz Scaggs was originally scheduled as headliner, but had to cancel at that last minute due to illness. A rock critic who had shown up to review Scaggs instead wrote a great review of Steel Mill for a local San Francisco paper.
January 14th, 1984 – Paul McCartney was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Pipes Of Peace.’ With this release McCartney made chart history by becoming the first artist to have a No.1 in a group, (The Beatles), in a duo, (with Stevie Wonder), in a trio, (with Wings) and as a solo artist.
January 15th, 1967 – The Rolling Stones perform “Let’s Spend the Night Together” on The Ed Sullivan Show. However, censors were able to convince Mick Jagger he should sing the less salacious line “Let’s spend some time together.”
January 16th, 1969 – Fleetwood Mac, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Albert Collins appear at the Fillmore West, San Francisco, California.
January 17th, 1972 - Elvis gets a road named after him. A section of Bellevue Boulevard in Memphis is renamed Elvis Presley Boulevard. The the other length of road kept its original name after protests from the Bellevue Baptist Church.