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The Rolling Stones – Photo by William Lovelace

January 25th, 1963The Rolling Stones play at the Ricky Tick Club at a Hotel in the town of Windsor, Berkshirehire, UK. It is the first time The Rolling Stones, including Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman played at this venue.

January 26th, 1977Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green was committed to a mental hospital after an incident where he threatened his accountant Clifford Adams with an air rifle when he was trying to deliver a $51,000 royalty check.

January 27th, 1956Elvis Presley’s single, ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ was released.The song sold 300,000 copies in its first week and would end up selling over a million, becoming Elvis’ first Gold record.

January 28th, 1985 – The recording took place for We Are The World the US equivalent of Band Aid at A&M Studios in Hollywood, L.A. Written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, the all star cast included Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Daryl Hall, John Oates, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Perry and Bob Geldof. The session was produced by Quincy Jones.

January 29th, 1968The Doors appeared at The Pussy Cat A Go Go, Las Vegas. 
After the show singer Jim Morrison taunts a security guard in the parking lot by pretending to smoke a joint, resulting in a fight. The police arrive who arrest Morrison and charge him with vagrancy, public drunkenness, and failure to possess sufficient identification.

January 30th, 1970Edison Lighthouse are at No.1 in the UK with ‘Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes).’ It would be the group’s only Top 40 hit, which would spend five weeks at the top of the charts.

January 31st, 1976 Abba kicks Queen from the top of the charts with ‘Mamma Mia.’ Queen’s single ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ had enjoyed a nine week run and by coincidence, Queen’s single contains the famous “mamma mia, mamma mia, mamma mia let me go” line.

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