This Week in Music History
January 4th, 1970 – Neil Boland, Chauffeur of The Who, was accidentally killed when drummer Keith Moon ran him over. Moon was trying to escape from an angry mob of skinheads after a fight broke out at a pub in Hatfield, England. Moon had never passed a driving test.
January 5th, 1973 – Bruce Springsteen releases his debut album ‘Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.’ It was recorded in a single week and would only sell about 25,000 copies in its first year. ‘Blinded By The Light’ was released as a single but never made a splash in the charts. Manfred Mann would later cover Bruce’s ‘Blinded By The Light’ on their album, ‘The Roaring Silence,’ which would reach #1 in 1977 claiming its spot as the most popular version of the song.
January 6th, 1964 – The Rolling Stones, The Ronettes, Marty Wilde, and several other performers kick off the first of a 14 date tour in the UK at the Granada Theatre in Middlesex.
January 7th, 1974 – Carly Simon and James Taylor became parents with the birth of their daughter Sarah Maria.
January 8th, 1993 – A 29-cent U.S. postage stamp bearing the likeness of a 1950s-era Elvis Presley is issued at a post office near the King’s Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tenn. The U.S. Postal Service held a vote in 1992 in which fans chose the ’50s Elvis 851,200 to 277,723 over an older Elvis.
January 9th, 1997 – It’s the day after David Bowie’s 50th birthday and he’s throwing a ‘Birthday Bash’ at the Madison Square Garden with special guests Sonic Youth, Robert Smith of The Cure, The Foo Fighters, Lou Reed and Billy Corgan. Bowie is also performing and the proceeds would go to the Save The Children fund.
January 10th, 1984 – Cyndi Lauper becomes the first female recording artist since Bobbie Gentry in 1967 to be nominated for five Grammy Awards. She is nominated for Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Performance (Female), Record of the Year and Song of the Year.