This Week in Music History
January 2nd, 1971 – George Harrison’s album ‘All Things Must Pass’ starts a seven week run at the No.1 position on the album chart. It makes Harrison the first solo Beatle to score a No.1 album.
January 3rd, 1973 – Over a thousand international fashion editors and experts vote Mick Jagger and wife Bianca two of the best-dressed men and women of 1972.
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 become 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.