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January 18th, 1964The Beatles have their first US hit with ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ as it enters the charts on this day. It entered at No.45 just ten days after its release, making it the fastest-selling single in the history of Capitol Records. It would go on to spend seven weeks at the No.1 position.

January 18th, 1974Bad Company is formed today with former members from Free, (Paul Rodgers & Simon Kirke), Mott The Hoople, (Mick Ralphs), and King Crimson, (Boz Burrell). They would go on to score a No. 1 album with their debut release.

January 19th, 1988Bon Jovi’s manager Doc McGhee pleads guilty to importing more than 40,000 lbs of marijuana into the US from Colombia by way of a shrimp boat. McGhee would receive a five-year suspended prison sentence and a fine of $15,000. He was also ordered to set up an anti-drug foundation.

January 19th, 1993Fleetwood Mac gets back together to perform at Bill Clinton’s presidential inauguration. The band’s “Don’t Stop” had been used as the theme song for his campaign.

January 20th, 1969Bruce Springsteen has two of his poems published in the College Literary Yearbook Seascapes. Springsteen was in his second semester at the Ocean County College in Toms River, but he would soon drop out to pursue music.

January 20th, 2002George Harrison has a posthumous No.1 single with the re-release of the 1971 former No.1 ‘My Sweet Lord’. Harrison’s single replaced Aaliyah’s posthumous single ‘More Than A Woman’. It was the only time in history that a deceased artist replaced another deceased artist at No. 1 on the charts.

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