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January 11th, 1958Elvis Presley will have to wait one more week for the release of his single ‘Jailhouse Rock.’ The record pressing plant in the UK is not able to meet the advance order sales of 250,000 copies.

January 11th, 2000Whitney 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 12th, 2009 – A fully-nude photo of Madonna is sold at auction for over $37,000. It was taken in 1979 when Madonna was just a 20 yr old dancer, living in NYC and trying to make ends meet.

January 13th, 1970Steel 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 13th, 1973Eric Clapton made a comeback at the Rainbow Theatre in London and was joined by Pete Townsend, Stevie Winwood, and The Average White Band. The night’s two shows were recorded for the ‘Rainbow Concert’ album. The Who’s Pete Townshend had organized the concert to help Clapton kick his heroin addiction.

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