Bob Dylan achieved his dream of meeting his music idol Woody Guthrie in 1961 when Guthrie was on weekend release from the hospital where he was being treated for Huntington’s chorea. Dylan told him; “I was a Woody Guthrie jukebox” Guthrie gave Dylan a card which said “I ain’t dead yet”
In 1964, The Beatles spent the day at Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris, France. The Beatles’ only studio recording session for EMI held outside the U.K. They recorded new vocals for “She Love You”, “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “Can’t Buy Me Love”, after EMI’s West German branch persuaded Brain Epstein that they would be unable to sell large quantities of record in Germany unless they were recorded in the German language. A translator coached John, Paul and George, although their familiarity with the German language from the Hamburg days made things much easier.
Fleetwood Mac had their only U.K. No.1 music single in 1968 with the instrumental “Albatross” which was composed by guitarist Peter Green. The song later was featured on their album “The Pious Bird of Good Omen” in the U.K. and “English Rose” in the U.S. “Albatross” is the only Fleetwood Mac composition with the distinction of having inspired a Beatles song, “Sun King” from 1969’s Abbey Road.
Gwen Dickey, former backing band for The Temptations went on to No.1 in 1977 on the U.S. music singles chart as Rose Royce with the song “Car Wash”. This song also went on to No.9 in the U.K. The song was written and produced by Norman Whitfield and became the group’s debut single and one of the most notable successes of the disco era.
Music by the Australian group Men At Work in 1983 had accomplished something that only music sensation Rod Stewart was able to do in 1971. This day, January 29, 1983, Men At Work went to No.1 on the British and American music singles and album charts simultaneously with “Down Under” and “Business As Usual”.
Garth Brooks refused to accept the American Music Awards’ Favorite Artist of the Year honor in 1996. Garth was quoted backstage as saying “I cannot agree with this”. When asked who the recipient should be, Garth replied “The award should have gone to Hootie and the Blowfish”. That night though, Brooks did take two other awards. The Eagles received three awards and other winners included Reba McEntire, Alabama and Shania Twain.
In 2001, a New York based data company issued a chart listing sales of posthumous albums. The idea came about after radio stations wanted to distinguish between proper recordings when the artists were alive and CD’s released after they died. Mike Shalett founder of SoundScan said there was only one problem. What to call the chart. The Top 5 chart had The Doors at No.5, Eva Cassidy at No.4, Jimi Hendrix at No.3, Bob Marley at No.2 and 2Pac at No.1.
Kelly Clarkson (Former American Idol winner) made the largest ever leap to No.1 in the U.S. music chart history in 2009. Kelly rose 96 places. Her single, “My Life Would Suck Without You” rose for 97 to the top of the Billboard music chart after selling 280,000 downloads in its first week of release.
Sly Stone in 2010 file a $50 million suit against his former manager claiming he had committed fraud and 20 years of stolen royalties. The 66-year old funk musician of the 1970’s group Sly and the Family Stone, claimed in the Los Angeles Superior court that Jerry Goldstein diverted millions in royalties to fund a lavish lifestyle.
Country music star Kenny Chesney began a three week ride at the top of the Billboard country music chart in 2011 with “Somewhere With You”. The song was written by Shane McAnally and J.T. Harding and was released as the second single from his album “Hemingway’s Whiskey”.
Take your music and leave our country was the message given to Justin Bieber in 2014. More than 100,000 people signed a petition to deport Canadian citizen Justin Bieber out of America. This campaign followed his arrest earlier this month for drunk driving and driving without a valid driver’s license. According to the U.S. Government protocol, once a petition has over 100,000 signatures, it must be reviewed by White House staff, who will have to respond to it.
And now it is time to wish a Happy Birthday to the people that have brought us great music or had a hand in creating the music. Those born on January 29th are:
James Jamerson – born in 1938, James was an American bassist and was on most of the Motown Records hits in the 60s and early 70s. James was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. He played bass for The Funk Brothers. He also is on hits with The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, Martha And the Vandellas and others.
Andrew Loog Oldham – born in 1944, Andrew is an English record producer, manager and the first Rolling Stones manager and producer. Andrew was introduced to the Rolling Stones in 1963 and saw potential in the group. Oldham was young and brought on another business partner Eric Easton and took over management of the Stones and started really kicking off their tour and recording career.
David Byron – born in 1947, David was a British singer and songwriter who was best known as being the lead singer with the rock band Uriah Heep in the early 1970s. David started his career as a session vocalist with a company called Avenue Recordings.
Thomas Erdelyi – born in 1952, Thomas was a Hungarian American record producer, musician and songwriter. He is better known by his stage name Tommy Ramone and being the drummer for the Ramones.
Louie Perez – born in 1953, Louie is an American songwriter, percussionist and guitarist. Louie is better known as one of the founding members and the guitarist with the band Los Lobos. As Los Lobos ventured into Norteño music and rock, Perez became the drummer.
Eddie Jackson – born in 1961, Eddie is an American bass guitarist who is also known as EdBass and One Take. Eddie is widely known as being bassist with Queensryche which he co-founded in 1982.