Stech’s Day in Rock! (1/26, 1/27, 1/30, 1/31)

January 26th

1997: ZZ Top, James Brown & the Blues Brothers performed the halftime show of Super Bowl XXXI in New Orleans.

1991: Queen reached the top of the U.K. Singles Chart for the third time with “Innuendo”. The flamenco guitar solo in the song was performed by Yes guitarist Steve Howe.

1986: Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Allen Collins was involved in a car accident where his car ran off the road, crashed into a culvert, his girlfriend Debra Jean Watts was killed & Collins was paralyzed from the waist down.

1970: John Lennon, wrote, recorded and mixed “Instant Karma!” which was produced by Phil Spector and released 11 days later.

Birthdays:

Eddie Van Halen-guitarist for Van Halen born in 1955

 

 

January 27th

1990: Tom Petty Day was declared in Petty’s birthplace of Gainesville, FL. Petty also peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Free Fallin’” which was Petty’s only top ten single as a solo artist in the U.S.

1990: Foreigner singer Lou Gramm peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Just Between You and Me” which was Gramm’s second and final top ten single as a solo artist in the U.S.

1971: David Bowie arrived in the U.S. for the first time. Bowie couldn’t perform live, but he did gain publicity for wearing a dress during a promotional event.

1967: The Beatles signed a new, nine-year contract with EMI Records.

Birthdays:

Nick Mason-drummer for Pink Floyd born in 1944
Brian Downey-drummer for Thin Lizzy born in 1951
Seth Justman-keyboardist for the J. Geils Band born in 1951

 

 

January 30th

1990: The Black Crowes released their debut album “Shake Your Money Maker” which went on to reach number four on the Billboard 200 Album Chart and sell five million copies in the U.S.

1989: During Guns N’ Roses’ performance of “Patience” at the 16th annual American Music Awards at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium, Don Henley filled in on drums due to drummer Steven Adler having the flu.

1974: Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake & Palmer was arrested for swimming nude in a hotel pool in Salt Lake City. The pool was clearly visible from the street.

1969: The Beatles performed their final concert on the rooftop of Apple offices in London. The concert was halted 42 minutes into their set due to noise complaints.

Birthdays:
Marty Balin-singer for Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship born in 1942
Phil Collins born in 1951

 

 

January 31st

1987: Genesis peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Land of Confusion” which was their fourth top ten single in the U.S.

1970: The Grateful Dead were arrested for possession of LSD and barbituates in New Orleans. This event would later inspire their song “Truckin’”.

1970: Led Zeppelin peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Whole Lotta Love” which was their only top ten single in the U.S.

1969: The Beatles recorded the master takes of “Let It Be”, “The Long and Winding Road” & “Two of Us” at Apple Studios in London.

1959: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens & the Big Bopper played at The Armory in Duluth, MN. Seventeen year old Robert Zimmerman was in attendance & became inspired to become a musician after attending this concert. He’s better known today as Bob Dylan.

Birthdays:
Adrian Vandenberg-guitarist for Whitesnake born in 1954

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