January 14, 1955
Alan Freed’s first Rock & Roll Ball in New York at St. Nick’s Arena included The Drifters, The Moonglows, The Harptones and the Clovers.
1970 – Diana Ross performed her last show as a Supreme at Las Vegas’ Frontier Hotel.
Top Single: “Words Of Love” The Mama’s & The Papa’s #6 1967
“I’m A Believer” The Monkees #1 1967
January 15, 1956
The Magnificents were discovered by Chicago D.J. “The Magnificent Montaque”.
Top Single: “Five O’Clock World” The Vogues #4 1966
Birthday: Edward “Sonny” Bivans (The Manhattans) 1942
January 16, 1954
The Orioles “Robe Of Calvary” and The Spiders “You’re The One” were released.
1988 – Tina Turner performed before 180,000 fans at Rio de Janeiro’s American Stadium. A box office record for a single artist.
Top Single: “Lonely Days” The Bee Gees #7 1971 “Come See About Me” The Supremes #1 1965
Birthday: Hal Miller (The Rays) 1931 Maxine Jones (En Vogue) 1966
January 17, 1953 R&B collectors favorite “Keep It A Secret” by The Five Crowns was released. Purchase price $0.79. Today it is a $2,000 rarity.
1972 – Bellvue Street in Memphis was renamed Elvis Presley Blvd.
Top Single: “I Played The Fool” The Clovers #3 R&B 1953
“I Write The Songs” Barry Manilow #1 1976
Birthday: Elsberry Hobbs (The Drifters) 1936 William Hart (The Delfonics) 1945
Sheila Hutchinson (The Emotions) 1953 Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles) 1957
January 18, 1979
Neil Sedaka (The Tokens), with 29 chart singles to date, was given a star on Hollywood’s “Walk of Fame”.
1964 – “I Want To Hold Your Hand” became The Beatles first U.S. charted single (#1). It was already their 6th single in the U.K.
Top Single: “Quicksand” Martha & The Vandellas #21 1964
“Running Bear” Johnny Preston #1 1960
Birthday: Berman Patterson (The Cleftones) 1938 Martha Reeves (Martha & The Vandellas) 1941
David Ruffin (The Temptations) 1941
January 19, 1981 Frank Sinatra, Donny & Marie Osmond and Dean Martin performed at President Reagan’s inaugural ball.
Top Single: “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” The Platters #1 1959
January 20, 1988
The Drifters and The Supremes were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
1965 – The founding father of Rock & Roll, Disc Jockey Alan freed died, out of work at the age of 43.
Top Single: “When I Fall In Love” The Lettermen #7 1962
“You’re So Vain” Carly Simon #1 1973
Birthday: Ron Townson (The 5th Dimension) 1941 Billy Powell (The O’Jays) 1942
Dave Libert (The Happenings) 1943
January 21, 1987 The Coasters were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Clyde McPhatter (The Drifters) was posthumously inducted.
1984 – Legendary vocalist Jackie Wilson died after an eight year coma brought on by a heart attack while on stage (September 25, 1975), He was singing “Lonely Teardrops” at the time.
Top Single: “Moments To Remember” The Four Aces #6 1956 “Baby Come Back” Player #1 1978
January 22, 1958
The Chantels recorded 5 sides including their hit follow-up to “Maybe”, “Every Night” (#16 R&B, #39 Pop).
Top Single: “Hot Line” The Sylvers #6 1977
Birthday: Sam Cooke (The Soul Stirrers) 1935 Micki Harris (The Shirelles) 1940
January 23, 1959
Dion (of Dion & The Belmonts) began the infamous “Winter Dance Party” tour with Richie Valens, Buddy Holly & The Big Bopper. He would become the only headliner to survive as the other three all died in a small plane crash midway through the tour.
Top Single: “If I Ever Fall In Love” Shai #2 1993 “Downtown” Petula Clark #1 1965
Birthday: Jerry Lawson (The Persuasions) 1944 Bonnie Pointer (The Pointer Sisters)
January 24, 1970 James “Shep” Sheppard, lead of The Heartbeats” and Shep & The Limelites was found murdered in his car on the Long Island Expressway in New York.
1962 – The Beatles signed a management agreement with record store owner Brian Epstein. Interestingly enough, Brian never signed a copy himself.
Top Single: “Baby, Don’t Do It” The Five Royales #5 R&B 1953
“Do You Know Where You’re Going To” Diana Ross #1 1976
Birthday: Zeke Carey (The Flamingos) 1933
January 25, 1963 The Classics recorded “Till Then”.
1956 – Elvis Presley’s first RCA single “Heartbreak Hotel” was released. By April 21st it was #1.
Top Single: “That’s What Friends Are For” Dionne & Friends #1 1985
“There I’ve Said It Again” Bobby Vinton 31 1964
Birthday: Etta James (Peaches)
January 26, 1970 Phil Spector and John Lennon wrote and recorded Lennon’s “Instant Karma” in one day. It charted 33 days later (February 28) eventually reaching #3.
Top Single: “Walk Right In” The Rooftop Singers #1 1963
January 27, 1956
The Platters, The Drifters, The Five Keys and The Turbans began a tour in Pittsburg while The Flamingos and The Sweethearts toured the south starting in Richmond, Virginia.
1962 – Rock & Roller Chubby Checker achieved a first when he put four albums in the U.S. Top 10.
Prior to that, only MOR-Pop artists had reached such a milestone.
Top Single: The Wanderer” Dion & The Del-Satins #8 1962
“Peppermint Twist” Joey Dee & The Starliters #1 1962
Birthday: Nedra Talley Ross (The Ronettes)
January 28, 1950 When The Robins single “If It’s So, Baby” charted (#10 R&B) they became the first west coast vocal group to make the top 10.
1970 – A cross section of musical messengers including The Rascals, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Judy Collins, dave Brubeck, Harry Belafonte and the cast of the Broadway musical “Hair” performed in an anti-war benefit concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
Top Single: “Standing In The Shadows of Love” The Four Tops #6 1967
“Owner Of A Lonely Heart” Yes #1 1984
January 29, 1956
The Cleftones played Detroit’s prime venue The Fox Theater on the strength of their new release “You, Baby, You” (#78).
Top Single: “Barbara Ann” The Beach Boys #2 1966
January 30, 1958 The Silhouettes standard rocker “Get A Job” charted (#1 Pop & #1 R&B). The 70’s group Shan a NA was named after a line in the song.
1969 – The Beatles and Billy Preston (on organ) performed four songs on the roof of Apple Records in Saville Row, London. It was their last live performance.
Top Single: “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” The Shirelles #1 1961
Birthday: Joe Terry (Danny & The Juniors) 1941 Sandy Yaguda (Jay & The Americans) 1943
Jody Watley (Shalamar) 1959
January 31, 1953 Decca’s Brunswick label was reactivated with its first single by the vocal group The Five Bills (“Can’t Wait For Tomorrow”) now a $500 collectable.
1958 – Little Richard retired at the peak of his career to become an evangelist. His conversion lasted all of four years.
Top Single: “The Bells” The Dominoes #4 R&B 1953
“I Want You Back” The Jackson Five #1 1970
Birthday: Marvin Junior (The Dells) 1936
Show Support for Turtles Victory
In September, the 1960s band The Turtles won a critical legal victory in their lawsuit against Sirius XM. The Turtles sued because Sirius XM has taken the position that it doesn't need permission - and therefore doesn't need to pay for use of - pre-1972 recordings protected under state law, even though it does pay for post-1972 recordings that are protected by federal law. This relates to an issue that SoundExchange has long been fighting - the failure of some large digital radio services to pay for the use of such vintage recordings. We think Sirius XM's position is wrong as a matter of law, and definitely wrong as a matter of justice!
On the Hill & In the Know
Congressional Rewind: Abbreviated September Session
During the week of September 15, the House Judiciary Committee held two copyright hearings. The first hearing was part of the Committee's comprehensive copyright review and discussed a provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that prohibits people from circumventing technical protection measures. This makes it illegal for pirates to even decrypt digital copyrighted works, often the first step before making an illegal copy. The second was an oversight hearing on the Copyright Office, where Maria Pallante, Register of Copyrights, testified. Pallante focused on bringing the Copyright Office into the 21st Century, with Committee Members agreeing that there is a need to update and modernize the Copyright Office.
Congress has now left town to focus on the November election. They will make their way back to Washington, D.C. after voters have their say, for one last shot at getting their business done before the 113th Congress comes to an end.