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This Day In Rock History: Jan 2nd

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  • 1926, The first issue of The Melody Maker went on sale priced at 3d. The monthly magazine was for ‘all who are interested in the production of popular music’. In the first issue, Dance Band news, a feature on Ukuleles and how to read music by sight.
  • 1968, The entire shipment of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s album ‘Two Virgins’ was seized by authorities in New Jersey due to the full frontal nude photograph of the couple on the cover. The album was eventually wrapped in plain brown paper in record stores.
  • 1971, The George Harrison album ‘All Things Must Pass’ started a seven week run at No.1 on the US album chart, making Harrison the first solo Beatle to score a US No.1 album.
  • 1974, US country singer, actor and radio presenter Tex Ritter died of a heart attack when he was trying to bail a member of his band from a jail in Nashville. His song ‘High Noon’ won an Oscar for Best Song in 1952.
  • 1976, Bad Company, Nazareth, Ronnie Lane’s Slim Chance, The Pretty Things and Be Bop Deluxe all appeared at the second day of the Great British Music Festival at London’s Olympia. Tickets £3.50 ($5.95).
  • 1979, Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious went on trial in New York accused of murdering his girlfriend Nancy Spungen three months earlier, when he claimed to have awoken from a drugged stupor to find Spungen dead on the bathroom floor of their room in the Hotel Chelsea in Manhattan, New York.
  • 1980, US singer Larry Williams was found dead from a gunshot wound to his head in his Los Angeles, California home aged 45. Williams had the 1957 US No.5 & UK No. 21 single ‘Short Fat Fannie.’ Also known for ‘Bony Moronie’ and ‘Dizzy Miss Lizzy.’ The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Dr. Feelgood, Flying Burrito Brothers, Johnny Winter, Little Richard, The Who, Ritchie Valens and Bill Haley & His Comets all covered his songs.
  • 1981, ABBA were enjoying their sixth week at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Super Trouper.’
  • 1994, Meat Loaf started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Bat Out Of Hell 2-Back Into Hell.’
  • 2000, Travis started a six-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘The Man Who.’
  • 2004, Daniel Bedingfield suffered two fractured vertebrae in his neck after the jeep he was driving rolled over and crashed when on holiday in New Zealand. Emergency workers had to cut the singer free before he could be taken to hospital.
  • 2005, Green Day were at No.1 on the UK album chart with their seventh album ‘American Idiot.’ The album went on to be nominated for seven Grammy Awards, winning the Best Rock Album of 2005.
  • 2007, Gnarls Barkley’s song ‘Crazy’ was confirmed as the biggest selling UK single of 2006 selling over 700,000 copies. The track, which was the first to reach number one on downloads alone, held off the challenge of X-factor winner Leone. Snow Patrol’s album ‘Eyes Open’ topped the album chart with estimated sales of 1.5m while Take That’s comeback release ‘Beautiful World’ came in just behind. Singles sales had doubled to over 65m since the download chart was launched in September 2004.
  • 2008, Josh Groban was America’s top selling artist of 2007, the 26-year-old whose hits included ‘You Raise Me Up’, had the best-selling album of the year with the Christmas compilation Noel, which sold close to 3.7m copies. The second biggest seller was the soundtrack for Disney’s High School Musical 2. The Eagles were 2007’s biggest selling group with sales of 3.58m albums.
  • 2009, According to official US sales figures AC/DC were the biggest sellers of 2008 with over 3.4m sales. To promote the groups latest album Black Ice, Columbia Records created “Rock Again AC/DC Stores” as well as “Black Ice” trucks which were dispatched on the streets of New York and Los Angeles playing AC/DC music aloud and making various stops each day to sell merchandise.

Born on this day:

  • 1936, Born on this day, Roger Miller singer, guitarist and TV star. (1965 UK No.1 & US No.4 single ‘King Of The Road’). He won four Grammy awards in 1965 including Best Country & Western Album. Roger died of lung cancer on October 25th 1991, aged 56. Scottish duo The Proclaimers had the 1990 UK No.9 hit with their version of ‘King Of The Road.’
  • 1942, Born on this day, Chick Churchill, keyboards, Ten Years After, 1970 UK No.10 single ‘Love Like A Man.’
  • 1954, Born on this day, Glenn Goins, guitar, vocals, Parliament, Funkadelic. Died 29/7/78. 1978 US No.16 album ‘One Nation Under A Groove.’
  • 1957, Born on this day, Ricky Van Shelton, US country singer, scored 10 country No.1’s, including duets with Dolly Parton and Brenda Lee.
  • 1963, Born on this day, Keith Gregory, bass, The Wedding Present. During 1992 the UK band released one single every month giving them 12 top 30 hits. Making them the only group ever to score more than 10 new UK hits in one year.
  • 1967, Born on this day, Robert Gregory, drums, Babybird, (1996 UK No.3 single ‘You’re Gorgeous’, 1996 UK No. 9 album ‘Ugly Beautiful’).
  • 1975, Born on this day, Douglas Seann Robb, Hoobastank, 2004 US No.2 hit ‘The Reason’.

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