Music history and highlights on January 22nd from the birthplace of the blues… and rock n’ roll.
1575: Queen Elizabeth grants Thomas Tallis and William Byrd music press monopoly in England.
1897: Blues and spiritial singer “Blind” Willie Johnson born in Pendleton, Texas.
1900: Microphone inventor David Edward Hughes passes away.
1904: Founder of New York city Ballet, George Balanchine, born in St. Petersburg.
1931: Sam Cooke born in Clarksdale.
1934: Dmitri Shostakovitch’s opera “Lady McBeth” premieres in Leningrad.
1940: Shirelles singer (“Soldier Boy”) Addie “Micki” Harris born.
1946: Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLauren born in London.
1950: INXS singer Michael Hutchence born in Sydney.
1959: Buddy Holly does his last recording with an acoustic guitar in his New York City apartment. “Peggy Sue Got Married”, “Crying, Waiting, Hoping”, “That’s What they Say”, “What to Do”, “Learning the Game” and “That Makes it Tough” are later overdubbed after his untimely death.
1965: Rapper Jazzy Jeff Townes, and Guns & Roses drummer Steve Adler born.
1966: The Beach Boys record “Wouldn’t it be Nice” which became the opening song on their breakthrough album “Pet Sounds.”
1969: The Beatles start recording “Get Back” with Billy Preston in a live session at Apple Studios.
1971: John Lennon and Yoke Ono record “Power to the People.”
1980: Jazz and Gospel singer Lizz Wright born in Hahira, Georgia.
1983: MTV network starts broadcasting in Los Angeles.
1990: Bobby Brown and Paula Abdul win at 17th American Music Awards.
1998: Rapper Silento (Ricky Hawk) born in Atlanta.
2006: Lisa Marie Presley marries guitarist and producer Michael Lockwood in Kyoto.
2015: Rihanna wins legal battle against a UK store over a t-shirt bearing her image.