Music history and highlights that happened on January 25th from the birthplace of the blues… and rock n’ roll.
1858: Felix Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” plays at Queen Victoria’s wedding in Great Britain (it was the first time “Wedding March” was played).
1899: Blues musician “Sleepy” John Estes born in Ripley, Tennessee.
1927: Composer Antonio Carlos Jobim born in Rio de Janeiro.
1938: Blues legend Etta James (Jamesetta Hawkins) born in Los Angeles.
1963: The Rolling Stones play the Ricky Tick Club in Great Britain. With Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman, this was the first time they played that club.
1964: The Beatles get their first No. 1 hit with “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”
1974: Led Zeppelin plays for 17,000 screaming fans in Indianapolis. Tickets cost $8.50.
1978: Joy Division makes their live debut in Manchester, England.
1981: Alicia Keyes born in New York.
1982: Kenny Rogers and Pat Benetar wind at the 9th American Music Awards.
1984: Yoko One donates $425,000 to Strawberry Fields, and old folks home in Liverpool.
1988: Whitney Houston wins big at the 15th American Music Awards.
1993: Michael Jackson and Mariah Carey win at the 20th American Music Awards.
1998: “Patti LaBelle on Broadway” closes at the St. James Theater in New York.
2004: Upsetting some fans, Bob Dylan is paid by Victoria’s Secret to film a TV ad in Italy with a barely dressed model.