Music history and highlights that have happened on January 29th… from the birthplace of the blues… and rock n’ roll.
1781: Mozart’s opera “Idomeneo” opens in Munich.
1917: Actor, singer and Bonnie Raitt’s father, John Raitt born in Santa Ana, California.
1936: Motown, Funk Brothers bassist and major musician James Jamerson born in Charleston, South Carolina.
1944: First Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham born in London.
1946: Soul singer Bettye LaVette (Betty Jo Haskins) born in Muskegon, Michigan.
1953: Los Lobos songwriter, guitarist and percussion player Louie Perez born in Los Angeles.
1961: Bob Dylan meets his idol Woody Guthrie, who gave Dylan a friendly card which read: “I ain’t dead yet”.
1964: The Beatles record in a Paris studio for EMI Records, the only session for that early label outside of England (they recorded new vocals for “She Loves You”, “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “Can’t Buy Me Love”.
1967: Jimi Hendrix and The Who play in concert together at The Saville Theater in London.
1969: Jimi Hendrix and Pete Townshend of The Who wage a battle of guitars in London.
1972: George Harrison’s “Concert for Bangladesh” album goes No. 1 on the British charts.
1981: Early rock drummer Cozy Cole (“Topsy”) passes on.
1992: Icon blues musician and songwriter Willie Dixon (“Back Door Man”, “Wang Dang Doodle”, “You Shook Me”, “Hoochie Coochie Man”, “Little Red Rooster”) leaves the building.
1996: Garth Brooks wins big at the 23rd American Music Awards.
2010: Sly Stone files lawsuit against his former manager and attorney for stolen royalties (he later won big time).
2014: More than 100,000 U.S. citizens sign a petition to have Justin Bieber deported from America (it obviously didn’t work).