Music history and highlights on January 24th from the birthplace of the blues… and rock n’ roll.
1936: Benny Goodman records “Stomping at the Savoy” on Victor Records.
1936: Rocker Jack Scott born.
1939: Entertainer and singer Ray Stevens born… in Clarksdale, Georgia!
1941: Meters and Neville Brothers’ Aaron Neville born.
1941: Neil Diamond born in Brooklyn.
1947: Singer and songwriter Warren Zevon born (early in his career he toured regularly with The Everly Brothers as their keyboard player, band leader and musical coordinator, which was quite before he recorded 15 solo albums… and “Werewolves of London”).
1949: Blues Brother and actor John Belushi born in Chicago.
1953: Eddie Fisher is No. 1 on UK singles charts (negative publicity from divorcing Debbie Reynolds to marry Elizabeth Taylor notwithstanding).
1958: Elvis Presley No. 1 on UK singles charts with “Jailhouse Rock” (it was the King’s 2nd UK No. 1 hit).
1958: The Quarry Men band performs at the Cavern Club in in Liverpool. Three years later they play the Cavern Club under their new name, The Beatles.
1962: Brian Epstein sings artist management contract with The Beatles (he got 25% of earnings).
1969: The Doors gets $50,000 for playing at Madison Square Garden, making the band one of the highest paid acts of the year.
1972: Blues singer and songwriter Beth Hart born in Los Angeles.
1976: Bob Dylan starts a five-week run at No. 1 on U.S. charts with the album “Desire”, which featured the song “Hurricane”, which protested the conviction of former middleweight boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter.
1981: Monkees’ Davy Jones marries Anita Pollinger.
2008: Singer Amy Winehouse goes into rehab.
2011: Adele releases Grammy Award winning album “21”.
2017: Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks passes on.