Rock 'n' Roll History for
January 20






1958 - ClassicBands.com

January 20
The management of St. Louis radio station KWK had all Rock 'n' Roll music removed from its play list. The disc jockeys gave every Rock 'n' Roll record in the station library a "farewell spin" before smashing it to pieces. The station manager, Robert T. Convey felt that Rock 'n' Roll had dominated the airwaves long enough and called the action "a simple weeding out of undesirable music."

January 20
"Get A Job" by The Silhouettes was released. The song will climb to #1 in the US and is considered to be a Rock and Roll classic, although the Philadelphia quartet who sang it never had another Top 40 hit.

January 20
Rick Nelson started a two-week run at #1 on the Billboard album chart with "Ricky", which featured his #3 hit single "Be-Bop Baby".

January 20
Capitol Records releases the original cast recording of "The Music Man", which will occupy the #1 spot on the Billboard album chart for twelve weeks and remain in the Top 200 for a total of 245 weeks.

1965 - ClassicBands.com

January 20
Alan Freed, who many credit with first associating the term "Rock and Roll" to music, died at the age of 43. Freed was a Cleveland disc jockey who started promoting dances that featured the top artists of the day, including, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino and Jerry Lee Lewis. After moving to New York and appearing in some teen movies, he was caught up in the payola scandal of 1959 for accepting money for playing certain records on his radio show. Before his death, he was virtually broke and fighting charges of tax evasion. It was a sad end for one of Rock and Roll's most important pioneers.

January 20
The Rolling Stones and The Kinks make their first appearance on ABC-TV's Shindig! Also appearing were the Dave Clark Five, Petula Clark, Bobby Vee, Bobby Sherman and Gerry And The Pacemakers.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

January 20
John Fred's "Judy In Disguise (With Glasses"), a song title inspired by the Beatles "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds", knocked the Fab Four's "Hello Goodbye" out of Billboard's top spot. It reached #3 in the UK.

1970 - ClassicBands.com

January 20
Diana Ross surprises many when she marries public relations executive, Robert Silberstein. They would divorce in 1976.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

January 20
Jerry Lee Lewis was booked to play the Grand Ole Opry on the condition that he would stick to Country and Western tunes only. Jerry did just that for a while, but eventually broke into his old Rock hits from the '50s, while swearing up a storm. He proclaimed, "I am the rock and rollin', country and western, rhythm and blues singin' motherf***er."

1974 - ClassicBands.com

January 20
Stevie Wonder returned to performing in London, five months after a car crash put him in a coma.

1982 - ClassicBands.com

January 20
Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off of what he thought was a plastic bat thrown at him during a concert in Des Moines. The bat turned out to be real and Ozzy later went through a series of injections against rabies.

1988 - ClassicBands.com

January 20
The Beach Boys, Berry Gordy, Jr., The Beatles, The Drifters, Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Les Paul, Leadbelly and The Supremes are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during ceremonies at New York's Waldorf Astoria. During the Beach Boys acceptance speech, vocalist Mike Love insulted just about everybody in the music business, including Paul McCartney, Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen and Mick Jagger. In later years, Love would explain sheepishly that "I hadn't meditated that morning..."

1999 - ClassicBands.com

January 20
Bill Albaugh, drummer for The Lemon Pipers on their 1967 US #1 single "Green Tambourine", died at the age of 53.

2012 - ClassicBands.com

January 20
Etta James, most often remembered for her signature song, "At Last", which reached number 2 on the Billboard R&B chart and number 47 on the Hot 100, died from complications of leukemia at the age of 73. She also placed nine other songs in the American Top 40, won three Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

2015 - ClassicBands.com

January 20
Motley Crue announced that they would perform for the last time on New Year's Eve in Los Angeles. The band went so far as signing a Cessation of Touring contract during a press conference to promise they will play no more gigs after 2015.

2016 - ClassicBands.com

January 20
The four members of ABBA, Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Agnetha Faltskog and Bjorn Ulvaeus, were together again for the opening of Bjorn's new Mama Mia restaurant in Stockholm, Sweden. It was the first time all four were photographed together since the premiere of the movie Mama Mia in London in 2008.






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