Rock 'n' Roll History for
January 23






1956 - ClassicBands.com

January 23
Rock 'n' Roll fans in Cleveland, Ohio who were under 18 were banned from dancing in public unless accompanied by an adult after Ohio Police started enforcing a law dating back to 1931.

January 23
James Brown And The Famous Flames sign a recording contract with King Records. As a signing bonus, they receive $200. Their first effort, "Please, Please, Please", would become a million seller later in the year, but their next nine releases failed to live up to the success of their debut.

1959 - ClassicBands.com

January 23
Buddy Holly kicks off the twenty-four date Winter Dance Party at the Million Dollar Ballroom in Milwaukee, backed by Tommy Allsup on guitar, Waylon Jennings on bass and Carl Bunch on drums.

1965 - ClassicBands.com

January 23
North America finally caught on to Petula Clark when her hit "Downtown" made her the first British female to have a number one hit on this side of the Atlantic in the Rock era. She would go on to rack up many more smashes, including "I Know a Place", "My Love", "I Couldn't Live Without Your Love", "This is My Song" and "Don't Sleep in the Subway". Clark had already been very successful in the UK, chalking up hits since 1954.

1971 - ClassicBands.com

January 23
As a follow-up to their US number 3 hit "Candida", Tony Orlando and Dawn topped the charts with "Knock Three Times". It was the trio's second straight million seller, but it would take two more years and a series of minor chart makers before they would return to the top with "Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree".

1973 - ClassicBands.com

January 23
After reading a note that says 'an accord has been reached for peace in Vietnam', Neil Young announces to a Madison Square Garden crowd, "Peace has come."

1975 - ClassicBands.com

January 23
Supertramp kick off a 13 date British tour to promote their third album "Crime Of The Century". The LP will spawn the single "Dreamer", which will reach #13 in the UK and #15 in the US.

1977 - ClassicBands.com

January 23
Carole King's landmark LP, "Tapestry" became the longest-running album of all time on the Billboard chart, as it reached its 302nd week on the list.

1978 - ClassicBands.com

January 23
Chicago's guitarist, 32 year old Terry Kath, accidentally shot and killed himself while playing with a gun at a party, telling others around him that the gun was unloaded. His spot in the band would be filled by Donny Dacus, who previously played guitar with Stephen Stills.

1986 - ClassicBands.com

January 23
Buddy Holly was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at it's inaugural ceremony. Other inductees included Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Sam Cooke, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Everly Brothers, Little Richard and Fats Domino.

1988 - ClassicBands.com

January 23
Michael Jackson went to #1 on the US singles chart with "The Way You Make Me Feel", the third track from the LP "Bad" to accomplish that feat. It was a #3 hit in the UK.

1989 - ClassicBands.com

January 23
James Brown was sentenced in Georgia to six years in jail in connection with a police chase through two states last September 24th. He would be granted parole three years later.

1990 - ClassicBands.com

January 23
Former Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Allen Collins died of pneumonia after being ill for several months. He was 37. Collins had survived a plane crash in 1977 that killed three other band members.

1995 - ClassicBands.com

January 23
William Horton of the Philadelphia vocal group, The Silhouettes, died at the age of 65. The group topped the Billboard chart in 1958 with "Get A Job".

1997 - ClassicBands.com

January 23
63 year old Richard Berry, who wrote The Kingsmen's "Louie Louie", died from an aneurysm while sleeping at his home in South Central Los Angeles.

1998 - ClassicBands.com

January 23
Johnny Funches, who wrote and sang lead on The Dells' 1956 million seller, "Oh What A Night", passed away at the age of 62.

2011 - ClassicBands.com

January 23
Former Beatles drummer Richard Starkey filed an application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office to register the name "Ringo".

2015 - ClassicBands.com

January 23
Representatives for Bob Dylan announced that 50,000 copies of his latest album, "Shadows in the Night", would be randomly included in the February issue of AARP The Magazine.






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