Rock 'n' Roll History for
January 29






1958 - ClassicBands.com

January 29
A band called The Champs release "Tequila", an instrumental that will hit number one in mid-March. The group included sax player Jim Seals and drummer Dash Crofts, who would go on to score several hits in the seventies, including "Summer Breeze" as Seals And Crofts.

1962 - ClassicBands.com

January 29
Warner Brothers Records signed Peter, Paul And Mary to their first recording contract. Their self-titled album would stay in the US Top 10 for ten months, remained in the Top 20 for two years and did not drop off the Hot 100 album chart until three-and-a-half years after its release. Their only single to make it all the way to number one was 1969's, Leaving On a Jet Plane, written by John Denver.

1965 - ClassicBands.com

January 29
The British press is informed that P.J. Proby has been fired from a tour of England for splitting his pants onstage. Mary Whitehouse, a self-appointed guardian of British morals, spread the word that Proby's actions were "indecent, vulgar, poisoning the minds of our teenagers." In fact, Proby's pants had split at the knee, and he later claimed the whole incident was an excuse to fire him and make way for Tom Jones, whose manager, Gordon Mills, had paid promoters to get rid of him.

1966 - ClassicBands.com

January 29
"I Fought The Law" by The Bobby Fuller Four is released. It will enter the Hot 100 two weeks later and eventually reach #9 during an eight week chart run.

1969 - ClassicBands.com

January 29
The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour debuts on CBS-TV, where it would run until 1972.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

January 29
Johnny Rivers received a Gold record for the Billboard #6 hit single, "Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu". Huey "Piano" Smith And The Clowns had a #52 hit with it in 1957.

1977 - ClassicBands.com

January 29
Rose Royce, the former backing band for The Temptations, went to #1 on the US singles chart with "Car Wash".

1983 - ClassicBands.com

January 29
Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac marries Kim Anderson at her Los Angeles home. They would divorce the following year.

January 29
Men At Work top the UK and US singles charts with "Down Under" and the UK and US album charts with "Business As Usual". This feat had not been accomplished since Rod Stewart did it in 1971.

1989 - ClassicBands.com

January 29
Billy Joel sings the national anthem at Superbowl XXIII. (23)

1994 - ClassicBands.com

January 29
Former Supremes singer Mary Wilson was injured when her Jeep hit a freeway median and flipped over while driving outside of Los Angeles. Her 14-year old son was killed in the accident.

January 29
Natalie Cole sings the national anthem at Superbowl XXVIII. (28)

1996 - ClassicBands.com

January 29
Country superstar Garth Brooks refused to accept his American Music Award for Favorite Overall Artist, saying that Hootie and the Blowfish had done more for music that year than he did.

2005 - ClassicBands.com

January 29
David Lerchey, a founding member of The Dell-Vikings who reached the Billboard Top 40 with "Come Go With Me" (#4), "Whispering Bells" (#9) and "Cool Shake" (#12), all in 1957, died of cancer at the age of 67.

2010 - ClassicBands.com

January 29
Sly Stone filed a $50 million lawsuit against his former manager Jerry Goldstein, alleging fraud and 20 years of stolen royalties. Goldstein later filed a countersuit for slander following a rant by Stone at the Coachella Festival in California.

January 29
Pete Townshend's 2003 child pornography scandal came back to haunt him just days before he was to perform during the half-time show at The Super Bowl in Miami, Florida. Protect Our Children officials distributed flyers to local homes, warning parents that The Who's guitarist admitted using his credit card to view images on a child porn website. Townshend was placed on a British sex offenders list following his arrest, but was not convicted after protesting that he was only researching a book.

2012 - ClassicBands.com

January 29
Elton John took another swipe at his Pop rival Madonna. When asked if he had any advice for her before she played the half-time show at The Super Bowl, Elton replied "Make sure you lip-sync good. Of course you have to play live, but I don't think you can."

2015 - ClassicBands.com

January 29
Rod McKuen, whose music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and '70s won him an Oscar nomination and made him one of the best-selling poets in history, passed away at the age of 81.

2016 - ClassicBands.com

January 29
Three weeks after his death, David Bowie had twelve albums in the UK top 40, equalling a record set by Elvis Presley in 1977.






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