Rock 'n' Roll History for
January 5






1955 - ClassicBands.com

January 5
Elvis Presley, backed by Scotty Moore and Bill Black, kick off a three date tour in San Angelo, Texas as a backing act for headliner Billy Walker. The trio's pay for the night was $150.

1959 - ClassicBands.com

January 5
Coral Records releases what proves to be Buddy Holly's last record before his death, "It Doesn't Matter Anymore", which was one of the few songs that Buddy recorded that he didn't write. It was penned by Paul Anka and peaked at #13 two months after Holly was killed.

1960 - ClassicBands.com

January 5
Marty Robbins' Country-Crossover tune "El Paso" tops the Billboard Hot 100. At 4:38 long, Columbia Records had initially refused to issue the song as a single, but did include it on Robbins' "Gunfighter Ballads And Trail Songs" LP. The track proved so popular, Columbia changed its mind and the song would go on to win a Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording.

1961 - ClassicBands.com

January 5
The Beatles appeared at Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool. In the audience are two members of Rory Storm And The Hurricanes: Johnny Guitar and Ringo Starr, who have just returned from Hamburg, Germany.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

January 5
"Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits" goes Gold just nine months after its release. The LP contains every Top 40 single Dylan enjoyed through 1967 and has since been certified five times Platinum. It peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 200 and went to #3 on the UK album chart.

1976 - ClassicBands.com

January 5
40 year old Mal Evans, a former roadie and bodyguard of The Beatles, is shot to death by police at his Los Angeles apartment. His girlfriend, Fran Hughes, found him upset and despondent and when friends couldn't get Evans to release the unloaded rifle he was holding, they called police. Evans supposedly pointed the gun at police and they opened fire.

1980 - ClassicBands.com

January 5
The first number one song of the eighties belonged to KC And The Sunshine Band for "Please Don't Go". It was their fifth and final US chart topper.

1991 - ClassicBands.com

January 5
Iron Maiden topped the UK singles chart with "Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter", however, with sales of only 42,000 copies during its first week, the record became the lowest selling UK number one in over thirty years.

2016 - ClassicBands.com

January 5
Steely Dan founder Donald Fagen was arrested for assaulting his wife at their Manhattan home. The 67-year-old musician was charged with misdemeanor assault and harassment and was released without bail.

January 5
After Barack Obama gave a speech about gun control, Ted Nugent launched an attack on Facebook, calling The President "A psychopathic America hating liar."

January 5
According to figures released by the British trade body BPI, the best selling albums in Great Britain in 2015 were: 1. "25" by Adele, 2. "X" by Ed Sheeran, 3. "In The Lonely Hour" by Sam Smith, 4. "If I Can Dream" by Elvis Presley, 5. "Purpose" by Justin Bieber.

2017 - ClassicBands.com

January 5
Satellite radio giant SiriusXM announced that it had added more than 1.7 million subscribers in 2016, bringing their total to more than 31.3 million.






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