Rock 'n' Roll History for
January 8






1935 - ClassicBands.com

January 8
Elvis Aaron Presley is born at his parent's home, a two-room house that was built by his father at 306 Old Saltillo Road, East Tupelo, Mississippi. A twin brother, Jesse Garon Presley is stillborn.

1945 - ClassicBands.com

January 8
Elvis Presley receives his first guitar for his tenth birthday. The plain brown, acoustic model cost $12.95 from the Tupelo Hardware Store.

1955 - ClassicBands.com

January 8
Elvis Presley celebrates his twentieth birthday by performing his weekly spot on the KWKH radio show, Louisiana Hayride.

January 8
Sam Phillips releases Elvis Presley's "Milkcow Blues Boogie" and "When It Rains It Pours" by Billy 'The Kid' Emerson. Both would flop miserably and add to Sun Records' already sizeable financial troubles.

1957 - ClassicBands.com

January 8
Elvis passes his pre-induction medical at Kennedy Veterans Hospital in Memphis. He is classified 1-A.

January 8
Bill Haley And His Comets kick off a world wide tour in Sydney Australia, playing two sold out concerts, each attended by over 7,000 fans.

1966 - ClassicBands.com

January 8
The Who and The Kinks perform on the last showing of Shindig on ABC-TV.

January 8
The Beatles started a six week run at #1 on the US album chart with "Rubber Soul", the group's seventh US chart topper.

January 8
Although they would go on to have a great deal of success on the Country chart, The Statler Brothers enjoy their only Billboard Hot 100 success when "Flowers On The Wall" peaks at #4.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

January 8
On his 38th birthday, Elvis Presley files for divorce from his wife Priscilla, citing irreconcilable differences. The petition went uncontested and a divorce would be granted on October 11th.

1974 - ClassicBands.com

January 8
Casablanca Records signed KISS to a recording contract soon after catching their act in New York, along with Blue Oyster Cult and Iggy Pop. The band's first album would be released a few weeks later and would climb to number 87 on the US album chart.

1977 - ClassicBands.com

January 8
Former Fifth Dimension members Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. achieved their first hit since leaving the group in November, 1975, when "You Don't Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show)" went to number one in the US.

January 8
Queen went to #1 on the UK album chart with "A Day At The Races". The album title was taken from 1937 Marx Brothers' movie.

1979 - ClassicBands.com

January 8
Cher's divorce from Greg Allman becomes final. The two were married in 1975 and had one child together, a son named Elijah Blue Allman.

January 8
The Canadian Rock trio Rush were named as the country's official Ambassadors Of Music by the Canadian government.

1981 - ClassicBands.com

January 8
'Elvis Presley Day' was declared in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, North and South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

1985 - ClassicBands.com

January 8
The US Postal Service issues a stamp marking what would have been Elvis Presley's 50th birthday. Over 500 million of them are sold.

1991 - ClassicBands.com

January 8
Steve Clark, guitarist for Def Leppard, died from an accidental mixing of prescription drugs and alcohol at the age of 31.

2001 - ClassicBands.com

January 8
Laura Webb of The Bobbettes died of cancer at the age of 57. The R&B quintet scored a Billboard number six hit with "Mr. Lee" in 1957. That song was written about one of their high school teachers that they actually dis-liked and the girls were forced to revise the original lyrics before Atlantic Records would record the song.

2007 - ClassicBands.com

January 8
Officials from the National Archives announced that their most requested document is a photo of a cloaked and bejeweled Elvis Presley shaking hands with President Nixon at The White House on December 21st, 1970.

2010 - ClassicBands.com

January 8
Jimmy Page helped launch a new set of stamps in the UK which featured classic album covers from the last 40 years, including Led Zeppelin IV.

January 8
Law enforcement officials in Los Angeles revealed plans to seek an indictment against Michael Jackson's doctor on a charge of involuntary manslaughter. The L.A. coroner ruled Jackson's death, at age 50, a homicide with his passing caused by acute intoxication of the powerful anesthetic propofol along with other sedatives a contributing factor.

2015 - ClassicBands.com

January 8
The owner of the original Cavern Club in Liverpool, Ray McFall, passed away at the age of 88. It was at his club that The Beatles played 292 times, paving the way for Beatlemania.

January 8
Elvis Presley's first recording, an acetate disc from 1953 featuring "My Happiness", backed with "That's When Your Heartaches Begin", sold for $300,000 at a Graceland auction.

January 8
The band Toto announced that they were preparing their first studio album in nearly a decade. "Toto XIV" would be available in March in multiple formats, including a deluxe CD/DVD package and a two-LP vinyl set.






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