Rock 'n' Roll History for
January 9






1956 - ClassicBands.com

January 9
A trio known as Buddy Holly And The Two-Tunes kick off a two week tour of the Southern United States as a supporting act for George Jones and Hank Thompson.

1959 - ClassicBands.com

January 9
Dion And The Belmonts perform their newest recording, "Teenager In Love", on American Bandstand. The song will reach #5 in the US and #28 in the UK.

1961 - ClassicBands.com

January 9
Orchestra leader Bert Kaempfert knocked Elvis Presley out of the number one spot on the US charts after six weeks with a sleepy instrumental called "Wonderland By Night". Later in the year, Kaempfert would hire The Beatles to back Tony Sheridan on their first commercial recording, "My Bonnie".

January 9
Bob Newhart's comedy LP "The Button Down Mind Strikes Back!" topped the Billboard album chart, just as "The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart" did the previous year.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

January 9
The Temptations record "The Way You Do The Things You Do" for Detroit's Motown Records. The single will become The Temps' first Billboard Top 40 hit, peaking at #11.

1965 - ClassicBands.com

January 9
The Beatles started a nine week run at the top of the Billboard Hot 200 album chart with "Beatles 65", the group's fourth US #1 LP. The record jumped from #98 the week before, making the biggest gain in chart history to that point.

January 9
The UK music show Juke Box Jury, a program where four panelists review new Pop music, turns thumbs down on The Righteous Brothers' latest release, "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling", calling it "a miss." It will prove to be one of the most talked about miscalculations in the show's history, as the tune would go on to top both the UK and US charts.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

January 9
Mick Jagger is refused a Japanese visa because of a 1969 drug bust, putting an end to the Rolling Stones' plans to tour the Orient. Asked by a reporter about his personal drug use, Jagger replied, "I don't take drugs. I don't approve of drugs and I don't approve of people taking drugs...unless they're very careful."

1974 - ClassicBands.com

January 9
The L.P. "The Early Beatles" turns Gold nine years after its release and nearly four years after the group split up.

1975 - ClassicBands.com

January 9
After years of delays, The Beatles & Company partnership is formally dissolved in a private hearing at London's High Court. It will take effect on April 9.

1979 - ClassicBands.com

January 9
A fund-raising concert for UNICEF, the world hunger organization, was held in New York at the United Nations General Assembly. Performers included Rod Stewart, ABBA, The Bee Gees, Andy Gibb, Rita Coolidge, Olivia Newton-John, Earth, Wind And Fire, Kris Kristofferson, John Denver and others. The show raised about half a million dollars, but an album of the concert was a flop.

1980 - ClassicBands.com

January 9
Carl White, a member of The Rivingtons and co-writer of "Papa Oom Mow Mow" and "The Bird Is The Word", died of acute tonsillitis at the age of 47. A group called The Trashmen combined his two songs into "Surfin' Bird" and gained a #4 hit in 1964.

1988 - ClassicBands.com

January 9
Whitney Houston led the Billboard singles chart with "So Emotional", her sixth consecutive number one song. Up to that point, only The Beatles and The Bee Gees had scored six straight chart toppers.

1998 - ClassicBands.com

January 9
Cher gives an emotional eulogy at Sonny Bono's funeral in Palm Springs, California, where she praised the man who had been a husband, friend, partner, father figure and rival, calling him "the most unforgettable character I've ever met." The event was broadcast live to millions of people on CNN.

2002 - ClassicBands.com

January 9
Elton John was honored in London by the UK Coalition of People Living with HIV and AIDS, which presented the artist with its Hero award. The honor acknowledged his contributions to the fight against HIV and AIDS through the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

2009 - ClassicBands.com

January 9
Dave Dee, of the British Pop Rock group Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, died following a three year battle with cancer at the age of 67. In the late '60s the band spent more time on the UK charts than The Beatles, scoring a number one single in 1968 with "The Legend of Xanadu".

2012 - ClassicBands.com

January 9
Former CCR frontman John Fogerty told Billboard.com that contrary to his 2011 overture about a reunion with his former band mates, "I've heard through the grapevine the other fellas were really upset or something over that. So I sent back, 'Oh. I guess there's no reunion then.'"

January 9
Aretha Franklin revealed that she had a cancerous tumor removed during an operation that forced her to cancel a series of concerts in 2010. She told CNN, "I had a tumor and that was taken care of. It's behind me and thank God it's behind me."






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