Here we are again! Greetings and salutations from The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge! We have a pretty active lesson today!
Here’s today’s lesson:
January 12, 1957: Elvis Presley recorded All Shook Up, Got a Whole Lot of Lovin’ To Do, I Believe, and Tell Me Why at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, California.
January 12, 1959: Jackie Wilson continued at #1 on the R & B chart for a fifth week with Lonely Teardrops.
January 12, 1964: The Beatles appeared on the ATV show Sunday Night at The London Palladium, where they sang I Want To Hold Your Hand, This Boy, All My Loving, and Twist & Shout.
January 12, 1968: Manfred Mann released the single, The Mighty Quinn.
Also on this date, Pink Floyd debuted as a five-piece band at the University of Aston in Birmingham, England.
January 12, 1969: Led Zeppelin released their debut album in the U.S.
Also on this day, Wonderwall, the psychedelic movie with the George Harrison soundtrack, opened in theaters across the U.S.
January 12, 1970: Badfinger (a great power pop band) released the single, Come And Get It.
January 12, 1974: The late Jim Croce’s You Don’t Mess Around With Jim, finally hit #1 after 47 weeks on the charts.
Also on this day, The Steve Miller Band’s The Joker goes to #1 in the US, and everyone wants to know what the fuck the “pompatus of love” is to this day.
And if that isn’t enough, Aretha Franklin’s Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna’ Do) knocked Stevie Wonder’s Livin’ For The City out of the #1 spot.
January 12, 1980: Damn The Torpedos, Tom Petty & The Heartbreaker’s breakout album, was at #6 on the Album chart on this day.
Also on this day in 1980, An American Dream by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with Linda Ronstadt was making its run up the charts, from #59 to #33.
Born On This Day
January 12, 1928: R & B singer Ruth Brown was born in Portsmouth, Virginia.
January 12, 1941: Long John Baldry, who recruited the likes of Elton John and Rod Steward for his band Bluesology, was born in East Haddon, Derbyshire, England.
January 12, 1944: Cynthia Robinson, singer and trumpet player for Sly & The Family Stone, was born in Sacramento, California.
January 12, 1955: NRBQ drummer Tommy Ardolino was born in Springfield, Massachusetts.
And that’s it from the college, people! Be back soon with the line-up!