Welcome to another Monday here in The Mermaid Lounge, where the trivia pursuit never stops, and the Mermaid almost never sleeps.
It’s a light day today, so here’s your lesson:
January 25, 1958: Elvis Presley’s Jailhouse Rock (on of my favorite songs of all time) becomes the first song ever to enter the UK charts at #1.
January 25, 1963: Cilla Black made her stage debut at the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool. It was Cilla Black who put the great song You’re My World on the map, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. We recently added her catalogue to our standard rotation, so be listening for it.
Also on this day, The Rolling Stones play at the Ricky Tick Club at the Star & Garter Hotel, Windsor, Berkshire, UK. This was the first time the Stones played this venue.
And EMI awards the US record label Vee Jay the rights to distribute Beatles records in the United States.
January 25, 1964: The Beatles scored their first #1 hit in the US when I Want To Hold Your Hand reached the top of the Cash Box magazine music chart. The Beatles would eventually rack up 25 number one hits in the US.
January 25, 1967: The Beatles did a last-minute remix of Penny Lane before the pressing of their Double A sided hit (backed with Strawberry Fields Forever). Both were originally intended for Sargeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, but did not make the cut. (Is that even possible?)
January 25, 1969: Pink Floyd appeared at the Sixty-Nine Club, Royal York Hotel, Ryde, Isle of Wight.
January 25, 1986: Albert Grossman dies of a heart attack while flying on the Concorde from New York to London. Grossman managed Bob Dylan (from 1962-1970), Peter, Paul & Mary, The Band, Janis Joplin, and Todd Rundgren. He also built the Bearsville Recording Studio near Woodstock in 1969, then founded Bearsville Records in 1970.
January 25, 1999: The Rolling Stones begin their No Security Tour in Oakland, California.
Born On This Day
January 25, 1938: Blues singer Etta James was born Jamesetta Hawkins in Los Angeles, California.
And that’s it for today, folks. Enjoy your Monday, and we’ll be back with the line-up shortly.