Good Afternoon From The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 1/18/2021

Good afternoon, music trivia addicts! Here’s today’s lesson, and I know it’s late. But it’s better late than never. Better still, it’s easy peasy.

Bill Haley & The Comets.

Here’s your lesson for today:

January 18 1956: Rock Around The Clock by Bill Haley & The Comets became the first rock n’ roll album to enter the charts.

January 18, 1964: Another historical day in rock music: I Want To Hold Your Hand by The Beatles debuts at #45, their first chart hit in the U.S. It becomes the fastest-selling song in Capitol Records history.

January 18 1965: The Rolling Stones recorded The Last Time and Play With Fire at RCA Studios in Hollywood, California.

January 18, 1969: The Beatles (aka, The White Album) spends a fourth week in the #1 slot.

Also on this day, Dusty Springfield makes her way back to the Top 10 with the great song, Son of a Preacher Man.

January 18, 1975: George Harrison scored another Top 10 album with Dark Horse.

January 18, 1990: 90,000 people in Brazil saw Bob Dylan at his first show in South America when he plays in Sao Paulo.

January 18, 2016: Glenn Frey, co-founder, guitarist, songwriter and singer for the Eagles died in New York City of rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia at the age of 67.

Born On This Day

January 18, 1933: Ray Dolby, inventor of the Dolby noise reduction system, was born in Portland, Oregon.

January 18, 1941: David Ruffin, vocalist for The Temptations, was born in Whynot, Mississippi.

And that is the end of your lesson!

Getting a Jump on The Trivia of The Day In The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 1/7/2021

Good Morning, Students of Music Trivia! It’s always so much less stressful when I get a jump on thing, not always possible, I might add.

Aaron Neville had the first #1 song of 1967 with “Tell It Like It Is.”

Here’s today’s lesson, kids:

January 7, 1954: Muddy Waters recorded Hoochie Coochie Man.

January 7, 1955: Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley & The Comets debuted on the UK charts.

January 7, 1964: Bluesman Long John Baldry forms The Hoochie Coochie Men.

Also on this day, The Beatles recorded for the BBC program Saturday Club, singing Chuck Berry’s Johnny B. Goode, along with All My Loving, Money, I Want to Hold Your Hand and three other songs. It was their third appearance on the show.

January 7, 1967: The Doors and The Young Rascals played the second of two nights at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco.

Also on this day, Aaron Neville had the first #1 song of the new year with Tell It Like It Is, undoubtedly one of my favorite songs ever.

January 7, 1970: Fleetwood Mac started a five-night stint at The Whiskey A Go Go on Sunset Strip.

January 7, 1978: Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours album, which was already #1 for 29 weeks, returns to #1 after 46 weeks of release.

January 7, 1980: Led Zeppelin’s In Through The Out Door is certified Platinum. It is the final album John Bonham appears on before his death.

January 7, 1981: The Eagles Live is certified Platinum. In spite of that, it will be 13 years before their next album is released.

Born On This Day

January 7, 1948: Kenny Loggins was born on this day in Everett, Washington.

And that is it. We are done here, and will return with today’s line-up shortly. (It really is tomorrow’s line-up today.)

It’s Snowing Like a Mother Outside The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 12/17/2020

Here we are on a snowy day bringing you all the news you need to know to impress friends and family alike!

Carroll James, the first DJ to play a Beatles record on the airwaves in the U.S. You will get all the details below!

December 17, 1954: Bill Haley & The Comets’ Rock Around The Clock becomes the first rock n’ roll song to enter the UK singles charts. I was ten months old.

December 17, 1955: With their hit Only You still at #2, the Platters’ The Great Pretender enters the charts at #13.

December 17, 1963: Carroll James a disc jockey at WWDC in Washington, D.C., becomes the first DJ to play a Beatles’ song on American airwaves. The song is I Want To Hold Your Hand, which he got from his airline stewardess girlfriend who bought a copy when she was in the UK. Because of high listener demand, James helps out the Beatles by playing the song every day, every hour. Because it had not yet been released in the US, Capitol Records initially considered legal action against the station but, instead, thought better of it and simply released the song in the US earlier than they planned. The rest, as they say, is history, my friends. Thank you, Carroll James. Forever.

December 17, 1966: Standing In The Shadows of Love by the Four Tops enters the Billboard Hot 100. On it’s ten-week stay on the charts, it will peak at #6. It reaches #2 on the R & B charts.

December 17, 1967: John Lennon and George Harrison throw a party in London for the area secretaries of their official fan club. The film Magical Mystery Tour is screened for the very first time for them.

December 17, 1971: John Lennon appears at a benefit at the Apollo Theater in Harlem for the families of the victims of the Attica State Prison riots.

December 17, 1977: Linda Ronstadt’s career continues to roll along through the seventies as her album, Simple Dreams, remains #1 on the Album charts for a third week.

December 17, 1979: Paul McCartney & Wings play the Glasgow Appollo and record a live version of the great song Coming Up. The song would reach #2 in the UK and will top the charts in the US, selling 4 million copies.

Born On This Day

December 17, 1937: Art Neville, keyboardist for the Neville Brothers (you can hear them here, people), was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.

December 17, 1939: Eddie Kendricks of The Temptations was born in Union Springs, Alabama. His falsetto voice is heard on the great Temptations hits The Way You Do The Things You Do and Just My Imagination.

December 17, 1942: Paul Butterfield (the Paul Butterfield Blues Band) was born in Chicago.

December 17, 1949: Paul Rogers, lead singer and lyricist for both Free and Bad Company, was born in Middlesbrough, England.

December 17, 1950: Carlton “Carlie” Barrett, drummer for The Wailers, was born in Kingston, Jamaica.

And there you have it for today because we don’t give a shit about Britney Spears, and Miley Cyrus. You’ll never hear them here.