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 1930s Billboard put out its first record sales chart in 1936. The first number 1 was Stop! Look! Listen! by jazz artist, Joe Venuti. The final top hit of the millennium was Smooth, a song credited to Santana featuring Rob Thomas (of Matchbox 20). Smooth was at its 10th week at number 1 when 1999 ended.
 1940s The first test broadcast of FM radio was made in 1940. It took over from AM frequencies as the home of top 40 during the 1980s, having previously catered more to adult crowds with jazz and classical music.
 1950s The legendary Hank Williams died of heart failure, caused by an overdose of alcohol and pills on New Year’s Day in 1953. He had the number 1 country song that week, I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive. He was only 29 years old and was on his way to a Canton, Ohio performance.
 1950s Elvis Presley spent $4 at the Memphis Recording Service to record two songs: My Happiness and That’s When Your Heartaches Begin, in 1954. The service was owned by Sam Phillips of Sun Records. Three years later this week, Elvis would make his last appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing Hound Dog, Love Me Tender, Heartbreak Hotel and Don’t Be Cruel. And in 1985, the U.S. Post Office issued a set of Elvis stamps.
 1950s Gibson Guitars got a patent for their Korina Flying V model in 1958. It was part of the Designer series and was used by guitarists in the late ’60s and the 1970s like Jimi Hendrix. The version of the guitar created in 1967 still lives on today.
 1960s Johnny Cash made his first performance of several at San Quentin Prison in 1960. He entertained the inmates for free, including Merle Haggard, who was serving a little under three years for burglary. Cash had already hit the country charts over 30 times, and had a couple of current singles, Second Honeymoon on Columbia Records, and Mean Eyed Cat from the Sun Records vaults.
 1960s Decca Records heard an audition by The Beatles in 1962 and turned them down. They signed Brian Poole and The Tremeloes instead. One of the reasons, apparently, was that Poole and the boys lived closer. I’ll bet that saved Decca lots of money. Dick Rowe was the record executive who later became known as “the man who turned down The Beatles.” Rowe got a second chance sometime later when he signed The Rolling Stones on the advice of George Harrison.
 1960s Gary U.S. Bonds sued Chubby Checker in 1963, claiming that Checker stole Bonds’ biggest hit, Quarter to Three. Dancin’ Party was the culprit a year after Bonds went to number 1. The $100000 suit was settled out of court.
 1960s The Top of the Pops was first aired by the BBC in 1964, with guests, The Rolling Stones, Dusty Springfield and The Dave Clark Five. Springfield was first, playing I Only Want to Be With You, her latest top 10 hit in the U.K.
 1960s In 1964, The Rolling Stones began their second U.K. tour, but their first as headliners. Acts like The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Ronettes and Marty Wilde supported them. The first Stones album would come out a few months later.
 1960s CBS purchased The Fender Guitar Company in 1965 for $13 million. They were makers of the Stratocaster and Telecaster electric guitars, and now also make the Deluxe and American Vintage series. Their line of acoustic guitars offered the Concert, King, Kingman, Malibu, Palomino, Redondo, Shenandoah 12-string, and Villager 12-string variations. These guitars were the only U.S. made Fender acoustic models until the Spring Hill (1994) and the Guild (1995) went into production.
 1960s In 1967, Carl Wilson refused to report to the local draft board after getting his draft notice. He would eventually win his battle against draft evasion charges, saying that he was a conscientious objector. The Beach Boys were coming off the huge success of their latest single, Good Vibrations, which hit number 1 in the U.S. just a few weeks before. It was originally going to be included on an album titled Smile, but the sessions were aborted. Also slated for the LP were Heroes and Villains, Surf’s Up, Child is Father of the Man and 8 other tracks.
 1960s Thirty thousand copies of Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins, an album by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, were seized at a New Jersey airport in 1969. The couple appeared naked together on the cover. The scandal also caused a vice squad in Chicago to shut down a record store displaying the album. Tetragrammaton Records distributed the record in the U.S. after Capitol refused it. It was finally offered for sale in a brown paper wrapper.
 1970s Davy Jones announced that he was leaving The Monkees in 1970. Peter Tork left a year earlier, and Michael Nesmith began a solo career two months after the statement by Jones. Davy and Mickey Dolenz packed it in after completing the Changes album.
 1970s Neil Young returned to Canada in 1971 for the first time since making it big, to perform live. He had recently released the classic After the Gold Rush album, as well as Déjà Vu with Crosby, Stills & Nash. Young played the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, British Columbia, before linking back up with CSN on their current tour.
 1970s While at a Nashville jail in 1973, trying to bail out a member of his band, Tex Ritter died of a heart attack.
 1970s Bob Dylan and The Band had a reunion of sorts when they began a U.S. tour in 1974. Dylan was promoting his Planet Waves album while The Band had just released Moondog Matinee and the single, Ain’t Got No Home. The results of the tour were released six months later on Before the Flood (live), a double album.
 1970s The year 1975 saw a riot outside of Boston Gardens auditorium by fans waiting to buy Led Zeppelin tickets. The show was later cancelled after damages were reported to the tune of $30000.
 1970s Beatle assistant, Mal Evans, died in 1976 from a police bullet after he refused to put down an unloaded gun following a domestic dispute in Los Angeles. Evans discovered and managed Badfinger early in their career. They originally came to Apple Records as The Iveys, and released the Maybe Tomorrow album. Evans also produced several tracks on the LP.
 1970s A murder trial against Sid Vicious began in 1979. He was charged with stabbing his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen. Vicious had attempted suicide twice while in a cell after his arrest and died a month later of a heroin overdose.
 1980s John Denver had his album with The Muppets, A Christmas Together, reach number 26 in the U.S. in 1980. It would go on to sell over a million copies. He had appeared on a Christmas special with Jim Henson’s creations the previous month. His Rocky Mountain Christmas album from 1975 also sold very well.
 1980s Paul McCartney had pretty good luck this week in the 1980s when several of his songs hit the top 10. Sir Paul’s original holiday song, Wonderful Christmastime peaked at number 6 in the U.K. in 1980, which was followed in 1983 by a duet with the gloved one, The Girl is Mine (number 2 in the U.S.), and in 1986 with Spies Like Us (U.S. number 7). The bad news is that he would have only two more top 40 hits in America, with Press and My Brave Face.
 1980s Fish had a promising beginning to 1981 when he successfully auditioned for U.K. band, Marillion. He brought along lyrics to a song by the name of The Web, which would appear two years later on their highly acclaimed debut album, Script for a Jester’s Tear. Derek Dick (his real name), caught the Fish moniker from his landlady who told him he used to “wallow in the bath like a fish.”
 1980s The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra had a platinum hit on their hands in 1982 with Hooked on Classics. A number of snippets from popular classical pieces were put together to form a medley with a disco beat. The single made the top 10 with the help of conductor Louis Clark, who had also served as arranger with ELO.
 1980s Thin Lizzy front man, Phil Lynott, died in 1986 of heart failure and pneumonia, with his wife at his bedside. He had been in a coma for eight days after an overdose. Other notable members of the group at one time or another included Gary Moore and Midge Ure. The group fell apart 2½ years before Lynott died, and ironically, their last album of unreleased material was 1983’s live album, Life.
 1980s Elton John entered a Sydney hospital for throat surgery in 1987. He had recorded the album, Live in Australia, the previous month. It would produce the top 10 hit, Candle in the Wind, several months later in 1988. Elton would have to wait until April before he could perform again.
 1980s Tom Jones made a guest appearance on Late Night With David Letterman in 1989. Jones, also known as The Voice, was hot at the time with Kiss, a song he had recently recorded with The Art of Noise. It was his first U.S. hit in almost a dozen years. The song was from his current Move Closer album, which also included covers of Satisfaction and At This Moment. The title track was originally by Phyllis Nelson, but the best version was recorded by Marilyn Martin, the singer who had a smash hit with a Phil Collins duet, Separate Lives, written by Stephen Bishop and included on the White Nights soundtrack from 1985.
 1990s Sonny Bono died in 1998 from injuries sustained in a skiing accident. He had most of his success singing as part of the Sonny and Cher team in the 1960s and early ’70s, but also had the top 10 solo hit, Laugh at Me. He was 62.
 1990s The Bayou closed its doors in 1999 after a New Year’s gig. The Washington night club saw the likes of U2, Jimi Hendrix, Billy Joel, Mick Jagger and many others in its 50 years. It was formerly known as The Hideaway Club back in the 1930s, and was torn down to make way for a strip of new apartments, stores and a hotel.
 
 B i r t h d a y s Events     Farewells 

January 1:
There was Peace on Earth when Country Joe McDonald arrived in 1942.
January 2:
Roger Miller was born under a Kansas City Star in 1936.
January 3:
For What It’s Worth, George Martin (1926), Stephen Stills (1945) and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin, 1946), were born.
January 4:
Arthur Conley (1946) and REM’s lead singer, Michael Stipe (1960), arrived somewhere along Funky Street.
January 5:
Discoverer of Elvis Presley, Sam Phillips (1923) and Wilbert Harrison (1929) were born nowhere near Kansas City.
January 6:
Syd Barrett (Pink Floyd, 1946) and Malcolm Young (AC/DC, 1953) were both delivered by Matilda Mother.
January 7:
Paul Revere (from The Raiders, 1942) and Kenny Loggins (1948) were born Hungry.
   
 F a r e w e l l s Events     Birthdays 

January 1:
Hank Williams Sr. died in 1953 of heart failure.
January 2:
Tex Ritter died of a heart attack in 1973. Randy California (Spirit) drowned in 1997.
January 4:
Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy) died of drug and alcohol abuse in 1986 at the age of 35. Les Brown passed away at the age of 88 in 2001.
January 5:
Beatle assistant, Mal Evans, was shot and killed by Los Angeles police in 1976. Sonny Bono died in a skiing accident in 1998. King Biscuit Boy (Richard Newell) died in his sleep in 2003 at the age of 59.
January 6:
Lou Rawls died from cancer in 2006.

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