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The Rock Pit - Hard rock, Metal and Blues Interviews, news & reviews from Australia and around the world



1st January


January 1, 1942, ‘Country’ Joe McDonald of Country Joe & the Fish is born


Happy birthday also to Morgan Fisher (Mott the Hoople), born 1950


and Grandmaster Flash (Joseph Saddler), born 1958


In 1962 The Beatles auditioned for Decca Records on this day, and they decline to sign them


yet by January 1 1965 they (on Capitol Records) have three albums in the US Billboard Top 10


In 1967 The New Year's Wail in San Francisco featured Big Brother & the Holding Company and The Grateful Dead



and in 1968 the band previously known as The Blue Velvets became Creedence Clearwater Revival

2nd January


Born today were "Chick" Churchill of Ten Years After in 1949


Glenn Goins from Parliament in 1954


and Swing King Roger Miller in 1936


On January 2, 1971 George Harrison's "All Things Must Pass" started a seven-week run at the top of the US album charts



Ozzy Osbourne rejoined Black Sabbath just 2 months after quitting the band, in 1978


and in 1997 Randy California of Spirit drowned at the age of 45 while rescuing his son in the ocean off the coast of the Hawaiian island of Moloka'i


3RD January


Born on January 3, 1926 was Sir George Martin, producer of The Beatles amongst many others


John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin and, more recently, Them Crooked Vultures, in 1946


Stephen Stills of Crosby Stills Nash & Young and Buffalo Springfield, in 1945


On January 3, 1964 The Beatles made their debut appearance on American TV, in a short film clip on Jack Paar's late night talk show, prompting Paar to joke about their haircuts



and in 1970 The Beatles recorded 'I Me Mine' - their last time in the studio together


Bob Dylan and The Band reunited on this day in 1974 for a U.S. tour, Dylan's first in more than seven years


4th January

Born on January 4, 1956, was Bernard Albrecht/Summer (Joy Division/New Order)


and in 1950, Michael Stipe of R.E.M.


In 1973 Lamar Williams joined Allman Brothers Band after the death of bassist Berry Oakley


The very first Marquee Club opened in London, in 1958, at 165 Oxford Street


and most tragically, the great Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy overdosed on drugs and died of a heart attack & pneumonia, at age 36 in 1986



5th January


Sam Phillips, founder of Sun Records, was born on this day in 1923


as was, in 1964, Grant Young of Soul Asylum


1966, Kate Schellenbach of Luscious Jackson, in 1966


Blondie's Chris Stein, in 1950 (pictured with Debbie Harry)



and shock rocker Marilyn Manson in 1969


In 1978 The Sex Pistols started their doomed US tour in Atlanta


Buddy Holly released his last single, 'It Doesn't Matter Anymore' in 1958


Bassist Ken Forssi of Love died of cancer at age 55 in 1998


Ray Davies of The Kinks was shot in the leg after chasing 2 dudes who snatched his girlfriend's purse in New Orleans


and in 2005 Danny Sugerman, latterday manager of The Doors and Iggy Pop and author of the wild "No one Gets Out Of Here Alive" died of cancer at the age of 50


6Th January


Happy birthdays today to January 6, 1929, Wilbert Harrison of Canned Heat, who was born in 1929


she of the amazing and wistful voice, Sandy Denny, from Fairport Convention, born 1947


Kim Wilson, singer with The Fabulous Thunderbirds, born 1951


Malcolm Young, rhythm guitarist with AC/DC, Born in Glasgow in 1953


The irrepresible crazy diamond Syd (born Roger) Barrett of Pink Floyd, born 1946


Also on this day, in 1958 Gibson patented their Flying V guitar



In 1975 after fans waiting for tickets to go on sale caused major damage at Boston Garden, the Led Zeppelin performance they hoped to see was abruptly cancelled


and in 2007 "Sneaky Pete" Kleinow, Flying Burrito Brothers co-founder, died of complications from Alzheimer's at age 72


7th January


Born on January 7, were Paul Revere (Paul Revere's Raiders) in 1937


Yacht rocker Kenny Loggins in 1948


Kathy Valentine from The Go-Go's in 1959


and in 1946, Jann Wenner, publisher of Rolling Stone magazine


in 1970 Max Yasgur's neighbors sued him for damage inflicted on their property during the Woodstock festival staged on Yasgur's farm five months earlier


In 1980 Led Zeppelin's "In Through The Out Door" was certified platinum in the US; it was to be the last Zep album issued while drummer John Bonham was alive



and on January 7, 1981 "Eagles Live" is certified platinum in the US; it will be 13 years until the next Eagles album was released



Shane Pinnegar