Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in Music History - Jan. 23

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in Music History - Jan. 23

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Today in Music History - Jan. 23


Today in Music History for Jan. 23:

In 1893, Episcopal minister Phillips Brooks, bishop of Massachusetts and author of "O Little Town of Bethlehem," died.

In 1940, country singer-songwriter Johnny Russell was born. His biggest hit was "Rednecks, White Sox and Blue Ribbon Beer" in 1973. He died on July 3, 2001.

In 1943, pioneering R&B artist Louis Jordan topped the Billboard R&B chart with "What's the Use of Getting Sober." It was the first of his 18 No. 1 singles. Artists such as Chuck Berry and Ray Charles credited Jordan as a major influence.

In 1952, Robin Zander, lead vocalist of "Cheap Trick," was born in Loves Park, Ill. The Rockford, Ill.-based foursome first appeared on the national scene in 1977, and within two years had a chart-topping live album and a top-10 single, "I Want You to Want Me."

In 1958, Brunswick Records released "Maybe Baby" backed with "Tell Me How" by "The Crickets."

In 1970, singer Judy Collins was denied permission to sing her testimony at the Chicago Seven trial.

In 1972, blues singer Big Maybelle, whose real name was Mabel Louise Smith, died in Cleveland from a diabetic coma. She was 47.

In 1973, pioneer New Orleans jazz musician Edward (Kid) Ory died in Hawaii of pneumonia and heart failure at the age of 86. Ory, a trombonist, led one of the most successful bands in New Orleans from 1912 to 1919.

In 1973, Neil Young interrupted a concert in New York to announce that the U.S. had accepted a ceasefire in Vietnam. The audience was reported to have hugged and kissed for 10 minutes.

In 1976, "Donny and Marie" premiered on ABC. It was the first variety show hosted by a brother and sister team, Donny and Marie Osmond.

In 1978, Terry Kath, vocalist and guitarist with "Chicago," accidentally killed himself while playing with a loaded gun. He was 31.

In 1982, George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley recorded their first demos as "Wham!" at Ridgeley's parents' house. They used a portable studio that cost them $32.

In 1986, 10 performers, including Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley and Fats Domino, were the first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Other performers honoured at the ceremony in New York were Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Buddy Holly, Little Richard, James Brown, "The Everly Brothers" and Jerry Lee Lewis. Three of rock's forefathers -- Mississippi delta blues singer Robert Johnson, country and western singer Jimmie Rodgers and blues pianist Jimmy Yancey -- were also inducted.

In 1989, James Brown was sentenced in Georgia to another six years in jail in connection with a police chase through two states. At the time, Brown was serving a sentence in South Carolina.

In 1990, Allen Collins, former guitarist with the southern rock band "Lynyrd Skynyrd," died in Jacksonville, Fla. …

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