On January 20th in music history:
Slim Whitman (88)
Ronald Townson of the 5th Dimension (1933-2001)
Ian Hill of Judas Priest (61)
Paul Stanley of Kiss (60)
John Michael Montgomery (47)
Tracii Guns (46)
Edwin McCain (42)
Sid Wilson of Slipknot (35)
Other events that took place on January 20th in music history(Chicago 2008)
Chicago began a 72-night tour on this date in 1972 with a show in New Orleans… Check out what else happened on this date in music history.
Elvis Presley received a notice from the draft board in Memphis, Tennessee that ordered him to report for duty, but allowed a 60-day deferment for him to finish the film “King Creole.”
The Silhouettes released the single “Get A Job.”
The Beatles released the album “Meet The Beatles.”
The Byrds recorded the song “Mr. Tambourine Man.”
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles recorded the song “The Tracks of My Tears.”
Rock DJ pioneer Alan Freed died. He was 43.
The Rolling Stones, The Dave Clark Five, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Petula Clark, The Kinks, Bobby Vee, and Bobby Sherman were among the guests performing on the TV show “Shindig!”
The Spencer Davis Group’s “Keep On Running” hit number one on the UK pop singles chart.
The Rolling Stones released the album “Between the Buttons.”
Arthur Conley recorded the song “Sweet Soul Music.”
Bob Dylan made his first appearance in two years at a commemorative concert for folk legend Woody Guthrie. Other performers included The Band, Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Judy Collins, and Richie Havens.
John Fred and his Playboy Band’s “Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)” hit number one on the pop singles chart.
Aretha Franklin’s “Chain of Fools” peaked at number two on the pop singles chart.
Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s “If I Could Build My World Around You” peaked at number ten on the pop singles chart.
Chicago kicked off a 72-date tour with a show in New Orleans.
The Rolling Stones’ album “Hot Rocks” and The Osmonds’ album “Homemade” were certified Gold.
Jerry Lee Lewis was invited to perform on the Grand Ole Opry for the first time. He agreed to abide by two conditions — that he not use profanity, and that he play only country songs. He agreed, but then ignored both requests.
Johnny Rivers’ “Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu” peaked at number six on the pop singles chart.
The Spinners’ “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love” broke into the Top 40.
Stevie Wonder returned to the stage five months after a near fatal car accident. He performed at the Rainbow Theater in London.
Linda Ronstadt’s “Ooh Baby Baby” peaked at number seven on the pop singles chart.
Eric Clapton’s “Promises” peaked at number nine on the pop singles chart.
Ozzy Osbourne was hospitalized with rabies after biting the head off a dead bat that a concertgoer threw on stage at a show in Des Moines, Iowa.
AC/DC’s album “For Those About To Rock, We Salute You” was certified Gold and Platinum, while Foreigner’s single “Waiting For a Girl Like You” was certified Gold.
Stevie Wonder and Bob Dylan performed at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day concert in Washington, DC.
The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Supremes, Bob Dylan, and The Drifters were among the artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The Byrds reunited for a tribute concert honoring Roy Orbison.
The Jimi Hendrix album “Live at the BBC Sessions” was certified Gold.
Fabulous Thunderbirds frontman Kim Wilson was the top nominee for the 2004 W.C. Handy Awards, which honors excellence in blues performances. Wilson received six nominations.
Ted Nugent began his collaborative tour with country star Toby Keith with a show in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
John Fogerty joined country star Keith Urban in Los Angeles to tape an installment of “CMT Crossroads.”
The Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney landed in the top five on the tally, the new “Billboard” Money Makers chart, a list that ranks artist’s income based on sales of concert tickets, albums, and downloads. U2 topped the list.
The documentary “Patti Smith: Dream of Life” had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Meanwhile, Train’s Pat Monahan and Motion City Soundtrack’s Justin Pierre performed at the Music Cafe in conjunction with the film festival.
U2′s movie “U2 3D” opened in select IMAX theaters across the country.
Velvet Revolver performed at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, but without frontman Scott Weiland. The singer had chartered a private plane to get him to the show, but bad weather forced his flight to end in Van Nuys, California. Despite attempts to make other arrangements, Weiland couldn’t complete his trip. Other band members — as well as folks from the crowd — stepped up to fill in for him.
Aretha Franklin participated in President Barack Obama’s inauguration, singing “My Country Tis Of Thee” just before Vice President Joe Biden took his Oath of Office. But her performance was overshadowed by what she wore for the historic occasion. The Queen of Soul’s grey felt hat, adorned with rhinestones and a giant bow, became a highlight of the event. The hat’s Detroit designer received hundreds of orders for replicas, and Aretha received a request for the actual hat from The Smithsonian Institution, which wanted to put it on display.
Stevie Wonder, The Dead, Jackson Browne, and Graham Nash were among the many stars who entertained at various events in conjunction with President Barack Obama’s inauguration.