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Today's Birthdays, January 30th
  • Genesis singer-drummer Phil Collins is 64.
  • Jefferson Airplane frontman Marty Balin is 73.
  • The Commodores' William King is 66.
  • Jay and the Americans' Sandy Deane is 72.
  • Danny and the Junior's Joe Terranova is 74.
  • Songwriter Mitch Murray is 75.  His credits include the hits "Hitchin' a Ride," "The Night Chicago Died," and "Billy Don’t be a Hero."

Today in History
In 1956
  • Elvis Presley recorded "Blue Suede Shoes."

In 1959
  • Elvis Presley's "One Night/I Got Stung" hit number one on the UK pop singles chart.

In 1961
  • The Shirelles' "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" hit number one on the pop singles chart.
  • Connie Francis' "Where The Boys Are," Chubby Checker's "Pony Time," and Ben E. King's "Spanish Harlem" broke into the Top 40.

In 1964
  • The Searchers' "Needles & Pins" hit number one on the UK pop singles chart.
  • The Beatles released the song "Please Please Me."

In 1965
  • Shirley Ellis' "The Name Game" peaked at number three on the pop singles chart.
  • Marvin Gaye's "How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You" peaked at number six on the pop singles chart.
  • Del Shannon's "Keep Searchin' (We'll Follow The Sun)" peaked at number nine on the pop singles chart.
  • The Zombie's "Tell Her No," the Temptations' "My Girl," and the Kingsmen's "Jolly Green Giant" broke into the Top 40.

In 1968
  • Bobby Goldsboro recorded "Honey."

In 1969
  • The Beatles performed in public for the very last time.  The group played "Get Back" on top of the Apple headquarters building in Central London while filming their movie "Let It Be."

In 1971
  • The Bee Gees' "Lonely Days" peaked at number three on the pop singles chart.
  • Stephen Stills' "Love The One You're With" peaked at number 14 on the pop singles chart.
  • Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" peaked at number 16 on the pop singles chart.
  • Janis Joplin's "Me and Bobby McGee" was released posthumously.

In 1973
  • Kiss played its first concert at the Coventry Club in Queens, New York.

In 1974
  • Bob Dylan made his first concert performance in New York in eight years with a show at Madison Square Garden.

In 1975
  • Billy Joel's album "Turnstiles" was released.

In 1982
  • The Beach Boys' "Come Go With Me" peaked at number 18 on the pop singles chart.
  • Stevie Wonder's "That Girl" and Diana Ross' "Mirror, Mirror" broke into the Top 40.

In 1987
  • At a London press conference, Paul Simon announced that he'd been cleared by the UN and the African National Congress regarding his use of African recordings featured on the "Graceland" album.  "Graceland" was later followed up by "Rhythm Of The Saints," another world music-inspired album.

In 1990
  • Bob Dylan was named a commander in the Order of Arts and Letters by France's Culture Ministry.

In 1994
  • The original members of the Jefferson Airplane, along with Country Joe McDonald and John Sebastian, took part in a Pepsi ad spoofing rock reunion concerts.  The spot ran during the Super Bowl.

In 1995
  • Led Zeppelin won the International Artists Award at the American Music Awards.

In 1996
  • Paul McCartney returned to Liverpool, England, to officially open a performing arts college he helped found at his old high school.

In 1998
  • Elton John received his knighthood.

In 2000
Ringo Starr was featured in a commercial for the investment broker Charles Schwab, which aired during the Super Bowl.

In 2002
  • Jury selection began in a case against James Brown.  A former employee sued Brown for two-million-dollars for allegedly firing her after she refused his sexual advances.
  • Paul McCartney announced that he would go on a spring tour, marking his first trek across North America in nine years.

In 2005
  • Jury selection began in the Michael Jackson child molestation trial in Santa Maria, California.  The King of Pop was acquitted at the end of the lengthy case.
  • Elvis Presley's "It's Now Or Never" hit number one on the UK pop singles chart.

In 2006
  • Aerosmith cancelled a concert in Denver because frontman Steven Tyler was suffering from a throat ailment.
  • Former Bay City Rollers frontman Les McKeown testified in a British court that he'd used cocaine in the past but he wasn't part of a larger plan to sell the drug.  The singer was on trial facing a charge of conspiracy to supply cocaine.

In 2007
  • Jefferson Starship played a free concert in Los Angeles.  It was the first of four shows the band performed in conjunction with Microsoft's promotion of the new operating system Windows Vista.
  • The Doors drummer John Densmore and Satellite Party's Perry Farrell were on hand at a Global Cool event in Los Angeles to launch the organization's new ten-year campaign against global warming and for the public debut of the song "Woman in the Window" -- a never-before released Doors song remade by Satellite Party.
  • B.B. King resumed his tour following a brief hospitalization for a low-grade fever brought on by the flu.

In 2010
  • Leonard Cohen, the late Michael Jackson, and the late Bobby Darin were among the recipients of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at a special ceremony in Los Angeles.

In 2011
  • Prince's former drummer Bobby Z had surgery at a Minneapolis area hospital after suffering a heart attack.  He's since recovered from his medical drama.  Bobby worked with Prince from 1979 through 1986. 


Today's Birthdays, Jan. 28…

  • Box Tops bassist Rick Allen is 69.

Today in History…  
In 1956

  • Elvis Presley made his first TV appearance, on "The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show."  He sang "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Heartbreak Hotel."

In 1961

  • Bobby Darin was featured in "TV Guide."

In 1963

  • The Rolling Stones recorded five songs in the group's first session at the IBC Studios in London.  At the time, the band didn't have a label on which to release the songs.

In 1965

  • The Who made its first appearance on the British TV show "Ready Steady Go."
  • The Moody Blues' "Go Now" hit number one on the UK pop singles chart.

In 1967

  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience performed its first concert at London's Saville Theater.
  • The Monkees' "I'm A Believer" hit number one in the UK and Holland.  The band was also featured in "The Saturday Evening Post."
  • Aaron Neville's "Tell It Like It Is" peaked at number two on the pop singles chart.
  • The Lovin' Spoonful's "Nashville Cats" peaked at number eight on the pop singles chart.
  • Sonny & Cher's "The Beat Goes On," Spencer Davis Group's "Gimme Some Lovin'," and The Casinos' "The You Can Tell Me Goodbye" broke into the Top 40.
  • New single releases included The Rolling Stones' "Let's Spend the Night Together" backed with "Ruby Tuesday," Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth," The Rascals' "I've Been Lonely Too Long," and The Supremes' "Love Is Here And Now You're Gone."

In 1968

  • The Supremes and Tom Jones were among the guests on the British TV show "Sunday Night at the London Palladium."

In 1970

  • Blood, Sweat, and Tears; Jimi Hendrix; Richie Havens; Peter, Paul, and Mary; and The Rascals were among the performers at a benefit concert for the Vietnam Memorial Committee.  The concert raised nearly 150-thousand-dollars for the group, which organized protests of America's involvement in the Vietnam War.

In 1975

  • Neil Sedaka's "Laughter In The Rain" hit number one on the pop singles chart.

In 1976

  • Gary Glitter announced his retirement.

In 1978

  • Ted Nugent autographed a fan's arm with a knife.
  • The Doobie Brothers appeared on the sitcom "What's Happening."
  • Van Halen released "You Really Got Me," the first single from the group's upcoming self-titled album.

In 1982

  • Jackson Browne and wife Lynne Sweeney became parents to a son, Ryan Daniel Brown.

In 1984

  • Elton John's "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues" peaked at number four on the pop singles chart.

In 1985

  • Numerous stars gathered to record the fundraising single "We Are The World."  Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, and Lionel Richie were among those participating in the project.
  • In 1988
  • Pink Floyd sent a giant inflatable bed down the Thames River to promote their "Momentary Lapse of Reason" tour.

In 1989

  • "Shining Time Station," starring Ringo Starr, debuted on PBS.
  • Steve Winwood's "Holding On" peaked at number eleven on the U.S. pop singles chart.
  • The Gene Pitney-Mark Allmond collaboration "Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart" hit number one on the UK charts.

In 1990

  • Aaron Neville sang the national anthem before Superbowl 24 in New Orleans.

In 1991

  • Aerosmith and Phil Collins each won two awards at the "American Music Awards" ceremony.

In 1995

  • Paul and Linda McCartney and their kids joined Yoko Ono in a British studio to record the song "Hiroshima Sky is Always Blue."Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page made a guest appearance at a Black Crowes at a show in London.

In 1997

  • Pat Boone released an album of heavy metal songs, called "In a Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy."

In 1999

  • Pat Boone formed Gold Records, which will only sign artists over the age of 45.

In 2001

  • Aerosmith was among the halftime performers at the Super Bowl.

In 2002
  • Paul McCartney received the Lifetime Achievement Award at Amnesty International USA's Media Spotlight Awards ceremony.
  • The Swingin' Medallions' Steve Caldwell died of pancreatic cancer.  He sang and played saxophone with the group, and is on the band's 1966 hit "Double Shot (of My Baby's Love.)"  He was 55.
  • Gerry and the Pacemakers frontman Gerry Marsden arrived in South Florida to be with his daughter, who had been in a car accident the day before.
  • The rerelease of George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" hit number one on the Canadian pop singles chart.

In 2003

  • Beach Boy Mike Love won a lawsuit against former band mate Al Jardine giving him the sole rights to the use of the name The Beach Boys.

In 2004

  • James Brown was arrested and charged with domestic violence following an incident in which he allegedly pushed his wife to the floor during an argument.
  • Art Garfunkel made a court appearance in connection with an arrest in upstate New York on marijuana possession.

In 2006

  • Wilson Pickett's funeral took place at Canaan Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky.  Little Richard was among those who participated in the service.

In 2009

  • A week-long 50th anniversary event honoring the final concert of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson began with the dedication of the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa as an historical rock and roll site.

In 2010

  • Sly and the Family Stone's Sly Stone filed a lawsuit claiming his former manager had been cheating him out of royalty payments for more than 20 years, and was owed between 20 and 30-million-dollars.

In 2011

  • Peter Frampton, Randy Bachman, and Buddy Guy were among the inductees into the Musicians Hall Of Fame.  The late Roy Orbison was also honored at the event, which took place in Nashville.