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JD's Rock 'n' Roll Almanac

Rock 'n' Roll Almanac for Saturday, January 21, 2017

81 years ago (1936)Blues singer and musician Snooks Eaglin is born.
76 years ago (1941)Richie Havens is born.
75 years ago (1942)Singer-songwriter Mac Davis is born.
70 years ago (1947)The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's Jim Ibbotson is born.
67 years ago (1950)Singer-songwrire Billy Ocean is born.
58 years ago (1959)The Kingston Trio, one of the foremost groups behind the current folk music revival in the country, receives its first gold record for Tom Dooley.
55 years ago (1962)Singer Jackie Wilson, whose most recent hit is My Heart Belongs to Only You, appears on The Ed Sullivan Show.
52 years ago (1965)The Byrds record Mr. Tambourine Man. It is produced by Doris Day's son Terry Melcher.
52 years ago (1965)The Animals cancel a show for New York's Apollo Theater after the U.S. Immigration Department, continuing its crackdown on U.K. bands, forces the group to leave the theater. Their only New York appearance is on The Ed Sullivan Show.
52 years ago (1965)The Rolling Stones along with Roy Orbison arrive in Sydney, Australia to start a tour of Down Under.
51 years ago (1966)Beatle George Harrison marries his longtime girlfriend, fashion model Patti Boyd. The two met on the set of The Beatles' first movie, A Hard Day's Night. She leaves Harrison in the mid-'70s to take up with neighbor Eric Clapton, who would write the song Layla about her, and whom she would marry in May, 1979.
43 years ago (1974)At the insistence of his son Chip, then governor of Georgia, Jimmy Carter, invites Bob Dylan to a post-concert party at his mansion. Says Carter of the musician, “(Dylan) never initiates conversation, but he'll answer a question if you ask him.”
41 years ago (1976)Spice Girl Emma Bunton is born.
35 years ago (1982)Blues guitar giant B.B. King donates his entire record collection (including about 7,000 rare blues records he played when he was a disc jockey) to the University of Mississippi's Center for the Study of Southern Culture.
33 years ago (1984)Yes' Owner of a Lonely Heart peaks at #1 on the pop chart.
33 years ago (1984)Jackie Wilson dies of a long illness following a stroke in 1975. He was 49 years old.
30 years ago (1987)Leonard Chess, The Coasters, Eddie Cochran, Bo Diddley, Aretha Franklin, Ahmet Ertegun, Marvin Gaye, Bill Haley, Louis Jordan, B.B. King, Lieber and Stoller, Clyde McPhatter, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Smokey Robinson, Big Joe Turner, T-Bone Walker, Muddy Waters, Jerry Wexler, Hank Williams and Jackie Wilson are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.
27 years ago (1990)MTV's very successful Unplugged show makes its debut, with Squeeze as the first performers.
21 years ago (1996)Cannibal and the Headhunters’ lead singer Francisco Garcia dies at the age of 49.
20 years ago (1997)Col. Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's manager, dies.
15 years ago (2002)81-year-old Peggy Lee, best known in the Rock era for her 1958 version of Fever, passes away after suffering a heart attack at her Bel Air, California home. Lee won a Grammy Award for her 1969 hit Is That All There Is and had charted 46 times from 1945 to 1969, ten times in the Top Ten. She had suffered a stroke in 1998 and had been battling heart disease and diabetes.
12 years ago (2005)Hometown band The Radiators celebrate 27 years of making their unique “fish head” rock 'n' groove music with a couple of live sets at the famed New Orleans music club Tipitinas.
11 years ago (2006)A Boeing 707 carrying members of Bon Jovi skids off a runway in Hamilton, Ontario after landing in severe weather. The band played in Buffalo, New York the night before. No one is hurt.
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