January 18 – Today In Music History


1941Bobby Goldsboro is 75 (2016). He sang the #1 hit “Honey” in 1968. He had 11 Top 40 hits including “Autumn of My Life,” and “Watching Scotty Grow.”

1941David Ruffin vocalist for the Temptations was born on this day. He sang “Just My Imagination” and “My Girl” for the band. He died on June 1, 1991 of a drug overdose.

1959Bob Rosenberg keyboardist and vocalist of Will to Power is 57 (2016). Their big hit was a cover of the Peter Frampton hit, “Baby I love Your Way.”

1971Jonathan Davis lead vocalist of Metal band Korn is 45 today (2016)

1973 – Former Black Crowes lead guitarist Luther Dickinson is 43 today (2016)


dallas_taylor.jpg2015 – Another Great Drummer Passes, Dallas Taylor of CSN&Y Dies at 66

You know you’re in trouble when Keith Moon warns you about substance abuse. That’s exactly what happened to Dallas Taylor. “Keith was always rock’s No. 1 bad boy — he invented the whole thing with trashing hotel rooms,” Taylor told The Times in 1990. “But I remember him telling me, ‘Dallas, you do too much drugs.'”

Taylor, however, outlived Moon by 37 years. He died, on January 18, 2015, in Los Angeles. He was 66.  MORE ON DALLAS TAYLOR


eagles_glen_frey_22016 – Glenn Frey of the Eagles Dead at 67

A founding member of the Eagles is dead. Glenn Frey had been battling serious intestinal issues and had surgery last November. We’re told in the last few days his condition took a turn for the worse.

It was his partnership with Don Henley that solidified that famous Eagles sound. He also co-wrote “Hotel California” with Don Henley and former member Don Felder. Since forming in the early 70 Frey and Henley wrote the core of the bands material. His famous voice could be heard on “Take it Easy,” “New Kid in Town” and “Peaceful Easy Feeling” among many others. MORE ON THE PASSING OF GLENN FREY


1960Johnny Preston was #1 on the U.S. Single chart with “Running Bear.” It remained there for three weeks.

1964The Beatles entered the U.S. Chart for the very first time with “I Want To Hold Your Hand.” Even though it entered at #45 it quickly became the fastest selling single in Capitol Records history. It was #1 for seven weeks.

1967Jimi Hendrix Experience were on U.K. TV’s Top of the Pops performing ‘Hey Joe.”

1974Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke of the band Free who had the hit “All Right Now” joined together with Mick Ralphs of Mott the Hoople and Boz Burrell of King Crimson to form Bad Company.

1975Barry Manilow reached the top of the U.S. Charts for the first time with, “Mandy.” The song also went #1 in Canada. It was originally called, “Brandy” when Scott English recorded the tune in 1972.

1981 – Lots drama for Wendy O. Williams of The Plasmatics. She was arrested on stage for simulating sex with a sledgehammer in Milwaukee. She later sued the Milwaukee police for sexual assault but lost her claim.

Dionne_and_Friends_That's_What_Friends_Are_For1984Van Halen were one of the biggest bands in the world and launched 103-date “1984” tour in  Jacksonville, Florida.

1986 – “Thats What Friends Are For” by Dionne Warwick and Friends (Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight) was at #1 for the first of  four weeks. The hit was written by Burt Bacharach and his third wife Carole Bayer-Sager.

1989Stevie Wonder was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. At just 38 he became the youngest person to receive the honor.

1991 – Three fans were killed at an AC/DC concert in Salt Lake City. They were crushed by the crowd.

1996Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley divorced after less than two years of marriage.

2001Noel Gallagher of Oasis divorced Meg Matthews.

2004Jennifer Lopez and second husband Cris Judd’s divorce became final. They met on the set of her video, ‘Love Don’t Cost A Thing.’

2010 – Folk singer Kate McGarrigle died of cancer at her home in Montreal. She was 63. She was once married to Loudon Wainwright III. They are parents to singers Rufus and Martha Wainwright.