Celebrating 1 January

Birthdays

1942 Joe McDonald, lead singer, Country Joe and the Fish

1950 – Morgan Fisher, keyboardist, Mott the Hoople

1956 Martin Plaza, guitarist, Mental As Anything

1958 Grandmaster Flash, hip hop musician and DJ

1968 – Rick J. Jordan, keyboardist, Scooter

1972 – Tom Barman, guitarist, dEUS

1980 Richie Faulkner, guitarist, Judas Priest

1985 – Naughty Boy (Shahid Khan), DJ, rapper, producer

Died on this day

1953 – Hank Williams, country & western singer (born 1923)

1984 – Alexis Korner, British blues pioneer (born 1928)

1997 – Townes Van Zandt, singer/songwriter (born 1944)

2013 – Patti Page, pop and country singer (born 1927)

2019 – Pegi Young, singer/songwriter (born 1952)

2020 – Marty Grebb, guitarist, The Buckinghams  (born 1945)

And on this day in...

1962 The Beatles auditioned for Decca in London. Decca passed, choosing Brian Poole and the Tremeloes instead...........

1964 – The first edition of Top of the Pops was transmitted in the UK

1967 – The Doors made their live TV debut in the US

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