THIS DAY IN ROCK

January 9th: Charlie Watts, Santana, Mick Jagger, Van Halen and more ...


On This Day in Rock

1963: Drummer Charlie Watts joined The Rolling Stones after leaving Blues Incorporated.

1965: The Beatles started a nine week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Beatles 65', the group's fourth No.1.

1969: The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK album chart with the 'White Album', The Rolling Stones were at No.2 with 'Beggars Banquet' and The Seekers were at No.3 with 'Best Of The Seekers.'
 
1970: During a UK tour Led Zeppelin appeared at The Royal Albert Hall, London, the night of Jimmy Page's 26th birthday. (John Lennon, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck were all in the audience). The two and a quarter hour set was recorded and filmed but shelved for several decades, eventually seeing a release on a 2003 official DVD.

1971: 'Black Magic Woman' by Santana, a cover of the Fleetwood Mac song, peaks at Number Four on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1973: Mick Jagger was refused a Japanese visa on an account of a 1969 drug conviction causing The Rolling Stones to cancel a forthcoming tour.

1976: Queen were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. The single enjoyed a nine week run on the chart selling more than a million copies by the end of the month. It reached No.1 again in 1991 for five weeks following Mercury's death, eventually becoming the UK's third best selling single of all time.

1979: The music for UNICEF concert took place in New York City featuring Rod Stewart, The Bee Gees, Earth Wind and Fire, Abba and Donna Summer.

1982: 'Under Pressure' by Queen & David Bowie peaks at Number 29 on the pop chart.

1982: 'Tonight I'm Yours' by Rod Stewart peaks at Number 11 on the album chart.

1984: '1984' by Van Halen is released.

1997: David Bowie performed his 50th Birthday Bash concert, the day after his birthday, at Madison Square Garden, New York with guests Frank Black, Sonic Youth, Robert Smith of The Cure, The Foo Fighters, Lou Reed, and Billy Corgan and Placebo. Proceeds from the concert went to the Save The Children fund.


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