2023-01-06

JANUARY 6th
Show me the way.  Peter Frampton releases “Frampton Comes Alive!” The double live album goes on to sell over 11-million copies in the U.S.  1976
Smashing Pumpkins’ brilliant single “Bullet With Butterfly Wings” goes to #22 on the pop chart – the band’s first Top 40 song.  It peaks at #2 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart and goes on to win the Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance. 1997
The Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody” is named the Best Motion Picture at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association also presents the Best Actor honor to Rami Malek for his portrayal of Queen singer Freddie Mercury. Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor are in attendance. 2019
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Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett is born. He is immortalized in the song “Shine On You Crazy Diamond.” That says it all. 1946
A native of Detroit, singer Kim Wilson (Fabulous Thunderbirds), is born. 1951
Malcolm Young (AC/DC) enters the world. The guitarist is born in Glasgow, Scotland. 1953
Instead of “The Ed Sullivan Show” they should have called it “Ed Presents Elvis Presley.” Elvis gets 20 minutes on the nationally televised one-hour program and sings no less than seven songs. It a tribute to Presley’s popularity. Elvis even gets an endorsement from the host who had once said he would never have Presley on his show. Sullivan calls Elvis a “real decent, fine boy.” 1957
“He could play the guitar just like a-ring in a bell.” Chuck Berry records the incredible “Johnny B. Goode” at Chess Studios in Chicago. 1958
Gibson introduces the Flying V electric guitar.  1958
The Rolling Stones start their second U.K. tour but first as headliners. The Ronettes are the only memorable act among the half-dozen opening groups. The whole thing starts in a place called Harrow. 1964
During the filming of The Beatles final film, “Let It Be,” Paul McCartney criticizes George Harrison’s guitar playing on “Two Of Us.” “I’ll play whatever you want me to play, or I won’t play at all if you don’t want to me to play,” replies Harrison. “Whatever it is that will please you, I’ll do it.” Later, Harrison announces he’s leaving the group but returns days later. 1969
We All Shine On. John Lennon issues “Instant Karma.” Produced by Phil Spector the single features George Harrison (guitar), Klaus Voormann (bass), Billy Preston (organ), Alan White (drums) and Yoko Ono (backing vocals). 1970
Rock N’ Destruction. Fans waiting to purchase tickets for an upcoming Led Zeppelin show at Boston Gardens throw beer bottles against the building causing extensive damage. The mayor immediately cancels the show. 1975
EMI Records drop the Sex Pistols after only three months. The band’s “aggressive behavior” is cited as one of the reasons. 1977
Alex Turner, vocalist/guitarist for Arctic Monkeys, celebrates his birthday. 1986
Now they know how many Eric Clapton concerts it takes to fill the Albert Hall. Clapton plays the first of six consecutive concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall. During the stand, Clapton gets help from Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits), Steve Winwood (Traffic) and Phil Collins (Genesis). 1987
George Harrison’s estate sues cancer specialist Dr. Gilbert Lederman claiming he coerced the ailing ex-Beatle into signing a guitar. Lederman was treating Harrison, who died in November ’01, about two weeks after the signing. 2004
Let ’em in. Paul McCartney promises that when he performs during the half-time show at the upcoming Super Bowl that “we will not be having a wardrobe malfunction.” Of course, Janet Jackson’s “malfunction” the previous year was a huge scandal. 2005
Audioslave’s Chris Cornell submits a petition requesting that his ex-wife, Susan Silver, return all earnings she received while managing his former band, Soundgarden. The singer alleges in documents filed with California’s Division of Labor Standards Enforcement that Silver was not licensed for the management job. Silver calls the suit “baseless and absurd.” 2006
Everclear’s Art Alexakis files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in California. According to documents submitted by the vocalist he has accumulated a $2.75 million federal-tax debt, owes $230,000 to the Oregon Department of Revenue and $120,000 to credit card companies. Three divorces and sluggish album sales will do that to you. 2005
Carlos Santana performs at the Stars to the Rescue XVI concert in Walnut Creek, CA. The annual show benefits the Animal Rescue Foundation. 2007
Ron Asheton, guitarist for The Stooges, is found dead in his Ann Arbor residence. Officials say Asheton apparently had been deceased for several days and that no foul play was suspected. Asheton (along with Iggy Pop) founded The Stooges in ’67. He was 60. 2009
The Offspring sell the rights to most of their music to Round Hill, a music rights company for approximately $35 million. “We felt that having the right caretaker for our catalogue, both the masters and the publishing, is incredibly important to the future of our career,” says Offspring’s Dexter Holland. 2016
Halestorm’s EP “ReAniMate 3.0” is out. The set includes a cover of Joan Jett & The Blackhearts’ “I Hate Myself For Loving You,” Whitesnake’s “Still Of The Night,” Soundgarden’s “Fell On Black Days” and Metallica’s “Ride The Lightning.”  2017
Stern Pinball, Inc. announced a line of Aerosmith inspired pinball machines. 2017
Dave Matthews, Trey Anastasio Band and Aaron Neville perform in New York City (Radio City Music Hall) at “A Concert for Island Relief” benefiting hurricane relief efforts in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. 2018
Helping a brick-and-mortar retailer. Black Veil Brides debuts their tour merchandise collection during an in-store appearance at Hot Topic in Hollywood.  2018