This Day in History: 2023-01-05

JANUARY 5th
Creedence Clearwater Revival release their second album, “Bayou Country.” 1969
The set has the classics “Proud Mary” and “Born On The Bayou.”
Nielsen SoundScan reports that Nickelback’s “Dark Horse” is the best-selling Hard Rock album of ’10 – even though the set was released in November, ’08. At #2 is Linkin Park’s “A Thousand Suns,” followed by AC/DC’s “Iron Man 2.” 2011
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Blondie’s Chris Stein has a birthday. The guitarist hails from Brooklyn. 1950
Coral Records releases “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” which turns out to be Buddy Holly’s last record issued while he is alive. The plane crash in Clearwater, Iowa (“the day the music died”), is just weeks away. 1959
Brian Warner is born in Canton, OH. He attends a Christian school and even plays Jesus in a school production. However, an attraction to Heavy Metal leads him to become Marilyn Manson. 1969
Guitarist Troy Dean Van Leeuwen (Queens Of The Stone Age) is born. 1970
“Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.” is Bruce Springsteen’s debut studio album. It sells a mere 25,000 copies in its first year of release. 1973
The Sex Pistols begin their only U.S. tour in Atlanta. “Where’s my beer?” Those are Johnny Rotten’s first words to the packed house. 1978
Prince makes his live debut at the Capri Theatre, Minneapolis.  Warner Bros. executives attend the show but decide that Prince and the band needed more time to develop.  1979
Coheed and Cambria postpone a portion of their European tour after frontman Claudio Sanchez breaks his hand. The injury occurs during a sparring match between the Coheed singer and his younger brother, boxer Matthew Sanchez. 2006
Journey guitarist Neal Schon, keyboardist Jonathan Cain and the group’s current lead singer, Jeff Scott Soto, are among the musicians who take part in the ARF Rocks benefit concert in Walnut Creek, CA. The show, which also features Ronnie Montrose, benefits the Animal Rescue Foundation, a charity founded by baseball manager Tony La Russa (St. Louis Cardinals) that aids abandoned and abused pets. 2007
During halftime at the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, AZ, the Texas marching band pays tribute to Led Zeppelin, playing “Kashmir” and “Stairway To Heaven.” That performance totally overshadows the Texas win over Ohio (24-21). 2009
Jon Bon Jovi, a member of the Summer Jobs initiative, visits the White House to brainstorm ways to put the nation’s youth to work. “The White House Council met with youth, corporate representatives, various White House staff and the President as we discussed the Summer Jobs initiative . . . good day,” writes Bon Jovi on Facebook. 2012
Sammy Hagar, a longtime Los Cabos (Mexico) resident and business owner is made the city’s honorary ambassador. He also receives the municipality’s first Medal Of Honor.  2022