This Day in History: 2023-01-08

JANUARY 8th
Elvis Presley’s birthday. The King of Rock N’ Roll (or simply “The King”) is born in Tupelo, MS.  1935
David Bowie (Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Thin White Duke, etc.) is born.
His contributions were not only musical but encompassed lyrics, concepts, stage presence and the persona of Rock stardom.  1947
The Beatles “Rubber Soul” tops the U.S. album chart.  1966
“Rubber Soul” jumps from #60 to #1, on the Billboard album chart selling 1.2 million copies in the U.S. within nine days of release. It’s generally regarded as the first of the band’s classic albums.

 

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The Hollies Terry Sylvester is born. He replaces Graham Nash in ’69. 1945
Robby (occasionally Robbie) Krieger has a birthday. The Doors guitarist is a native of L.A. 1946
Loverboy vocalist Mike Reno (born Joseph Michael Rynoski) makes his debut. 1955
Eddie Cochran’s “Three Steps To Heaven” is his last recording, He dies in a car accident later in the year. 1960
Sass Jordan has a birthday. Though born in Birmingham, England, Jordan grows up in Montreal. 1962
Try to see it my way. The Beatles’ “We Can Work It Out” tops the Billboard pop chart.   1966
The final episode of the U.S. teen music show “Shindig,” with The Kinks and The Who, airs. 1966
Andrew Wood, vocalist for Mother Love Bone, is born in Columbus, MS.  1966
Jeff Abercrombie, Fuel bassist and co-founder (with Carl Bell), has a birthday. 1969
KISS signs with Casablanca Records. 1974
It takes only four hours to sell out three Madison Square Garden Led Zeppelin shows. A record. 1975
Rilo Kiley vocalist and solo performer, Jenny Lewis, is born in Las Vegas. 1976
The Canadian government names Rush the country’s “Ambassadors of Music.” 1979
The Donna’s drummer Torry Castellano (Donna C.) and bassist Maya Ford (Donna F.) are born. 1979
The U.S. Postal Service begins selling Elvis stamps on what would have been The King’s 50th birthday (see above). 1985
Def Leppard guitarist Steve Clark is found dead by his girlfriend. Excess alcohol mixed with antidepressants (compression on the brain stem) are listed as the cause. Clark, who was 30 at the time of his death, had been in and out of rehab a half-dozen times. 1991
Nirvana’s last U.S. show is a hometown gig at the Seattle Center Arena. 1994
On its way to double platinum status, KoЯn’s “Life Is Peachy,” goes gold.  1997
According to the record industry, Rage Against The Machine’s self-titled debut has sold over 2-million copies since its release four years earlier. 1997
Creed wins Favorite Artist Alternative Music and Favorite Album Pop/Rock (for “Human Clay”) at the 28th American Music Awards. 2001
Aussies to the rescue. Jet’s Nic Cester, members of the Living End and ex-Silverchair vocalist Daniel Johns (with his band the Dissociatives) perform at Reach Out To Asia, a tsunami-relief benefit concert and telethon in Sydney, Australia. 2005
Georgeann Walsh Ward sues KISS’ Gene Simmons and Viacom claiming she was defamed in the KISS VH-1 documentary “When KISS Ruled The World.” Ward, who was Simmons girlfriend in the ’70s, says the bass player made her out to be a “sex-addicted nymphomaniac.” Ward wants big bucks to go away. 2005
Santana is a surprise guest performer at a star-studded San Francisco benefit concert celebrating the 75th anniversary of late legendary promoter Bill Graham’s birth. Graham launched the Fillmore West in San Francisco and the Fillmore East in New York. Santana often performed at both venues. 2006
Papa Roach’s “Forever” arrives.  The song peaks at #2 on the Modern Rock Tracks and Mainstream Rock Tracks.  2007
On the occasion of his 60th birthday (see above), David Bowie’s wife, Iman, claims her hubby “isn’t freaking out” about his age. “I guess that’s because he’s happy,” she says. “We just lead a very simple family life.” 2007
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces Van Halen, R.E.M. and Patti Smith will be inducted in ‘08. Five Van Halen members are honored – the original four (brothers Alex and Eddie, Michael Anthony and David Lee Roth) plus second frontman Sammy Hagar (Hey, where’s Gary Cherone?). The official ceremony takes place the following March at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria hotel. 2007
The Police beat out Van Halen and Genesis to win the Favorite Reunion Tour trophy at the 34th annual People’s Choice Awards in Hollywood. There is no live ceremony because of the ongoing writers’ strike.  2008
U2’s Bono meets with French president Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris to discuss France’s monetary contributions to developing countries. The U2 vocalist lobbies the president to make good on his country’s ’06 promise to raise its financial aid to 0.7 percent of its gross national product by 2012. “The president admitted it would be very, very hard, but France would keep her word,” writes Bono in a statement. 2008
Bruce Springsteen and Peter Gabriel vie for the Best Song honor at the 14th Annual Critic’s Choice Awards in Santa Monica, CA. And the winner is Springsteen for “The Wrestler,” from the film of the same name. 2009
An exhibition of art paying tribute to the Beastie Boys titled “Under the Influence” opens at Gallery 1988 in L.A. 2009
KISS founding members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley speak out against drug use saying it’s for “losers” and blame drugs for destroying the band’s original line-up. “All of the bull-s**t we had to go through with the drugs and booze and lack of self-esteem that Ace (Frehley) and Peter (Criss) had just sucked the life out of us,” says Simmons. 2010
The Black Keys are the musical guest for Saturday Night Live’s first episode of ’11. It’s the duo’s first time on the sketch comedy show. 2011
The estate and family of late guitarist Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet) file a lawsuit in L.A. Superior Court against the authors and publisher of an unauthorized coffee table book titled “Randy Rhoads.” The family contends that documentary film producer Peter Margolis and author Andrew Klein stole materials to create the book which was co-authored by Klein and Steven Rosen with the assistance of Margolis. 2013
U2’s The Edge launches a charitable fund, through the existing Music Rising effort, to help rebuild the music programs in schools throughout the area affected by Hurricane Sandy. 2013
Guns N’ Roses’ “Paradise City,” Fall Out Boys’ “Dead On Arrival,” and Nickelback’s “How You Remind Me” are among the most dangerous songs to listen to while driving, according to insurance website Confused.com. The firm says that listening to Rock music causes men to drive more aggressively, moving faster and braking later. 2013
Allman Brothers guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks announce that they will be leaving the band at the end of ’14. “We’ve had the honor and pleasure of playing, living, learning, and traveling with the Allman Brothers Band, one of the truly legendary Rock and Roll bands,” says Haynes and Trucks in a joint statement. 2014
On what would have been Elvis Presley’s 80th birthday (see above), an acetate of Presley’s versions of “My Happiness” and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin” is sold at auction for $300,000 to an unknown bidder who turns out to be Jack White (White Stripes). The songs were recorded at Sam Phillips’ Sun Records in Memphis. 2015
David Bowie’s final recordings are released to mark the late singer’s 70th birthday. The four-song “No Plan” EP features the title track and “Lazarus” from ‘16’s “Blackstar” album. Also, a Bowie tribute concert featuring Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott is held at the O2 Academy Brixton in London.  All proceeds go to the Children & The Arts charity.  2017