This Day in History: 2023-01-10

JANUARY 10th
John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “Double Fantasy” album goes platinum only weeks after Lennon’s murder. 1981
Airbourne’s “Stand Up For Rock ‘n’ Roll” is the theme song for World Wrestling Entertainment’s 21st annual Royal Rumble. “(The song) is just one of those rockin’ tracks that seems to go well with people getting their heads smashed in,” says Airbourne’s Joel O’Keefe. It’s on the group’s debut album “Runnin’ Wild.” 2008
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Rod Stewart is born. He attempts a pro football (soccer) career before landing as the lead singer with the Jeff Beck Group and Faces. But his greatest fame is achieved as a solo. 1945
Aynsley Dunbar starts his life. The Liverpool born drummer is in Jefferson Airplane, Whitesnake and early Journey. 1946
Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen begins reelin’ in the years. He hails from Passaic, NJ. 1948
Pat Benatar rocks her way into the world. 1952
Elvis Presley lays down “Heartbreak Hotel” during his first recording session for RCA Records. Along with Scotty Moore and Bill Black, guitar-great Chet Atkins participates in the Nashville session. Floyd Cramer is on piano. 1956
Meat Puppets’ Curt Kirkwood celebrates his birthday. 1959
Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm. Brad Roberts (born Bradley Kenneth Roberts in Winnipeg, Manitoba), the lead singer/guitarist for the Crash Test Dummies, has a birthday. 1964
A frustrated George Harrison quits The Beatles. John Lennon suggests getting Eric Clapton (Cream) to replace Harrison who returns less than a week later. 1969
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards is found guilty of cocaine possession. 1977
3 Doors Down guitarist, Matt Roberts, is born. He’s one of the group’s founding members (with Brad Arnold and Todd Harrell). 1978
Mr. Blackwell speaks. Linda Ronstadt nails the #2 spot on the Worst Dress List behind Farrah Fawcett Majors. Ouch! 1978
“Paradise City” from Guns N’ Roses’ debut studio album “Appetite For Destruction” is released as a single. It goes to #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. GN’R guitarist Slash later states it’s his favorite GN’R song. 1988
David Bowie gets a star on Hollywood’s Walk Of Fame. 1997
A mother and child reunion. A Los Angeles Juvenile Court judge grants Courtney Love full custody of her daughter Frances Bean Cobain. Love lost custody of the 12-year-old, daughter of Nirvana’s late Kurt Cobain, following an October ’03 arrest for suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance. “I don’t think the judge would have ordered reunification if the judge wasn’t very pleased at where Courtney’s life is today,” says Love’s attorney. 2005
Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart (Eurhythmics) receive the Best Song Honor for “Old Habits Die Hard” from the film “Alfie” at the 10th annual Critic’s Choice Awards in L.A. 2005
Green Day is named America’s Favorite Group at the 32nd annual People’s Choice Awards. Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist Mike Dirnt are on hand to accept the trophy. Meanwhile, U2 nabs the Favorite Tour award, beating out Green Day, among others. Winners are determined by Internet voting. 2006
The “Underworld: Evolution” soundtrack is unveiled. It has a solo recording from Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington and a version of Slipknot’s “Vermillion Pt. 2” remixed by former Nine Inch Nails programmer Chris Vrenna. 2006
The Recording Academy announces the year’s additions to the Grammy Hall of Fame. Albums inducted are “Who’s Next” by The Who, “London Calling” by The Clash and “Cheap Thrills” from Big Brother & The Holding Company. Singles getting the nod are Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” and Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl.” 2007
Desperado seeks justice. The Eagles’ Don Henley and Glenn Frey file a $537,000 lawsuit against a South Korean insurance company that they accuse of using their group’s ballad “Desperado” illegally. A representative for Korea Life Insurance claims that the company believed an agreement with The Eagles had been reached when it aired a commercial featuring the song. “We thought the deal was closed.” the official said. Guess not. 2007
The first of a two part concert film “Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live From Gainesville” is broadcast on PBS. It documents the group’s 30th anniversary celebration in ’06. The second part is shown a week later. 2008
The late Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell is inducted into Guitar Center’s “Drum-Legends” Hall of Fame in Hollywood. 2009
Rich Robinson’s Stamford, CN, home is sold at a foreclosure auction for $1.2 million. The Black Crowes guitarist and his ex-wife, who divorced in ’08, purchased the five-bedroom house five years earlier. Foreclosure proceedings were initiated after the couple ran up more than $400,000 in outstanding federal and local property taxes. 2009
Rolling Stone magazine reveals that David Crosby is the biological father of Melissa Etheridge and her partner Julie Cypher’s child. 2000
Gilby Clarke, a former Guns N’ Roses guitarist, is hospitalized following a hit-and-run crash while riding his motorcycle. Clarke, who joined Guns N’ Roses in ’91 and stayed three years, suffers a broken leg. 2010
Slipknot’s Corey Taylor again speaks out in defense of illegal music downloading, insisting that no one wants to pay for “crap” new music. “People wanna blame the decline of album sales on downloading,” says Taylor. “I think it’s actually the record companies’ fault. If record companies would stop giving any f**king mook on the street with a fringe a record deal or their own record label, maybe you would sell more f**king albums, dipshits.” 2011
Van Halen issue “Tattoo,” the lead track from the album “A Different Kind Of Truth.” It’s also the group’s first single with singer David Lee Roth in 28-years. 2012
An AC/DC fan beats out 27 other bidders and pays $1,225 for a copy of “Can I Sit Next To You Girl,” the debut single from AC/DC (released in ’75). Only released in the band’s native Australia, it features lead vocals by original singer Dave Evans. The b-side is another original, “Rockin’ In The Parlour.” AC/DC re-recorded “Can I Sit Next To You Girl” for their second album “TNT.” 2012
Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) is named chief creative officer of the music streaming service Project Daisy, created in collaboration with Dr. Dre’s Beats Electronics. “(Reznor will) bring an emotional connection back to the act of music discovery,” says Beats CEO Jimmy Iovine in a statement. 2013
Asia cofounder Steve Howe announces he has left the group in order to devote his attention to other projects. 2013
“All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs and Voice of Gregg Allman” is held at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. The tribute concert features the Allman Brothers Band, Jackson Browne, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi. 2014
The AC/DC single, “Play Ball,” is featured in commercials for Beats By Dre headphones. The ads, which feature NFL players, debut during the NFL playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers. 2015
Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder performs at President Barack Obama’s farewell address to the nation in Chicago.  He sings his song “Rise” plus Neil Young’s Rockin’ In The Free World.”  2017
Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones publishes his autobiography, “Lonely Boy,” in the North America (the book was published two months earlier in the U.K.). With journalist Ben Thompson, Jones covers his childhood in West London and the founding the Sex Pistols. 2017
The late Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) appears in a PSA for “The Promise Campaign.”  The video features a montage of actors and musicians vowing to keep the promise to support a variety of humanitarian efforts.  Cornell wrote and recorded “The Promise,” heard in the film of the same name, which addresses Armenian genocide. 2018
“Eddie and Dave,” a Van Halen inspired play, opens off-Broadway.  In a twist, women are in the title roles revealing “what happens when the person you need is the one you find most irritating.”  2019
Mötörhead guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke passes away after being treated for pneumonia at age 67.   Clarke, a founding member of the band with Lemmy Kilmister and drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor, was in the lineup for the band’s first five studio albums.  2018
“Dead Inside,” by guitarist Nita Strauss, is #1 on the Mediabase Active Rock Chart. She’s the first female Rock artist to top the chart.  2022