This Day in History: 2023-01-19


Janis “Pearl” Joplin is born in Port Arthur, TX, and begins what turns out to be a twenty-seven year struggle for acceptance. 1943
Megadeth’s “So Far… So Good… So What!” is released. The platinum album contains Megadeth’s cover of “Anarchy In The U.K.” with help from Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones. 1988
Radiohead’s “In Rainbows” tops the Billboard 200 album chart. 2008
Phil Everly, Don’s kid brother, is born. The pair are forever known as the Everly Brothers. 1939
Original Deep Purple vocalist, Rod Evans, is born in Slough, Berkshire. 1945
Power Station’s original singer and long-time solo act, Robert Palmer, makes his debut. 1949
The Beatles appear on Thank Your Lucky Stars where they perform “Please Please Me.” It’s their first national U.K. TV appearance. 1963
The Beatles start work on “A Day In The Life.” 1967
The Beatles are offered $30 million for one show by U.S. promoter Bill Sargent. Solo sets are OK but the group has to play together for a minimum of 20 minutes. The Beatles decline. 1976
Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” is the #1 album on the Billboard 200.  The concept album features “Another Brick In The Wall.”1980
Bruce Springsteen’s “Born In The U.S.A.” returns to #1 on the Billboard 200.  The album first topped the chart in the summer of ’84.  1985
An American Reunion: The 52nd Presidential Gala, honoring president-elect Bill Clinton, features a reunited Fleetwood Mac (their “Don’t Stop” was Clinton’s campaign song). 1993
John Lennon, The Band and the Grateful Dead are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “Being inducted as a Beatle for John was to be expected,” states Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono. “But being inducted for his solo effort would have made John very happy.” The Band perform “The Weight.” It’s the first time Robbie Robertson has performed with the group in fifteen years. 1994
The Nick Broomfield documentary “Kurt And Courtney” premieres at the Slamdunk Film Festival in Utah. The film about Kurt Cobain, the Nirvana frontman and his wife, the ever-charming Ms. Love, had been pulled earlier from the Sundance Festival. 1998
Rockabilly legend, Carl Perkins (best known for composing “Blue Suede Shoes”), dies following a series of strokes. 1998
Geffen Records files a lawsuit in L.A. against Hole over non-delivery of albums. The dispute lasts a couple years. 2000
Dressed in Oakland Raiders gear, Metallica performs a surprise concert in the Oakland Coliseum parking lot prior to the AFC Championship game. Raiders win the game (but lose the Super Bowl). 2003
Original members of The Doors Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger revive the band with former Police drummer Stewart Copeland and Cult vocalist Ian Astbury – filling in for Jim Morrison. The line-up debuts in Las Vegas. Due to a dispute with original drummer John Densmore and the Morrison estate over the use of the Doors’ name, the group later bills itself as The Doors Of The 21st Century before settling on Riders On The Storm (after the classic Doors song). 2003
“Coachella,” a two-hour documentary featuring highlights from past editions of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, premieres in L.A. Making appearances in the film are the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead, White Stripes and Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme. 2006
The second annual Raven’s Heart Foundation Benefit Concert in Los Angeles features a long list of musicians including former Eagles guitarist Don Felder and ex-Rainbow singer Joe Lynn Turner. The Raven’s Heart charity gives support to children with heart illnesses and their families. 2006
Influential ’60s singer Wilson Pickett dies of a heart attack at age 64. Pickett’s more memorable hits include “In the Midnight Hour” and “Mustang Sally.” 2006
Elton John provides 120 motorbikes to various health-care workers residing in the mountainous region of the southern African kingdom of Lesotho in an effort to improve the area’s medical care. The singer, who visits the region, makes the donation on behalf of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. 2008
A historical marker honoring Janis Joplin is unveiled outside the late singer’s childhood home in Port Arthur, TX. Joplin, who died of a drug overdose at age 27 in October ’70, would have turned 65 on this day (see above). 2008
The Beastie Boys play D.C.’s 9:30 Club for the Hey, America Feels Kinda Cool Again inaugural concert celebrating President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration (the following day). 2009
Metallica’s concert in Lima, Peru, shuts down the University of San Marcos. Fans camp out in front of the school’s stadium setting up tents and sleeping bags. The university suspends all activities on the day of the concert. 2010
“No Distance Left To Run,” a documentary about Blur, is in U.K. theaters. “The film recounts the highs and lows of a very British band from the late ’80’s to their headline return at Glastonbury and Hyde Park,” says a Parlophone (Blur’s record label) statement. The film, named after the band’s ’99 single, was directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace. 2010
Dream on! Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler (and pop singer Jennifer Lopez) debut as judges on American Idol. 2011
Elton John gives a private concert at the Beverly Hills estate of Ron Burkle to raise money to challenge California’s Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage in the state. “We are deeply honored to have the support of Sir Elton John,” says Chad Griffin, board president of American Foundation for Equal Rights, in a statement. 2011
Bad Wolves release a cover of the Cranberries hit “Zombie.” Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan was in London to contribute vocals to the track when she passed away at age 46.  All proceeds from the song go to O’Riordan’s three children.  2018
Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne/Black Label Society) is the honoree at Guitar World’s Rock and Roll Roast. “We’ve all known each other for a while, we all love each other,” Slipknot’s Corey Taylor tells Rolling Stone magazine. “So let’s just rip the crap out of each other.” Wylde responds saying, “How can they roast me? I’m a good Catholic boy.” Sharon Osbourne is the roastmaster though Ozzy is absent-off recording with Black Sabbath. 2012
“History of The Eagles, Part 1,” premieres at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT. The documentary, directed by Alison Ellwood and produced by Alex Gibney, “explores the band’s creation and rise to fame in the ’70s through their breakup in ’80” and includes interviews with all current and former band members. 2013
The National, Sleater-Kinney and Rapper Common co-headline the Planned Parenthood benefit Show Up!  The event, billed as a “concert for reproductive health, freedom and justice” takes place the night before the presidential inauguration in Washington D.C.  2017
KoЯn’s Jonathan Davis launches a two-week campaign to help those that are suffering from bullying or suicidal thoughts. “As you know, bullying is something a lot of people have to deal with, and many times that type of harassment leads to suicide,” explains Davis.  2017
3 Doors Down perform at President-elect Donald Trump’s inaugural “Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration.” The concert takes place on the steps of Washington, D.C.’s Lincoln Memorial.  2017
Of Mice & Men release “Defy, their first full-length release without vocalist Austin Carlile, who left the group due to his ongoing battle with Marfan syndrome. Bassist Aaron Pauley handles the vocals.   2018
Def Leppard release their complete catalog worldwide via streaming and download platforms. A worldwide smash the catalog holds the #1, #2 and #3 slots on the U.S. catalog albums chart.  2018
Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson confirms that the band is unlikely to play any more shows or make new music. “We have no plans to tour or record anymore,” he tells The Globe and Mail.  “We’re basically done.”  Rush had a “brief” four-decade year run.  2018
Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS announce that they are offering free food at their Rock & Brews restaurants to every TSA employee working without pay during the partial government shutdown. “(We) respect the diligent, hard work of each and every TSA employee,” reads a joint statement by the pair.  Many Rock & Brews restaurants are located at airports.  2019
Greta Van Fleet make their Saturday Night Live debut giving a stoic performance of “Black Smoke Rising” and melodic version of “You’re The One.” Later in the show, “Weekend Update” host Colin Jost reports, “Sunday night will bring a Super Blood Wolf Moon, which is a rare lunar eclipse, and not, as I had assumed, the name of the band that just performed on our show!”  2019