This Day in History: 2023-01-21

JANUARY 21st
Bon Jovi issue their self-titled debut album. The set contains the hit single “Runaway.” 1984
“Owner Of A Lonely Heart” by Yes is #1 on the Billboard 100.  However, the multiple MTV videos are a waste of time. 1984
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Del Shannon records his hit “Runaway” in New York. 1961
George Harrison marries former fashion model Patti Boyd. They met on the set of “A Hard Day’s Night.”  It doesn’t last. 1966
Aretha Franklin is the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  1987
Elvis Presley’s larger than life manager, Col. Tom Parker, dies. An illegal immigrant (from Holland) Parker managed several Country performers before finding Elvis and his meal ticket for life. 1997
The MTV reality series “Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen & Dave” premieres. The series offers a behind-the-scenes look at Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro’s wedding to Baywatch actress/model Carmen Electra. Oh joy! 2004
It’s a legal matter. Courtney Love (Hole) is sued by the California law firm that represented her in a two-year legal battle against her former record label. The Cappello & McCann firm files a $228,926 breach-of-contract suit alleging they haven’t been paid for their services. 2004
Wheel In The Sky… Journey get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Past and present band members, including vocalist Steve Perry, are on hand. 2005
Reports surface that Franz Nicolay has left The Hold Steady after five years. According to Nicolay, he told the band he was moving on the previous September. 2010
Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell performs at the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball as part of President Barack Obama’s second term inauguration. The Ball recognizes Medal of Honor recipients and Wounded Warriors. 2013
“Transgender Dysphoria Blues” drops.  It’s Against Me!’s sixth studio album but first since vocalist/guitarist Tom Gabel became Laura Grace. 2014
Neil Young is honored by the Recording Academy Producers and Engineers in L.A. “We pay tribute to a musical icon who has been tireless in his own efforts to draw attention to the importance of hearing music as the artists who created it intended,” says Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow in a statement. 2014
Casino game developer NetEnt unfurls a Guns N’ Roses-themed slot machine. The game’s set list includes “Welcome To The Jungle,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” “Paradise City” and “November Rain.” 2016
Testament part ways with longtime drummer Gene Hoglan. “It merely comes down to the fact that schedules can be challenging to align for in-demand dudes like yours truly,” says Hoglan of his departure. He originally played on Testament’s ’97 album “Demonic,” but didn’t officially join the band until ’11.  2022