June 16, 2024

This Day in History: 2025-01-21

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 gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Past and present band members, including vocalist Steve Perry, are on hand. 2005

“Transgender Dysphoria Blues” drops.  It’s Against Me!’s sixth studio album but first since vocalist/guitarist Tom Gabel became Laura Grace. 2014

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

Johnny Ramone’s estate files a lawsuit in a Manhattan court over actor Pete Davidson’s planned Ramones movie. Linda Ramone, Johnny’s widow, claims that Joey Ramone’s brother Mickey Leigh “covertly developed an unapproved and unauthorized Ramones-based biopic.” Ramone and Leigh share ownership of the Ramones intellectual property with Linda claiming that a movie can’t move forward without her approval.  2024