January 31 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
January 31

1956 : Elvis Presley signs with the William Morris Agency in order to make himself available to film studios.

1959 : 17-year-old Bob Dylan (known then as Robert Zimmerman) sees Buddy Holly perform at the Duluth Armory in Minnesota. Three days later, Holly died in a plane crash.

1967 : While in Sevenoaks, Kent, England, John Lennon visits an antique shop and purchses a circus poster from 1843. It is this poster which inspires most of the lyrics to The Beatles' "Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite".

1968 : John Fred and his Playboy Band's "Judy In Disguise" is certified gold.

1968 : The American Breed's "Bend Me, Shape Me" is certified gold.

1971 : The Jackson 5 are given the key to their hometown of Gary, Indiana, by Mayor Robert Pastrick.

1972 : Joan Baez' album "Any Day Now" is certified gold.

1979 : Bo Diddley opens up for punk band The Clash at the beginning of their first US tour.

1985 : Creedence Clearwater Revival's John Fogerty gives his first live performance in fourteen years at the Chaplin Stage in Hollywood, California.

1988 : Herb Alpert performs the US national anthem at Superbowl XXII in San Diego, California. (Chubby Checker performs at the halftime show.)

1993 : Michael Jackson performs with 3,500 local children at the Superbowl XXVII in Pasadena, California.

1998 : The Bruce Springsteen "Come Together" benefit concert, organized for the family of a New Jersey police officer killed in the line of duty, turns into an impromptu E Street Band reunion that also features Southside Johnny and other Jersey musicians.

1999 : Cher performs the US national anthem at Superbowl XXXIII in Miami, Florida. (Stevie Wonder performs at the halftime show.)

2010 : The Record Academy honors Leonard Cohen with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. During his acceptance speech, Cohen comments on his surprise at receiving a Grammy, joking that he "was always touched by the modesty of [the Recording Academy's] interest in my work".

Texts from calendar.songfacts.com


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