1967, The Young Rascals, The Doors, and Sopwith Camel play at Winterland in San Francisco.
1968, San Francisco’s underground FM station KMPX holds a ballot among its listeners to find out who would be the best candidate on a pro-grass ticket. The people say they want Bob Dylan for president, Paul Butterfield for vice-president, George Harrison as U.N. ambassador, Jefferson Airplane as the Secretary of Transportation, and the Grateful Dead as attorney general.
1968, Jimi Hendrix appears at Tivolis Koncertsal in Copenhagen, Denmark.
1970, Led Zeppelin kicked off an 8-date UK tour at Birmingham Town Hall.
1971, The Allman Brothers Band played at the Georgia Southern Gym, Statesboro, Georgia.
1971, Black Sabbath released Paranoid, their second studio album. The album features the band’s best-known signature songs, including the title track, “Iron Man” and “War Pigs.” The album was originally titled War Pigs, but allegedly the record company changed it to Paranoid, fearing backlash from supporters of the ongoing Vietnam War.
1973, David Bowie appeared at City Hall, in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.
1973, Black Sabbath performed at The Great Ngaruawahia Music Festival, Ngaruawahia, New Zealand.
1974, Carly Simon and James Taylor’s daughter Sarah Maria was born.
1974, Aerosmith played at the Michigan Theatre in Detroit, the first date on their 56-date North American Get Your Wings Tour.
1975, KISS performed at the Pavilion, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
1977, Andy Gibb was at number one on the singles chart with “I Just Want To Be Your Everything” a song written by his Bee Gee brother Barry.
1978, Rush played at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago.
1981, The Police played the first night of a North American tour at The University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada during their Zenyatta Mondatta World Tour.
1981, Cheap Trick appeared at the Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee.
1993, R.E.M. played a Greenpeace Benefit show at the 40 watt Club, Athens, Georgia, for 500 people. The show was recorded on a solar powered mobile recording studio.
1994, Nirvana plays the Seattle Arena. It is the band’s last US show.
1994, Oasis started recording their debut album Definitely Maybe, at Monrow studios in South Wales. When released in August 1994, it became the fastest selling debut album of all time in the UK. It was later surpassed in 2006 by Arctic Monkeys debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not. The album went on to sell over 12 million copies worldwide.
Born on January 7: Paul Revere, Paul Revere & the Raiders (1938); Danny Williams, singer (1942); Dave Cousins, The Strawbs (1945); Jann Wenner, publisher of Rolling Stone (1946); Kenny Loggins (1948); Marshall Chapman, singer-songwriter, author (1949); Kathy Valentine, bass, The Go- Go’s (1959); John Ondrasik, singer-songwriter, Five For Fighting (1965)
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