This Day in Music History: January 18

This Day in Music History: January 18January 18, 2017

We cover all sorts of news, facts and historical and interesting facts that happened on this day in music history.


Today: January 18.


1964: The Beatles made their debut on the US chart with 'I Want To Hold Your Hand'. The song entered the chart at the No.45 spot, just 10 days after it was released. It made it the fastest-breaking and the fastest selling single in Capitol Records history. The song spent 7 weeks at the top of the chart.

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1965: The Rolling Stones recorded the songs 'The Last Time' and 'Play With Fire' at the RCA studio in Hollywood, California. During the recordings of 'Play With Fire', it was producer Phil Spector who played the acoustic guitar.

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1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded an appearance on UK TV show 'Top Of The Pops'. They performed a live version of "Hey Joe". The band also played a show at the Seven and a Half Club in Mayfair, London during the evening.


1974: Former members from Free, (Paul Rodgers & Simon Kirke), Mott The Hoople (Mick Ralphs), and King Crimson, (Boz Burrell), decided to form the band Bad Company. Their debut release album scored a US No.1 spot on the chart.

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1975: Barry Manilow scored his first US No.1 hit with his song 'Mandy' (originally titled 'Brandy' when it was recorded in 1972 by Scott English), which reached the top of the chart.

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1989: When he's 38 years old only, Stevie Wonder became the youngest living person that was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The ceremony was held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, and other inductees included The Rolling Stones, The Temptations, Otis Redding and Dion DiMucci.

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1997: Tori Amos reached the No.1 spot on the UK singles chart with the song 'Professional Widow' (It's Got To Be)'. It had been remixed by Armand Van Helden and was rumored that the song was about Courtney Love, Kurt Cobain's former wife.

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