1932--Richard Lester, the director of "A Hard Day's Night," "Help!" and "How I Won the War," is born in Philadelphia.
1939--Phil Everly, of The Everly Brothers, is born in Brownie, Kentucky.
1943--Janis Joplin is born at St. Mary's Hospital in Port Arthur, Texas.
1943--Joe Butler, drummer for The Lovin' Spoonful, is born.
1944--Zalman Yanovsky, of The Lovin’ Spoonful, is born in Toronto, Canada.
1961--The Beatles perform at Alexandra Hall, Crosby, Liverpool.
1962--The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club at lunchtime. That night
they play at the Tower Ballroom in New Brighton, Wallasey.
1963--The Beatles perform at Town Hall Ballroom, Dodington, Whitchurch, Shropshire.
Beatles perform three shows at the Olympia Theatre in Paris, France. A
portion of one of the shows is broadcast by French radio station Europe
1, for its program "Musicorama," and includes Beatles songs From Me to You, This Boy, I Want to Hold Your Hand, She Loves You, and Twist and Shout.
1966--Indira Gandhi is elected prime minister of India in succession to
Lal Shastri, who died on January 11. Shastri had succeeded Gandhi's
father, Jawaharlal Nehru.
1967--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). The Beatles begin recording A Day in the Life.
They record four takes, but there is a missing middle section that they
aren't sure what to do with, so they mark out the place and timing
where the missing segment will go by having Mal Evans count out the
bars, one through 24, his voice heavily echoed and backed by a tinkling
piano, and with an alarm clock ringing to flag the end of the 'missing'
1968--UK release of Grapefruit's Dear Delilah, which was produced by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
One" lithograph sales skyrocket following the police raid in which a
number of John Lennon's lithographs were confiscated by Scotland Yard
for being potentially pornographic. Three hundred sets of the
lithographs are available for sale, at a cost of £550 ($770) per set.
1970--The soundtrack of the film, "Easy Rider," the movie that made a
star of Peter Fonda, receives a gold record. It is the first
pop-culture, film soundtrack to earn the gold award.
1971--The Beatles & Company partnership case opens in the Chancery
Division of the London High Court in front of Judge Justice Stamp. It
is mutually agreed that the evidence is to be completed within a month,
and a date for the full hearing is to be fixed as soon as possible
1971--While John Lennon is visiting Japan, he gets his first calls from
a solicitor in London who is trying to track him down regarding Paul
McCartney’s High Court actions. He does his best to avoid them, but
soon faces the inevitable. Says John: “I got to Japan and I didn’t tell
anybody I’d arrived. Then suddednly I got these calls from the lawyer.
Fucking idiot! I didn’t like his upper class Irish-English voice as
soon as I heard it. He insisted that I come home. I could have done it
all on the fucking phone!” John and Yoko had no choice but to return
home to England on January 21.
1971--Bob Dylan's hour-long phone interview with A.J. Weberman turns nasty and is later released as Bob Dylan vs. A.J. Weberman
(Folkways). Weberman was one of the first self-styled "Dylanologists,"
and pioneered the art of poring through a celebrity's trash in order to
glean information about them.
turn down promoter Bill Sargent's offer of $30 million for the most
famous band in the world to reunite for one concert.
1984--US release of John Lennon / Yoko Ono LP and CD Milk and Honey (Polydor / PolyGram). Songs: I'm Stepping Out, I Don't Wanna Face It, Nobody Told Me, Borrowed Time, (Forgive Me) My Little Flower Princess, and Grow Old With Me [all Lennon], and the following Yoko songs: Sleepless Night, Don't Be Scared, O'Sanity, Your Hands, Let Me Count the Ways, and You're the One. All songs were recorded during the Double Fantasy
sessions. The original sleeve was to have featured over 200
heart-shaped photographs of the couple. Instead, an alternate color
photo from the Double Fantasy photo session was used.
1986--An intruder lowers himself from the roof of the Dakota building
and enters Yoko Ono's apartment through an open window. He leaves
several notes, a photograph, and a letter to Yoko, who was sleeping at
the time. He is later arrested by New York City police.
the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, Paul McCartney makes an emotional
and touching induction speech for John Lennon's entrance into the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame, as a solo artist (having been previously
inducted as a member of The Beatles). Only Clyde McPhatter (of The
Drifters) had been previously inducted for both solo and group careers.
The Animals, The Band, Duane Eddy, The Grateful Dead, Elton John, Bob
Marley, and Rod Stewart are also inducted. Yoko Ono accepts on behalf
of John. Later, Paul and Yoko hold a press conference, announcing that
the surviving Beatles will record a song using a demo tape of John's
for a planned project to be called "Anthology." The songs on the tape
are Free As A Bird (from 1977), Real Love (a version previously released in 1988 as Girls and Boys on the soundtrack album Imagine: John Lennon), Grow Old With Me (a version previously released on the 1984 album Milk and Honey), and Now and Then (from 1980, which is often referred to as Miss You or I Don’t Want To Lose You.)
When Paul returns to England, he gives the audio cassettes to Jeff
Lynne, who spends a week in his private studio working on cleaning them
up. He then transfers John’s original mono cassettes into analog
rockabilly pioneer, Carl Perkins, dies in Nashville from complications
following a recent series of strokes. He had been fighting throat and
tonsil cancer for most of this decade. George Harrison attends the
funeral, held in America at the Lambuth University in Jackson on
January 23, where he briefly performs, as a tribute, the Perkins’ song Your True Love.
Paul McCartney sent a video message to be played at the service, in
which he expresses his affection and respect for Carl. Jerry Lee Lewis
is also present at the funeral. Perkins’ songwriting and guitar work
influenced Elvis Presley and The Beatles, to name but two. He wrote and
recorded Blue Suede Shoes in 1956, and his version sold two
million copies before Elvis' version became a hit. In 1987, Perkins was
inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
British Department of the Environment, Transport, and the Regions
rejects a request from the Liverpool City Council that the city be
permitted to erect road signs promoting Liverpool as the home of The
Beatles. The reason given for the disapproval is that such signs would
be a hazard for motorists. Liverpool had planned to put up brown and
white signs reading "Liverpool: Birthplace of The Beatles" on the M6
motorway. But the department ruled that the signs were to include
information about other tourist attractions in the city and that
"drivers have just four seconds to assimilate information [from signs].
There is a limit on the number of words allowed. It comes down to
safety grounds...it was too distracting." One Liverpool councillor
wondered why such signs are allowed for Stratford-upon-Avon, home of
William Shakespeare. The Liverpool City Council plans to protest the
decision to the Culture Minister.