28th JANUARY

1956: Elvis Presley (with Scotty Moore and Bill Black), made his first National Television appearance on the Dorsey brother’s “Stage Show”.

1963: Touring the UK The Beatles played at the Majestic Ballroom in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland.

1965: The Moody Blues were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Go Now!’ the group’s only UK No.1.

1965: The Who made their first appearance on UK TV show Ready Steady Go! To project the desired image, the hand-picked audience consisted only of teens dressed in the current Mod fashion.

1967: The Four Tops appeared at The Royal Albert Hall, London. Also on the bill, The Dakotas, Madeline Bell, The Remo Four and Johnny Watson.

1975: No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Laughter in the Rain,” Neil Sedaka.

1977: Pink Floyd’s tenth studio album ‘Animals’ entered the UK charts at #2.

1978: The Fleetwood Mac album ‘Rumours’ went to No.1 on the UK album chart, also a No.1 in the US. The album went on to sell over 15 million copies world- wide and spent over 440 weeks on the UK chart.

1983: The first Narara Music Festival was held near Somersby, NSW over the Australia Day weekend, the line-up included Men At Work, The Church, The Choirboys, Cold Chisel and INXS.

1984: Frankie Goes To Hollywood started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Relax!’ BBC Radio 1 DJ Mike Read expressed on air his distaste for both the record’s suggestive sleeve and its lyrics, he announced his refusal to play the record, not knowing that the BBC had decided that the song was not to be played on the BBC anyway.

1985: The recording took place for We Are The World the US equivalent of Band Aid at A&M Studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie the all star cast included Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Daryl Hall, John Oates, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Perry and Bob Geldof.

1985: More than 40 artists gather at A&M’s Hollywood studios to record “We Are the World” under the collective name “USA for Africa.”

1988: Eleven years after it was released, The Sex Pistols album ‘Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols’ went Gold in the US with sales over 500,000.

1990: Paul Abdul started a 10-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Forever Your Girl’. Abdul spent sixty-four consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200 before hitting number one, making it the longest time for an album to reach the number one spot.

1992: That great act Roxette are joined onstage in Zurich by ABBA’s Frida Lyngstad for a performance of “Money Money Money.”

1995: TLC started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Creep’ the group’s first US No.1, it made No.6 in the UK the following year.

1998: Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher played a 20-minute solo gig at the King Head, an English pub in Santa Monica in front of 250 fans.

1999: All American crooner Pat Boone forms the Gold Records label, which will only sign artists 45 years old and up.

2001: Limp Bizkit started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Chocolate Starfish’.

2001: Shaggy feat Ricardo Rikrot started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘It Wasn’t Me’. Also a No.1 in the UK.

2001: Jennifer Lopez started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘J.Lo.’

2002: More than 30 years after the heyday of soul duo Sam & Dave, Sam Moore finally launches a solo career when he releases “Plenty Good Lovin’.

2004: Elvis Presley fans expressed their anger at plans to cut up a rare tape of the singer’s early songs and sell the snippets at auction. The tape, which featured a recording made by Presley during the early 1950s, was now too fragile to play.

2004: During Australia’s Big Day Out tour, The Darkness singer Justin Hawkins joins hip-hop troupe Black Eyed Peas to contribute vocals to “Retarded”.

2005: Nickelback’s Ryan Vikedal, drummer with the Vancouver rockers since 1996, leaves the band.

2007: Dreamgirls: Music from the Motion Picture was at No.1 on the US album chart.

2008: Madonna topped the list for the richest female musician, according to Forbes.com. Its first-ever list focusing on women in the music industry estimated the 49-year-old banked $72m between June 2006 and June 2007.

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