29th JANUARY

1942: BBC radio aired a new program ‘Desert Island Discs’ presented by Roy Plomley, which went on to become the longest running UK radio show.

1944: No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “My Heart Tells Me,” Glen Gray Orchestra.

1958: The Champs release their instrumental “Tequila” on Challenge Records. It becomes a No. 1 smash, staying there for five weeks.

1961: Bob Dylan achieved his dream of meeting his idol Woody Guthrie when Guthrie was on weekend release from hospital where he was being treated for Huntington’s Chorea.

1962: The folk-pop trio Peter Paul & Mary sign with Warner Bros. Records.

1964: No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” The Beatles.

1964: The Beatles spent the day at Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris, France, The Beatles’ only studio recording session for EMI held outside the UK.

1966: No. 1 in the UK today are the Overlanders with their cover of the Beatles’ “Michelle.”

1967: Jimi Hendrix and The Who appeared at The Saville Theatre, London, England. 20 year-old future Queen guitarist Brian May was in the audience.

1968: The Doors appeared at The Pussy Cat A Go Go, Las Vegas.

1969: Fleetwood Mac had their only UK No.1 single with the instrumental ‘Albatross’ which was composed by guitarist Peter Green. ‘Albatross’ is the only Fleetwood Mac composition with the distinction of having inspired a Beatles song, ‘Sun King’ from 1969’s Abbey Road.

1972: The triple album ‘The Concert For Bangladesh’ went to No.1 on the UK album chart.

1977: No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Car Wash,” Rose Royce.

1977: Gwen Dickey former backing band for The Temptations, went to No.1 on the US singles chart as Rose Royce with ‘Car Wash’, a No.9 hit in the UK.

1982: Shakin’ Stevens was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Oh Julie’, the Welsh singers third UK No.1. Barry Manilow covered the song in the US.

1983: Australian group Men At Work went to No.1 on the British and American singles and album charts simultaneously with ‘Down Under’ and ‘Business As Usual’. The last artist to achieve this was Rod Stewart in 1971.

1988: No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Need You Tonight,” INXS.

1989: Marc Almond started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart’ with guest vocals from Gene Pitney.

1990: Bob Dylan releases his single “Political World.” Strangely, only its B-side “Ring Them Bells” appears on the third volume of his greatest hits.

1996: George Michael had the UK No.1 single with ‘Jesus To A Child’, the singers sixth UK No.1 as a solo artist and the first single from his come-back album ‘Older’.

1998: Opening three weeks behind schedule, Paul Simon’s musical “The Capeman” premieres in New York to universally poor reviews.

1999: Hole are among the performers at the Big Day Out festival in Adelaide, Australia.

2000: Gabrielle went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Rise’.

2001: A New York based data company issued a chart listing sales of posthumous albums. The idea came about after radio stations wanted to distinguish between proper recordings when the artists were alive and CD’s released after they died.

2005: Ciara feat Petey Pablo Goodies went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with her debut single.

2006: Bryan Adams plays for 10,000 screaming fans in Karachi, Pakistan to benefit earthquake relief.

2006: Arctic Monkeys went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut album ‘Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not’. The Sheffield-based bands album became the fastest-selling debut in chart history after shifting more than 360,000 copies in its first week of release.

2009: Former American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson made the largest ever leap to number one in US chart history, rising 96 places.

2013: The Official UK Album Chart saw its lowest sales in nearly 17 years as Ed Sheeran returned to the top spot. The singer’s debut record, +, went back to No.1 for the first time since September with sales of just 20,607.

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