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David Bowie

David Bowie Tops Global Charts Posthumously with ‘Blackstar’ LP

On this day in music, January 24, 2016, David Bowie proved his enduring star power, weeks after his passing, when the final album of his lifetime, Blackstar, topped charts on both sides of the Atlantic. Released as a parting gift to fans, the album was embraced around the world. Blackstar was the artist’s only LP to top the Billboard 200, and hit No.1 in more than 20 territories, becoming the fifth best-selling album of the year, worldwide.

In 1962, Brian Epstein signed a management deal with The Beatles. Epstein shrewdly negotiated a favorable rate at the time, receiving 25 percent of the band’s gross earnings. The number far exceeded the more usual management deal of ten percent.

In 1976, Bob Dylan began a five-week run at the top of the Billboard 200 with his 17th studio album, Desire. Among the album’s most notable tracks was “Hurricane,” which protested the 1967 conviction of former middleweight boxer, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter.

In 1958, Elvis Presley became the King of the Charts in the UK when “Jailhouse Rock” became the first track to debut at the No.1 spot. The song marked Presley’s second UK chart-topper.

In 1998, Oasis topped the UK chart with “All Around The World.” Clocking in at 9:38, the song instantly set the record for the longest running time for a UK No.1 hit. Interestingly, the track had been around since the band’s earliest days and was one of Noel Gallagher’s first compositions.

In 1999, The Offspring topped the UK singles chart with their pop-punk party anthem, “Pretty Fly, For A White Guy.” The song, which appeared on the Southern California group’s fifth studio album, was a No.1 hit in ten other countries.

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1941: Neil Diamond
1941: Aaron Neville (The Neville Brothers)
1941: Michael Chapman
1947: Warren Zevon
1955: Jools Holland
1968: Michael Kiske (Helloween)

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24 Jan 2021
American country music singer Morgan Wallen was at No.1 on the US album chart with his second studio album Dangerous: The Double Album. In March 2022, the album established the all-time record for the longest duration at the No.1 spot (98 weeks and counting) on Billboard's Country Albums chart.
24 Jan 2018
English singer and songwriter Mark E. Smith from Manchester post-punk band The Fall died aged 60 after a long illness with lung and kidney cancer. Smith formed the Fall in 1976 and was the only constant member of the band. He was known for his tempestuous relationship with his bandmates, and frequently fired them – there have been 66 different members over the years.
24 Jan 2017
American drummer Butch Trucks from The Allman Brothers Band died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in West Palm Beach, Florida, at the age of 69. He played in various groups before forming the 31st of February while at Florida State University in the mid 1960s. He joined the Allman Brothers Band in 1969. Their 1971 live release, At Fillmore East, represented an artistic and commercial breakthrough.
24 Jan 2016
David Bowie was at No.1 on both the UK & US album charts with his twenty-fifth and final studio album Blackstar, Bowie's only album to top the Billboard 200 in the US. Bowie was the biggest-selling vinyl artist of 2016 in the UK, with five albums in the vinyl Top 30, including Blackstar as the No.1 selling vinyl album of the year.
24 Jan 2008
Amy Winehouse was admitted into rehab in a battle to kick her addiction to drugs. A statement from her record company, Universal said she entered the facility "after talks with her record label, management, family and doctors to continue her ongoing recovery against drug addiction."
24 Jan 2007
American record producer and composer Dave Shayman (also known as Disco D) was found dead after he hanged himself in his mother and stepfather's basement. 26-year-old Shayman was famous for his production work on hip-hop records and was a rising star in the business.
24 Jan 2005
Country singer Lynn Anderson was arrested for shoplifting after being caught stealing a Harry Potter DVD from a New Mexico supermarket and punching a police officer during her arrest. The 57 year-old had the 1970 Top 5 hit 'Rose Garden'.
24 Jan 1999
The Offspring went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Pretty Fly, For A White Guy'. Taken from their fifth studio album Americana the single was a No.1 hit in ten other countries.
24 Jan 1998
Oasis went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'All Around The World'. The longest running-time for a UK No.1 with a total duration of 9 minutes 38 seconds. It was one of the first songs to be written by Noel Gallagher, with the band rehearsing it as early as 1992.
24 Jan 1995
American songwriter and record producer David Cole died from spinal meningitis brought on by AIDS aged 32. He was a member of C+C Music Factory who had the 1991 UK No.4 single 'Things That Make You Go Hmmm...', and the 1991 US No.1 single 'Gonna Make You Sweat'. Cole also produced various hits for other artists including Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin.
24 Jan 1992
Nirvana played their first ever show in Australia at the Phoenician Club in Sydney. Also on the bill, Tumbleweed and The Meanies.
24 Jan 1981
Adam And The Ants started a 10-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with their debut album 'Kings Of The Wild Frontier'.
24 Jan 1980
A billboard was erected on Sunset Strip, West Hollywood, California to promote Pink Floyd's new album The Wall. A blank wall was pasted up and each day a brick was ‘removed’ to slowly reveal the inside spread and title of the album.
24 Jan 1977
The Buzzcocks appeared at the Roxy, in London, England, supported by Chelsea. Also appearing at the venue over the last week; The Damned, The Boys, The Adverts, Slaughter And The Dogs and Squeeze.
24 Jan 1976
Bob Dylan started a five week run at No.1 on the US chart with his 17th studio album Desire. The album features 'Hurricane', which protests the conviction of former middleweight boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter for triple murder in 1966, arguing his innocence.
24 Jan 1970
James Sheppard, the lead singer from the Heartbeats and Shep and the Limelites, was found murdered in his car on the Long Island Expressway. The US singer had been beaten and robbed. The Limelites reached No.2 in the US in 1961 with 'Daddy's Home'.
24 Jan 1970
Led Zeppelin appeared at Leeds University, Leeds, England. It was at this show when Zeppelin had a meeting with fine arts lecturer Zacron to discuss their ideas for the album sleeve of the band's next album, Led Zeppelin III. Zacron, born Richard Drew, had studied at Kingston College of Art with members of the Yardbirds.
24 Jan 1969
The Doors appeared at Madison Square Garden, New York City, They were paid over $50,000 for the gig making them one of the highest paid acts this year.
24 Jan 1969
New Jersey state prosecutors issue a warning to US record dealers that they would be charged with distributing pornography if they were caught selling the John Lennon / Yoko Ono LP 'Two Virgins'. The front cover of the album showed the pair frontally nude, while the back cover showed them from behind. The album still managed to reach No.124 on the US, but failed to chart at all in the UK, where only 5,000 copies were ever pressed.
24 Jan 1967
Pink Floyd spent the second of three days recording the Syd Barrett songs 'Arnold Layne' and 'Candy And A Current Bun' at Sound Techniques Studios, Chelsea, London. 'Candy And A Current Bun' was first known as 'Let's Roll Another One' and contained the line 'I'm high - Don't try to spoil my fun', but it was decided that Syd Barrett should rewrite it without the drug references.
24 Jan 1963
American lyricist Otto Harbach died aged 90 in New York City. He co-wrote, 'Smoke Gets In Your Eyes', US & UK No.1 for The Platters in 1958.
24 Jan 1962
Brian Epstein signed a management deal with The Beatles. Epstein was to receive 25 per cent of the bands gross earnings, the normal management deal was 10 per cent.
24 Jan 1958
The Quarry Men performed at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, (this was the bands only performance at the club). It was three years later when they appeared again at the Cavern but under their new name as The Beatles.
24 Jan 1958
Elvis Presley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Jailhouse Rock'. It became the first ever single to enter the chart at No.1 and was Presley's second UK No.1. It went on to sell over 4 million copies in the US.
24 Jan 1953
Eddie Fisher was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Outside Is Heaven'. The American singer and entertainer divorced his first wife, Debbie Reynolds to marry his best friend's widow, Elizabeth Taylor, which gave him too much unwelcome publicity at the time. Eddie is father of actress Carrie Fisher who died in 2016.
Born on this day in music
24 Jan 1975
English singer, songwriter Paul Marazzi who with A1 who had the 2000 UK No.1 single, 'Same Old Brand New You'.
24 Jan 1974
Christopher River Hesse, drummer with Hoobastank who scored the 2004 US No.2 hit 'The Reason'.
24 Jan 1972
American singer, songwriter and musician Beth Hart. She rose to fame with the release of her 1999 single 'LA Song (Out of This Town)'.
24 Jan 1968
German singer Michael Kiske best known as the lead vocalist for the German power metal band Helloween.
24 Jan 1965
New Zealand musician Margaret Urlich, one of New Zealand's most successful recording artists. Her debut solo album, Safety in Numbers, released in 1989, was highly successful and won Breakthrough Artist – Album at the 1991 ARIA Awards.
24 Jan 1963
Keech Rainwater, drummer with American country group Lonestar who had the 2000 US No.1 & UK No.21 single 'Amazed' which spent eight weeks at the top of the Billboard country chart and also charted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the first country song to do so since Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton's 'Islands in the Stream' in 1983. Lonestar has charted more than 20 singles on the Hot Country Songs chart, including 9 that reached No.1.
24 Jan 1955
Jools Holland, English pianist, bandleader, singer, composer, who was a founding member of Squeeze who had the 1979 UK No.2 single 'Up The Junction'. Became a TV presenter on the long running UK music show The Tube and then the BBC music show Later... With Jools Holland. He also tours and releases records with the Jools Holland Big Band.
24 Jan 1953
American vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer Matthew Wilder. He was one-half of the Greenwich Village folk-rock group Matthew & Peter in the 1970s and scored the 1984 solo hit single 'Break My Stride'. As a producer Wilder has worked with No Doubt, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, and Miley Cyrus.
24 Jan 1949
John Belushi, actor and singer who played Joliet 'Jake' Blues in The Blues Brothers who had the 1990 UK No.12 single 'Everybody Needs Somebody To Love'. Belushi died of a drug overdose on 5th March 1982.
24 Jan 1947
American singer, songwriter Warren Zevon. During the early 1970s, Zevon toured regularly with the Everly Brothers as keyboard player, band leader, and musical coordinator. During his career he recorded over 15 solo albums. He is best known for his 1978 single 'Werewolves Of London' taken from his third studio album Excitable Boy. Zevon died on September 7th 2003 aged 56.
24 Jan 1941
English singer-songwriter, and virtuosic guitar player Michael Chapman. He became well known in the folk clubs of the late 1960s, as well as on the 'progressive' music scene, and released over 50 albums. He died on 10 September 2021 at the age of 80
24 Jan 1941
American R&B and soul singer Aaron Neville a sol artist and a member of The Neville Brothers. He had the 1966 US No.2 single 'Tell It Like It Is', and the 1989 UK No.2 single with Linda Ronstadt 'Don't Know Much'.
24 Jan 1941
American singer-songwriter Neil Diamond. He has had ten No. 1 singles on the US chart including 'Cracklin' Rose', 'Song Sung Blue' and 'You Don't Bring Me Flowers' and has sold more than 130 million records worldwide. Diamond wrote 'I'm A Believer', the No.1 for The Monkees. Many acts from Elvis Presley, Lulu, Cliff Richard and Deep Purple have all covered his songs. With his 2008 album ‘Home Before Dark’ Diamond became the oldest artist to have a US No.1, the record was previously held by Bob Dylan in 2006 with ‘Modern Times’.
24 Jan 1941
American country and pop singer-songwriter Ray Stevens, who had the Grammy-winning 1970 US No.1 & UK No.6 single 'Everything Is Beautiful' and scored the 1974 US & UK No.1 single 'The Streak'. He has worked as a producer, music arranger, songwriter, television host, and solo artist; and was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
24 Jan 1936
American fiddle player, singer and songwriter Doug Kershaw. Active since 1948, he began his career as part of the duo Rusty and Doug, along with his brother, Rusty Kershaw. He had an extensive solo career that included fifteen albums and singles that charted on the Hot Country Songs charts.
24 Jan 1936
Canadian-American singer and songwriter Jack Scott. He was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2011 and was called "undeniably the greatest Canadian rock and roll singer of all time." He scored the 1956 US No.3 hit 'My True Love' and 9 other top 40 hits.
24 Jan 1934
American R&B and gospel singer Ann Cole. She had several minor hits in the late 1950s and early 1960s but is most noted as the original performer of the blues standard 'Got My Mojo Working, later recorded by Muddy Waters. She died in November 1986 aged 52.
24 Jan 1933
Zeke Carey, singer with American doo-wop group The Flamingos. They had the 1959 US No.11 single 'I Only Have Eyes For You' written for the film Dames (1934), which was also a 1975 UK No.1 hit for Art Garfunkel. Carey died on 24th December 1999.
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