Today in Rock & Roll History: January 18th

1960: Singer Johnny Preston has his only #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Running Bear,” a song written by Jiles Perry Richardson, who was better known as The Big Bopper. Two months later the single became Preston’s only #1 in the UK.

1964: The Beatles debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 with “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” which entered the chart at #45. The following week, the song jumped to #3, and at the start of February, it became the group’s first American #1 record and Capitol Records’ fastest-selling song.

1973: The Rolling Stones performed a benefit concert at the Los Angeles Forum in Inglewood, California for Nicaraguan earthquake victims, raising just over $350,000 in relief funds for the Pan American Development Foundation. Organized by Bill Graham, the event was opened by Santana and Cheech & Chong and served as the warm-up concert for the Stones’ upcoming Pacific Tour.

1973: Former Free singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke, along with Mott the Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs and King Crimson bassist Boz Burell, formed Bad Company. Toward the end of the summer of 1974, the band went to #1 in the US with their debut LP.

1975: Thirteen years after the band’s formation, Status Quo was at the top of the UK singles chart with “Down Down,” the group’s only UK #1.

1980: The once successful Capricon Records, home of southern rock acts the Allman Brothers and Marshal Tucker Band, filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy, and master tapes were sold off to the Polygram and Mercury labels. The label was later relaunched in 1990 as a joint venture with Warner Bros. Records, but after ten years folded once again, with co-founder Phil Walden selling the remaining assets to Volcano Entertainment.

1986: “What You Need,” the second single from INXS’ fifth LP Listen Like Thieves, entered the Billboard Hot 100. It later became the group’s first top 5 single in the US.

1990: Eric Clapton kicked off an unprecedented 18-night residency at London’s Royal Albert Hall performing his classic catalog with a variety instrumental formations. Originally intended for commercial release, Clapton deemed the recordings of the concerts unworthy, and waited until the following year, when he returned to the Hall for an even longer 24-night stay. Selections from both residencies were compiled to form the 24 Nights album.

Birthdays Today

Ray Dolby, sound engineer and inventor of the Dolby Sound System and noise reduction system, which revolutionized the music recording industry, was born in Portland, OR in 1933.

Hargus “Pig” Robbins, solo artist, session keyboardist, and piano player for Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Dolly Parton, Connie Smith, Merle Haggard, Roger Miller, and many others, was born in Spring City, TN in 1938.

David Ruffin, solo artist and lead singers for The Temptations from 1964-68, was born Davis Eli Ruffin in Whynot, MS in 1941.

Bobby Goldsboro, singer-songwriter and guitarist, was born in Marianna, FL in 1941.

Dave Greenslade, composer and keyboard player with Colosseum, his own band Greenslade, as well as Chris Farlowe’s Thunderbirds, was born in Woking, Surrey, England in 1943.

“Legs” Larry Smith, drummer for The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and close friend of George Harrison, was born in Oxford, England in 1944.

Brett Hudson, singer, songwriter, and youngest of the Hudson Brothers, was born in Portland, OR in 1953.

Tom Bailey, guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, vocalist, and original member of Thompson Twins, was born in Halifax, West Riding of Yorkshire, England in 1956.

Luther Dickinson, guitarist with the North Mississippi Allstars and the Black Crowes, was born in Memphis, TN in 1973.