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This Day in Music History: January 28th

2009: Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboardist Billy Powell died at his home in Orange Park, FL of a suspected heart attack (an autopsy wasn’t performed). He was 56 years old.

2005: Traffic drummer Jim Capaldi died of stomach cancer. He was 60 years old.

1995: Yoko Ono recorded “Hiroshima Sky is Always Blue” at Paul McCartney’s Mill Studio in Sussex, U.K with Paul, Linda McCartney & Sean Lennon. 

1984: Billy Idol made his first and only appearance on Saturday Night Live where he performed “White Wedding” and “Rebel Yell”.

1984: The Romantics peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Talking in Your Sleep” which was their only top ten single in the U.S.

1978: Ted Nugent was approached by a fan to autograph his arm with a Bowie knife, in which Nugent obliged.

1978: Styx peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Come Sail Away” which was their second top ten single in the U.S.

1968: During a tour of Australia, a plane carrying members of The Who & the Small Faces landed in Melbourne en route from Adelaide to Sydney & was delayed for three hours amidst claims of drunkenness & unruly behavior. The flight continued with two security guards on board.

1965: The Who appeared on U.K. television for the first time to perform “I Can’t Explain” on Ready, Steady, Go!

1956: Elvis Presley made his American television debut on the Dorsey Brothers Stage Show. Jackie Gleason predicted “He can’t last. I tell you flatly, he can’t last”.

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