This Day in Music History: January 15th

1998: Harmonica player Junior Wells, who played with artists such as The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison & Buddy Guy died of lymphoma. He was 63 years old.

1994: Bryan Adams began a two night stand at the Le Let Theatre in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Adams was the first major Western artist to perform in Vietnam since James Brown in 1971.

1992: Longtime bassist for Elton John, Dee Murray died in Nashville after suffering a stroke. He was 45 years old.

1982: The Police kicked off the North American leg of their tour in support of Ghost in the Machine at Boston Garden. The Go-Go’s were the opening act.

1977: The Eagles reached number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the third time with Hotel California which spent eight non-consecutive weeks at number one.

1974: Brownsville Station received their only Gold record for their song “Smokin’ in the Boys Room”, which peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart & later covered by Motley Crue in 1985, which became the Crue’s first top 40 single.

1967: The Rolling Stones appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show & changed the lyrics of “Let’s Spend the Night Together” to “Let’s Spend Some Time Together”.

1965: The Who released their debut single “I Can’t Explain” in the U.K., where it would reach number eight on the U.K. Singles Chart. 

1965: Bob Dylan completed recording his fifth studio album Bringing it all Back Home at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City. It went on to be Dylan’s first album to reach the top ten of the Billboard 200 Album Chart, peaking at number six.

Birthdays:
Ronnie Van Zant-singer for Lynyrd Skynyrd born in 1948
Melvyn Gale-cellist for Electric Light Orchestra born in 1952

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