NEWHD Rock History for January 13,2023
On this day in rock history, January 13th, we witness significant events that shaped the landscape of rock music:
- In 1973, Eric Clapton made a triumphant return to the stage after a hiatus of about 18 months. His comeback was marked by the first of two all-star shows at the Rainbow Theater in London. This event was organized by Pete Townshend of ‘The Who’ to support Clapton in overcoming personal challenges and to celebrate his return to live performances.
- Fast forward to 1977, Queen began a monumental 59-date world tour at the Dane County Coliseum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This tour was in support of their album “A Day at the Races,” and featured Thin Lizzy as the opening act, marking a significant moment in the band’s history as they continued to rise in fame and influence.
- In 1979, Lynyrd Skynyrd made an emotional comeback at the Volunteer Jam in Nashville, Tennessee. This annual event, organized by Charlie Daniels, was particularly poignant as it was the first time Lynyrd Skynyrd performed since the tragic 1977 plane crash that claimed the lives of three band members. This reunion symbolized resilience and remembrance in the face of tragedy.
Significant music releases included albums and special editions from a diverse range of artists. Graham Nash released “Now,” Neal Schon put out “Journey Through Time,” and Paul Simon shared “Seven Psalms.” There were also various artist compilations like Gary Crowley’s Punk & New Wave Vol. 2 and We’re an American Band: A Journey through the USA Hard Rock Scene 1967-73. Other artists such as Yes, Alan Parsons Project, Joe Perry, and Tesla also had notable releases around this time. This period was marked by a mix of new material and reissues, highlighting the enduring appeal of classic rock artists and the genre’s continued evolution.
Historically, January 13th has been significant in rock ‘n’ roll for several reasons. In 1958, Marty Robbins’ hit “The Story of My Life” became a cross-over success. Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” made a remarkable comeback to the top of the charts in 1962. Johnny Cash recorded the iconic “Live At Folsom Prison” album in 1968. Elvis Presley‘s final US number one record, “Suspicious Minds,” was recorded in 1969. Other notable events on this day include Carly Simon‘s album “No Secrets” topping the charts, and the tragic death of Donny Hathaway in 1979. There are also significant moments involving The Who, The Beatles, and other prominent artists over the years.
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