Music History for Friday, 1/31/20
2015 - R&B singer and songwriter Don Covay died at age 78. Hits included "Mercy, Mercy" and "See-Saw." Wrote the Aretha Franklin Grammy-winning hit "Chain of Fools."
2013 - At a press conference promoting her Super Bowl halftime performance, Beyoncé admitted she sang along to a pre-recorded track while performing the national anthem during President Obama's inauguration.
2012 - The Recording Academy confirmed that Adele’s vocal cords had healed after surgery, allowing her to perform at the Grammys, which were happening the following month.
2011 - Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill forced the band to delay its tour of Australia and South Africa due to surgery on his right labrum and bicep. Fans were able to use their tickets for future tour dates.
2010 - Beyoncé set a Grammy record for women when she won six in one ceremony. The six awards were Song Of The Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song, and Best Contemporary R&B Album. Taylor Swift also won four trophies, including Album of the Year for Fearless, at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards.
2008 - Carrie Underwood's video for "All-American Girl" premiered.
2006 - The Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line got five Oscar nominations including Best Actor and Actress nods for leads Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon. Dolly Parton's song from Transamerica, "Travelin' Thru," was nominated for Best Original Song.
2004 - On the night before the Super Bowl, Toby Keith and Willie Nelson performed live on CMT Crossroads. Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry also appeared on the show.
2001 - It was announced that Peter Criss was leaving KISS and that he would be replaced by Eric Singer for the remainder of dates of the farewell tour. Criss' last show was on October 7, 2000.
2000 - Rapper Jay-Z was indicted in New York Criminal Court on two assault charges going back to the December 1st stabbing of record label exec Lance "Un" Rivera.
1999 - Cher sang the U.S. national anthem at Super Bowl XXXIII.
1998 - The Presidents Of The United States Of America played their last gig as a band at the Paramount Theater in Seattle. It was a benefit show for the Chicken Soup Brigade, which provides food and services to Seattle residents with HIV/AIDS.
1997 - Tim McGraw's album Not a Moment Too Soon was certified five-times platinum.
1993 - Garth Brooks sang the national anthem at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
1988 - Herb Alpert performed the U.S. national anthem at Super Bowl XXII.
1984 - The number one song was Karma Chameleon by Culture Club.
1981 - Blondie scored their third U.S. #1 single with "The Tide Is High."
1979 - The Clash began their first U.S. tour with Bo Diddley as their opening act.
1978 - Greg Herbert of Blood, Sweat & Tears died of a drug overdose in Amsterdam during the band's European tour. He was 30 years old.
1977 - Loretta Lynn won two trophies at the American Music Awards, and Johnny Cash became the first country artist to win the Award of Merit.
1974 - Barbra Streisand had the number one single with The Way We Were. She also co-starred in the film of the same name with Robert Redford. The song would win the Best Song Oscar.
1972 - Aretha Franklin sang at Mahalia Jackson’s funeral.
1970 - In New Orleans, LA, the Grateful Dead were busted for possession of LSD and barbiturates. The event was alleged to be the inspiration for the song Truckin’.
1970 - The Jackson Five topped the U.S. singles chart with "I Want You Back."
1970 - Tom T. Hall earned his first number one hit with "A Week in a Country Jail."
1969 - Bobby Darin walked off the set of the Jackie Gleason Show when he was not allowed to sing Long Line Rider.
1968 - John Fred and his Playboy Band, and The American BREED received gold records for their hits, Judy in Disguise and Bend Me, Shape Me. Neither group ever came close to selling that many records with any other release.
1968 - Merle Haggard recorded "The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde" at the Capitol Recording Studio in Hollywood.
1967 - While watching Jimi Hendrix on stage at London's Saville Theater, Cream's bassist and singer Jack Bruce was inspired to come up with the riff for Sunshine Of Your Love.
1965 - The number one song was You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' by The Righteous Brothers.
1963 - The Beach Boys recorded Surfin' U.S.A. and Shutdown.
1797 - Composer Franz Schubert was born in Vienna, Austria.