This Week In Rock
January 19, 2020
History-making meetings, career-defining releases, epoch-engendering live shows and more – it’s This Week In Rock…
#OnThisDay January 13, 1968
Johnny Cash plays live for 2,000 inmates at Folsom Prison in California. The gig is recorded and released as ‘Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison’ and the album becomes one his most popular recordings.
#OnThisDay January 14, 1969
Happy birthday to Foo Fighters’ lynchpin Dave Grohl! Did you know that he once made a cameo appearance on The X-Files in a 1996 episode called ‘Pusher’?
#OnThisDay January 15, 1976
Paul Simonon auditions for the singer’s job in The London SS. Though he misses out on the job, he befriends the band’s guitarist Mick Jones and the pair go on to form The Clash when they hook up with singer-guitarist Joe Strummer.
#OnThisDay January 16, 1987
George Michael’s status as an international superstar is sealed when his debut solo album, ‘Faith’, tops the US charts. It goes on to scoop the coveted Album Of The Year gong at the 1989 Grammy Awards.
#OnThisDay January 17, 2009
Bruce Springsteen plays the inauguration concert for US president Barack Obama singing ‘The Rising’ and dueting with folk legend Pete Seeger on ‘This Land Is Your Land’.
#OnThisDay January 18, 1974
Barry Manilow scores his first domestic No. 1 hit single with the monster smash that is ‘Mandy’. A hit in the UK, too, it reaches No. 11.
#OnThisDay January 19, 1980
Adam And The Ants’ debut album, ‘Dirk Wears White Sox’, becomes the first album to top the newly established Independent Album Charts. Check out this cracking live version of ‘Car Trouble’ recorded in 1981.