Sunday, January 15, 2023

Music History Today: January 16, 2023

January 16, 1992: Eric Clapton recorded his MTV "Unplugged" special at Bray Studios, England, in front of a studio audience.
Eric Clapton's MTV "Unplugged" set included a version of the successful 1992 single "Tears in Heaven" and an acoustic version of "Layla."

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The album, released in August, won three Grammy awards at the 35th Annual Grammy Awards in 1993. It became the bestselling live LP of all time. 
Read more: Wikipedia
January 16, 1944: Country pop singer Jim Stafford was born in Winter Haven, Florida.
Jim Stafford's self-titled debut album spawned four Top 40 singles.

Jim Stafford
Jim Stafford

 "Spiders and Snakes" reached the highest at number 3. "Wildwood Weed"  topped out at Number 7, "My Girl Bill" at 12, and "Swamp Witch" peaked at 39. 
Read more: Allmusic

January 16, 1968: Blue Cheer released their debut album, Vincebus Eruptum.

Blue Cheer debut album Vincebus Eruptum
Blue Cheer was rooted in blues. The physical force of their musical attack on the genre, recorded on their debut album Vincebus Eruptum, set them apart from the Rolling Stones and the Yardbirds. Their opening rampage through Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues" became a hit single in the US, charting at Number 14. 
Read more: Allmusic

January 16, 1971: Welsh singer and guitarist Dave Edmunds' first single, "I Hear You Knocking," entered the top 40 section of Billboard's Hot 100.
"I Hear You Knocking" by Dave Edmunds is about a guy whose ex-lover returns to him. Edmunds's version reached number one on the UK Singles Chart for six weeks in 1970. It reached Number 4 in the US. 
Read more: Classic Rock History

January 16, 1988: Tina Turner set the world record for the largest audience for a single artist when she performed in front of 182,000 people in Rio De Janeiro.

Tina Turner Rio De Janeiro

Layla: MTV Unplugged
Eric Clapton

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