Monday, January 2, 2023

Music History Today: January 3, 2023

January 3, 1976: The Scottish boy band Bay City Rollers saw their debut single, "Saturday Night," hit Number 1 in the US.

"Saturday Night" by the Bay City rollers got a huge publicity push.

Bay City Rollers
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The band made their US TV debut performing the music on Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell, an Ed Sullivan-style variety show that lasted just a few months but had a considerable viewership since there wasn't much else to watch. 
Read more: Songfacts

January 3, 1973: David Bowie showcased his latest single, "The Jean Genie," on the British television program Top of the Pops,

David Bowie's “The Jean Genie” performance on the UK music program Top of the Pops was only broadcast once. After its filming, the tapes were placed in the BBC vaults, erased, and reused. Believed lost forever, a TOTP cameraman recently revealed he had a copy of the show. The British Film Institute was told of the discovery, and an exclusive preview screening called "Missing Believed Wiped" was held in London on Sunday, December 11, 2011. 
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January 3, 1976: The O'Jays started an eight-week run at the top of Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart with "I Love Music." The single reached number five on Billboard's Hot 100 and number one on the soul singles chart.

January 3, 1987: Aretha Franklin was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

Aretha Franklin

January 3, 2004: "Maybe Tomorrow" by the Stereophonics peaks at number 5 on Billboard's Adult Alternative Airplay chart in the US.

Saturday Night
Bay City Rollers 

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