Today in Music History… January 7th
Here’s what happened on this day in music history for January 7th
Gary U.S. Bonds sued Chubby Checker for plagiarism, claiming Checker’s “Dancing Party” sounded too much like his “Quarter To Three.” They eventually settled the case out of court.
Kenny Rogers and the First Edition appeared on “The Smothers Brothers Show.”
James Taylor and Carly Simon became parents to a daughter, Sarah Marie.
The Temptations released the album “A Song For You.”
Former record company executive Kenneth Moss was sentenced to 120 days in jail and four years probation in connection with the 1974 drug induced death of Average White Band drummer Robbie McIntosh.
A “Time” magazine article reviewing the music of the ’70s called The Who’s “Who’s Next,” the Rolling Stones’ “Sticky Fingers,” and Bruce Springsteen’s “Born To Run” among the best albums of the decade.
John Fogerty released the album “Centerfield.”
Former Velvet Underground members Lou Reed and John Cale performed a musical tribute to Andy Warhol, “Drella,” in Brooklyn Heights, New York.
The Rolling Stones recorded two bonus tracks for the band’s upcoming live album.
Eric Clapton released the single “Tears In Heaven.”
Eric Clapton had the most nominations for the upcoming Grammy Awards, with nine. He ended up winning six.
The Rolling Stones released the video “At The Max.”
Rod Stewart and wife Rachel Hunter announce they were separating after eight years of marriage.
Paul McCartney attended the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market in Georgia. His adopted daughter, Heather, was one of the artists participating in the show.
Bruce Springsteen was among the top nominees for the upcoming Grammy Awards, with five nods.
Ozzy Osbourne formally cancelled his European tour, which was to have begun in a week, because he was still recovering from injuries he suffered in an all-terrain vehicle accident a month earlier.
Aretha Franklin received a nomination for Outstanding Female Artist for the 35th annual NAACP Image Awards, which took place in March.
Stevie Wonder’s United Negro College Fund “An Evening Of Stars” salute, which was taped in September, made its TV debut.
Dionne Warwick was robbed while on tour in Italy. Thieves reportedly helped themselves to a number of valuables including a Rolex watch, a diamond ring, a necklace, and a pair of earrings while Warwick was getting ready for a concert.
Bill Belew, the man who designed Elvis Presley’s jumpsuits, died. While he had reportedly been battling a lengthy illness, he was said to have suffered a fatal heart attack. Belew also designed for a number of other performers, including Gladys Knight, Roberta Flack, Dionne Warwick, and the Captain & Tennille.