Today in Music History… January 10th
Here’s what happened on this day in music history for January 10th
Elvis Presley recorded his first songs for RCA Records, a cover of Ray Charles’ “I Got A Woman” and “Heartbreak Hotel.”
Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls of Fire” hit number one on the UK pop singles chart.
Aretha Franklin’s single “Chain of Fools” was certified Gold.
George Harrison announced that he was leaving The Beatles; however, he didn’t go.
Mark Lindsay’s “Arizona” and Sly and the Family Stone’s “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” broke into the Top 40.
The trial to formally dissolve The Beatles partnership began in London.
Bob Dylan made a guest appearance on country artist Earl Scruggs’ “Fanfare Show.”
George Harrison’s triple album “Concert for Bangladesh” was released in the UK.
Al Green’s album “Al Green Explores Your Mind” was certified Gold.
David Bowie’s single “Golden Years” broke into the Top 40 chart.
Court battles between The Beatles, the group’s company Apple, the band’s former manager Allen Klein, and his company ABKCO, were resolved.
Firefall’s album “Elan” was certified Platinum.
Molly Hatchet’s album “Flirtin’ With Disaster” was certified Gold.
Neil Diamond’s “Love on the Rocks” peaked at number two on the pop singles chart.
Barry Gibb and Barbra Streisand’s “Guilty” peaked at number three on the pop singles chart.
The John Lennon/Yoko Ono album “Double Fantasy” was certified Gold and Platinum.
Frank Zappa’s classical piece, “The Perfect Stranger,” made its debut by the Ensemble InterComtemporain, directed by conductor Pierre Boulez.
Ted Nugent made a guest appearance on the TV show “Miami Vice.”
The Beach Boys’ single “Kokomo” was certified Gold and Platinum, while Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young’s album “American Dream” and Phil Collins’ single “A Groovy Kind of Love” were certified Gold.
Lou Reed released the album “New York.”
Aerosmith’s album “Pump” was certified double Platinum.
AC/DC’s album “The Razors Edge” was certified double Platinum.
James Brown received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Boston’s self-titled album and Electric Light Orchestra’s album “Discovery” were certified multi-Platinum, Kenny Loggins album “Return To Pooh Corner” was certified Platinum, and the Grateful Dead’s video “Ticket To New Year’s” was certified Gold.
Rocker Melissa Etheridge announced that David Crosby is the biological father of her children with then-partner Julie Cypher.
Santana’s album “Supernatural” was certified multi-Platinum.
The Who announced tentative plans for a summer North American tour.
Rawls was honored on the TV special “An Evening of Stars 25th Anniversary Celebration – A Tribute to Lou Rawls,” which was a fundraiser for the United Negro College Fund. Stevie Wonder, Patti LaBelle, and Chaka Khan were among those who participated in the event. Rawls was a supporter the United Negro College Fund for more than 25 years.
Isley Brother Ronald Isley was in court in Los Angeles, where he entered a not guilty plea to a six-count indictment relating to tax evasion.
Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart won the Critics Choice Award for Best Original Song for “Old Habits Die Hard,” their contribution to the soundtrack to the movie “Alfie.”
The reissue of Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock” debuted at number one on the UK pop singles chart.
Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel” was reissued, on the 50th anniversary of the day the singer began recording sessions for the track.
Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Simple Man Cruise 2008 set sail from Miami. The Marshall Tucker Band and the Georgia Satellites were also part in the Southern rock aquatic adventure.