Today In Pop Music: January 16 – The Largest Audience For A Single Artist
JANUARY 16 BIRTHDAYS
1937 – Bob Bogle (The Ventures – bass guitar – died 2009)
1942 – William Francis (Dr. Hook – keyboards/vocals – ‘Sharing the Night Together’)
1942 – Barbara Lynn (‘You’ll Lose A Good Thing’)
1946 – Ronnie Milsap (singer/songwriter ‘There’s No Gettin’ Over Me’, wrote ‘Kentucky Rain’ for Elvis)
1959 – Sade (real name: Helen Folasade Adu – ‘Smooth Operator’)
1965 – Maxine Jones (En Vogue – ‘Hold On’)
ON THIS DAY
1957 – The Cavern club opened in Liverpool, England. The iconic club became the home of many Liverpool bands topped by The Beatles who appeared there 292 times.
1969 – Check out this super line up for this night at the Fillmore West in San Francisco: Fleetwood Mac, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Albert lee all on the same bill. talk about musical sensory overload!
1973 – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played to their smallest crowd ever at Villanova University in Philadelphia. due to a strike at the time by the school’s newspaper The Villanovan, the concert went unadvertised. Only 25 people showed up.
1980 – Paul McCartney was jailed for nine days in Tokyo for marijuana possession after being found with 219 g on his arrival at Japan’s Narita Airport. It was the first night he has been separated from Linda since they married.
1988 – Tina Turner made a statement in the record books when she performed in front of 182,000 people at a concert in Rio de Janeiro, the largest audience ever for a single artist.
Here’s the entire show.