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The Week In Music History Jan 20-26, '19

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JAN 20: Happiest of birthdays to Paul Stanley of KISS! Stanley was born in 1952. As writer and co-writer, he has penned many of KISS' highest-charting singles.Stanley joined Gene Simmons' band Wicked Lester in the early 1970s and the rest is history, or is it KISStory? 🎉💥 

JAN 21: Born on this day in 1938, DJ Wolfman Jack! He became interested in radio as a child after he received a radio from his father. In 1960, he began his career as a disc jockey. He created the Wolfman Jack persona after moving to Louisiana. The name was derived from his love of horror films and "Jack" was popular hipster slang. In 1995, he passed away from a heart attack. 😢

JAN 22: Today in 1960, Michael Hutchence of INXS was born. Hutchence co-wrote most of the bands songs and was a charismatic frontman. INXS has sold over 15 million albums in the U.S., making them the third best selling Australian act behind AC/DC and The Bee Gees. The band has sold over 55 million records worldwide. Hutchence died November 22, 1997 from suicide.😢 

JAN 23: On this day in 2000, Santana began a three week stint at the top of the charts with Supernatural. It has gone 15x Platinum, won 8 Grammys (including Album of the Year), and won 3 Latin Grammys (including Record of the Year). This album was everywhere!🔥 It is Santana's most successful album and has sold over 30 million copies. Amazingly, it is the highest-selling album of original material by an artist who has previously been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Very cool or should we say smooth?!

JAN 24: Aaron Neville is celebrating his 78th birthday today!🎉🎤 Neville has had four Platinum albums and four Top 10 hits in the U.S. The soulful singer has also performed with his brothers as the group The Neville Brothers. 

JAN 25: Born today in 1947 Warren Zevon. He may be best known for his classic "Werewolves of London," who doesn't know that song?! Zevon began his music career early and spent time as a session musician and jingle writer. He passed away in 2003 at the age of 56 from cancer. 😢


JAN 26: Happy Birthday to Anita Baker!🎤🎉 She was born in 1958 in Ohio. Baker began her music career as part of a group called Chapter 8. After the group was dropped by their label, Baker worked as a waitress before a former associate asked her to start a solo career under his label. She did it and never looked back. Baker has 8 Grammy Awards. She announced her retirement in 2017, but shortly after in 2018 came out of retirement.

JAN 26: Happiest of birthdays to Eddie Van Halen! 🎸🎉Born in Amsterdam in 1955, Van Halen and his family moved to the U.S. in 1962. He was ranked as the #1 guitarist in a Guitar World 2012 voter poll. Van Halen has admitted that he does not fully read music. He once donated 75 guitars to The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation to give back to children - great guitarist, great guy! 

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