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JAN 27: On this day in 1956, "Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis was released by RCA Records. The song would sell 300,000 copies in its first week and would go on to sell over a million copies. It was Elvis' first Gold RIAA Award!
JAN 28: Today in 2009, Billy Powell, longtime keyboardist for Lynyrd Skynyrd, passed away from a heart attack at age 56. Powell became a roadie for the band in 1970. During a break at a 1972 show, Powell sat down at the piano and performed a piano version of "Free Bird". He was offered the position of keyboardist after the band heard his abilities.RIP 😢
JAN 29: Today in 1968, Jim Morrison was charged with public drunkenness, vagrancy, and failure to possess sufficient identification. This occurred after The Doors played a gig in Las Vegas where Morrison taunted a security guard by pretending to smoke a joint. 🔥
JAN 30: On this day in 1961, the song “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” by The Shirelles reached #1. It made them the first girl group ever to hit the top spot! Pretty cool🎶❤️🎶❤️
JAN 31: On this day in 1969, Led Zeppelin played two nights at The Fillmore East in NYC. It was their first North American tour. Their set was supposedly so powerful that headliners Iron Butterfly refused to follow them.🔥
FEB 1: Happy Birthday to Mike Campbell born today in 1950. Campbell was a member of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and co-wrote many of their hits. He has worked with Bob Dylan, Don Henley, Johnny Cash, Warren Zevon, Stevie Nicks, and the list goes on. In April 2018, it was announced that Campbell would be joining Fleetwood Mac, who has been touring with since.🎸
FEB 2: Today in 1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience played a gig at Blue Pad Club in England. The show was advertised as "Don't miss this man that is Dylan, Clapton, and James Brown all in one." Also, one of Hendrix's Fender guitars was stolen during this gig.🎸