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The Week In Music History Jan 6-12, '19

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Randy Rhoads flying V guitar
JAN 6: On Jan. 6. 1958, Gibson guitars launched it's "Flying V" electric guitar. This guitar has been played most famously by Jimmy Hendrix, Randy Rhoads, Marc Bolan, and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. Happiest of birthdays to Kim Wilson of The Fabulous Thunderbirds (68), Kathy Sledge of Sister Sledge (60), Mark O'Toole of Frankie Goes to Hollywood (55), and Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys (33).
Randy Rhoads "Flying V" photo courtesy Keenanrocks - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link
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JAN 7: On this date in 1994, Oasis began recording their debut album Definitely Maybe. The album went on to sell 8 million copies worldwide and garnered critical acclaim around the globe. Happy birthdays to Kenny Loggins (71), Kathy Valentine of the Go-Gos (60), and John Rich of Big & Rich (45).🎂

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JAN 8: Sadly on this day in 1991, Def Leppard guitarist Steve Clark was found dead by his girlfriend. His autopsy revealed that he had died from an overdose of prescription drugs and had a blood alcohol level of .30. Classic Rock Magazine ranked Clark No. 11 in their 2007 "100 Wildest Guitar Heros" list. RIP😢🎸 Birthday wishes go out to Robby Krieger of The Doors (73), Steve Garvey of the Buzzcocks (61), and Sean Paul (46).🎉

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JAN 9: Jimmy Page of the Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin was born on this day in 1944! Page turns 75. His career has spanned more than fifty years first starting as a session musician in the 1960s. In late 1968, he founded Led Zeppelin. Page is considered one of the most influential guitarists of all time and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - not once, but twice with both the Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin! Photo courtesy of Dana Wullenwaber [www.] [CC BY-SA 2.0]

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JAN 10: Today in 2016, David Bowie passed away after a battle with liver cancer. Bowie sold over 140 million albums during his career making him one of the most successful artists in the world. RIP😢
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JAN 11: Today in 1942, Clarence Clemons was born. The saxophonist played with the E Street Band and also had a successful solo career. Clemons passed away in 2011 from complications cause by a stroke. RIP😢  Photo courtesy of: Manuel Martinez Perez []

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JAN 12: On this day in 1974, The Steve Miller Band were at #1 with "The Joker." It is one of two Steve Miller Band songs that use the word "pompatus." One of the most notable elements of the song is Miller's wolf whistle guitar lick.

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