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This Week In Music History Jan 1-14

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Just a couple of highlights from this week in music history!

Joan Baez

JAN 9: Happy birthday to Joan Baez, born today in 1941! The folk singer, songwriter, and activist is known for her distinctive soprano vocal range and her commitment to social and political activism. Joan Baez rose to prominence in the early 1960s as part of the American folk music revival. Her self-titled debut album was released in 1960, featuring traditional folk songs.

Baez became deeply involved in the civil rights movement, and her music often reflected her commitment to social justice. She performed at the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and later at civil rights events.
In addition to interpreting traditional folk songs and covering the works of other artists, Baez wrote her own songs. Some of her notable compositions include "Diamonds & Rust." She has released numerous albums throughout her career, showcasing a range of musical styles.
Joan Baez was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017. Her influence on the folk music genre and her advocacy for human rights and social causes have earned her acclaim. Baez continued to tour and perform throughout her career. She announced her retirement from touring in 2018 but remained active in various projects.

Rod Stewart

JAN 10: Happy birthday to Rod Stewart, born today in 1945! He began his musical career in the early 1960s and gained attention as a member of several bands, including The Jeff Beck Group and Faces. Stewart's solo career took off in the early 1970s. His raspy voice and energetic stage presence became his trademark. His breakthrough albums include "Every Picture Tells a Story" (1971) and "Never a Dull Moment" (1972).

Rod Stewart has had numerous chart-topping hits throughout his career. Some of his most famous songs include "Maggie May," "You Wear It Well," "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?," "Tonight's the Night," and "Forever Young." He has sold over 250 million records worldwide.
Stewart has received numerous awards and honors, including Grammy Awards and inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of Faces) and the UK Music Hall of Fame. Rod Stewart has maintained a successful career over several decades. He continues to tour, record new music, and engage with his audience.

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