On This Day, January 30 In Music History

EVENTS THAT HAPPENED ON THIS DAY JANUARY 30 IN MUSIC HISTORY

On this day January 30 in 1953 – With ‘Outside of Heaven’, Eddie Fisher became the fourth artist to top the newly formed UK Singles chart.

1959 – Elvis Presley went to number one in the UK with the double A-side single ‘One Night’/’I Got Stung’. The single was reissued 46 years later in 2005 and it became a chart-topper for the second time in Britain.

1961 – Girl group The Shirelles started a two-week stint at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100 chart with ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’ on this day January 30 in music history.

1964 – With their rendition of ‘Needles and Pins’The Searchers hit number one on the UK Singles chart for the first of three weeks. The song reached No.1 in South Africa and Ireland that year as well, while in the US it peaked at No.13.

1968 – Bobby Goldsboro recorded the Bobby Russell penned song ‘Honey’ on this day January 30. The single was released on February 17 and it sold over 1 million copies in its first month. It also topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for fives weeks that year.

1969 The Beatles played their famous Rooftop Concert on this day in London. The fab four performed for 40 minutes on the rooftop of their Apple Corps HQ before the police showed up and shut down the event. This was also the band’s last public performance.

1971 – George Harrison became the first solo Beatle to top the UK Singles chart when ‘My Sweet Lord’ started a five-week run at No.1 on this day January 30.

1975 – The Bee Gees began recording ‘Jive Talkin’, the lead single from their thirteenth studio album ‘Main Course’. The song became a number one hit in North America and it featured in the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack album.

1980 – American blues singer and pianist Henry Roeland Byrd also known professionally as Professor Longhair died on this day January 30 in music history, aged 61.

1982 – With ‘Oh Julie’Shakin’ Stevens scored his third number one single in the United Kingdom on this day January 30.

1982 – Pop rock duo Daryl Hall and John Oates scored their fourth number one single in the US with ‘I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)’.

1982 – Country blues singer-songwriter and guitarist Samuel “Lightnin'” Hopkins died on this day January 30 at the age of 69.

1982 – Barbra Streisand started a seven-week stint at number one on the UK Albums chart with her greatest hits compilation ‘Love Songs’.

1988 – American pop singer Tiffany started a three-week run at No.1 in the UK on this day January 30 with her rendition of ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’.

1988 – With ‘Need You Tonight’, Australian rock band INXS scored their first and only number one single in the United States. The song was an international hit that year and reached the Top 3 in five other countries.

1988 – With his debut studio album ‘Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D’Arby’Terence Trent D’Arby hit No.1 in the UK on this day January 30 in music history for the first of eight consecutive weeks.

1999 – Punk rock band The Offspring reached the top spot on the UK Singles chart with ‘Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)’.

1999 – With her debut single ‘…Baby One More Time’Britney Spears went to number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was a huge hit worldwide that year and it became a chart-topper in over 20 countries. She also reached No.1 on the Billboard 200 on this day January 30 with her debut studio album of the same name.

2010 – Indie pop band Vampire Weekend scored their first number one album in the United States with ‘Contra’.

2010 – Electronic music project Owl City went to number one in the UK with their debut single ‘Fireflies’ on this day January 30.

Owl City – Fireflies

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2013 – Mezzo-soprano singer Patricia “Patty” Marie died on this day January 30 in music history, aged 94. Best known as member of The Andrews Sisters, a singing group that sold over 80 million records.

2016 – Three weeks after his death, David Bowie topped he US Billboard 200 chart for the first time with his 26th and final studio album ‘Blackstar’. The album was big hit worldwide that year and it reached No.1 in over 20 countries.

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2020 – The single ‘Godzilla’ by American rappers Eminem and Juice Wrld debuted at number one in the UK on this day January 30. Eminem also scored his ninth consecutive album in the UK on this day with ‘Music to Be Murdered By’.

BORN ON THIS DAY JANUARY 30 IN MUSIC HISTORY

1911 – American jazz trumpeter David Roy Eldridge also known as Little Jazz was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on this day January 30 in music history.

1936 – German pianist Horst Jankowski was born on this day in Berlin. Best known for his 1965 hit single ‘A Walk in the Black Forest’ that topped the US Easy Listening chart and peaked at No.3 in the UK.

1937 – Country music singer and songwriter Jeanne Pruett was born Norma Jean Bowman on this day January 30 in Pell City, Alabama. Best known for the chart-topping single ‘Satin Sheets’.

1938 – American country music singer Norma Jean was born in Wellston, Oklahoma. Best known for the 1965 hit song ‘The Game of Triangles’ that peaked at No.5 in the US and earned her a Grammy nomination.

1942 – Singer-songwriter and guitarist Martyn Buchwald also known professionally as Marty Balin was born on this day January 30 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Best known as the founder and leader of the rock bands Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship.

1947 – English singer-songwriter and guitarist Stephen “Steve” Marriott was born in London. Best known as the frontman of the rock bands Small Faces and Humble Pie.

1949 – American singer and multi-instrumentalist William King was born in Birmingham, Alabama on this day January 30 in music history. He rose to fame as a founding member of the funk and soul band Commodores.

1951 – Singer-songwriter and drummer Phil Collins was born in London, England. He came to prominence as a member of the rock band Genesis before establishing himself as a solo artist.

1952 – Guitarist, conductor, and orchestrator Steve Bartek was born on this day January 30 in Garfield Heights, Ohio. Best known as the lead guitarist of the new wave band Oingo Boingo.

1959 – Co-founder and frontman of the indie rock band American Music Club, Mark Eitzel was born in Walnut Creek, California.

1959 – Multi-genre singer- songwriter, pianist, and producer Jody Watley was born on this day January 30 in Chicago, Illinois.

1961 – American singer-songwriter Angela Brown also known professionally as Angie Stone was born in Columbia, South Carolina.

1972 – Country music singer and songwriter Tammy Cochran was born in Austinburg, Ohio on this day January 30 in music history.

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