Archive for January 23rd, 2012

NUMBER ONE ON THIS DAY IN 1971

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“Knock Three Times” went on to sell nine million copies.

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Tony Orlando will be 68 years old on April 3rd.

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COVERED BY LIFE ON THIS DATE

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life 1 23 1950

life 1 23 1956

life 1 23 1970

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TV MINISERIES DEBUTED ON THIS DAY IN 1977

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Roots is a television miniseries based on Alex Haley’s novel Roots: The Sage of
an American Family.
The series was broadcast on Sunday, January 23, 1977
and ended on January 30th. It received 36 Emmy Award nominations, winning
nine. It also won a Golden Globe and a Peabody Award. The Nielsen ratings
show Roots as the third-highest rated TV program ever. It introduced LeVar
Burton portraying Kunta Kinte, Haley’s maternal fourth great-grandfather

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THE #1 SINGLE ON THIS DAY IN 1965

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petula clark today
Petula Clark turned 79 in November

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BUDDY HOLLY’S LAST TOUR, ON THIS DAY IN 1959

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Rock and roll pioneer Buddy Holly was offered a spot in the Winter Dance Party, a 
three-week tour across the Midwest opening on Friday January 23, 1959. He was accompanied on the tour by Dion and the Belmont’s, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. “The 
Big Bopper” Richardson. Billed as The Crickets, the backing band consisted of 
Tommy Allsup (lead guitar), Waylon Jennings (bass), and Carl Bunch (drums).

The tour was a miserable ordeal for the group. They endured long overnight
travel in a bus plagued with a faulty heater in freezing temperatures. The bus
also broke down several times between stops.

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Pictured from left: Waylon Jennings, Buddy Holly and Tommy Allsup
during the Winter Dance Party at the Duluth Armory on Jan. 31, 1959.

 

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Buddy Holly shown at the Winter Dance Party in Wisconsin, Jan. 26th.

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Ritchie Valens

bib popper winter dance tour

“The Big Bopper” (Richardson) and Tommy Allsup

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