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This Day in Rock History: January 31st

This Day in Rock History: January 31st

Time to take a look back into this day in rock history: January 31

Just 24 years old, Bobby Darin hosts NBC’s Bobby Darin and Friends.  He’s the youngest performer at the time to host his own special.
The  Beach Boys put “Surfin’ USA” on record and it’s a hit….maybe again.  Brian Wilson is listed as the writer, but it sounds an awful lot like Chuck Berry’s “Sweet Little Sixteen”.   Berry files suit, the jury agrees and het gets writing credit but, more importantly, royalties.
Brian Wilson records “Caroline No” as a solo at Western Recorders in Hollywood.  He releases it as a solo single though it appears on the band’s Pet Sounds.  It later comes out that Brian may have written it for a woman named Carol and the original title was changed from “Carol, I Know.”
 A song pretty much written by a poster.  During a break while filming a video for Strawberry Fields Forever in Knole Park, Kent, John Lennon buys a poster at an antique shop that gives him much of the lyrics for Sgt. Pepper’s Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite.
Led Zeppelin does a two night stand opening for Iron Butterfly at New York’s Fillmore East during their first North American tour.  They deliver such a powerful set that Iron Butterfly refuses to go on after them.


Dead Boys are loud, belligerent and very well received at the Phantasy Theater.

Poster courtesy of Raw Sugar Studio


One of Kent’s favorite bands, Glass Harp delivers a “Children’s Fantasy”

Poster courtesy of Raw Sugar Studio

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