January 28 Tidbits
1722 – Composer Johann Ernst Bach was born.
1904 – Enrico Caruso signed his first contract with Victor Records. He debuted at the Metropolitan Opera two months before.
1927 – Jean Goldkette and his dancing orchestra recorded “I’m Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover.”
1940 – “Beat the Band” made its debut on NBC radio.
1944 – Composer John Tavener was born.
1956 – Elvis Presley made his first appearance on national television on “The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show” on CBS.
1965 – The Who made their first appearance on the British TV rock show “Ready Steady Go!”
1966 – Brian Poole and the Tremeloes announced their break-up.
1978 – At the request of a fan, Ted Nugent autographed a man’s arm with a bowie knife.
1978 – The Doobie Brothers made an appearance on ABC-TV’s “What’s Happening.”
1980 – The original Ants split up with Adam.
1985 – The song “We Are the World” was recorded. More than 40 artists were involved. The proceeds went toward worldwide hunger prevention.
1990 – Aaron Neville sang the U.S. national anthem at Super Bowl XXIV.
1991 – Gloria Estefan made her first live performance (at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles) since injuring her back in a bus accident while on tour.
1996 – Chris Isaak made a guest appearance on the NBC TV show “Friends.”
1996 – Diana Ross performed as the featured halftime performer at Super Bowl XXX in Tempe, AZ.
1998 – Tracey Lawrence was convicted of battery stemming from a quarrel in September with his wife, Stacie. Lawrence was sentenced to pay $500 to a Las Vegas shelter for battered women.
1999 – Pat Boone formed the Gold Records label, which will only sign artists 45 years old and up. The first perfomer signed was Jack Jones.