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.