1956, Elvis Presley started recording what would be his first album at RCA's New York Studios. Songs recorded included his version of the Carl Perkins song 'Blue Suede Shoes'.
1958, on the first night of a six date Australian tour, Buddy Holly, Paul Anka, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jodie Sands and Johnny O'Keefe all appeared at Sydney Stadium in Sydney, New South Wales.
1959, Elvis Presley had his third UK No.1 single 'One Night / I Got Stung' a double A side, (originally written and recorded under the title 'One Night of Sin)' a revival of the Smiley Lewis's R&B hit. Presley was in the army by the time this song reached No.1.
1961, The Shirelles became the first girl group to have the number one song on the US chart when 'Will You Love Me Tomorrow' reached the top. The song peaked at No.4 in the UK.
1964, The Searchers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Sonny Bono song 'Needles And Pins'. The group's second UK No.1 had originally been recorded by Jackie DeShannon.
1967, The Beatles went to Knole Park, Sevenoaks, Kent, for the first day of filming for the 'Strawberry Fields Forever' promotional video. The film was shot in colour, for the benefit of the US market, (UK television was still broadcasting only in black and white).
1969, The Beatles played their lunchtime rooftop gig on top of the Apple building on Savile Row in London. Lasting for just over 40 minutes it was the last time The Beatles performed live.
1970, Marc Bolan married June Child at Kensington registry office, they divorced in 1975.
1970, Edison Lighthouse were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes).' The group's only Top 40 hit spent five weeks at the top of the charts. In February 1970, Tony Burrows became the first (and still the only) person to appear on BBC Television's Top Of The Pops fronting three different acts in one show: Edison Lighthouse (who were number one that week), White Plains, and Brotherhood of Man.
1972, Paul McCartney wrote and recorded his protest song 'Give Ireland Back To The Irish' within 24 hours of Bloody Sunday, when 13 Catholics were killed by British paratroopers.
1973, after recently changing their name from Wicked Lester, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss made their first appearance as Kiss at the Popcorn Club in Queens, New York.
1973, Kiss appeared at The Popcorn, Queens, New York.
1975, The Bee Gees begin recording 'Jive Talkin', which became their second US chart topper and No.5 UK hit. Barry Gibb's inspiration for the song came when his wife commented on the sound their car made while crossing a bridge over Biscayne Bay into Miami. She noted, "It's our drive talkin'."
1978, The Police appeared at the Vortex Club, Wardour Street, London, England.
1981, Toyah appeared at the newly opened Rock City in Nottingham, England. Forthcoming acts included, Alex Harvey, Bad Manners, The Stranglers, After The Fire, Gillan and Frankie Valli.
1982, Barbra Streisand started a seven-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with the 'Love Songs LP'.
1982, Hall and Oates went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I Can Go For That, (No Can Do)' the duo's fourth US No.1, a No.8 hit in the UK.
1982, Paul McCartney guested on BBC radios Desert Island Discs his selections include, Elvis Presley's 'Heartbreak Hotel', Chuck Berry's 'Sweet Little Sixteen', John Lennon's 'Beautiful Boy 'and Little Richards 'Tutti Frutti'.
1988, during a court case involving Holly Johnson and ZTT Records it was revealed that Frankie Goes To Hollywood had not played on their hits 'Relax' and 'Two Tribes'. The court was told that top session musicians were used to make the records.
1988, INXS had their first US No.1 hit single with 'Need You Tonight'.
1988, Terence Trent D'arby went back to No.1 on the UK album chart for an 8 week run with Introducing 'The Hardline To Terence Trent D'arby'.
1988, Tiffany was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I Think We're Alone Now', the singers only UK No.1 single. The song was a hit for Tommy James & The Shondells in 1967.
1990, unhappy with the re-issue of the bands early single 'Sally Cinnaman' The Stone Roses trashed their former record company Revolver FM's offices and threw paint over cars. The band were arrested and charged with criminal damage.
1991, 22 years to the day that The Beatles played live on the roof of their London offices, Manchester band James played a live set on the roof of Manchester's Piccadilly radio station attracting several thousand on-lookers.
1992, touring Australia and New Zealand for the first and only time Nirvana appeared at the The Barton Theater in Adelaide.
1994, Dina Carroll went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'So Close'.
1999, After spending 11 weeks on the chart Britney Spears started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with '...Baby One More Time.' Britney's debut album also went to No.1 on the US chart on the same day.
1999, in the NME readers poll results the winner of 'The pop personality that you would like as your doctor' was won by singer Natalie Imbruglia.
2000, Gabrielle went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Rise'. The song used a sample from Bob Dylan's 'Knocking On Heaven's Door' giving Dylan his third UK No.1 as a writer, the other two being The Byrds version of 'Mr Tambourine Man' and Manfred Mann's 'The Mighty Quinn'.
2005, The Chemical Brothers went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Push The Button', the duo's fourth UK No.1 album. The Game had the US No.1 album with 'The Documentary.'
2010, Neil Young was named the Musicares person of the year for his "influential artistic accomplishments and philanthropic work". A string of artist including Elton John, Norah Jones, James Taylor, Elvis Costello, John Forgarty, Dave Matthews and Sheryl Crowe performed his songs as he was honoured by the US Recording Academy at the Los Angeles Convention Centre.
January 30th: Born on this day
1928, Born on this day, Ruth Brown, US singer, (1957 US No.25 single, 'Lucky Lips'), Atlantic Records top selling artist of the 50's.
1936, Born on this day, Horst Jankowski, German pianist, (1965 UK No.3 & US No.12 single 'A Walk In The Black Forrest'). He died of cancer on 29th June 1998.
1941, Born on this day, Joe Terranova, Danny and the Juniors, (1958 US No.1 & UK No.3 single 'At The Hop').
1942, Born on this day, Martyn Balin, vocals, Jefferson Airplane, (1967 US No.18 single 'White Rabbit').
1943, Born on this day, Sandy Deane, Jay and the Americans, (1969 US No.6 single 'This Magic Moment' plus nine other US Top 30 hits).
1947, Born on this day, Steve Marriott, guitarist and singer/songwriter. He was a major influence on many UK bands. Marriott was a member of Small Faces, (1967 UK No.3 & US No.16 single with 'Itchycoo Park' plus the 1968 No.1 UK album 'Ogden's Nut Gone Flake') and Humble Pie, (1969 UK No.4 single with 'Natural Born Bugie'). He died in a house fire on April 20th 1991.
1949, Born on this day, William King, trumpet, The Commodores, (1978 UK & US No.1 single 'Three Times A Lady').
1951, Born on this day, Phil Collins, drums, piano, vocals, Genesis, (1986 US No.1 'Invisible Touch', 1992 UK No.7 single 'I Can't Dance' plus six UK No.1 albums). Solo, (1988 UK & US No.1 single 'A Groovy Kind Of Love' plus six other US No.1's and four UK No.1 solo albums). Acting roles include Oliver, Buster and Miami Vice, also worked with Brand X.
1959, Born on this day, Mark Eitzel, guitarist, singer, songwriter, American Music Club, (1993 album 'Mercury').
1961, Born on this day, Jody Watley, vocals, Shalamar, (1980 US No. 8 single 'The Second Time Around', 1982 UK No.5 single 'A Night To Remember'). Solo (1987 UK No.13 single, 'Looking For A New Love', 1989 US No.2 single, 'Real Love'). Destiny's Child covered the Watley penned song 'Sweet Sixteen.'
1964, Born on this day, Angie Stone, singer, songwriter, Vertical Hold, solo. Written hits for Mary J. Blige & D'Angelo.
Died on this day
1982, American blues guitarist, singer Sam Lightnin Hopkins died of cancer aged 70. Influenced Bob Dylan, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix. R.E.M. recorded a song named after him on their Document album.