On January 13, 1979.


On January 13, 1979, Donny Edward Hathaway died aged 34. He was musician (piano, keyboards), singer and songwriter, started successful career after signing contract with “Atlantic Records” in 1969 and after releasing his first single for the “Atco” label, “The Ghetto, Part I”. The “Rolling Stone” magazine “marked him as a major new force in soul music” in 1970 and his collaboration with Roberta Flack won him the “Grammy Award” for “Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals” for the duet, “Where Is the Love” in 1973. On January 13, 1979, Hathaway’s body was found outside the luxury hotel “Essex House” in New York City; his death was ruled a suicide.

On January 12, 1969.


On January 12, 1969, “Atlantic” label released the debut, self-titled Led Zeppelin album. It was recorded October 1968 at “Olympic Studios” in London in only 36 hours, and  was produced by Jimmy Page. The album art was coordinated by George Hardie; the back cover photography of the band was taken by former Yardbirds member Chris Dreja. “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked the album at number 29 on its of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”; in 2004 it was inducted into the “Grammy Hall of Fame”.


  • Jimmy Page– acoustic, electric and pedal steel guitars, backing vocals, production
  • Robert Plant– lead vocals, harmonica
  • John Bonham– drums, timpani, backing vocals
  • John Paul Jones– bass guitar, Hammond organ, backing vocals
  • Viram Jasani– tabla
  • Glyn Johns – engineer
  • Peter Grant– executive production

Track listing:

  1. Good Times Bad Times – Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham, Robert Plant
  2. Babe I’m Gonna Leave You – Anne Bredon, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant
  3. You Shook Me – Willie Dixon,  B. Lenoir
  4. Dazed and Confused – Jimmy Page, inspired by Jake Holmes
  5. Your Time Is Gonna Come – Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, Robert Plant
  6. Black Mountain Side – Jimmy Page
  7. Communication Breakdown – Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham, Robert Plant
  8. I Can’t Quit You Babe – Willie Dixon
  9. How Many More Times – Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, Robert Plant, John Bonham

On January 9, 2014

On January 9, 2014, magazine “Rolling Stone” published the Readers Poll ”The 10 Greatest Double Albums of All Time”. The top 5 albums were:

No.5. Led Zeppelin: Physical Graffiti

Led_Zeppelin Physical Graffiti

No.4. Bruce Springsteen: The River

Bruce_Springsteen The River

No.3. The Rolling Stones: Exile on Main Street

Exile on MainSt

No.2. Pink Floyd: The Wall


No.1 The Beatles: White Album


On January 5, 1977.


On January 5, 1977, Charles Mingus Jr. Died aged 57. He was musician (bass), composer and bandleader, regarded as one of the most creative and influential Jazz artists of all times.

For his work and contribution to the modern music, Mingus has received many awards including:

  • “Guggenheim Fellowship” (1971).
  • Inducted in the “Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame” (1971).
  • “National Endowment for the Arts” provided grants for a Mingus nonprofit called “Let My Children Hear Music” which cataloged all of Mingus’s works (1988)
  • “The Library of Congress” acquired Mingus’s collected papers in what they described as “the most important acquisition of a manuscript collection relating to jazz in the Library’s history.(1993)]
  • “The United States Postal Service” issued a stamp in his honor (1995).
  • Posthumously awarded the “Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award” (1997)
  • Album “Mingus Dynasty”(1959) inducted in the “Grammy Hall of Fame” (1999)
  • Inducted in the “Jazz at Lincoln Center”, Nesuhi Ertegun “Jazz Hall of Fame” (2005)

Mingus has recorded and performed with some of the most important musicians of the modern music, including: Illinois Jacquet, Dinah Washington, Wilbert Baranco, Ivie Anderson, Lionel Hampton, Red Norvo, Billy Taylor, Oscar Pettiford, Max Roach,  Bud Powell, Paul Bley, Teo Macero, Oscar Pettiford,  Ada Moore,  Charlie Parker, J.J. Johnson, Hazel Scott, John Mehegan,  Thad Jones, John Dennis, Ralph Sharon, Miles Davis, Teddy Charles, The Metronome All-Stars, Jimmy Knepper, Langston Hughes, Duke Ellington, Max Roach and Eric Dolphy.

On January 4, 1986.


On January 4, 1986, Philip Parris “Phil” Lynott died aged 36. He was musician (bass guitar), singer and songwriter, fronted several bands as a lead vocalist, most notably Skid Row alongside Gary Moore, before learning the bass guitar and forming Thin Lizzy in 1969. At the end of the 70′, Lynott embarked upon a solo career, published two books of poetry and after Thin Lizzy disbanded, he assembled and fronted the band Grand Slam, of which he was the leader until it folded in 1985.

On January 1, 1984.


On January 11,984, Alexis Korner died aged 55. He was musician (guitar, harmonica), singer and songwriter,  regarded “The Founding Father of British Blues”, was a major force behind the British 60’s R&B scene. In the early 60s he formed the band “Blues Incorporated”, featuring at various times Jack Bruce,Charlie Watts, Terry Cox, Davy Graham, Ginger Baker, Long John Baldry, Ronnie Jones, Danny Thompson, Graham Bond, Cyril Davies, Malcolm Cecil and Dick Heckstall-Smith.

On December 6, 2014.

Millions like us

On December 6m 2914, “Cherry Red” label released “Millions Like Us” box set on the Mod revival scene of the late 70’ and 80’ including 100 tracks by all the important genre bands. Among the others the box set presents tracks never before issued on CD and “Top 40 UK” hit singles by Secret Affair, The Chords, The Lambrettas, The Untouchables and The Truth.

Track Listing:

Disc One

1.    The New Hearts – Just Another Teenage Anthem
2.    The Exists – The Fashion Plague
3.    The Reaction – I Can’t Resist
4.    Strangeways – All The Sounds Of Fear (Demo)
5.    Sema 4 – Sema 4 Messages
6.    Speedball – No Survivors
7.    The Jolt – See Saw
8.    The Cigarettes – They’re Back Again, Here They Come
9.    The Killermeters – Why Should It Happen To Me
10.    The Donkeys – What I Want
11.    Secret Affais – Time For Action
12.    Purple Hearts – Millions Like Us
13.    The Chords – Now It’s Gone
14.    Back To Zero – Your Side Of Heaven
15.    Squire – Walking Down The Kings Road
16.    Merton Parkas – Plastic Smile
17.    The Crooks- Modern Boys
18.    Untamed Youth – Untamed Youth
19.    The First Steps – The Beat Is Back
20.    The Nips – Gabrielle
21.    The Teenbeats – Strength Of The Nation
22.    The Lambrettas – Go Steady
23.    Long Tall Shorty – 1970’s Boy
24.    Les Elite – Career Girls
25.    Beggar – Don’t Throw Your Life Away (live)
26.    The Mods – Let Me Be The One (live)

Disc Two

1.    The Circles – Opening Up
2.    The Odds – Saturday Night
3.    Seventeen – Bank Holiday Weekend
4.    The Most – Carefree
5.    The Scene – Hey Girl
6.    The Same – Wild About You
7.    The Vandells – Bank Holiday
8.    The Directions – Three Bands Tonite
9.    The Chords – Maybe Tomorrow
10.    Sta – Prest – School Days
11.    9 Below Zero – Pack Fair And Square (previously unissued demo)
12.    The Accidents – Blood Spattered With Guitars
13.    MI5 – Television Screen Heroes
14.    Secret Affair – My World
15.    Q-TIPS – S.Y.S.L.J.F.M. (The Letter Song)
16.    Red Beans And Rice – That Driving Beat
17.    Dead Beats – Choose You
18.    The Letters – Nobody Loves Me
19.    The Name – Fuck Art Let’s Dance (Demo)
20.    The Lambrettas – D-a-a-ance
21.    Squire – My Mind Goes Round In Circles
22.    The Scene – I’ve Had Enough
23.    D.C.10’s – I Can See Through Walls
24.    Run 229 – Soho
25.    The Fixations – No Way Out
26.    Two Tone Pinks – Don’t Lecture Me

Disc Three

1.    Small Hours – The Kid
2.    Weekend – Tina’s Party
3.    The Upset – Only For Sheep (previously unissued)
4.    The Amber Squad – Can We Go Dancing
5.    The Times – Red With Purple Flashes
6.    The Hearbeats – Go
7.    The Dodos – Blind To Fiction
8.    The Retreads – Would You Listen Girl
9.    Long Tall Shorty – Win Or Lose
10.    The Gents – The Faker
11.    The Clues – No Vacancies
12.    The Onlookers – You And I
13.    Small World – Love Is Dead
14.    Purple Hearts – Plane Crash (Respond version)
15.    The Stripes – One Step Ahead
16.    Direct Hits – Modesty Blaise
17.    The Diplomats – I’ll Keep On Holding On
18.    The Truth – Confusion (Hits Us Everytime)
19.    The Prisoners – Hurricane
20.    Fast Eddie – I Don’t Need No Doctor
21.    The Jet Set – Wednesday Girl
22.    Dee Walker – Jump Back
23.    The Way Out – Time Moves Us On
24.    Manual Scan – Nothing You Can Do
25.    Mod Fun – I Am With You

Disc Four

1.    The Scene – Something That You Said
2.    Stupidity – Bend Don’t Break
3.    The Moment – In This Town
4.    The Untouchables – Free Yourself
5.    The Combine – Dreams Come True
6.    The All Jacks – Guilty
7.    Makin’ Time – Here Is My Number
8.    The Co-Stars – Kiss And Make Up
9.    The Boss – One Good Reason
10.    The Blades – The Last Man In Europe
11.    5:30! – Catcher In The Rye
12.    Solid State – Train To London Town
13.    Eleanor Rigby – I Want To Sleep With You
14.    The Rage – Looking For You
15.    The Threads – Step Back
16.    The Risk – Jobs For The Boys
17.    James Taylor Quartet – Blow Up
18.    The Kick – Julie London
19.    The Reflection A.O.B. – All I Want To Be
20.    Studio 68 – Get Out Of My Hair
21.    The Leepers – Paint In A Day
22.    The Clique – Worming
23.    The Aardvarks – Arthur C. Clarke