It was 55 years ago today that Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson died in a plane crash after a performance in Clear Lake, Iowa. The three had been performing along with Dion & The Belmonts as part of the Winter Dance Party Tour, which would cover 24 cities in a short three-week period from January 23rd to February 15th. Holly, who had parted ways with longtime backing group the Crickets the previous year, was backed up by a then-unknown Waylon Jennings on bass and Tommy Allsup on lead guitar.
It was 45 years ago this afternoon (January 30th, 1969) that the Beatles performed for the last time in public, on the roof of their Apple headquarters building in London. For the better part of that January, the group had been filming their rehearsals for a planned comeback concert, before band politics forced them to abort the plan and concentrate on recording a new album, tentatively titled Get Back.
Details are still sketchy, but Bob Dylan will appear in a new Chrysler commercial on Super Bowl Sunday. Billboard reported that the “Voice Of A Generation” is the “latest in the automaker’s series of cinematic Super Bowl ads that have starred Eminem, Clint Eastwood, and Berry Gordy in recent years.” A still-unannounced song from Dylan’s catalogue will be featured in the spot.
On Tuesday (January 28th) another Dylan song — his classic 1966 — track “I Want You” was prominently featured in yet another Super Bowl Sunday commercial for Chobani yogurt.
The sole surviving member of the Bee Gees, eldest brother Barry Gibb, is bringing his critically acclaimed Mythology solo tour to the U.S. this spring. Having played legs in Britain, Ireland, and Australia, the show, which spans the Bee Gees’ career, also features his son Stephen on guitar and Barry’s late brother Maurice Gibb‘s daughter Samantha on vocals. The upcoming mini-tour — which marks Gibb’s first ever official North American solo tour dates – kicks off on May 15th in Boston, and hits Philadelphia; Wantaugh, New York; Chicago; and Concord, California, before wrapping on June 4th at L.A.’s Hollywood Bowl.
Men At Work leader and frontman Colin Hay posted an open letter on his Facebook page to troubled pop star Justin Bieber. Although Hay never achieved the type of global teen sensation fame that Bieber now enjoys — Men At Work’s success was a whirlwind for the singer. Men At Work was a massive hit out of the gate scoring 1982 Number Ones for it’s debut album, Business As Usual and it’s first two singles, “Who Can It Be Now?” and “Down Under.”
Popular singing duo from the 1970′s, Captain & Tennille, are getting divorced after nearly forty years of marriage. According to People, 73-year-old Cathryn Antoinette Tennille filed for divorce in Prescott, Arizona on January 16th. They had success on the billboard charts with the song “Love Will Keep Us Together.” The couple have no children together.