2005: Yusuf Islam, the singer/songwriter formerly know as Cat Stevens, is named songwriter of the year at the ASCAP Awards in London. Islam also receives the song of the year honor for The First Cut Is The Deepest, first released in 1967.
2005: Alicia Keys tops the album charts with Unplugged.
1993: Pearl Jam release their second album, Vs. It tops the charts the next week.
1987: Inxs release Kick. The album has four top ten hits: New Sensation, Never Tear Us Apart, Devil Inside and Need You Tonight.
1986: Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors is #1.
1969: I Can’t Get Next to You by the Temptations is #1.
1967: The Beatles finished guitar and vocal parts for their single Hello Goodbye.
1960: The Twist by Chubby Checker is #1. It tops the charts again on January 13
1960: Singer Jennifer Holliday is born. She won a Tony Award for her performance in Broadway’s Dreamgirls, and had a hit with And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going from the show.
1957: Jailhouse Rock by Elvis Presley is #1.
1945: Doobie Brothers singer-guitarist Patrick Simmons is born. He wrote Black Water, the band’s first #1 hit.
Songs Of The Day:
The First Cut Is The Deepest (Cat Stevens); True Colors (Cyndi Lauper); I Can’t Get Next To You (Temptations); Jailhouse Rock (Elvis Presley); The Twist (Chubby Checker); Black Water (Doobie Brothers); Hello Goodbye (Beatles); I Am Telling you I Am Not Going (Jennifer Holiday); Need You Tonight (Inxs); New Sensation (Inxs); Never Tear Us Apart (Inxs); Devil Inside (Inxs)