Jan 3 in Music History: The Monkees break up, Aretha Franklin is the 1st woman in the R&R HoF

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1957 – Fats Domino records “I’m Walking.”

1967 – Declaring himself a conscientious objector, The Beach Boys’ Carl Wilson refuses his induction notice from the US Army.
1970 – Four days after learning that their movie Let It Be will be released in theaters, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr meet at Abbey Road Studios and record “I Me Mine” for the film and soundtrack.
1970 – Davy Jones announces that he’s leaving The Monkees, essentially dissolving the group, which had dwindled to a duo.
1974 – Bob Dylan begins a 6-week tour in Chicago with The Band, who do double duty: backing Dylan and then playing their own set. In July, the double album Before The Flood is released, featuring highlights from the shows.

 

1981 – David Bowie makes his final appearance as the Elephant Man at The Booth Theatre, Broadway in New York City.
1987 – The second class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is announced, and it includes the first woman: Aretha Franklin. The Coasters, Eddie Cochran, Bo Diddley, Marvin Gaye, Bill Haley, Clyde McPhatter, Rick Nelson, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Smokey Robinson, and Jackie Wilson also enter.

 

Information for this post was gathered from This Day in Music, The Music History Calendar, On This Day, and Wikipedia.

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