Events that happened on this day, January 9
1944 – James Patrick Page also known as Jimmy Page is born on this day in Heston, Middlesex, England. Before founding Led Zeppelin in 1968, he was a session musician in London. Jimmy was member of The Yardbirds from 1966 to 1968 as well.
1947 – Frank Sinatra recorded the Irving Berlin ballad “Always”.
1950 – New York Dolls’ lead singer David Johansen is born on this day, january 9 in Staten Island, New York.
1965 – Charlie Watts joined The Rolling Stones to be their drummer after leaving his job at Blues Incorporated where he worked as a graphic designer.
1965 – With ‘Beatles 65’, The Beatles started a nine week rut at the number one spot on the US album chart. That was the group’s fourth number one album. It included songs from “Beatles for Sale” and also includes the single “She’s a Woman”.
1970 – On Jimmy Page’s 26th Birthday, Led Zeppelin appeared at The Royal Albert Hall, London. Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and also John Lennon were all in the audience.
1973 – Because of a 1969 drug conviction, Mick Jagger is denied a Japanese visa. When asked by a reporter about his personal drug use, Jagger replied with. “I don’t take drugs. I don’t approve of drugs and I don’t approve of people taking drugs…unless they’re very careful.”
1973 – Lou Reed married a cocktail waitress called Betty. However, not much is known about their relationship and apparently it didn’t last very long.
1976 – With “Bohemian Rhapsody”, Queen were at the number one spot on the UK singles chart on this day, January 9.
1981 – Cozy Cole, an American jazz drummer dies of cancer aged 71. He was famous for the 1958 hits “Topsy” and “Topsy II”
1997 – A day after his 50th Birthday, David Bowie performed at Madison Square Garden, New York. Some of the guests were Lou Reed, The Foo Fighters, Robert Smith and Billy Corgan.
2003 – A grand piano once owned by Elvis Presley was sold for $685,000.
2009 – Dave Dee died at the age of 65 after a three year battle with cancer.