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January 2012

Articles From Neil Cossar in January
Tuesday Jan 31, 2012 00:00 AM ET
For a group who only released one proper album, the Sex Pistols made one hell of an impact. Their timing was perfect. The media had a field day and couldn't keep those dirty little punks off the front pages of the papers.
Monday Jan 30, 2012 00:00 AM ET
In 1978, at their commercial peak, all four members of KISS simultaneously released solo albums, a feat that had never been achieved before (or since).
Friday Jan 27, 2012 00:00 AM ET
What made The Tube great was the edgy style of the presenters and live performances from three or four artists each week. Throw in some shambolic interviews and bits of comedy and you had great TV.
Thursday Jan 26, 2012 00:00 AM ET
On this day in 1970, John Lennon wrote, recorded, and mixed his new single, "Instant Karma," all in one day. It ranks as one of the fastest-released songs in pop music history.
Wednesday Jan 25, 2012 00:00 AM ET
Ouch! Keep back from the edge of the stage; it can be dangerous up there.
Tuesday Jan 24, 2012 30:00 AM ET
There’s something very nice and warm about Neil Diamond — he’s like an old friend, a comfy pair of slippers, he’s your favourite uncle. You see, I’m saying all this and I’ve never even met the guy. But reading about him confirms my thoughts.
Monday Jan 23, 2012 40:00 AM ET
On this day, 23 January 1956, rock and roll fans in Cleveland under the age of 18 were banned from dancing in public (unless accompanied by an adult), after Ohio Police introduced a law dating back to 1931.
Friday Jan 20, 2012 15:10 AM ET
Ozzy Osborne should be dead. Not because he bit the head of a bat, no, Ozzy has consumed more than his fair share of illegal substances, and that’s not even taking into account the legal ones!
Thursday Jan 19, 2012 50:00 AM ET
Dolly Parton isn’t just an old fashioned American entertainer / songwriter / singer who has had her own TV show, and has appeared in over a dozen films - she’s a small industry! Pay a visit to and you’re drawn into the singer’s world.
Wednesday Jan 18, 2012 50:00 AM ET
On this day in 1974, former members from Free, (Paul Rodgers & Simon Kirke), Mott The Hoople, (Mick Ralphs), and King Crimson, (Boz Burrell), formed Bad Company. The band went on to score a US No.1 album with their debut release.
Tuesday Jan 17, 2012 00:00 AM ET
On this day, 17 January 1969, Led Zeppelin I, the band's debut album, was released in the US, coinciding with the band's first headlining US concert tour. It was to peak at No.10 in the US chart, and at No.6 in the UK.
Monday Jan 16, 2012 00:00 AM ET
Covering a Beatles song was good sport in the '60s; artists scrambled to try their versions and interpretations of the latest Fab Four offerings and some were more successful than others.
Friday Jan 13, 2012 00:00 AM ET
Bob Dylan's influence on music and his peers is legendary, but do you know which two tech moguls bonded over their mutual obsession of Dylan?
Thursday Jan 12, 2012 00:00 AM ET
During a career that spanned four decades, the Bee Gees sold more than 110 million albums. Maurice helped write and perform 19 British top ten hits, including five number ones.
Wednesday Jan 11, 2012 00:00 AM ET
According to cannabis historian Ernest Abel, the connection between music and marijuana began with jazz musicians in New Orleans around 1910.
Tuesday Jan 10, 2012 00:00 AM ET
I’ve often wondered how one feels, as a musician, when a song you’ve played on becomes a timeless classic. It must be very rewarding.
Monday Jan 9, 2012 25:00 PM ET
Born on this day, 9 January, 1944, Jimmy Page, guitarist and producer, member of the Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin.
Friday Jan 6, 2012 00:00 PM ET
On this day in 1975, Pink Floyd started sessions at Abbey Road Studios in London for their next album, Wish You Were Here. How do you follow one of the best regarded and biggest selling albums of all time? With another one.
Thursday Jan 5, 2012 00:00 AM ET
On this day in 2004, Kinks singer Ray Davies was shot in the leg while on holiday in New Orleans. The 59-year-old singer/songwriter was shot when running after two men who stole his girlfriend's purse at gunpoint.
Wednesday Jan 4, 2012 00:00 AM ET
I don’t know why, but Lynott hasn’t quite attained the status of other fallen idols, such as Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, and Kurt Cobain.
Tuesday Jan 3, 2012 55:00 PM ET
In 1964, The Beatles were seen for the first time on US TV when a clip from the BBC's The Mersey Sound showing the group playing "She Loves You" was shown on The Jack Paar Show.

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