This Day in Music, January 3: Elvis, Hendrix, and Bruce

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On this day in 1955, Elvis Presley appeared in Boonesville, Virginia. The 20-year-old singer was still a regional star, but by the end of '56 he had become a national sensation, recording two albums (which included "Heartbreak Hotel" and "Blue Suede Shoes"), appeared on national television 11 times, played over 100 concerts, and signed a seven-year contract with Paramount Pictures.

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.

In 1969, appearing live on The Lulu Show on UK TV, Jimi Hendrix was booked to perform two songs. "Voodoo Child" was performed in full; then he stopped performing his new single "Hey Joe" after a verse and chorus and instead launched into a version of the Cream song "Sunshine of Your Love" as a tribute to the band, who had split a few days earlier. Hendrix then proceeded to continuing jamming, running over their allocated time slot on the live show, preventing the show’s host, Lulu, from closing the show properly.

In 1973, Bruce Springsteen played the first of a four-night run at The Main Point, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, opening for the comedy/rock duo Travis Shook & The Club Wow.

In 1987, Aretha Franklin became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In 2002, Liam and Noel Gallagher topped a poll of celebrities you would least like to live next to, getting 40% of the vote. Readers of Your Home magazine voted the brothers from Oasis the "Neighbours From Hell."

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A former musician, Neil was in the 80's group The Cheaters who were once signed to EMI's Parlophone label, and released three albums. He was also a radio presenter and is still a regular music pundit on various BBC stations. Neil is the founder of the award winning web site This Day in Music which is…

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