JANUARY 10: The Daily Flashback

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Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle
Happy Birthday, Shawn Colvin!
Photograph by Timothy Raab

1776: Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” was published.
1870: John D. Rockefeller incorporated Standard Oil.
1920: The League of Nations ratified the Treaty of Versailles, officially ending World War I with Germany.
1927: Fritz Lang’s film “Metropolis” premiered in Berlin.
1946: The first meeting of the United Nations General Assembly took place with 51 nations represented.
1947: The Burton Lane/E.Y. Harburg musical “Finian’s Rainbow” opened on Broadway and ran for 725 performances.
1949: The vinyl record format war heated up as RCA introduced the 45-RPM, 7-inch record.
1953: Perry Como’s “Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes” hit No. 1.
1956: In Nashville, Elvis Presley recorded his first songs as an RCA Victor artist, including “Heartbreak Hotel.”
1976: C.W. McCall’s “Convoy” hit No. 1 amid fascination with trucker culture and CB radios.

1985: Chris Isaak released his debut album, Silvertone.
1995 In the Netherlands, Rory Gallagher played his last concert. Five months later he died of complications from a liver transplant.
1999: “The Sopranos” debuted on HBO.
2000: It was announced that Time-Warner had agreed to buy America On-line (AOL), making it the largest-ever corporate merger priced at $162 billion.
2006: “The High School Musical” soundtrack was released, eventually becoming the best-selling album of the year.
2007: The iTunes Music Store reached two billion songs sold.

BIRTHDAYS
1917: Jerry Wexler
1925: Max Roach
1927: Johnnie Ray
1935: Ronnie Hawkins
1938: Willie McCovey
1939: Scott McKenzie
1943: Jim Croce
1945: Rod Stewart
1946: Aynsley Dunbar
1948: Cyril Neville
1953: Pat Benatar
1955: Michael Schenker
1958: Shawn Colvin
1959: Curt Kirkwood
1964: Brad Roberts

DEATHS
1978: Howlin’ Wolf
2011: Margaret Whiting
2016: David Bowie
2017: Buddy Greco
2018: Fast Eddie Clark

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