Lynyrd Skynyrd lost yet another seminal member when longtime keyboard player Billy Powell passed away suddenly on Jan. 28, 2009 at his home in Orange Park, Fla.
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Poster boys for the late, lamented record business model of actually sticking with an act over the long haul, the J. Geils Band lingered on the Atlantic Records roster for seven years and nine mostly sales-deprived albums before being invited to find another label home.
For much of the northern hemisphere, Jan. 28, 1985 was a typically bone-chilling, mid-winter day, but maybe not so much if they dared venture outdoors to snap up a copy of ‘Crazy from the Heat.’
"That's what happens when Earth f---s with space. Never forget that. That's what happens."
After a decade that saw him reunite the E Street Band, release two strong albums of new material, an acclaimed folk music project and seemingly endless touring, Bruce Springsteen took a step backward with his next project.
When Stevie Wonder scored a No. 1 hit with 'Superstition' on Jan. 27, 1973, it announced a new sound for the brilliantly talented full-service singer, songwriter and musician.
On Jan. 27, 1980, AC/DC closed out its 'Highway to Hell' tour with a makeup date in Southampton, U.K.
"I wrote it for breakfast, recorded it for lunch and we're putting it out for dinner."
It's often said that when one door closes, another opens, and that definitely ended up being the case for Mark Slaughter and Dana Strum after their gig with the Vinnie Vincent Invasion ended in a heap of hard feelings and shredded contracts.
When Neil Young wrote "it's better to burn out than to fade away," he might as well have been talking about Simon & Garfunkel.