JANUARY 17TH, CUSTOMER SERVICE DAY, DITCH NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS DAY, GET TO KNOW YOUR CUSTOMERS DAY, KID INVENTORS’ DAY AND NATIONAL BOOTLEGGER’S DAY.
40-year-old David Mason recorded the piccolo trumpet solo for The Beatle’s “Penny Lane” at Abbey Road Studios in London. He was paid 27 pounds, 10 shillings ($42) for his performance. In August, 1987, the trumpet he used was sold at a Sotheby’s auction for $10,846.
Barry Manilow had the number one record in the US with “I Write The Songs”. Although he wrote many of his hits, he didn’t write this one, Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys did.
Don Kirshner, the songwriter, manager, publisher and music executive who helped launch the careers of Neil Diamond, Bobby Darin, Carole King, Neil Sedaka, The Monkees, The Archies and Kansas, died of heart failure at the age of 76.
At the American Music Awards, Billy Joel is given the Special Award of Merit for his “inspired songwriting skills” and “exciting showmanship.”