January 28 Music et al

January 28 Music et al

Fear of Rock

January 28 Music et al


January 28, 1944: 500 teenagers at a public forum mocked the idea that boogie-woogie music caused delinquency. Symphony conductor Artur Rodzinsky had warned about the bad influence of boogie-woogie. The forum was one of a series of planned forums organized by The New York Times. The teenagers also discussed delinquency, mixed marriages and war work. (full NYT article)


Roots of Rock

January 28 Music et al


January 28, 1956: Elvis Presley made his first appearance on national television on “The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show” on CBS.


Winter Festival for Peace

January 28 Music et al


January 28, 1970…the Madison Square Garden hosted the Winter Festival for Peace. Among the artists were: Blood Sweat and Tears, Peter Paul and Mary, Jimi Hendrix & His Band of Gypsys…



…Richie Havens, Harry Belefonte, Voices of East Harlem, the Rascals, Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond, Judy Collins, cast of Hair. The show ended at 4 AM. Richie Havens commented, “Since man has been on earth, peace has never really been here. If we can do it now, it’ll be a first.”


We Are the World


Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” charity project (Songfacts article) in the UK inspired Harry Belafonte to do the same.


Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie wrote the song, Michael Omartian arranged it, and Quincy Jones produced it and on January 28, 1985 the song was recorded.


It had sales in excess of 20 million copies.


In order of appearance, the singers were:
  • Lionel Richie
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Paul Simon
  • Kenny Rogers
  • James Ingram
  • Tina Turner
  • Billy Joel
  • Michael Jackson
  • Diana Ross
  • Dionne Warwick
  • Willie Nelson
  • Al Jarreau
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Kenny Loggins
  • Steve Perry
  • Daryl Hall
  • Huey Lewis
  • Cyndi Lauper
  • Kim Carnes
  • Bop Dylan
  • Ray Charles
The chorus was (alphabetically):
  • Dan Aykroyd
  • Harry Belafonte
  • Lindsey Buckinham
  • Mario Cipollina
  • Johnny Colla
  • Sheila E
  • Bob Geldof
  • Bill Gibson
  • Chris Hayes
  • Sean Hoper
  • Jackie Jackson
  • La Toya Jackson
  • Marlon Jackson
  • Randy Jackson
  • Tito Jackson
  • Waylon Jennings
  • Bette Midler
  • John Oates
  • Jeffrey Osborne
  • The Pointer Sisters
  • Smokey Robinson
The band members were:
  • David Paich (synthesizer)
  • Michael Boddicker (synthesizer)
  • Paulinho da Costa (percussion)
  • Louis Johnson (synth bss)
  • Michael Omartian (keyboards)
  • Greg Phillinganes (keyboards)
  • John Robinson (drums)
January 28 Music et al
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