January 8 – Elvis, Rubber Soul, Hearts of Space, Sinead


1968 comeback

Birthday of US rock giant Elvis Aron Presley in a shotgun house in Tupelo, Mississippi. Whe-hella-hella-hella.

He first performs in public when he’s 10 years old, in a singing contest at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show, dressed as a cowboy, to sing ‘Old Shep’.

On July 11, 1955 he records I Forgot to Remember to Forget at Sun Studio. It’s a US country #1 the following February.

On January 10, 1956 he records Tommy Durden and Mae Boren Axton song Heartbreak Hotel at RCA Victor, a session helped out by Chet Atkins on guitar, and Floyd Cramer on piano.

it’s quickly his first US#1 and first million-seller. The rest is history and an ocean of opinion.  ( Website ( Elvis at Throughhisown’s )

1947 It’s also the birthday of David Bowie.


The Beatles Rubber Soul becomes the band’s 7th album to chart US#1.

It’s the favorite of many pro musicians. The cover’s all about mellow-yellow.
I’ve Just Seen a Face  ▷at Beatles Interviews▹

Hour-long radio space music program Hearts of Spacebegins national syndication.


There never was nor has been anything like it. The ambient adventures began in 1973 as ‘Music from the Hearts of Space’, a weekly 3-hour show on Berkeley’s KPFA-FM produced by Stephen Hill. ▷WAER note▹

The worldwide advent of relatively inexpensive synths and increasing commercial appeal of the sound (e.g. Vangelis) made possible an explosion of ambient explorations. Early shows feature dozens of talents like Constance Demby, Stomu Yamashta, Kitaro and Danna & Clement. By 1986 it’s airing on over 200 stations; it still airs on over 100.
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Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O’Connor‘s cover of Nothing Compares 2 U (written by American recording artist Prince) tops the charts in 15 countries.

It’s on her second album I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got, for which Sinead famously refuses a Grammy Award. A provocative, courageous artist , a decade later she outs herself as bisexual and bipolar. Her ninth album How About I Be Me is released in Feb. 2012.