January 24 – Early Dylan, Punjabi MC, Ne-Yo

1961

20-year-old folk singer/songwriter, guitarist Bob Dylan arrives in NYC.
 
On April 11th he opens for John Lee Hooker at Gerdes Folk City. A September New York Times review ignites his career. Carnegie Hall Nov. 4 (*)
 
On Nov. 20, 1961 he records his first album for Columbia; released Mar. 19, 1962, it’s ignored. Talkin’ NY, Gerde’s, 4-62 
 
On Dec. 22, 1961 he makes the informal Minneapolis Hotel Tape, 26 songs recorded by musician friend Tony Glover.
 ( Website ▷Bob Dylan 1961▹ ▷Rock Hall bio▹

2003


Bhangra dancing

Bhangra, hip-hop, electronic dance tune Mundian To Bach Ke (‘beware of the boys’), remixed by Panjabi MC (sung by Labh Janjua) rises to IT#1, soon likewise in Belgium.
 
Originally issued in 1998, it eventually makes top-10 in many world charts. In the US a remix by Jay-Z rises to US#32 , and it’s heard in the May, 2012 Sacha Baron Cohen film The Dictator.

See also: Talvin Singh, Karsh Kale, Tabla Beat Science

2006


Ne-Yo, 2007

US singer-songwriter Ne-Yo releases mellow R&B single So Sick, the second from first album In My Own Words.
 
By March the single — with music by Norway’s ‘Stargate’ team — is a #1 hit in the US & UK. The album debuts at US#1. Three following albums do very well, with another scheduled for early 2012. When You’re Mad   ( Website