2006The High School Musical soundtrack is released. It sells 6000 copies its first week, but after the movie airs on January 20, it does a lot better, eventually selling over 4 million, making it the #1 album of 2006.
1976C.W. McCall's "Convoy" hits #1 in the US amid fascination with trucker culture and CB radios.
1953Pat Benatar is born Patricia Andrzejewski in Lindenhurst, Long Island, New York. She drops her training as a classical singer and eventually becomes a spandexed pop rocker.
1949The vinyl record format war heats up as RCA introduces the 45-RPM, 7-inch record. It eventually replaces the 78-RPM record for "singles" - one song on each side. The format takes off in the early years of the rock era.
1945Rod Stewart is born in London, England. He joins the Jeff Beck Group from 1967-69 and Faces from 1969-75, but makes his biggest impact as a solo artist.
1943Jim Croce is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
2018Motörhead guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clark dies of complications from pneumonia at age 67.
2017Buddy Greco dies in Las Vegas, Nevada, at age 90. Greco was a jazz singer who recorded several hit songs across all genres, his most popular being a cover of "The Lady is a Tramp." He also palled around with Frank Sinatraand Dean Martin, and was considered one of the Rat Pack's "mascots."
2011Margaret Whiting, a popular singer who duetted with Johnny Mercer on the seasonal favorite "Baby It's Cold Outside," dies at age 86.
2009Fergie marries actor Josh Duhamel in Malibu, California. They split up eight years later.
2008Panic! At The Disco announce they will be dropping their "!" with the release of their next album, Pretty. Odd.
2003British and Dutch police recover 500 Beatles master tapes missing since they were stolen from Abbey Road studios about 30 years earlier.
1997James Brown gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1995Rory Gallagher plays his last concert, in the Netherlands. Five months later he dies of complications from a liver transplant.
1985Chris Isaak releases his debut album, Silvertone. The LP is named after his three-piece backup band.
1979Richard Carpenter of the Carpentersenters the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas, to treat an addiction to quaaludes. He takes a year off after his treatment.
1979Chris Smith, the half of Kris Kross known as "Daddy Mac," is born in Atlanta. The duo has a #1 hit in 1992 with "Jump."
David Bowie dies at age 69 after an 18-month battle with liver cancer.
A statement posted online explains that Bowie – who'd kept his condition a closely guarded secret from the public – "died peacefully surrounded by his family." The performer, who was living in New York City at the time of his death, released the album Blackstar only two days prior – his 69th birthday.
Bowie continued to record music and tour up until 2004, when he suffered a heart attack backstage at the Hurricane Festival in Germany. The health scare prompted the then 57-year-old to gradually withdraw from the public eye, with him performing for the final time alongside Alicia Keys during a fundraising event at Hammerstein Ballroom in 2006.
On January 8, 2013 – his 66th birthday – Bowie surprised his fans when, after almost a decade-long hiatus, he announced the release of his 24th album The Next Day. Recorded in secret over a 2-year period in New York City, the album heard the songwriter revisit a rock-orientated sound – a move that received acclaim from music critics.
Three years later, Bowie returned once more with the jazz-streaked Blackstar. Music videos for the singles "Blackstar" and "Lazarus" were also unveiled – with the latter featuring the artist writhing in a hospital bed. The significance of these aesthetic allusions to death, together with Blackstar's lyrical ruminations on morality is revealed two days after the album was released, when news of Bowie's demise is made public.
Perhaps the most touching eulogy of all comes from producer Tony Visconti, who'd worked with Bowie since the days of Space Oddity. "He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life," writes Visconti. "He will always be with us. For now, it is appropriate to cry."