The Red-Headed Stranger releases his first new material since … well … the Red-Headed Stranger album on February 17, 1983. It’s his 28th album.
February 13, 1983 ~ The Prince of Soul gets nothing but net at the NBA All-Star Game.
February 6, 1987 ~ The movie Light of Day hits theaters. The film stars Joan Jett and Michael J. Fox as leaders of a struggling band called The Barbusters. It features a song written by The Boss called “Light of Day,” too.
February 6, 1945 ~ Bob Marley is born Nesta Robert Marley in Jamaica.
January 27, 1984 ~ The King of Pop’s hair catches fire during the filming of a Pepsi commercial. It’s all downhill after that …
b. January 24, 1949
January 22, 1981 ~ The John Lennon tribute issue of Rolling Stone is published with the famous Annie Leibovitz photo of a naked Lennon embracing a fully-clothed Yoko Ono.
Lennon had done an interview with the magazine to promote his 1980 album Double Fantasy, his first since 1975. For the cover photo, he insisted Yoko join him. Leibovitz was dispatched to their apartment in the Dakota building in New York, where she showed them a sketch of the pose she had in mind. John and Yoko gave it a go, he wearing nothing and she fully clothed. When Leibovitz showed them a Polaroid, Lennon said it captured their relationship exactly. That night, Lennon was shot and killed outside the building.
When the issue arrives, it’s dedicated entirely to Lennon. The cover is simply the photo and magazine’s logo.
This is good …
b. January 17, 1942.
The Greatest of All Time.
Rumble, young man, rumble.