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Today In Rock: January 28

1948

The Orioles hits #1 on the R&B chart with and #13 on the pop chart with "It's Too Soon To Know."

1951

William "Billy Bass" Nelson Jr. is born.

1954

Debuting on the Chicago-based Chess label, the Moonglows release "Sincerely," which is the biggest hit of their career. It tops the R&B chart and makes the Top Twenty on the pop chart.

1955

Johnny Cash signs contract with Sun Records.

1956

Elvis Presley makes his first appearance on network TV as a guest on Stage Show, hosted by jazz bandleaders Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey. Throughout 1956, Presley's biggest year, he will also appear on The Milton Berle Show, The Steve Allen Show and The Ed Sullivan Show.

1965

Moody Blues hits #1 in the UK with "Go Now."

1967

Aaron Neville hits #2 with "Tell It Like It Is".

1968

Green Tambourine (The Lemon Pipers) was a hit.

1976

Gary Glitter announces his retirement.

1978

Parliament's "Flash Light," driven by a synthesized bass line, enters the R&B chart, which it will top for three weeks. It is a Top Twenty single on the pop charts as well.

1984

The Smiths hit #12 in the UK with "What Difference Does It Make?"

1984

Echo & the Bunnymen hit #9 in the UK with "The Killing Moon".

1985

A group of musicians lead by Harry Belafonte record Ethiopia benefit song "We Are the World."

1986

The space shuttle 'Challenger' explodes directly after lift-off, killing its crew of seven.

2005

Jim Capaldi of Traffic dies after a brief battle with stomach cancer.

2005

Jim Capaldi of Traffic dies after a brief battle with stomach cancer.