Fox Facts: January 31


2017 - After battling cancer, John Wetton of King Crimson and Asia died at age 67.

2001 - It was announced that Peter Criss was leaving KISS and that he would be replaced by Eric Singer for the remainder of dates of the farewell tour.

1999 -After a performance by Kiss during the pregame ceremonies, Cher sings the national anthem at Superbowl XXXIII.

1985 - John Fogerty played his first live show in years, performing with Albert Lee and Booker T. Jones at the A&M Soundstage in Hollywood.

1988 - Herb Alpert performed the U.S. national anthem at Super Bowl XXII.

1979 - Bo Diddley opens up for punk band The Clash at the beginning of their first US tour.

1970 - "Whole Lotta Love" reaches #4 in the US, the highest Led Zeppelin will ever chart on the Hot 100. Most of their songs, including "Stairway To Heaven," are not released as singles.

1970 - In New Orleans, the Grateful Dead are arrested for possession of LSD and barbiturates, an incident which would inspire one of their most famous songs, "Truckin'." (Apparently the band had fun afoul of mob interests in Texas, and the mob alerted the NOPD. This explains lines like "Houston, too close to New Orleans" and "Set up, like a bowling pin.")

1967 - While taking a break from the filming of the Strawberry Fields Forever promotional video at Knole Park, Sevenoaks, Kent, John Lennon buys an 1843 poster from an antique shop in Surrey which will provide him with many of the lyrics for "Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite". 

1963 - Neil Young, 17, plays his first show, performing at a country club in Winnipeg.

1959 - 17-year-old Bob Dylan (known as Robert Zimmerman) sees Buddy Holly perform at the Duluth Armory in Minnesota. 

Three days later, Holly dies in a plane crash.

1956 - Johnny Rotten (The Sex Pistols) is born in Holloway, London, England.