January 23rd isn’t a particularly thrilling day in music history, but it’s not quite a dud of a day either. On this day in 1971, George Harrison became the first solo Beatles member with a number one hit. His song “My Sweet Lord” stayed atop the charts for five weeks before being dethroned.
In 1977, Patti Smith fell off stage in Tampa Florida breaking a vertebra in her back on the 23rd.
The legendary pianist Ray Charles was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on January 23rd 1986.