February 14th: On this day
1955, Ruby Murray was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Softly, Softly’. The Belfast-born recording and TV star of the mid 50s was the first act to score five simultaneous Top 20 hits.
1961, The Beatles performed at the Cassanova Club, Liverpool, and at Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool where they play a special Valentine’s Day show. Paul McCartney sang Elvis Presley’s “Wooden Heart”, wearing wooden heart pinned to his coat, covered with satin and embroidered with the names “John”, “Paul”, “George”, and “Pete”. The heart was raffled off, and the winner also won a kiss from Paul.
1968, Manfred Mann were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Bob Dylan song ‘The Mighty Quinn’ which was also a No.10 hit in the US. Dylan recorded the song in 1967 during the Basement Tapes sessions, but did not release a version for another three years.
1970, The Who appeared at Leeds University, England. The show was recorded for the bands forthcoming ‘Live At Leeds’ album. Since its initial reception, Live at Leeds has been cited by several music critics as the best live rock recording of all time. The University of Leeds refectory, has now been named a national landmark in the UK, commemorated with a blue plaque.
1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono started a week long run as co-hosts on ‘Mike Douglas’ US TV show.
1973, David Bowie collapsed on stage during a concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
1977, US singer songwriter Janis Ian received 461 Valentine’s day cards after indicating in the lyrics of her song ‘At Seventeen’, she had never received any.
1980, Lou Reed married Sylvia Morales at a ceremony in his New York apartment.
1984, Elton John married recording engineer Renate Blauer in Sydney, Australia. The couple divorced three years later.
1986, Frank Zappa appeared on an episode of the television series Miami Vice. Zappa portrayed a crime boss named ‘Mr. Frankie.’
1987, Bon Jovi started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’, the group’s second US No.1, a No.4 hit in the UK.
1989, Keyboard player Vincent Crane died. Member of The Crazy world of Arthur Brown, (1968 UK No.1 and US No.12 single ‘Fire’) and Atomic Rooster, (1971 UK No.4 single ‘The Devil’s Answer’).
1992, The film ‘Waynes World’, which featured appearances from Meat Loaf and Alice Cooper premiered in the US. The use of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ in the film propelled the song to No.2 on the US singles charts nearly 20 years after its first release.
1996, T.A.F.K.A.P. married Mayte Garcia in a Minneapolis church, he also composed a special song for his wife, ‘Friend, Lover, Sister, Mother, Wife’, which she heard for the first time when they had their first wedding dance. Garcia had appeared on the US television program ‘That’s Incredible!’ at the age of 8 as the world’s youngest professional belly dancer. She came to the attention of Prince in 1990 when her mother submitted a video cassette of Mayte performing. The couple split in 1998.
1998, Celine Dion’s ‘My Heart Will Go On’ set a new recorded for the most radio plays in the US with 116 million plays in one week.
1999, Lenny Kravitz scored his first UK No.1 single with ‘Fly Away’ a No.12 hit in the US. The track had been used on a TV ad for cars.
1999, Elton John appeared as himself in a special episode of the animated series The Simpsons shown on US TV.
2002, Mick Tucker, drummer with glam rock band Sweet died of leukaemia. Had the 1973 UK No.1 single ‘Blockbuster’, plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles.
2003, Stolen reel-to-reel studio recordings by The Beatles were found in Australia. Police recovered the tapes of the bands 1968 The White Album and the Abbey Road album after they were advertised for sale in a Sydney newspaper. Australian police had been tipped off by British detectives from Operation Acetone, an investigation into thefts of original Beatles music from Abbey Road studios in London in the 1960’s.
2004, Dave Holland, former drummer with Judas Priest was jailed for eight years for indecent assault and the attempted rape of a 17-year old boy. The youth, who had learning difficulties, had been taking drum lessons from Holland.
2005, Kerrang! magazine announced the results of its readers’ poll for the best British rock albums ever. The Top 10 were: No.1, Black Sabbath’s Black Sabbath; No.2, Iron Maiden’s Number Of The Beast; No.3 Sex Pistols’ Never Mind The Bollock’s, Here’s The Sex Pistols; No. 4, Led Zeppelin IV; No.5, Black Sabbath’s Paranoid; No.6, Muse’s Absolution; No.7, The Clash’s London Calling; No.8, Queen’s Sheer Heart Attack; No.9, Iron Maiden’s Iron Maiden and No.10, Manic Street Preachers’ The Holy Bible.
2007, Winners at the 27th annual Brit Awards at London’s Earls Court included Muse who won Best British Live Act, British Breakthrough Act went to The Fratellis. Winner of the Best International Breakthrough Act was Orson. Take That won the first-ever live vote, when they took home the Best British Single for ‘Patience.’ Arctic Monkeys were named Best British Group, James Morrison was named Best British Male and Amy Winehouse won Best British Female. Justin Timberlake won Best International Male and Nelly Furtado won Best International female. The Killers won Best International Group and Best International Album for Sam’s Town and Oasis won the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award.
2008, Oasis singer Liam Gallagher married his long-term partner, the ex-All Saints singer Nicole Appleton at a civil ceremony in London. The venue, Westminster Register Office, was where Gallagher married his first wife, Patsy Kensit, in 1997.
2010, Doug Fieger singer, songwriter with The Knack died after a long battle with cancer. The Knack had the 1979 US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘My Sharona’ which he wrote for Sharona Alperin, who later became his girlfriend.
2010, Everybody Hurts, recorded to help Haiti’s earthquake victims went to No.1 on the UK singles chart. The REM cover featured Leona Lewis, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams and Take That sold over 453,000 copies in its first week.
2016, Adele was at No.1 on the US album chart with her third studio album 25. The album was a massive commercial success, debuting at No.1 in more than 25 markets and broke first-week sales records in multiple countries, including the United Kingdom and United States; in the US, the album sold 3.38 million copies in its first week of release, marking the largest single-week sales for an album since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking point-of-sale music purchases in 1991.
February 14th: Born on this day
1937, Born on this day, American Chicago blues musician Magic Sam. He had the 1963, his single ‘Feelin’ Good (We’re Gonna Boogie), but his career was cut short when he suddenly died of a heart attack in December 1969. He was 32 years old.
1945, Born on this day, Vic Briggs, guitarist with The Animals, who had the 1964 UK & US No.1 single ‘House Of The Rising Sun’.
1946, Born on this day, Doug Simril, guitar, piano, with the Steve Miller Band, who had the 1974 US No.1 & 1990 UK No.1 single ‘The Joker’. Also worked with Boz Scaggs.
1947, Born on this day, Tim Buckley, singer, songwriter who recorded the 1972 album ‘Greetings From LA’. His singer, songwriter son Jeff Buckley drowned while swimming in 1997. Tim himself died on June 29th 1975 of a heroin and morphine overdose.
1950, Born on this day, Roger Fisher, from Heart who had the 1987 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘Alone’.
1951, Born on this day, Kenny Hyslop, from Slik who had the 1976 UK No.1 single ‘Forever And Ever’. Also a member of Skids who had the 1979 UK No.10 single ‘Into The Valley’ and Simple Minds, who had the 1985 US No.1 single ‘Don’t You, Forget About Me’, and the 1989 UK No.1 single ‘Belfast Child’.
1972, Born on this day, Rob Thomas, singer, songwriter with Matchbox 20 who had the 1998 UK No.38 single ‘Push’, and the 2000 US No.1 single ‘Bent’. Thomas sang on 1999 US No.1 single by Santana ‘Smooth’ and also had the 2005 US No.1 solo album ‘Something To Be.’
1978, Born on this day, American soul singer, songwriter and record producer, Dwele, who featured Kanye West’s fifth studio album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy on the hit song ‘Power’.