February 16th: On this day
1957, Disc jockey Pete Murray began hosting BBC television’s first Rock ‘n’ Roll music program The Six-Five Special, named for the time the show began, five minutes after six. The show was given air-time immediately after the abolition of what was called the Toddlers’ Truce, which had seen television stop between 6 and 7pm so children could be put to bed.
1964, The Beatles made their second live appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, exactly one week after the first. Before an audience of 3,500 at the Deauville Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida, The Beatles performed ‘She Loves You’, ‘This Boy’, ‘All My Loving’, ‘I Saw Her Standing There’, ‘From Me to You’, and ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’.
1967, Petula Clark was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Charlie Chaplin penned ‘This Is My Song’, the singers second and last UK No.1.
1972, Led Zeppelin made their Australian live debut when they kicked off a six-date tour at the Subiaco Oval, Perth. Police battled with over 500 fans who rammed locked gates trying to get into the concert. Over 4,000 fans stood outside the venue without tickets and local residents jammed police phone lines to complain about the noise.
1974, Bob Dylan started a four week run at No.1 on the US album chart with Planet Waves, his first US No.1. The album was originally set to be titled Ceremonies Of The Horsemen, a reference to the song ‘Love Minus Zero / No Limit’, from the 1965 album ‘Bringing It All Back Home’. When Dylan decided to change the title at the last minute, the release was delayed for two weeks.
1974, During a tour of America the members of Emerson, Lake & Palmer were arrested in Salt Lake City after swimming naked in the hotel pool. They were each fined $75 (£44).
1974, Winners in the UK music weekly Disc Readers Awards Poll; Top UK group went to Slade, Top musician, Roy Wood, David Bowie won UK and World male singer, Top single with ‘Jean Genie’ and album with ‘Aladdin Sane’, Top female singer was Lynsey De Paul and Brightest hope was won by David Essex.
1975, Cher started her own weekly hour of a music and comedy show on CBS-TV. The singer had co-presented The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour with her former husband. Cher’s new show featured a female guest each week.
1982, The Jam were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘A Town Called Malice’, & ‘Precious’, their third No.1 spent three weeks at the top of the chart.
1985, Bruce Springsteen went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Born In The USA’, his first UK No.1 album. The singers seventh studio album, was the best-selling album of 1985 in the United States (and also Springsteen’s most successful album ever). The album produced a record-tying string of seven Top 10 singles.
1991, The Simpsons were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Do The Bartman’. The song was written by Michael Jackson and Bryan Lorenand, The Simpsons became the first cartoon characters to make No.1 since the Archies hit ‘Sugar Sugar’ in 1969. Jackson was a massive fan of The Simpsons and had called the producers one night offering to write Bart a number one single and do a guest spot on the show.
1999, Robbie Williams won three awards at this year’s Brit’s. The singer won Best British solo artist, Best Single for ‘Angels’ and Best Video for ‘Millennium.’ Manic Street Preachers won Best British Group, Natalie Imbruglia won Best International Female artist and Best Newcomer, Best International Group went to The Corrs.
2002, Thieves broke into George Michael’s London home and stole over £100,000 ($170,000) worth of paintings, jewellery and designer clothes and drove off in his £80,000 ($136,000) Aston Martin DB7. They also caused £200,000 ($340,000) worth of damage to his home.
2004, US singer Doris Troy died. She had been a session singer with Dionne Warwick, sang on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon and released an album on The Beatles Apple label. She had also had a 1964 UK No.37 single with ‘Whatcha Gonna Do About It’ and a 1963 US No. 10 hit ‘Just One Look’.
2005, Kid Rock was arrested for allegedly punching a DJ at a strip club in Nashville, Tennessee. Police were called to the incident but Rock escaped from the club. Shortly after, he was pulled over by an officer who got an autograph but did not do a breath test despite smelling alcohol. (The officer has since been fired). The star was eventually arrested a few hours later, taken to the night court and released on $3,000 (£1,600) bail.
2005, Yusuf Islam, the former Cat Stevens was awarded substantial damages from The Sunday Times and The Sun, after they had printed articles alleging he was involved in terrorism. Both newspapers apologized to the 56 year old musician for the “false and highly defamatory allegations.” The papers also paid his legal bills and pledged not to repeat the allegations. The money awarded was given to Tsunami relief projects.
2009, Chris Brown talked about his recent arrest for the first time. The R&B singer was being investigated by police over claims he attacked a woman. In a statement Chris Brown said “I am seeking the counselling of my pastor, my mother and other loved ones and I am committed, with God’s help, to emerging a better person.” There had been speculation that his girlfriend Rihanna was the woman in the attack and had been seen with bruises on her face
2015, American singer, songwriter, actress and activist, Lesley Gore, who had the 1963 US No.1 & UK No.9 single ‘It’s My Party’, died at the NYU Langone Medical Center in Manhattan, New York City, of lung cancer.
February 16th: Born on this day
1932, Born on this day, Otis Blackwell, American songwriter and producer, wrote ‘All Shook Up’, ‘Return To Sender’, ‘Don’t Be Cruel’, ‘Great Balls Of Fire’ and ‘Fever.’ Blackwell died from a heart attack on May 6th 2002.
1935, Born on this day, Sonny Bono, singer who had the 1965 UK & US No.1 single ‘I Got You Babe’, with Cher. Bono later became a US Congressman. He was killed on 5th January 1997, aged 62, in a skiing accident.
1939, Born on this day, Harold and Herbie Kalin, The Kalin Twins who had the 1958 UK No.1 & US No.5 single ‘When.’ The brothers were the first twins to score a No.1 record.
1949, Born on this day, Lynn Paul, singer with The New Seekers who had the 1972 UK No.1 single ‘I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing’.
1953, Born on this day, John “Brad” Bradbury, best known for having been the drummer in the English ska group The Specials, who co-wrote ‘The Selecter’, a joint ‘A’ side with ‘Gangsters’. Bradbury died aged 62 on 28 Dec 2015.
1956, Born on this day, James Ingram, US singer, who had the 1987 UK No.8 single with Linda Ronstadt, ‘Somewhere Out There’, and the 1990 US No.1 single ‘I Don’t Have The Heart’.
1959, Born on this day, Ice-T, (Tracy Morrow), male rapper who had the 1993 UK No.21 single ‘That’s How I’m Livin’.
1961, Born on this day, Andy Taylor, guitarist with Duran Duran who had the 1983 UK No.1 single ‘Is There Something I Should Know’ plus 25 other UK Top 40 singles including the 1984 US No.1 single ‘The Reflex’. Also a member of The Power Station who had the 1985 UK No.14 single ‘Some Like It Hot’.
1962, Born on this day, Tony Kylie, The Blow Monkeys who had the 1987 UK No.5 single ‘It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way’.
1965, Born on this day, Dave Lombardo, drummer with American thrash metal band Slayer who released the 1986 album ‘Reign in Blood’.
1990, Born on this day, Canadian singer, songwriter and record producer Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, known by his stage name The Weeknd who had the 2015 US No.1 hits ‘The Hills’ and ‘Can’t Feel My Face’.