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This Day In Rock History: Feb 15th


  • 1962, Ray Charles recorded ‘I Can’t Stop Loving You’ at United Studios in Hollywood, California. The tune would go on to top both the US and UK charts and would be included on the LP ‘Modern Sounds In Country / Western Music’, which would lead the Billboard album chart for 14 weeks.
  • 1965, American singer and pianist Nat King Cole died of lung cancer. First hit was the 1943 ‘Straighten Up and Fly Right’, had the 1955 US No.2 single ‘A Blossom Fell’ and 1957 UK No.2 single ‘When I Fall In Love’ plus over 20 other US & UK Top 40 singles. Father of singer Natalie Cole. In 1956 he became the first black American to host a television variety show.
  • 1968, US blues harmonica player Little Walter died from injuries incurred in a fight while taking a break from a performance at a nightclub in Chicago. Joining Muddy Waters’ band in 1948, he was the first harmonica player to amplify his harp giving it a distorted echoing sound.
  • 1969, Sly and the Family Stone started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Everyday People’, their first No.1.
  • 1975, Linda Ronstadt went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘You’re No Good’, the singers only solo chart topper out of 12 other top 40 hits. Also today Ronstadt went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Heart Like A Wheel.’
  • 1977, Glen Matlock was fired as bass player from the Sex Pistols, being replaced by Sid Vicious. Matlock rejoined in the 90’s when the Pistol’s reformed.
  • 1979, At the 21st Grammy Awards, the ‘Saturday Night Fever’ soundtrack won Album of the Year and The Bee Gees were named Best Pop Group and Best Arrangement for Voices for ‘Staying Alive’. Billy Joel’s ‘Just the Way You Are’ won Record and Song of the Year. Donna Summer’s ‘Last Dance’ won two Grammys: Best Female R&B Vocal and Best R&B Song.
  • 1988, After singer Jo Elliot had referred to El Paso as ‘the place with all those greasy Mexicans’, Def Leppard were forced to cancel a concert in El Paso, after they received threats that the gig would be disrupted.
  • 1994, A federal court jury ruled Michael Jackson did not steal the idea for his hit song ‘Dangerous’ from a Denver woman who had sent him a demo tape.
  • 1997, U2 went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Discotheque’, the bands third UK No.1 single. The entire track was leaked onto the internet in December 1996, forcing U2 to move the release date.
  • 2002, Kerrang! Magazine overtook the New Musical Express for the first time to become the best selling UK weekly music publication. It claimed new bands such as Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park had given them a new teenage audience.
  • 2006, Winners at this year’s Brit Awards included, James Blunt who won British male solo artist, British female solo artist went to KT Tunstall. Coldplay won Best British album for X&Y and Best British single for ‘Speed of Sound.’ Kaiser Chiefs won Best British group and Best British Live Act, British urban act went to Lemar, British breakthrough act was Arctic Monkeys, International breakthrough act was won by Jack Johnson. International male solo artist was Kanye West with Madonna winning International female solo artist. Green Day won International group and Best International album with American Idiot and Outstanding contribution to music went to Paul Weller.
  • 2009, Lily Allen went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘It’s Not Me, It’s You’ the singers second album.
  • 2015, Mark Ronson’s ‘Uptown Funk’ reached the one million sales mark, 10 weeks after it was first released becoming the 158th track to reach the million mark in British charts history. The song, from the soundtrack to the Fifty Shades Of Grey film also became the most-streamed track ever in the UK.

Born on this day:

  • 1941, Born on this day, Brian Holland, Holland/Dozier/Holland, producer and songwriter who wrote many hits for Motown artists such as The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Four Tops, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Freda Payne and Chairmen Of The Board.
  • 1942, Born on this day, Glyn Johns, UK producer, who worked with Eric Clapton,The Rolling Stones, The Who The Beatles, (‘Let It Be’ sessions), The Eagles, The Facesand Led Zeppelin.
  • 1944, Born on this day, Mick Avory, drummer with The Kinks who had the 1964 UK No.1 & US No.7 ‘You Really Got Me’, and the 1967 UK No.2 single ‘Waterloo Sunset’plus 19 other UK Top 40 singles.
  • 1945, Born on this day, John Helliwell, saxophonist with Supertramp, who had the 1979 UK No.7 & US No.6 single ‘The Logical Song’.
  • 1952, Born on this day, Melissa Manchester, US singer, songwriter who had the 1975 US No.6 single ‘Midnight Blue’.
  • 1959, Born on this day, Ali Campbell, singer with UB40, who had the 1983 UK No.1 & 1988 US No.1 single ‘Red Red Wine’ and over 30 other top 40 hits. Had the solo 1995 UK No.5 single ‘That Look In Your Eye’.
  • 1960, Born on this day, Mikey Craig, bassist with Culture Club, who had the 1983 UK No.1 and 1984 US No.12 single ‘Karma Chameleon’ plus 7 other UK Top 10 singles’.
  • 1974, Born on this day, Stuart Richardson, bassist, with Lostprophets, who had the 2004 UK No.8 single ‘Last Train Home’, and the 2006 UK No.1 album ‘Liberation Transmission’.
  • 1976, Born on this day, Brandon Boyd, from Incubus, who had the 2001 US No.9 & UK No.40 single, ‘Drive’, and the 2004 US No.2 and UK No.6 album ‘A Crow Left of the Murder’’, and the 2006 US No.1 album ‘Light Grenades’.
  • 1976, Born on this day, Ronnie Vannucci Jr, drummer, with The Killers, who had the 2005 UK No.1 with their debut album ‘Hot Fuss’.


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