This Day In Rock History: Feb 19th

Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson

  • 1957, American movie idol and singer Tab Hunter was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Young Love’, the singers only UK No.1 hit.
  • 1966, Lou Christie went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Lightnin Strikes’, a No.11 hit in the UK. Nancy Sinatra held the UK No.1 single position with ‘These Boots Are Made For Walkin’
  • 1972, Harry Nilsson started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with his version of the Badfinger song ‘Without You.’
  • 1977, Leo Sayer had his only UK No.1 single with the Albert Hammond and Carole Bayer Sager song ‘When I Need You.’ Both Celine Dion and Cliff Richard have scored hits with the song.
  • 1977, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band scored a No.1 single in the US with their version of the Bruce Springsteen song ‘Blinded By The Light.’ The track was the first single from Bruce Springsteen’s 1973 debut album Greetings from Asbury Park N.J. The Earth Band’s version features several changed lyrics. The most prominent change is in the chorus, where Springsteen’s “cut loose like a deuce” is replaced with “revved up like a deuce.” Springsteen himself has said that it was not until Manfred Mann rewrote the song to be about a “feminine hygiene product” that it became popular.
  • 1983, Kajagoogoo had their only UK No.1 single with ‘Too Shy’. Also a hit in other European countries, 5 weeks at No.1 in Germany, a Top 5 hit in Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, and Netherlands. The group had four other Top 40 hits UK hits.
  • 1983, Patti Austin and James Ingram started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Baby Come To Me’, a No.11 hit in the UK.
  • 1992, During their Use Your Illusion Tour Guns N’ Roses played the first of three nights at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan. The 55,000-seat baseball stadium (The Big Egg) is the largest concert hall in Japan.
  • 1995, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee married Baywatch actress Pamela Anderson on a Cancun beach, Mexico, the bride wore a white bikini. Anderson and Lee who married only four days after meeting had videotaped their sexual activities while on vacation which was later stolen and released on the Internet. After suing the video company who released the tape, the Lees entered into a confidential settlement agreement. The couple divorced in 1998.
  • 1996, Bjork was shown on UK breakfast TV attacking a news reporter as she arrived at Bangkok International Airport. The footage showed the singer pulling the female reporter to the floor and banging her head on the ground. Bjork later apologised for the attack.
  • 1996, Winners at this year’s Brit Awards included Paul Weller who won British Male Solo Artist, British Female Solo Artist went to Annie Lennox, Oasis won British Group, Best Album for ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory’ and Best British Video for ‘Wonderwall. British Breakthrough Act went to Supergrass, International Group was Bon Jovi, International Breakthrough Act went to Alanis Morissette and David Bowie was awarded Outstanding Contribution to music. Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker was arrested after a stage invasion during Michael Jackson’s appearance, (who won Artist of a Generation). Cocker was accused of attacking children who were performing with Jackson; all charges against Cocker were dropped on March 11th of this year.
  • 2004, Johnny Cash’s  family blocked an attempt by advertisers to use his hit song ‘Ring of Fire’ to promote haemorrhoid-relief products. The idea is said to have been backed by Merle Kilgore, who co-wrote the song with Cash’s wife, June Carter Cash. Cash’s daughter Rosanne said the family “would never allow the song to be demeaned like that.”
  • 2008, Two releases by Oasis were voted the best British albums ever recorded in a poll of 11,000 people. Their 1994 album Definitely Maybe came top, while their 1995 follow-up (What’s the Story) Morning Glory was second in the vote for Q magazine and HMV. Radiohead’s OK Computer finished third, followed by Revolverby The Beatles and the Stone Roses’ self-titled debut. The full list of 50 British albums included five by The Beatles.
  • 2014, David Bowie was named best British male at the Brit Awards in London, although he was not there in person to collect his award. Arctic Monkeys won both best group and best album for the third time – the first act to achieve that milestone. Ellie Goulding won best British female, while pop act One Direction were honoured for their global success for the second year running. Bowie’s prize came at the expense of four much younger hopefuls – Jake Bugg, Tom Odell, John Newman and Mercury Prize winner James Blake.
  • 2015, Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson was being treated for cancer after a small cancerous tumour was found at the back of his tongue.

Born on this day:

  • 1924, Born on this day, Lee Marvin, actor and singer who had a UK 1970 UK No.1 single with ‘Wand’rin Star’, taken from the film ‘Paint Your Wagon’. Marvin died on August 29th 1987.
  • 1940, Born on this day, Bobby Rogers, singer with The Miracles who had the 1970 UK & US No.1 single with Smokey Robinson ‘Tears of a Clown’.
  • 1940, Born on this day, Smokey Robinson, singer, songwriter and producer who with The Miracles had the 1970 UK & US No.1 single ‘The Tears Of A Clown’. As a solo artist Robinson scored the 1981 UK No.1 & US No.2 single ‘Being With You’. He became the vice President of Motown Records in 1972. During the course of his 50-year career in music, Robinson has accumulated more than 4,000 songs to his credit.
  • 1943, Born on this day, Lou Christie, US singer, who had the 1966 US No.1 single ‘Lightnin Strikes’, and the 1969 UK No.2 single ‘I’m Gonna Make You Mine’.
  • 1946, Born on this day, Pierre Van Den Linden, drummer with Focus who had the 1973 UK No.4 single ‘Sylvia’, 1973 US No. 9 single ‘Hocus Pocus’.
  • 1948, Born on this day, Toni Iommi, guitarist with Black Sabbath who had the 1970 UK No.4 single ‘Paranoid’. The bands self-titled album was voted as the best British rock album ever by Kerrang! in 2005. At the age of 17 and on his last day of work in a sheet metal factory, he lost the tips of the middle and ring finger of his right hand. After attempting to learn to play right-handed, Iommi instead strung his guitars with lighter strings and made thimbles to extend his fingers.
  • 1948, Born on this day, Mark Andes, from American group Spirit who had the 1969 US No.25 single ‘I Got A Line On You’. Also joined Jo Jo Gunne, who had the 1972 UK No.6 & US No. 27 single ‘Run Run Run’.
  • 1950, Born on this day, Andy Powell, guitarist with English prog rock group Wishbone Ash who had the 1972 UK No.3 album ‘Argus’, and eight other Top 40 albums.
  • 1957, Born on this day, Dave Wakeling, from The Beat, who had the 1983 UK No.3 single ‘Can’t Get Used To Losing You’.
  • 1957, Born on this day, Falco, (Hans Holzl), who had the1986 UK & US No.1 single ‘Rock Me Amadeus’. Falco became the first-ever Austrian act to score a UK and US No.1 hit single. He was killed in a car accident on 6th February 1998.
  • 1960, Born on this day, Prince Mark D, rapper with the Fat Boys who had the 1988 UK No.2 single ‘Wipeout’.
  • 1963, Born on this day, Henry Samuel, singer, songwriter, (Seal). Had the 1991 UK No.2 single ‘Crazy’, and the 1995 US No.1 & UK No.4 single ‘Kiss From A Rose’. His 1991 self-titled album spent 65 weeks on the UK chart.
  • 1975, Born on this day, Daniel Adair, drummer with 3 Doors Down who had the 2003 US No.4 single ‘When I’m Gone’. Joined Nickelback in 2005.

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