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This Day In Rock History: Feb 1st


  • 1949, RCA Records issued the first ever 45rpm single, the invention of this size record made jukeboxes possible.
  • 1963, 17 year-old Neil Young performed his first professional date at a country club in Winnipeg.
  • 1964, The Beatles started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’, the first US No.1 by a UK act since The Tornadoes ‘Telstar’ in 1962 and the first of three consecutive No.1’s from the group.
  • 1965, P.J. Proby split his pants during his first number at the ABC, Luton; the manager stopped the show and gave everyone in the audience a refund. The incident caused a ban on Proby’s performance in UK halls and TV.
  • 1965, At the Arthur Smith Studios in Charlotte, North Carolina, James Brown recorded ‘Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag’, which will reach No.8 on the Billboard Pop chart and No.1 on the R&B chart the following August and later win a Grammy Award for Best Rhythm and Blues Recording.
  • 1967, At Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles started work on a new song ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’. It wasn’t until The Beatles had recorded the song that Paul McCartney had the idea to make the song the thematic pivot for their forthcoming album.
  • 1972, Chuck Berry had his first UK No.1 single with a live recording of a song he’d been playing live for over 20 years ‘My Ding-a-Ling’. UK public morality campaigner Mary Whitehouse attempted to have the song banned due to its innuendo-laden lyrics. The Average White Band members guitarist Onnie McIntyre and drummer Robbie McIntosh played on the single.
  • 1975, Neil Sedaka had his second US No.1 single with ‘Laughter In The Rain’, over 12 years after his last chart topper ‘Breaking Up Is Hard To Do’.
  • 1975, Pilot were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘January’, the Scottish group’s only No.1. The song was a No.1 hit in Australia for eight weeks.
  • 1980, Blondie released ‘Call Me’, the main theme song of the 1980 film American Gigolo. It peaked at No. 1 for six consecutive weeks, and became the top-selling single of the year in the United States in 1980.
  • 1992, George Michael and Elton John went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’, also a No.1 in the UK. All proceeds from the single went to Aids charities.
  • 1995, Richey Edwards guitarist with the Manic Street Preachers vanished leaving no clues to his whereabouts. He left The Embassy Hotel in London at 7am, leaving behind his packed suitcase. His car was found on the Severn Bridge outside Bristol, England sixteen days later. Edwards has never been found, despite constant searching, and in November 2008 he was declared officially dead.
  • 1997, Blur went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Beetlebum’. The song’s title is said to be a stab at Liam Gallagher, lead singer of Oasis for his over-idolisation of The Beatles.
  • 2005, Elvis Presley  was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘It’s Now Or Never’, the singers 21st No.1, first released in 1960.
  • 2009, Bruce Springsteen started a two week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Working on a Dream’ his 16th studio album.
  • 2013, Coldplay’s ‘Clocks’ topped a list by BBC Radio 6 Music’s top 100 tracks of the past 10 years. More than 100,000 votes were cast in the poll which looked back over the 10 years since the station began in 2002. Arctic Monkeys’ ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’ was voted into second place, and Elbow’s ‘One Day Like This’ in third.
  • 2014, A new report found that about two-thirds of people were left with ringing in their ears after a night out at a club, gig or pub. Campaign group Action on Hearing Loss said the poll of 1,000 adults also showed a third would ignore the “safe level” on their music players.

Born on this day:

  • 1937, Born on this day, Don Everly, guitarist, singer with The Everly Brothers who had the 1958 UK & US No.1 single ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream’ plus over 25 other UK hit singles.
  • 1937, Born on this day, Ray Sawyer, singer, songwriter with Dr Hook who had the 1972 US No.5 & UK No.2 single ‘Sylvia’s Mother’ plus 9 other US Top 40 hits.
  • 1938, Born on this day, Jimmy Carl Black, drummer who worked with Frank Zappa on his 1970 UK No.9 album Hot Rats. Black died on 1st Nov 2008.
  • 1947, Born on this day, Normie Rowe, singer, biggest solo star of Australian pop in the Sixties, who in 1965 had the Australian No.1 single ‘Que Sera Sera’ which spent 11 weeks at the top of the charts.
  • 1948, Born on this day, Rick James, US singer who scored the 1981 US No.3 album ‘Street Songs’, and the 1981 US No 16 single ‘Super Freak part 1’. James was found dead at his Los Angeles home on 6th August 2004.
  • 1950, Born on this day, Mike Campbell, guitarist with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers who had the 1977 single ‘American Girl’, the 1989 UK No.28 single ‘I Won’t Back Down’, and the 1991 UK No.3 album ‘Into The Great Wide Open’. Campbell has also worked with Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Fleetwood Mac, Roger McGuinn, Tracy Chapman, Warren Zevon, George Harrison and Stevie Nicks.
  • 1957, Born on this day, Dennis Brown, reggae singer, who had the 1979 UK No.14 single ‘Money In My Pocket’. He died on July 1st 1999.
  • 1968, Born on this day, Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis. Also known as the “Princess of Rock and Roll.” Married Michael Jackson in 1994, and separated on 10th December 1995. She was also married to actor Nicolas Cage. Lisa Marie had the UK No.16 single ‘Lights Out’.
  • 1969, Born on this day, Patrick Wilson, drummer with American alternative rock band Weezer who had the 1995 UK No.12 single, ‘Buddy Holly’.
  • 1971, Born on this day, Ron Welty, drummer with The Offspring who had the 1999 UK No.1 & US No. 59 single ‘Pretty Fly, (For A White Guy)’, and the 1999 US No.6 & UK No.10 album ‘Americana’.
  • 1975, Born on this day, Big Boi, (Antoine Patton), Outkast, US rapper who had the 2001 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Ms Jackson’ and the 2004 US No.1 single ‘Hey Ya’.
  • 1985, Born on this day, Swedish songwriter, record producer and musician, Shellback who was listed as the No.1 producer of 2012 on Billboard magazine’s year end chart. With songwriter Max Martin he has produced, written and/or co-written songs for Taylor Swift, Usher, Pink, Lily Allen, Carrie Underwood ,Adam Lambert, Maroon 5, Avril Lavigne, Adele and other artists.
  • 1994, Born on this day, Harry Styles from English-Irish pop boy band One Direction who formed after finishing third in the seventh series of The X Factor in 2010. Scored the 2011 UK No.1 single ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ and the 2013 No.1 ‘One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)’.

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