Home Day In Music History This Day In Rock History: Feb 7th

This Day In Rock History: Feb 7th

-

  • 1959, Buddy Holly  was buried in Lubbock, Texas. His tombstone reads “Holley”, the correct spelling of his given surname and includes pictures of a guitar. A On Feb 3rd 1959, after a show in Clear Lake, Iowa, Holly chartered an airplane to travel to his next show in Moorhead, Minnesota. Soon after takeoff, the plane crashed, killing Holly, Ritchie Valens, the Big Bopper and the pilot, an infamous milestone in rock history known as The Day the Music Died.
  • 1963, The first Beatles single ‘Please Please Me’ was released in the US on the Vee Jay label. Capitol Records, EMI’s United States label, were offered the right to release the single in the US, but turned it down. Dick Biondi, a disc jockey on WLS in Chicago and a friend of Vee-Jay executive Ewart Abner, played the song on the radio from February 1963, thus becoming the first DJ to play a Beatles record in the United States.
  • 1967, Robin, Maurice and Barry Gibb of The Bee Gees returned to the UK after living in Australia for nine years.
  • 1969, The Who recorded ‘Pinball Wizard’ at Morgan Studio’s, London, England. The song is one of the band’s most famous live songs, being played at almost every Who concert since its debut live performance on 2 May 1969. The track which featured on their 1969 rock opera album Tommy was released as a single in 1969 and reached No. 4 in the UK charts and No. 19 in the US.
  • 1970, Led Zeppelin scored their first UK No.1 album with Led Zeppelin II. Released in November 1969, and featuring the US No. 4 single ‘Whole Lotta Love’, it went on to stay on the UK chart for 136 weeks. Also reaching No. 1 in the US, the RIAA in the US has now certified it as having sold over 12 million copies in the US alone.
  • 1976, Paul Simon started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ’50 Ways To Leave Your Lover’, the singers first solo US No.1.
  • 1979, Stephen Stills became the first rock performer to record on digital equipment in Los Angeles’ Record Plant Studio.
  • 1981, John Lennon  was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Woman’, an ode to his wife Yoko Ono. It was Lennon’s third No.1 in seven weeks after his death on December 8, 1980.
  • 1987, George Michael and Aretha Franklin were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)’. Written by Simon Climie it gave Aretha her first UK No.1 almost 20 years after her first hit.
  • 1987, Madonna went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Open Your Heart’, her 5th US No.1, a No.4 hit in the UK.
  • 1989, Georgia state representative Billy Randall introduced a bill to make Little Richard’s ‘Tutti Frutti’, the state’s official rock song.
  • 1994, Blind Melon’s lead singer Shannon Hoon was forced to leave the American Music Awards ceremony for his loud and disruptive behaviour. Hoon was later charged with battery, assault, resisting arrest, and destroying a police station phone.
  • 1999, Blondie went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Maria’, giving the group their 6th UK No.1 single, 20 years after their first. At the age of 54, lead singer Debbie Harry became the oldest female to make No.1.
  • 2000, Big Punisher died of a heart attack, aged 28. The rapper had weighed 318kg (50 stone) when he had the attack. His second album, Yeeeah Baby, completed before his death, was issued as scheduled in April 2000. It peaked at No.3 on the Billboard charts.
  • 2000, English guitarist and singer Dave Pevertt died from kidney cancer aged 56. Had been a member of Savoy Brown and Foghat who had the 1970’s hit singles ‘My Babe’, and ‘Slow Ride’.
  • 2004, Queen’s single ‘We Will Rock You’ topped a poll of music fans to find the greatest rock anthem of all time. The 1977 song beat the band’s classic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’  into second place in a survey of 1,000 people carried out for the UCI cinema chain. The poll was carried out to mark the release of new Jack Black comedy ‘School of Rock.’
  • 2005, Michael Jackson’s Thriller was named the top pop video in a poll of Channel 4 viewers in the UK. The 1983 video, which depicts the singer as a werewolf and a zombie, beat videos by Madonna and Robbie Williams. Animated videos for Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer and A-Ha’s Take On Me were in second and third place respectively. 4th was Queen with Bohemian Rhapsody, 5th, Madonna Like a Prayer, 6th, Robbie Williams, Rock DJ, 7th, Michael Jackson, Billie Jean, 8th, The Verve, Bittersweet Symphony, 9th, Madonna Vogue and 10th Nirvana, Smells Like Teen Spirit.
  • 2008, Amy Winehouse  was told she could not perform at this year’s Grammy awards ceremony because her US visa application has been rejected by the embassy in London. The singer was arrested for marijuana possession in Norway last year. Winehouse has been nominated for six Grammy awards ahead of the ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday.
  • 2013, Music venues and fans criticised “heartless” touts and agencies selling tickets for guitarist Wilko Johnson’s farewell tour at inflated prices. The former Dr Feelgood guitarist, was suffering from terminal cancer and was playing a series of farewell dates in February and March. Originally tickets sold for £20, but were now being offered online at prices of £225.

Born on this day:

  • 1934, Born on this day, Earl King, New Orleans Blues guitarist. King died on April 17th 2003 aged 69. He wrote ‘Come On, (Let The Good Times Roll’).
  • 1934, Born on this day, US sax player King Curtis who was stabbed to death by a vagrant on the front steps of his New York home on 13th August 1971. Curtis worked with John Lennon and had played on The Coasters hit ‘Yakety Yak’.
  • 1948, Born on this day, Jimmy Greenspoon, organist with Three Dog Night, who had the 1970 UK No.3 & US No.1 single ‘Mama Told Me Not To Come’. He died on March 11 2015 after a long battle with cancer at the age of 67.
  • 1949, Born on this day, Alan Lancaster, bassist with English group Status Quo. He left the band in 1984. Famous for the 1977 UK No.3 single ‘Rockin’ All Over The World’ plus the Quo have scored over 50 other UK Top 75 singles since 1968.
  • 1959, Born on this day, Brian Travers, saxophonist with UB40, who had the 1983 UK No.1 & 1988 US No.1 single ‘Red Red Wine’ and over 30 other top 40 hits.
  • 1960, Born on this day, Steve Bronski, from English group Bronski Beat who had the 1984 UK No.3 single ‘Smalltown Boy’.
  • 1962, Born on this day, David Bryan, keyboards with Bon Jovi who had the 1987 US No.1 & UK No.4 single ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’. Bryan is also the writer of the successful Broadway musical Memphis.
  • 1962, Born on this day, Garth Brooks, US country singer, who had the 1991 US No.1 album ‘Ropin’ The Wind’ which spent 70 weeks on the US chart, and the 1994 UK No.13 single ‘The Red Strokes.’ Brooks is the biggest selling artist of the 90’s with over 60 million sales.
  • 1962, Born on this day, Deborah Bonham, English rock and blues vocalist and the sister of John Bonham the late drummer for the band Led Zeppelin.
  • 1968, Born on this day, Sully Erna, guitar, vocals, Godsmack, who had the 2003, US No.1 album ‘Faceless’, 2006 US No.1 album ‘IV’.
  • 1974, Born on this day, Danny Goffey, drummer with English group Supergrass who had the 1995 UK No.2 single ‘Alright’, and the 1995 UK No.1 album ‘I Should Coco’ which spent 35 weeks on the UK chart.
  • 1974, Born on this day, James Dewitt Yancey, (J Dilla or Jay Dee), hip hop producer and MC. He died on Feb 10th 2006 of a rare blood disease at his home in Los Angeles, California.
  • 1975, Born on this day, Wes Borland, guitarist with Limp Bizkit, who had the 2001 UK No.1 single ‘Rollin’ & US & UK No.1 album ‘Chocolate Starfish and the Hotdog Flavoured Water’.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Lets Connect

13,691FansLike
96FollowersFollow
233FollowersFollow
0SubscribersSubscribe

Must Read

(Some Of) The Best Post-Punk Bands Ever

Post-punk is a broadly defined musical genre that emerged in the mid to late 70s. Bands began experimenting with a variety of musical genres...