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This Day In Rock History: Feb 6th


  • 1965, The Righteous Brothers started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the Phil Spector produced ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’. The song was also No.1 in the UK for the duo (who were not related in any way).
  • 1965, The Rolling Stones second album ‘Rolling Stones No.2’ started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK charts. The album followed its predecessor’s tendency to largely feature R&B covers. However, it did contain three compositions from the still-developing Mick Jagger – Keith Richards songwriting team.
  • 1981, Composer Hugo Montenegro died in California. Had the 1968 UK No.1 & US No.2 single ‘The Good The Bad And The Ugly’ from the soundtrack to the Clint Eastwood spaghetti western film. Worked for RCA records, producing a series of albums and soundtracks and television themes, including two volumes of Music From The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
  • 1982, Kraftwerk were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Model / Computer Love’, the first German act to score a UK No.1 single. The single spent 21 weeks on the UK chart.
  • 1982, The J Geils Band started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Centrefold’, the bands only US No.1. A No.3 hit in the UK. The bands album ‘Freeze- Frame’ started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album chart on the same day.
  • 1989, Jamaican sound engineer, and producer King Tubby died after being shot in the street outside his home. Worked with Robbie Shakespeare, Sly Dunbar, Carlton Barrett.
  • 1990, Over 200 women filed court actions against Chuck Berry after it was alleged that he had been secretly filming them in the toilets of the restaurant he owned.
  • 1996, Ex Jam members Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler reached a high court settlement with Paul Weller after suing him for more than £100,000, after claiming they were owed royalties and group assets.
  • 1998, American singer and guitarist Carl Wilson from The Beach Boys died aged 51 after a long battle with lung cancer, (Wilson was diagnosed with brain and lung cancer in early 1997). He sang lead vocal on ‘God Only Knows’, ‘Good Vibrations,’ and ‘I Can Hear Music.’ Wilson sang backing vocals on Elton John’s ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me.’
  • 2001, Guitarist Don Felder was fired from The Eagles. He would later launch a $50 million law suit against drummer Don Henley and guitarist Glen Frey, alleging wrongful termination and breach of implied-in-fact contract. Henley and Frey then countersued Felder for breach of contract, alleging that Felder had written and attempted to sell the rights to a “tell-all” book. Both parties settled out-of-court for an undisclosed amount.
  • 2005, Athlete went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their second album ‘Tourist’. Kenny Chesney was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Be As You Are.’
  • 2008, Feist won the seventh annual Shortlist Music Prize – American’s version of the Mercury Prize. The Canadian singer-songwriter won for her album The Reminder, which included the song 1234 used in an Apple iPod advert. Feist was also nominated for four Grammy awards, including best new artist.
  • 2011, Irish guitarist and singer Gary Moore died in his sleep of a heart attack in his hotel room while on holiday in Estepona, Spain. Moore had been a member of Skid Row, Thin Lizzy, and Colosseum II, before going solo, scoring the 1979 UK No.8 single ‘Parisienne Walkways’. Moore’s greatest influence in the early days was guitarist Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac, who was a mentor to Moore when performing in Dublin.
  • 2013, It was announced that Warner Music was set to buy the record label Parlophone which was formerly a part of EMI Music from Universal Music for £487m ($765m). The Parlophone label group also included the Chrysalis and Ensign labels, but The Beatles part of Parlophone, was exempted from the sale.
  • 2014, Nirvana’s  ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ was named as the greatest song of all time by NME. ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ was one of the last songs written for Nirvana’s breakthrough album, ‘Nevermind’, which was released in 1991. The rest of the top 5 tracks were: 5: ‘Last Nite’, The Strokes, 4: ‘How Soon Is Now?’, The Smiths, 3: ‘I Feel Love’, Donna Summer, 2: ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’, J Joy Division

Born on this day:

  • 1941, Born on this day, Dave Berry, singer who had the 1964 UK No.5 single ‘The Crying Game’.
  • 1942, Born on this day, John London, session bass player. He worked with The Monkees, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. London died on February 12th 2000.
  • 1945, Born on this day, Bob Marley singer / songwriter and guitarist who had the 1981 UK No.8 single with ‘No Woman No Cry’, plus over ten other UK Top 40 singles and the 1976 US No.8 & UK No. 15 album ‘Rastaman Vibration’. Marley died of cancer on May 11th 1981. The 1984 ‘Best Of’ album spent 330 weeks on the UK chart. In 1990, February 6th was proclaimed a national holiday in Jamaica to commemorate his birth. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.
  • 1946, Born on this day Canadian folk singer Kate McGarrigle. Once married to folk singer Loudon Wainwright lll, Kate is the mother of singers Rufus and Martha Wainwright. She rose to prominence with sister Anna when they recorded together in the 1970s. McGarrigle died of cancer on 18th Jan 2010.
  • 1947, Born on this day, Alan Jones, sax, Amen Corner who had the 1969 UK No.1 single ‘If Paradise Is Half As Nice’ plus five other UK Top 40 hits.
  • 1950, Born on this day, Mike Batt, songwriter, and the man behind The Wombles, who had the 1974 UK No.3 single ‘Remember You’re A Womble’. Batt wrote ‘Bright Eyes’ the 1979 UK No.1 single for Art Garfunkel and discovered UK singer, songwriter Katie Melua.
  • 1950, Born on this day, Natalie Cole, US singer, who had the 1989 UK No.2 single ‘Miss You Like Crazy’, and the hits ‘This Will Be’, ‘Inseparable’, and ‘Our Love’. Natalie is the daughter of Nat ‘King’ Cole. She died on December 31, 2015 aged 65 due to congestive heart failure.
  • 1962, Born on this day, Axl Rose, (born William Bruce Rose), singer with Guns N’ Roses who had the 1987 US No.1 album Appetite For Destruction which spent 158 week’s on the UK chart and the 1988 US No.1 & 1989 UK No.6 single ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’. Finally released the long delayed album ‘Chinese Democracy’ album in 2008 which had been recorded over many years.
  • 1962, Born on this day, Richie McDonald, guitarist and singer with Lonestar who had the 2000 US No.1 & UK No. 21 single ‘Amazed’.
  • 1966, Born on this day, Rick Astley, singer who had the 1987 UK & US No.1 single ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’, which became the UK biggest seller of 87. Astley scored 7 other UK Top 10 hits, and the 1987 UK No.1 album ‘Whenever You Need Somebody’ spent 34 weeks on UK chart..
  • 1980, Born on this day, Yasutaka Nakata, Japanese musician, songwriter, record producer and DJ. In addition to his own group Capsule, he is the exclusive songwriter, arranger and producer for singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (two No.1 Japanese albums) and electro-pop group Perfume (four No.1 Japanese albums).


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