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This Day In Rock History: Feb 8th

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  • 1964, On their first full day in New York, The Beatles (minus George who had a sore throat), went for a photo-opportunity walk around Central Park. Over 400 girl fans followed The Beatles and extra police were called in to control them. Later in the day The Ronettes interviewed The Beatles for radio.
  • 1969, ‘TBC’ by The Supremes with Temptations went to No.1 on the US album chart.
  • 1973, Max Yasgur died of a heart attack aged 53. He was the owner of the dairy farm in Bethel, New York at which the Woodstock Music and Art Fair was held between August 15 and August 18, 1969.
  • 1975, Bob Dylan went to No.1 on the US chart with his 15th studio album Blood On The Tracks, his second US No.1 album. The album has become one of Dylan’s all-time best-selling studio releases, with a double-platinum US certification by the Recording Industry Association of America.
  • 1975, Engelbert Humperdinck started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with his ‘Greatest Hits Collection.’
  • 1975, The Ohio Players went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Fire’, the group’s first of two US No.1’s.
  • 1983, Winners at the second annual Brit Awards held in London included Paul McCartney who won Best British Male Solo Artist, Kim Wilde won Best British Female Solo Artist, Dire Straits won British Group, British Breakthrough Act went to Yazoo, International Act was Kid Creole & The Coconuts, Best Selling Single Dexy’s Midnight Runners “Come On Eileen” and the Life Achievement Award went to Pete Townshend.
  • 1986, Billy Ocean started a four week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going’, as featured in the film ‘The Jewel Of The Nile.’ The video was banned in the UK because it featured non-musician union members. Boyzone took the song to No.1 in 1999.
  • 1990, Suffering from depression American singer songwriter Del Shannon died of self inflicted gunshot wounds. He’s scored the 1961 UK and US No.1 single ‘Runaway’, plus 9 US and 12 other UK Top 40 singles. Shannon had been working with Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne and was rumoured to be replacing Roy Orbison who had recently died, in the Traveling Wilburys supergroup.
  • 1994, Oasis were forced to cancel their first foreign tour after they were deported from Holland. The band were involved in a drunken brawl on a cross-channel ferry resulting in members of the band being arrested and locked in the brig on the ferry.
  • 1997, LL Cool J went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Ain’t Nobody’, and taken from the soundtrack to the 1996 film Beavis and Butthead Do America. The song was a 1983 hit for Rufus with Chaka Khan
  • 2005, Keith Knudson drummer with The Doobie Brothers died of pneumonia aged 56. Scored the 1979 US No.1 single ‘What A Fool Believes’ and 1993 UK No.7 single ‘Long Train Runnin.’
  • 2005, Pete Doherty was released from jail on bail after four nights when his manager paid the remaining £100,000 ($170,000) bail to Highbury Corner Magistrates Court, London. The ex-Libertines star had been charged with robbery and blackmail after a fracas at a London hotel. His bail arrangements stated he would not be able to leave his house between 2200pm and 0700am every night and must be accompanied by a security guard or his manager if he goes out at any other time.
  • 2009, R&B singer Chris Brown was questioned by police in Los Angeles over a complaint of assault. The 19-year-old had pulled out of his performance at the Grammy Awards, as did his pop star girlfriend Rihanna. Police said Mr Brown argued with an unidentified woman while sitting in a car. Brown had walked into a police station and was later released on $50,000 (£34,000) bail. Los Angeles police did not identify the woman who had made the complaint against Brown.
  • 2013, A report on the the rise of digital music showed that one in five consumers (19.6%) bought all their music as downloads. The report said that 27.7% of UK music fans purchased downloads from stores such as iTunes or Amazon; or streamed songs on services like Spotify or YouTube and that the streaming market was now worth £49m to record labels.
  • 2013, LA Superior Court Judge Charles Palmer threw out a claim by Axl Rose of fraud and misrepresentation against Guitar Hero III. Rose claimed that his deal with the company to license the song ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ for use in the game included a promise from Activision that no images of Slash would be used in the game. Later, both Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani’s band No Doubt sued the company over their own portrayals in Band Hero, a Guitar Hero series spin-off.
  • 2015, British soul singer Sam Smith won four Grammy Awards in the US, including the prestigious prizes for record and song of the year for ‘Stay With Me’ and best new artist. Album of the year went to Beck for Morning Phase.

Born on this day:

  • 1943, Born on this day, Creed Bratton, from Grass Roots, who had the 1968 US No.5 single ‘Midnight Confessions’, plus 13 other US Top 40 singles.
  • 1946, Born on this day, Adolpho De La Para, drummer with US band Canned Heat who had the 1970 UK No.2 & US No.26 single ‘Let’s Work Together’.
  • 1946, Born on this day, Paul Wheatbread, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, who had the 1968 UK No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Young Girl’.
  • 1948, Born on this day, Dan Seals, England Dan & John Ford Coley, who had the 1976 US No. 2 & UK No. 26 single, ‘I’d Really Love To See You Tonight.’
  • 1961, Born on this day, Vince Neil, singer with Motley Crue who had the 1988 UK No.23 single ‘You’re All I Need’ & 1989 US No.1 album ‘Dr Feelgood’.
  • 1962, Born on this day, Ken McCluskey, drummer with The Bluebells, who had the 1993 UK No.1 single with the re-issued ‘Young At Heart’.
  • 1968, Born on this day, Tjinder Singh, guitarist with Cornershop who had the 1998 UK No.1 single ‘Briful Of Asha’.
  • 1974, Born on this day, Guy Man, (Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo), French electronic musician with Daft Punk, 1997 UK No.5 single ‘Around The World’, remixed Gabrielle, Chemical Brothers. Scored the 2013 UK No.1 hit ‘Get Lucky’ featuring Pharrell Williams.
  • 1977, Born on this day, Dave ‘Phoenix’ Ferrel, bassist with Linkin Park, who had the 2002 US No.2 & UK No.4 single ‘In The End’, and the 2002 US No.2 & 2001 UK No.4 album ‘Hybrid Theory’.
  • 1980, Born on this day, Cameron Muncey, guitarist with Jet, who had the 2003 Australian No.1 & UK No.14 album ‘Get Born’.
  • 1985, Born on this day, Jeremy Davis, bassist with US band Paramore who had the 2009 UK No.1 album ‘Brand New Eyes’ and their 2013 self-titled fourth studio album hit No.1 on the US chart.

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