domingo, 25 de marzo de 2012

February 10th: On this Day In Music History


1942, 'Chattanooga Choo Choo' by Glen Miller and his Orchestra becomes the first recording to be awarded a Gold record. It was actually just a master copy of the disc sprayed with gold lacquer by RCA as a publicity stunt. The actual award recognized today as a Gold Record would not be initiated for another sixteen years when the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) borrowed the idea and trademarked the Gold Record. The first Gold single was awarded to Perry Como in 1958 for "Catch A Falling Star" and the first Gold album was given to Gordon McRae for the soundtrack to Oklahoma.
1958, Frank Sinatra started a five week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Come Fly With Me.'
1962, Henry Mancini went to No.1 on the US album chart with the soundtrack to 'Breakfast At Tiffany's.'
1966, Bob Marley married Rita Anderson a singer in the group The Soulettes. The couple had three children together.
1967, The Beatles recorded the orchestral build-up for the middle and end of 'A Day in the Life'. At the Beatles' request, the orchestra members arrived in full evening dress along with novelty items. One violinist wore a red clown's nose, while another a fake gorilla's paw on his bow hand. Others were wearing funny hats and other assorted novelties. The recording was filmed for a possible 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' television special which was ultimately abandoned. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mike Nesmith from The Monkees and Donovan also attended the session.
1968, One hit wonder Paul Mauriat started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Love Is Blue', a No.12 hit in the UK.
1968, The Four Tops 'Greatest Hits' was at No.1 on the UK album chart, the first No.1 album for the Tamla Motown label.
1972, The Faces appeared at The Rainbow Theatre, London, England, tickets cost 75p.
1972, David Bowie appeared at the Tolworth Toby Jug, London, on the opening date of his Ziggy Stardust tour.
1973, Elton John had his first UK No.1 album when 'Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player' started a six-week run at the top of the charts.
1974, record producer Phil Spector was injured in a car crash. He needed extensive plastic surgery that dramatically altered his looks. Details of how the accident happened were kept secret.
1974, Deep Purple kicked off a 28 date North American tour at the Los Angeles Forum, California.
1976, Elvis Presley was made a police reserve for the Memphis police.
1977, The Clash started recording their debut album at CBS studios in London, England.
1979, Rod Stewart started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Da Ya Think I'm Sexy', his third US No.1. (and a No.1 hit in the UK). Also today Rod started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Blondes Have More Fun.'
1984, Frankie Goes To Hollywood were at No.1 on the UK singles chart for the third week with 'Relax.' Eurythmics had the UK No.1 album with 'Touch.'
1985, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings appeared at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
1990, Paula Abdul started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Opposites Attract', her fourth US No.1, a No.2 hit in the UK.
1993, on a special edition of the Oprah Winfrey show, Michael Jackson gave his first TV interview for 14 years, live from his Neverland Valley Ranch.
1994, Snoop Doggy Dog made his UK live debut at London's Leicester Square Equinox.
1997, During a gig by Blur at London's Astoria, Spice Girl members Ginger Spice and Sporty Spice were thrown of the stage after joining the band during their set. Security didn't recognise the two Spice Girls.
1998, Axl Rose was charged with disorderly conduct following a row with a baggage handler at Arizona Airport, Rose was later released on bail.
2001, police were investigating Eminem over suspected drugs offences after he appeared to consume Ecstasy pills and encouraged the audience at his Manchester show to take drugs. Over 100 gay rights protesters picketed the show.
2002, Enrique Iglesias started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Escape.'
2004, Diana Ross was sentenced to two days in jail after pleading 'no contest' to a drink driving charge. She was allowed to enter her plea over the telephone from New York; her lawyer said the singer would serve her term at a prison near her Los Angeles home. Ross was arrested in December 2002 after tests indicated she was twice over the drink- drive limit.
2005, Prince topped Rolling Stone magazine's annual list of the year's biggest money earners after his 2004 tour grossed over $90 million (£53 million). Madonna came in second place after earning $54.9 million (£34.3 million) and Metallica came third with $43 million (£25.3 million).
2005, Who singer Roger Daltrey was awarded the CBE by The Queen at Buckingham Palace for services to the music industry.
2008, Amy Winehouse won five prizes at this year's Grammy Awards, including song of the year and record of the year, both for her single 'Rehab', and best new artist. The UK singer was not at the Los Angeles ceremony to collect them due to visa problems. Instead, she made an acceptance speech by satellite, paying tribute to her husband, "my Blake incarcerated", who was in custody awaiting trial on charges of attempting to pervert the course of justice and grievous bodily harm. Kanye West scooped four Grammy Awards, while Bruce Springsteen won three. The White Stripes, Justin Timberlake, Carrie Underwood and Mary J Blige all picked up two awards.
2008, Jack Johnson was at No.1 on the UK album chart with his fifth album 'Sleep Through The Static.' Also a No.1 in the US and Australia.
February 10th: Born on this day
1914, Born on this day, Larry Adler, mouth organist, worked as a soloist with many of the world's major symphony orchestras. He played with countless artists from Fred Astaire to George Gershwin and later with Elton John and Sting. Recorded the 1994 tribute album 'Glory Of Gershwin'. He died on August 7th 2001, aged 87.
1929, Born on this day, Jerry Goldsmith. Created the music for scores of classic movies and television shows 'Star Trek', 'Planet of the Apes', 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' and 'Dr. Kildare.' He died after a long battle with cancer on July 21st 2004, aged 75.
1937, Born on this day, Don Wilson, guitar, The Ventures, (1960 UK No.4 single 'Perfidia', 1960 US No.2 single 'Walk Don't Run').
1937, Born on this day, Roberta Flack, US singer, songwriter, (1972 US No.1 single 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face', 1973 US No.1 & UK No.6 single 'Killing Me Softly With His Song').
1940, Born on this day, Jimmy Merchant, Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers, (1956 UK No.1 & US No.6 single 'Why Do Fools Fall In Love').
1943, Born on this day, Ral Donner, US singer, (1961 US No.4 & UK No.25 single 'You Don't Know What You've Got Until You Loose It'). Donner died on April 6th 1984.
1946, Born on this day, Clifford T. Ward, UK, singer, songwriter, (1973 UK No.8 single 'Gaye'). Ward died on the 18th December 2001.
1949, Born on this day, Nigel Olsson, drummer with the Elton John band.
1958, Born on this day, Norman Harris, guitarist, songwriter and producer. He worked with The Delfonics, The Trammps and MFSB. Harris died of a heart attack on March 21st 1987.
1962, Born on this day, Cliff Burton, bass player with Metallica. Burton was killed on September 27th 1987, when the band's tour bus crashed as it was traveling between Stockholm and Copenhagen. He was found crushed to death under the bus.
1977, Born on this day, Rosanna Tavarez – member of vocal group Eden's Crush, who had a 2001 US No.1 single with 'Get Over Yourself', (the first female group to debut at number one with their first single). Formed after its members auditioned for the reality series Popstars
 Died on this day
1975, Dave Alexander, the original bassist for The Stooges died from pneumonia aged 28. He was fired from the band in August 1970 after showing up at a gig too drunk to play.
1997, Brian Connolly singer with the 1970's Glam rock group Sweet died of kidney and liver failure aged 47. Connolly replaced Ian Gillan (later of Deep Purple and Black Sabbath) in Wainwright's Gentlemen who became Sweetshop and then shortened to Sweet.
2006, American record producer and MC James Dewitt Yancey, (A.K.A. J Dilla or Jay Dee), died of a rare blood disease, at his home in Los Angeles, California. Yancey had toured Europe in 2005 performing from a wheelchair.

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