domingo, 25 de marzo de 2012

February 11th: On this Day In Music History


1956, Elvis Presley appeared on American TV's 'Stage Show' and performed 'Heartbreak Hotel' and 'Blue Suede Shoes.'
1958, English singer Michael Holliday was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Story Of My Life.' The song gave writers Bacharach and David their first UK No.1 hit.
1963, In less than ten hours, The Beatles record ten new songs for their first album plus four other tracks which would be the next two singles. John Lennon's vocal on The Isley Brothers 'Twist & Shout' was recorded in one take to complete the album.
1964, The Beatles made their live concert debut in the US at the Washington Coliseum. Over 350 police surrounded the stage to keep the 8,000 plus screaming fans in control. One police officer who found the noise so loud, stuck a bullet in each ear as ear plugs. The Beatles had to stop three times and turn Ringo's drum kit around and re-position their microphones so that they faced a different part of the audience. The set list: 'Roll Over Beethoven', 'From Me to You', 'I Saw Her Standing There', 'This Boy', 'All My Loving', 'I Wanna Be Your Man', 'Please Please Me', 'Till There Was You', 'She Loves You', 'I Want to Hold Your Hand', 'Twist and Shout', and 'Long Tall Sally'.
1965, Beatles drummer Ringo Starr married his long-time girlfriend Maureen at Caxton Hall Register Office in London. John and George attended, Paul was away on holiday.
1968, Pink Floyd record a session for John Peel's BBC Radio Top Gear show.
1969, The Monkees set a new record when their second album, 'More Of The Monkees' jumped from No.122 to the top of the US chart. The album then stayed in pole position for eighteen weeks.
1970, Fleetwood Mac, The Allman Brothers and Grateful Dead all appeared at the Fillmore East in New York City.
1973, A local charity raised over £500 ($850) selling bedsheets and pillowcases used by the Rolling Stones after a show at Western Springs Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.
1978, The Brotherhood Of Man were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Figaro', the group's third and last UK No.1.
1982, U2 kicked off a 32 date north American tour in New Orleans.
1985, The Police won Outstanding Contribution to British music at the fourth annual Brit Awards held in London. Other winners included Prince for best International Act and Best Soundtrack for Purple Rain, British Single was Frankie Goes To Hollywood 'Relax', British Video was Duran Duran for 'Wild Boys', British Comedy Recording Neil 'Hole In My Shoe', British Album went to Sade for 'Diamond Life', British Male Solo Artist was won by Paul Young, British Female Solo Artist, Alison Moyet and Best British Group went to Wham!
1987, The Smiths were at No.1 in the UK indie charts with 'Shoplifters Of The World Unite.'
1989, Sade married music video producer Carlos Scola.
1989, A-Ha singer Morten Harket married Swedish actress Camilla Malmquist.
1989, New Order scored their first UK No.1 album with 'Technique.'
1989, Paula Abdul started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Straight Up', the first of three No.1's in 1989, a No.3 hit in the UK.
1992, Motley Crue fired their singer Vince Neil when he turned up for rehearsals, claiming that he had lost his passion for the band and was now more involved with racing cars.
1998, The hand-written lyrics to 'Candle in the Wind' by Bernie Taupin were auctioned off at Christie's in LA for £278,512. 
2000, Spice Girl Geri Halliwell appeared in court to give evidence over the dispute with Aprilla Motorcycles. The company were suing the Spice Girls for £1.6 million ($2.72 million) over lost advertising as sponsors for the 1998 Spiceworld World tour.
2001, Dido started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'No Angel.'
2001, Outkast went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Mrs Jackson', a No.2 hit in the UK.
2001, Shaggy started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Hotspot.'
2003, The British Phonographic Industry reported its biggest sales decline in decades, with the biggest slump in a single year since the birth of the CD market in the early 1980s. Piracy, illegal duplication and distribution by international criminals of CD's were all blamed for the decrease.
2006, Il Divo went to No.1 on the US album chart with their second album 'Ancora.'
2007, Mika went to No.1 on the UK album chart with his debut album 'Life In Cartoon Motion.' Pretty Ricky were at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Late Night Special' the American R&B & hip-hop group's second album and first No.1.
2008, Heather Mills and Sir Paul McCartney appeared at the High Court in London for a hearing to reach a financial settlement for their divorce. The hearing in the Family Division, which was taking place in private, was expected to last five days. The couple, who had a four-year-old daughter, Beatrice, announced the end of their four-year marriage in 2006. There had been speculation among divorce experts, based on recent cases, that the settlement could reach £60m.
2008, Jack Johnson started a five-week run at No.1 on the Australian album chart with 'Sleep Through The Static.'
February 11th: Born on this day
1935, Born on this day, Gene Vincent, (born Eugene Craddock), US rock 'n' roll singer with His Blue Caps who had a 1956 US No.7 & UK No.16 single with 'Be Bop A Lula'. He died on October 12th 1971.
1939, Born on this day, Gerry Goffin, (songwriter of over 20 US hits with Carol King, including The Shirelles 'Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow', The Drifters 'Up On The Roof', The Chiffons, 'One Fine Day', Herman's Hermits, 'I'm Into Something Good').
1940, Born on this day, Bobby 'Boris' Pickett, (1962 US No.1 & 1973 UK No.3 single 'The Monster Mash'). The song was a spoof on the dance crazes popular at the time, including the Twist and the Mashed Potato. Pickett died of leukemia at the age of 69 on April 25th 2007.
1941, Born on this day, Sergio Mendes, Brazilian singer, (1983 US No.4 & UK No.45 single 'Never Got Let You Go').
1946, Born on this day, Ray Lake, The Real Thing, (1976 UK No.1 single 'You To Me Are Everything').
1950, Born on this day, Rochelle Fleming, singer, First Choice, (1973 UK No.9 single 'Smarty Pants).
1953, Born on this day, Alan Rubin, The Blues Brothers, (1990 UK No.12 single 'Everybody Needs Somebody To Love').
1953, Born on this day, Neil Henderson, Middle Of The Road, (1971 UK No.1 single 'Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep').
1963, Born on this day, Sheryl Crow, US singer, songwriter, (1994 US No.2 & UK No.4 single 'All I Wanna Do', 1993 album 'Tuesday Night Music Club'). Worked as a backing singer on the Michael Jackson 'Bad' tour.
1969, Born on this day, Andrew Lovell, percussion, M People, (1993 UK No.2 single 'Moving On Up', plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles).
1974, Born on this day, D'Angelo, (Michael Archer), 1996 UK No. 21 single 'Lady'.
1977, Born on this day, Mike Shinoda, guitar, vocals, Linkin Park, (2002 US No.2 & UK No.4 single 'In The End', 2002 US No.2 & 2001 UK No.4 album 'Hybrid Theory').
1979, Born on this day, Brandy, singer, (1998 US No.1 and UK No.2 single with Monica, 'The Boy Is Mine').
1981, Born on this day, Kelly Rowland, Destiny's Child (2000 US No.1 & UK No.3 single 'Say My Name', 2001 US & UK No.1 single & album 'Survivor', solo 2003 UK No.2 single 'Stole', 2002 US & UK No.1 single with Nelly 'Dilemma').
1984, Born on this day, Aubrey O'Day, singer, Danity Kane, (formed on the MTV reality show Making the Band 3). 2006 US No.1 self-titled album.
Died on this day
2009, Ronettes singer Estelle Bennett died at her home in Englewood, N.J. She was 67. The 60's girl group best known for their work with producer Phil Spector had the 1963 hit 'Be My Baby' which epitomized the famed "wall of sound" technique.


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