miércoles, 28 de marzo de 2012

February 14th: On this Day In Music History


1955, Ruby Murray was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Softly, Softly'. The Belfast-born recording and TV star of the mid 50s was the first act to score five simultaneous Top 20 hits.
1959, Cliff Richard was voted the best new singer in the annual NME awards.
1961, The Beatles perform at the Cassanova Club, Liverpool, and at Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool where they play a special Valentine's Day show. Paul McCartney sang Elvis Presley's "Wooden Heart", wearing wooden heart pinned to his coat, covered with satin and embroidered with the names "John", "Paul", "George", and "Pete". The heart was raffled off, and the winner also won a kiss from Paul.
1968, Manfred Mann were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Bob Dylan song 'The Mighty Quinn'. A No.10 hit in the US.
1969, Over 300 fans were injured during a concert by Love Affair and Amen Corner at an ice rink in Glasgow, Scotland.
1970, The compilation album 'Motown Chartbusters Vol 3' went to No.1 on the UK chart, featuring Diana Ross and The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations and The Four Tops.
1970, The Who appeared at Leeds University, England. The show was recorded for the bands forthcoming 'Live At Leeds' album.
1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono started a week long run as co-hosts on 'Mike Douglas' US TV show.
1973, David Bowie collapsed on stage during a concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
1974, Daryl Dragon and Toni Tennille (of Captain And Tennille) married in Virginia City, while on a promotion tour of the States.
1974, The New Seekers split up during their career the group scored over 10 UK Top 40 singles.
1976, Scottish band Slik were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Forever And Ever.' The group featured Midge Ure later of Visage and Ultravox.
1977, US singer songwriter Janis Ian received 461 Valentine's day cards after indicating in the lyrics of her song 'At Seventeen', she had never received any.
1977, The B-52's made their first live performance appearing in a Greenhouse at a Valentines day party in Athens.
1978, Dire Straits began recording their first album at Basing Street Studios, London. The whole project cost £12,500 ($21,250) to produce.
1980, The Tourists kicked off a 12-date UK tour at the Gaumont Theatre, Ipswich. Tickets £3.50.
1984, Elton John married recording engineer Renate Blauer in Sydney, Australia. The couple divorced three years later.
1986, Frank Zappa appeared on an episode of the television series Miami Vice. Zappa portrayed a crime boss named 'Mr. Frankie.'
1987, Bon Jovi started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Livin' On A Prayer', the group's second US No.1, a No.4 hit in the UK.
1990, The Rolling Stones played the first of ten nights at the Korakuen Dome, Tokyo, Japan. The shows were seen by over 500,000 fans, making the band $20 million (£11.76 million).
1992, The film 'Waynes World', with a brief cameo appearance from Meat Loaf premiered in the US.
1994, Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia married moviemaker Deborah Koons.
1995, Rapper Tupac Shakur was sentenced to one-and-a-half to four-and-a-half years in prison on a sexual abuse charge. He was later released on appeal.
1996, T.A.F.K.A.P. married Mayte Garcia in a Minneapolis church, he also composed a special song for his wife, 'Friend, Lover, Sister, Mother, Wife', which she heard for the first time when they had their first wedding dance. Garcia had appeared on the US television program 'That's Incredible!' at the age of 8 as the world's youngest professional belly dancer. She came to the attention of Prince in 1990 when her mother submitted a video cassette of Mayte performing. The couple split in 1998.
1998, Usher started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Nice & Slow'.
1998, Celine Dion's 'My Heart Will Go On' set a new recorded for the most radio plays in the US with 116 million plays in one week.
1999, Lenny Kravitz scored his first UK No.1 single with 'Fly Away' a No.12 hit in the US. The track had been used on a TV ad for cars.
1999, US rapper Foxy Brown was at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Chyna Doll.'
1999, Elton John appeared as himself in a special episode of the animated series The Simpsons shown on US TV.
2003, Stolen reel-to-reel studio recordings by The Beatles were found in Australia. Police recovered the tapes of the bands 1968 'White album' and the 'Abbey Road' album after they were advertised for sale in a Sydney newspaper. Australian police had been tipped off by British detectives from Operation Acetone, an investigation into thefts of original Beatles music from Abbey Road studios in London in the 1960's .
2003, David Bowie played to a sold-out 35,000 strong crowd at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand.
2004, Dave Holland, former drummer with Judas Priest was jailed for eight years for indecent assault and the attempted rape of a 17-year old boy. The youth, who had learning difficulties, had been taking drum lessons from Holland.
2005, Kerrang! magazine announced the results of its readers' poll for the best British rock albums ever. The Top 10 were: No.1, Black Sabbath's Black Sabbath; No.2, Iron Maiden's Number Of The Beast; No.3 Sex Pistols' Never Mind the Bollocks; No. 4, Led Zeppelin's IV; No.5, Black Sabbath's Paranoid; No.6, Muse's Absolution; No.7, The Clash's London Calling; No.8, Queen's Sheer Heart Attack; No.9, Iron Maiden's Iron Maiden and No.10, Manic Street Preachers' The Holy Bible.
2007, Winners at the 27th annual Brit Awards at London's Earls Court included Muse who won Best British Live Act, British Breakthrough Act went to The Fratellis. Winner of the Best International Breakthrough Act was Orson. Take That won the first-ever live vote, when they took home the Best British Single for 'Patience.' Arctic Monkeys were named Best British Group, James Morrison was named Best British Male and Amy Winehouse won Best British Female. Justin Timberlake won Best International Male and Nelly Furtado won Best International female. The Killers won Best International Group and Best International Album for Sam's Town and Oasis won the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award.
2008, Oasis singer Liam Gallagher married his long-term partner, the ex-All Saints singer Nicole Appleton at a civil ceremony in London. The venue, Westminster Register Office, was where Gallagher married his first wife, Patsy Kensit, in 1997.
2009, Bruce Springsteen went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Working on a Dream', his 16th studio album.
2010, Everybody Hurts, recorded to help Haiti's earthquake victims went to No.1 on the UK singles chart. The REM cover featured Leona Lewis, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams and Take That sold over 453,000 copies in its first week.
February 14th: Born on this day
1945, Born on this day, Vic Briggs, guitar, The Animals, (1964 UK & US No.1 single 'House Of The Rising Sun').
1946, Born on this day, Doug Simril, guitar, piano, Steve Miller Band, (1974 US No.1 & 1990 UK No.1 single 'The Joker'). Boz Scaggs.
1947, Born on this day, Tim Buckley, singer, songwriter who recorded the 1972 album 'Greetings From LA'. His singer, songwriter son Jeff Buckley drowned while swimming in 1997. Tim himself died on June 29th 1975 of a heroin and morphine overdose.
1950, Born on this day, Roger Fisher, Heart, (1987 US No.1 & UK No.3 single 'Alone').
1951, Born on this day, Kenny Hyslop, Slik, (1976 UK No.1 single 'Forever And Ever'). Skids, (1979 UK No.10 single 'Into The Valley'). Simple Minds, (1985 US No.1 single 'Don't You, Forget About Me', 1989 UK No.1 single 'Belfast Child').
1959, Born on this day, Ice- T, (Tracy Morrow), male rapper, (1993 UK No.21 single 'That's How I'm Livin').
1972, Born on this day, Rob Thomas, Matchbox 20, (1998 UK No.38 single 'Push', 2000 US No.1 single 'Bent'). Sang on 1999 US No.1 single by Santana 'Smooth.' Had the 2005 US No.1 solo album 'Something To Be.'
Died on this day
1989, Keyboard player Vincent Crane died. Member of The Crazy world of Arthur Brown, (1968 UK No.1 and US No.12 single 'Fire') and Atomic Rooster, (1971 UK No.4 single 'The Devil's Answer').
2002, Mick Tucker, drummer with glam rock band Sweet died of leukaemia. Had the 1973 UK No.1 single 'Blockbuster', plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles.

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