domingo, 25 de marzo de 2012

February 4th: On this Day In Music History


1955, Elvis Presley played two shows (7.30pm and 9.30pm) at Jesuit High School in New Orleans, Louisiana. Hank Snow was also on the bill.
1965, The Righteous Brothers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Phil Spector song 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'. Also a US No.1 at the same time. In 1999 the PRS announced that it was the most played song of the 20th Century.
1967, The Monkees self-titled debut album started a seven-week run at No.1 on the UK chart.
1968, Billed as 'Tour 60 cities in 66 Days' The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at the Winterland in San Francisco.
1968, Working at Abbey Road studios, London, The Beatles recorded 'Across the Universe.' John and Paul decided the song needed some falsetto harmonies so they invited two girl fans into the studio to sing on the song. The two were Lizzie Bravo, a 16-year-old Brazilian living near Abbey Road and 17-year-old Londoner Gayleen Pease.
1970, John Lennon and Yoko Ono donated their hair for an auction in aid of the Black Power movement.
1978, Abba started a seven week run at No.1 on the UK chart with 'The Album' their third No.1 LP.
1978, Talking Heads plus special guests Dire Straits appeared at the Oasis, Swindon, England.
1978, The Bee Gees started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Staying Alive'. From the film soundtrack Saturday Night Fever, it gave the brothers their fifth US No.1, also No.1 in the UK.
1983, The Smiths appeared at The Hacienda, Manchester, England.
1984, Culture Club started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Karma Chameleon' the group's 5th US Top 10 hit, also a No.1 in the UK.
1984, Eurythmics scored their first UK No.1 album with their second release 'Touch', featuring the singles 'Here Comes The Rain Again', 'Who's That Girl' and 'Right By Your Side'.
1984, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble kicked off their 114-date 'Couldn't Stand the Weather tour' at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
1985, John Cooper Clarke and Nico appeared at The Cricketers, Kennington, London, England.
1986, Sigue Sigue Sputnik appeared at Shelleys, Stoke On Trent, England.
1989, Sheriff went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'When I'm With You', not a hit in the UK.
1992, Pearl Jam appeared at The Borderline in London, England, tickets cost £5 ($8.50).
1995, Celine Dion started a seven-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Think Twice'. The song peaked at No.95 on the US chart. 'Think Twice' received an Ivor Novello Award for the Song of the Year in 1995.
1996, Former Milli-Vanilli member Rob Pilatus was hospitalised after a man hit him over the head with a baseball bat in Hollywood, California. Pilatus was attempting to steal the man's car at the time of the attack.
1998, Former lead singer of East 17, Brian Harvey, was fined £1,000 after being convicted of kicking a press photographer who was curled up on the ground in a ball. Harvey was also ordered to pay prosecution costs of £2,852.
2000, Bjorn Ulvaeus confirmed that the members of Abba had turned down a $1 billion (£0.58 billion) offer by American and British consortium to reform the group. "It is a hell of a lot of money to say no to, but we decided it wasn't for us," band member Benny Andersson told the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.
2001, Atomic Kitten started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Whole Again', the group's first UK chart topper. The song was written by Andy McCluskey from OMD.
2003, Courtney Love was arrested at Heathrow airport for 'endangering an aircraft' on a transatlantic flight. The singer was said to have hurled abuse at the cabin crew on the flight from Los Angeles to London after her nurse who was in an economy seat was barred access to sit with Love in the upper class cabin.
2004, Police questioned Noel Gallagher after a photograph of him trespassing on a railway line appeared in a newspaper. The Oasis guitarist was in a studio in Cornwall recording the bands new album when he took a walk along the railway line. British Transport Police said 'he was setting a bad example.'
2007, A Razorlight's gig in Lyon was halted mid-set because of an altercation between singer Johnny Borrell and bassist Carl Dalemo. The pair exchanged insults before they came to blows onstage. Borrell then stormed off leaving the French crowd amazed and unsure about what was going on.
2007, Norah Jones scored her third UK No.1 album with 'Not Too Late', also a No.1 in the US and over 20 other countries.
2008, Leona Lewis went to No.1 on the Australian album charts with her debut release 'Spirit.'
2009, Lux Interior, (Erick Lee Purkhiser) singer and founding member of The Cramps died aged 62.
February 4th: Born on this day
1941, Born on this day, John Steel, drums, The Animals, (1964 UK & US No.1 single 'House Of The Rising Sun').
1944, Born on this day, Florence Larue, The 5th Dimension, (1969 US No.1 & UK No.11 single 'Aquarius').
1947, Born on this day, Margie and Mary Ann Ganser, vocalists for The Shangri-Las, who had a 1964 US No.1 & UK No.11 single with 'Leader Of The Pack'. Margie died of breast cancer on July 28th 1996.
1948, Born on this day, Alice Cooper, (Vincent Furnier), singer, Earwigs, Alice Cooper Band, (1972 UK No.1 & US No.7 single 'School's Out').
1950, Born on this day, James Dunn, vocals, The Stylistics, (1975 US No.1 single 'You Make Me Feel Brand New', 1975 UK No.1 single 'Can't Give You Anything But My Love' plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles).
1951, Born on this day, Phil Ehart, Kansas, (1978 US No.3 single 'Dust In The Wind', UK No.59 single 'Carry On Wayward Son').
1952, Born on this day, Jerry Shirley, drums, Humble Pie, (1969 UK No.4 single 'Natural Born Bugie').
1960, Born on this day, Tim Booth, vocals, James, (1991 UK No.2 single 'Sit Down'), Solo.
1962, Born on this day, Country singer, Clint Black, US hit with 'Desperado', from The Eagles tribute album 'Common Thread'. 1992 US No 8 album, 'The Hard Way'.
1963, Born on this day, Wasserman, guitar, The Offspring, (1999 UK No.1 & US No. 59 single 'Pretty Fly, (For A White Guy)', 1999 US No.6 & UK No.10 album 'Americana').
1968, Born on this day, Steve Queralt, Ride, (1992 UK No.9 single 'Leave Them All Behind').
1975, Born on this day, Natalie Imbruglia, actress, singer, (1997 UK No.2 single 'Torn', 1997 UK No.5 album 'Left Of The Middle'). 
Died on this day
1975, American jazz, blues, songwriter and saxophonist Louis Jordon died aged 66. Known as "The King of the Jukebox", between 1942-1950 he scored eighteen No.1 singles and fifty-four Top Ten hits on the US R&B chart.
1982, Scottish singer Alex Harvey died of a heart attack while waiting to take a ferry back to shore after performing a concert with his new band, the Electric Cowboys. In an ambulance on the way to the hospital, he suffered a second heart attack, this one fatal. It occurred on the day before his 47th birthday, in Zeebrugen, Belgium. Formed Alex Harvey Big Soul Band in 1959 and then mid 1960's band Tear Gas. Had the 1975 UK No.7 single with Sensational Alex Harvey Band 'Delilah' and 1975 album 'Next'.
1983, Karen Carpenter died aged 32 of a cardiac arrest at her parent's house at her parents' home in Downey, California; the coroner's report gave the cause of death of imbalances associated with anorexia nervosa. The Carpenters 1970 album Close to You, featured two hit singles: '(They Long to Be) Close to You' and 'We've Only Just Begun.' They peaked at No.1 and No.2, on the US chart. In 1975 - In Playboy's annual opinion poll; its readers voted Karen Carpenter the Best Rock Drummer of the year.
1984, Paul Gardiner bass player with Gary Numan's Tubeway Army died of a heroin overdose.
1999, American soul singer Gwen Guthrie died of cancer aged 48. Sang backing vocals for Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and Madonna and wrote songs for Sister Sledge and Roberta Flack. Had the 1986 R&B No.1 'Ain't Nothin' Goin' on But the Rent'.

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