FEBRUARY 10 – FEBRUARY 16 

THE ANSWER TO THIS WEEK’S TRIVIA QUESTION:

Led Zeppelin is awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammy Awards. On February 13, 2005.

FEBRUARY 10 – 16 – BORN THIS WEEK:

Cliff Burton: February 10, 1962 (bass, Metallica)
Alan “Mr. Fabulous” Rubin: February 11, 1943 (trumpet, Blues Brothers)
Ray Manzarek: February 12, 1939 (keyboards and organ, The Doors)
Steve Hackett: February 12, 1950 (guitar, Genesis)
Michael McDonald: February 12, 1952 (vocals & keyboards, The Doobie Brothers)
Brian Robertson: February 12, 1956 (guitar, Thin Lizzy/ Motorhead)
Bill Szymczyk: February 13, 1943 (producer, The Eagles, The Who, B.B. King, Elvin Bishop, etc.)

Happy Birthday Peter Gabriel!

Peter Gabriel: February 13, 1950 (vocals & flute, Genesis)
Laurence Jones: February 13, 1992 (blues guitarist)
Eric Andersen: February 14, 1943 (Songwriter: Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan)
Vic Briggs: February 14, 1945 (guitar, The Animals)
Roger Fisher: February 14, 1950 (guitar, Heart)
David Brown: February 15, 1950 (bass, Santana)
Gary Clark Jr: February 15, 1984 (blues guitarist)

FEBRUARY 10 – 16 – Died This Week

Dave Alxander: February 10, 1975 (bass, The Stooges)
Whitney Houston: February 11, 2012 (soul singer)
“Screamin’” Jay Hawkins: February 12, 2000 (R&B singer-songwriter)
Sam Andrew: February 12, 2015 (guitar, Big Brother and the Holding Company)
Waylon Jennings: February 13, 2002 (Country singer-songwriter)
Doug Fieger: February 14, 2010 (guitar/vocals, the Knack)
Nat King Cole: February 15, 1965
Little Walter: February 15, 1968 (Blues harmonica and singer-songwriter)
Mike Bloomfield: February 15, 1981 (guitar, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Electric Flag)
Brownie McGhee: February 16, 1966 (Piedmont blues musician)

MUSIC RELEASES AND TOP OF THE CHARTS

Rod Stewart’s “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” hits number 1 on February 10, 1979

Dire Straits releases their hit song “Sultans of Swing”: February 10, 1979

Led Zeppelin makes it to #15 on the U.S. charts with the “Black Dog / Misty Mountain Hop” single. This was their third top 20 song in the U.S: February 11, 1972
“19th Nervous Breakdown” by The Rolling Stones is released in the U.S – February 12, 1966.
Elton John’s Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only the Piano Player is certified Gold – February 12, 1973. 
“The Things That I Used To Do” by Guitar Slim hits #1 on the R&B charts – February 13, 1954. 
The Beatles release the “Strawberry Fields Forever / Penny Lane” single – February 13, 1967.
The Doors’ “Touch Me” goes Gold – February 13, 1969.

Sly & the Family Stone’s “Everyday People” hits #1

Bob Dylan records versions of “Lay, Lady, Lay” – February 13, 1969.
Black Sabbath release their first album, Black Sabbath – February 13, 1970.
Simon and Garfunkel’s Sounds of Silence is certified gold – February 14, 1966.
Aretha Franklin records “Respect” – February 14, 1967.
Sly and the Family Stone’s “Everyday People” hits # – February 15, 1969.
Linda Ronstadt’s album Heart Like a Wheel reaches #1 – February 15, 1975.
The Best of George Harrison is certified Gold – February 15, 1977.
The Beatles’ “Please Please Me” soars to the top of the charts becoming their first number one song – February 16, 1963.

THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY

The Beatles close their American fan club and business office, Beatles U.S.A. Going forward, everything now goes through Apple Corps. This happens on February 10, 1968.

February 11, 1963 – In a whirlwind recording session, an up and coming band called “The Beatles” records 14 tracks. Ten of these songs are on the band’s debut album “Please Please Me”. The rest are single releases. The recording occurred at the iconic Abbey Road studios in London, England. How many takes did Lennon need to record his electrifying lead vocals on “Twist & Shout?” One.

The Beatles make their live concert debut in the United States at the Washington Coliseum in Washington D.C. They Perform such hits as “Please Please Me”, “I Saw Her Standing There and many more.”  The atmosphere is frenzied, with crowd noise drowning out anything the band says. On February 11, 1964.

February 11, 1970 – Members of the Allman Brothers Band and Fleetwood Mac appear on stage to jam with The Grateful Dead at The Fillmore East in New York City. You read that correctly. Jerry Garcia, Duane Allman, and Peter Green, all on stage together for an epic rendition of “Turn On Your Lovelight.” If only we had a time machine…

On February 11, 1972, David Bowie becomes Ziggy Stardust by combining recorded music, live music, and performance art. 

The legendary New York City Club Opens!

February 12, 1974 – The legendary New York City rock club “The Bottom Line” opens on this date. Located at 15 West 4th Street between Mercer and Greene in New York City. As it turns out a plethora of famous and important musicians across a variety of genres have played there. Included are Eric Clapton, The Police, Prince, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Miles Davis, Muddy Waters and more. 

The Ed Sullivan Show features The Rolling Stones, the band’s third appearance on the program. The set-list includes the lively “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction“, As Tears Go By” and an aggressive version of their smash song, “19th Nervous Breakdown.” – February 13, 1966.

Led Zeppelin is awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammy Awards. On February 13, 2005.

The Who play their standout concert Live at Leeds in England – February 14, 1970.

A joint tour by Bob Dylan and The Band, concludes at the Forum in Los Angeles. The tour consisted of 39 shows in 21 cities. Also, the live recording becomes the album Before the Flood on February 14, 1974.

Rolling Stone‘s front cover features an article on “groupies” – introducing a new term to the popular lexicon – February 15, 1969.

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