February 3rd – 9th -This Week in Rock

February 3rd – 9th -This Week in Rock


David Bowie receives the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award on February 8, 2006. 

February 3rd – Born This Week

Dave Davies: February 3, 1947 (guitar, The Kinks)

Alice Cooper: February 4, 1948

Duff McKagan: February 5, 1964 (bass, Guns N’ Roses)

Nigel Tufnel: February 5, 1948 (guitar, Spinal Tap)

Vinnie Colaiuta: February 5, 1956 (drummer, Jeff Beck)

Happy Birthday Bob Marley!

Bob Marley: February 6, 1945 (lead vocals & guitar, Bob Marley & The Wailers)

Axl Rose: February 6, 1962 (lead vocals, piano & keys, Guns N’ Roses)

Rick Astley February 6, 1966 (pop singer-songwriter)

King Curtis: February 7, 1934 (sax, many genres)

Earl King: February 7, 1934 (blues vocalist & guitarist)

David Bryan: February 7, 1962 (keyboard, Bon Jovi)

Stuart Hamm: February 8, 1960 (bass, Joe Satriani)

Vince Neil: February 8, 1961 (vocals, Motley Crue)

February 3rd –Died This Week

Buddy Holly: February 3, 1959 (influential rock musician)

Carl Wilson: February 6, 1998 (guitar, The Beach Boys)

Gary Moore: February 6, 2011 (guitar, Thin Lizzy & Skid Row)

Guitar Slim: February 7, 1959 (blues guitarist)

Max Yasgur: February 9, 1973 (owner, Woodstock farm)

Bill Haley: February 9, 1981 (vocals & guitar, Bill Haley & the Comets)

Ken “Buddy” Scott: February 5, 1994 (blues guitarist)

Guitar Slim: February 7, 1959 (blues guitarist)

Keith Knudsen: February 8, 2005 (drummer, the Doobie Brothers)

Top Charts & New Releases

Briefcase Full of Blues from the comedian duo Blues Brothers hits #1: February 3, 1979

Fleetwood Mac releases their iconic album Rumors: February 4, 1977

“Crocodile Rock” by Elton John is certified Gold: February 5, 1973

“Africa” by the band Toto is #1: February 5, 1983

The Beatles’ album Yellow Submarine is certified gold on February 5, 1968

The Temptations’ “My Girl” hits #1 R&B on February 6, 1965

The Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” hits number 1 on February 6, 1965

Johnny Cash’s album Hello, I’m Johnny Cash is certified gold on February 7, 1970

Queen’s “Killer Queen” releases on February 8, 1975.

 “You’re So Vain” by Carly Simon is certified gold on February 8, 1973.

Desire by Bob Dylan hits #1: February 7, 1976

This Week In Rock History

David Bowie starts his new tour with a fresh new persona, Thin White Duke: February 3, 1976

The Firm, with Jimmy Page and Paul Rodgers releases their second and last album on February 3, 1986.

The jam band that started it all Grateful Dead, comes together again for a Barack Obama benefit show on February 4, 2008.

Tickets for the first Beatles appearance on CBS’ Ed Sullivan Show sell out on February 6, 1964.

Buddy Holly’s funeral is held at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Lubbock, TX on February 7,1959. Holly’s widow chooses not to attend. Also, Ritchie Valens is buried in San Fernando Mission Cemetery on February 7,1959.

The Beatles Arrive in The USA

Shortly after 1:00 p.m. EST on February 7, 1964, Pan Am Yankee Clipper flight number 101 lands at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Over 3,000 screaming fans, many in tears, are waiting to greet The Beatles as they arrive for their first American tour (and an appearance on CBS’ Ed Sullivan Show). 

The Beatles are taken to the Plaza Hotel after a press conference at the airport. (“What do you think of the campaign in Detroit to stamp out the Beatles?” Paul: “We’ve got a campaign of our own to stamp out Detroit.”) On the same day, Baskin-Robbins responds to the furor by introducing a flavor of ice cream called “Beatle-Nut.

Stephen Stills is the first musician to record an album exclusively on all digital equipment. Unfortunately, it’s never releases. Officially, he never receives the honor on February 7, 1979.

New York, New York Becomes An Anthem

Frank Sinatra’s hit song “New York, New York” becomes the anthem of the historic city on February 7, 1985.

On February 8, 1956 – Buddy Holley signs a recording contract with Decca Records, one which mistakenly drops the “e” from his last name. Buddy, knowing a good thing when he sees it, drops the letter from his name as well.

The Beatles’ official fan club disbands on February 8, 1972. 

David Bowie receives the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award on February 8, 2006. 

At 8:00 PM EST CBS’ Ed Sullivan Show takes to the airwaves to broadcast the Beatles’ first US television appearance.  73 million Americans tunes in that night. Next, it becomes one of the highest rated shows ever. As John, Paul, George and Ringo perform “All My Loving,” “Till There Was You,” “She Loves You” and more to 703 screaming teenage fans on February 9, 1964. 

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