THIS WEEK IN ROCK FEBRUARY 4 – FEBRUARY 10

Born This Week:

Blues/Soul/Jazz/Etc.

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

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

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

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

Rock:

Alice Cooper: February 4, 1948

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cliff Burton: February 10, 1962 (bass, Metallica)

Died This Week:

Blues/Soul/Jazz/Etc.

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

Guitar Slim: February 7, 1959 (blues guitarist)

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

Rock

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

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

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

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

Dave Alxander: February 10, 1975 (bass, The Stooges)

Top Charts & New Releases:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Queen’s “Killer Queen” was released on February 8, 1975

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

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

This Week In Rock History:

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

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

February 7, 1959 – Buddy Holly’s funeral is held at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Lubbock, TX, drawing over a thousand mourners. Holly’s widow did not attend. On the same day, Ritchie Valens is buried in San Fernando Mission Cemetery.

February 7, 1964: Shortly after 1:00 p.m. EST, 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.

February 7, 1979- Stephen Stills is the first musician to record an album exclusively on all digital equipment. Unfortunately, it was never released so he never officially received the honor.

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

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.

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

February 8, 2006- David Bowie is awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

February 9, 1964 – At 8:00 PM EST CBS’ Ed Sullivan Show takes to the airwaves to broadcast the Beatles’ first US television appearance. Nearly 73 million Americans — a record for its time, and still one of the highest ratings ever — watch as John, Paul, George and Ringo perform “All My Loving,” “Till There Was You,” “She Loves You,” “I Saw Her Standing There,” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand” to 703 screaming teenage fans (mostly girls) in the audience.

February 10, 1968 – The Beatles close their American fan club and business office, Beatles U.S.A, fire their American PR people, and sever all business ties in the country, turning everything over to their own Apple Corps in London.

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