BORN THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY:
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.)
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)
Billy Joe Armstrong: February 17, 1972 (guitar/singer, Green Day)
Yoko Ono: February 18, 1933
Dennis DeYoung: February 18, 1947 (Vocals, Styx)
DIED THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY
“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)
Thelonious Monk: February 17, 1982 (Jazz pianist & composer)
MUSIC RELEASES AND TOP OF THE CHARTS
February 12, 1966 – “19th Nervous Breakdown” by The Rolling Stones is released in the U.S.
February 12, 1973 – Elton John’s Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only the Piano Player is certified Gold
February 13, 1954 – “The Things That I Used To Do” by Guitar Slim hits #1 on the R&B charts
February 13, 1967 – The Beatles release the “Strawberry Fields Forever / Penny Lane” single
February 13, 1969 – The Doors’ “Touch Me” goes Gold
February 13, 1969 – Bob Dylan records versions of “Lay, Lady, Lay”
February 13, 1970 – Black Sabbath release their first album, Black Sabbath
February 14, 1966 – Simon and Garfunkel’s Sounds of Silence is certified gold
February 14, 1967 – Aretha Franklin records “Respect”
February 15, 1969 – Sly and the Family Stone’s “Everyday People” hits #1
February 15, 1975 – Linda Ronstadt’s album Heart Like a Wheel reaches #1
February 15, 1977 – The Best of George Harrison is certified Gold
February 16, 1963 – The Beatles’ “Please Please Me” soars to the top of the charts becoming their first number one song
THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY
February 12, 1974 – The legendary New York City rock club The Bottom Line opened on this date. Located at 15 West 4th Street between Mercer and Greene in New York City – our old New York University stomping grounds, as it turns out – a plethora of famous and important musicians across a variety of genres have played there including, and in no order, Eric Clapton, The Police, Prince, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Miles Davis, Muddy Waters, Paul Butterfield, birthday boy Peter Gabriel. The club was also a veritable launching pad for a “bossy” young musician who came along by the name of Bruce Springsteen who played some legendary early shows there.
February 13, 1914 – ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, is formed in New York City.
February 13, 1966 – The Ed Sullivan Show features The Rolling Stones, the band’s third appearance on the program. The setlist included the lively “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” the haunting Jagger and Richards duet, “As Tears Go By,” and an aggressive version of their newly minted smash song, “19th Nervous Breakdown.”
February 13, 2005 – Led Zeppelin were awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammy Awards. Because they are the best ever, and if you disagree you can go sit in the corner and think about what you’ve said.
February 14, 1970 – The Who play their standout concert Live at Leeds in England
February 14, 1974 – A joint tour by Bob Dylan and The Band, with the latter serving as Dylan’s backing band – you gotta serve somebody, right? – concluded at the Forum in Los Angeles. The tour consisted of 39 shows in 21 cities. The final show was attended by such renowned figures as Carole King, Neil Young, Jack Nicholson, Ring Starr, and Warren Beatty. Some of the performance is used on the live double albumBefore the Flood. The setlist is enough to make a Dylan fanatic praise the heavens, full of classics like “She Belongs To Me,” “Ballad of Hollis Brown,” and, of course, “Blowin’ In the Wind.”
February 15, 1969 – Rolling Stone‘s front cover features an article on “groupies” – introducing a new term to the popular lexicon.
February 17, 1969 – Speaking of Bob Dylan, on this date he recorded “Girl From the North Country” at CBS Studios in Nashville with Mr. Johnny Cash (no word on whether Cash greeted Dylan by saying, “Hello I’m Johnny Cash, but we like to think so). The track made it onto the classic Dylan album Nashville Skyline.
February 17, 1972 Pink Floyd perform “Eclipse” at the Rainbow Theatre in London. A year later, this music becomes the Dark Side Of The Moon album.
February 17, 1973 – The band Free play their last live show in Hollywood, Florida before Paul Rogers and Simon Kirke form Bad Company.
And that’s all we got for you this week. So long, til next time rock fans!