BORN THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY:
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)
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)
Cliff Burton: February 10, 1962 (bass, Metallica)
Alan “Mr. Fabulous” Rubin: February 11, 1943 (trumpet, Blues Brothers)
DIED THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY
Ken “Buddy” Scott: February 5, 1994 (blues guitarist)
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)
Keith Knudsen: February 8, 2005 (drummer, the Doobie Brothers)
Max Yasgur: February 9, 1973 (owner, Woodstock farm)
Bill Haley: February 9, 1981 (vocals & guitar, Bill Haley & the Comets)
Dave Alxander: February 10, 1975 (bass, The Stooges)
Whitney Houston: February 11, 2012 (soul singer)
MUSIC RELEASES AND TOP OF THE CHARTS
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
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
THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY
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.
February 11, 1963 – In a whirlwind recording session, an up and coming band called The Beatles record 14 tracks. 10 of those songs will be featured on the band’s debut album Please Please Me, and the other 4 were saved for release as singles. 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.
February 11, 1964 – The Beatles make their live concert debut in the United States, performing at the Washington Coliseum in Washington D.C. The setlist is filled with megahits and famous songs, including, “Please Please Me,” “I Saw Her Standing There,” and “I Want To Hold Your Hand.” The atmosphere was frenzied, with crowd noise drowning any possible hopes of understanding anything the band said, and enthusiastic fans pelting the band with their favorite treats, jellybeans, much to the band’s chagrin.
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…
February 11, 1972 – First time David Bowie performs as Ziggy Stardust. Ziggy Stardust is a kind of rock music “total work of art” to borrow a phrase from classical music’s Richard Wagner, in which David Bowie combines recorded music (his album, “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars”), live music, and theatrical and performance art elements. This was a truly revolutionary move in the history of rock and firmly cemented Bowie’s role in that history.