Sunday, February 14, 2010

This Date In Music History-February 14


Phyllis McGuire - The McGuire Sisters (1931)

Vic Briggs - Animals (1945)

Doug Simril - Steve Miller Band (1946)

Roger Fisher - Heart (1950)

Scottish drummer Kenny Hyslop - (1951)

Ice- T (Tracy Morrow) - (1959)

Rob Thomas - Matchbox 20 (1972)

They Are Missed:

Born on this day in 1947, Tim Buckley, singer, songwriter who recorded the 1972 album 'Greetings From LA'. His singer, songwriter son Jeff Buckley drowned while swimming in 1997. Tim himself died on June 29, 1975 of a heroin and morphine overdose.

Buddy Knox ("Party Doll") died of cancer in 1999.

Mick Tucker, drummer with glam rock band Sweet, died of leukaemia in 2002.


The Cuban government banned Rock n’ Roll in 1957, calling it "immoral and profane" and "offensive to public morals."

In 1958, CBS News reported that the Iranian government had banned Rock ‘n’ Roll on the grounds that it goes against Islam and is a health hazard.

In 1961, the Beatles perform at the Cassanova Club, Liverpool, and at Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool where they play a special Valentine's Day show. Paul McCartney sang Elvis Presley's "Wooden Heart", wearing wooden heart pinned to his coat, covered with satin and embroidered with the names "John", "Paul", "George", and "Pete". The heart was raffled off, and the winner also won a kiss from Paul.

Neil Diamond recorded "Cherry Cherry" in 1966.

Aretha Franklin recorded "Respect" in 1967.

In 1970, Billboard reported that the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) was “mounting a total war" against taped pirating of pre-recorded music.

The Who appeared at Leeds University, England in 1970. The show was recorded for the bands forthcoming 'Live At Leeds' album.

Sly & The Family Stone landed at #1 in 1970 with “Thank You (Falettin Me Be Mice Elf Agin).”

In 1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono started a week long run as co-hosts on 'Mike Douglas' US TV show.

David Bowie collapsed from exhaustion after a Madison Square Garden concert in New York in 1973.

In 1977, singer songwriter Janis Ian received 461 Valentine's day cards after indicating in the lyrics of her song "At Seventeen'," she had never received any.

Also in 1977, the B-52's made their first live performance appearing in a Greenhouse at a Valentines day party in Athens.

Dire Straits began recording their first album at Basing Street Studios, London in 1978. The whole project cost $21,250 to produce.

Frank Zappa appeared on an episode of the television series Miami Vice in 1986. Zappa portrayed a crime boss named 'Mr. Frankie.'

Bon Jovi started a four week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1987 with "Livin' On A Prayer," the group's second US #1, (#4 hit in the UK).

In 1990, the Rolling Stones played the first of ten nights at the Korakuen Dome, Tokyo, Japan. The shows were seen by over 500,000 fans, making the band a cool $20 million.

The film 'Waynes World' premiered in the US in 1992.

Usher started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1998 with "Nice & Slow."

In 1998, Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" set a new recorded for the most radio plays in the US with 116 million plays in one week.

Rapper Foxy Brown was at #1 on the US album chart in 1999 with ‘Chyna Doll.’

In 2000, KISS announced that they were going to do a farewell tour in makeup and then sell off the stage props from their career in an auction. And yet, they still carry on.......

In 2003, stolen reel-to-reel studio recordings by The Beatles were found in Australia. Police recovered the tapes of the bands 1968 'White album' and the 'Abbey Road' album after they were advertised for sale in a Sydney newspaper. Australian police had been tipped off by British detectives from Operation Acetone, an investigation into thefts of original Beatles music from Abbey Road studios in London in the 1960's .

In 2008, Boston’s Tom Scholz sends a letter to Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee demanding that he stop using "More Than A Feeling" at campaign events. "By using my song . . . you have taken something of mine and used it to promote ideas to which I am opposed," writes the guitarist, a Barack Obama supporter. Also, ex-Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau had performed the song with Huckabee at rallies.

In 2009, Bruce Springsteen went to #1 on the US album chart with ‘Working on a Dream’, his 16th studio album.