“Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” – Sir Winston Churchill
“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” – Harry S Truman
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1846 – The formal transfer of government between Texas and the United States took place. Texas had officially become a state on December 29, 1845. The States would never be the same without Texas
1878 – Thomas Alva Edison patented a music player (the phonograph)….and that’s why I can do what I do today, thanks.
1881 – Kansas became the first state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages. Who are you kidding.
1942 – U.S. President Roosevelt signed an executive order giving the military the authority to relocate and intern Japanese-Americans.
1942 – Approximately 150 Japanese warplanes attacked the Australian city of Darwin. This was kept relatively quiet cobber.
1959 – Cyprus was granted its independence with the signing of an agreement with Britain, Turkey and Greece.
1963 – The Soviet Union informed U.S. President Kennedy it would withdraw “several thousand” of its troops in Cuba. Phew! That was too close for comfort
1985 – Mickey Mouse was welcomed to China as part of the 30th anniversary of Disneyland. The touring mouse played 30 cities in 30 days. I bet the Chinese loved him.
1985 – William Schroeder became the first artificial-heart patient to leave the confines of the hospital. Good luck
1986 – The U.S. Senate approved a treaty outlawing genocide. The pact had been submitted 37 years earlier for ratification. Should genocide need a treaty? This is a crime against humanity
1986 – The Soviet Union launched the Mir space station. We have seen the Mir Cats on our televions. They are very small, fully-functioning little creatures with strong personalities.
1987 – A controversial, anti-smoking publice service announcement aired for the first time on television. Yul Brynner filmed the ad shortly before dying of lung cancer. Brynner made it clear in the ad that he would have died from cigarette smoking before ad aired. I am a non-smoker so I can only imagine what difficult times these are for smokers.
1997 – Deng Xiaoping of China died at the age of 92. He was the last of China’s major revolutionaries. He certainly lived to a ripe old age.
2002 – NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft began using its thermal emission imaging system to map Mars. I know this is expensive so my question is- What will be done with this information?
2008 – Fidel Castro resigned the Cuban presidency. His brother Raul was later named as his successor. He seems to be regaining his health
Music Stuff February 19th
1956, Elvis Presley performed three shows at Fort Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa, Florida, (2 matinee and 1 evening). A full scale riot broke out after the show when Elvis announced to the 14,000 strong crowd, “Girls, I’ll see you backstage.” Fans chased Elvis into the dressing room tearing off his clothes and shoes.Come on Elvis…that was asking for trouble!
1957, American movie idol and singer Tab Hunter was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Young Love’, the singers only UK No.1 hit.He had a mop of blonde hair and an alluring smile
1963, The Beatles, Freddie Starr & The Midnighters, The Pathfinders and Curtis & The All Stars all appeared at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England. The Beatles had ‘Please Please Me’ at No.1 on the NME singles chart. The Cavern was a very special place with amazing atmosphere. Aesthetically, it was hardly a wonderful club but believe me the atmosphere was electric when the bands were about.
1965, Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded a new John Lennon song ‘You’re Going To Lose That Girl’ in two takes. The track was released on the Help! album. This is a gorgeous song
1966, Lou Christie went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Lighnin’ Strikes’, a No.11 hit in the UK. Nancy Sinatra held the UK No.1 single position with ‘These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ I quite the Christie track but preferred the boots. A great version of this song was performed by The Supremes
1972, Harry Nilsson started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with his version of the Badfinger song ‘Without You.’ Great song which I had on RCA if my memory serves me well.
1977, ’20 Golden Greats’ by The Shadows started a six-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart.They were the business. Jet Harris is on a podcast with me ay www.vincetracy.com
1977, Leo Sayer had his only UK No.1 single with the Albert Hammond and Carole Bayer Sager song ‘When I Need You.’ Both Celine Dion and Cliff Richard have hit versions of the song but Leo gave us a classic.
1977, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band scored a No.1 single in the US with their version of the Bruce Springsteen song ‘Blinded By The Light.’I liked the Manfred Mann band and they deserved their success
1983, Kajagoogoo had their only UK No.1 single with ‘Too Shy’. Also a hit all over the world. A good song
1994, Mariah Carey had her first UK No.1 with her version of the Peter Ham Tom Evans song ‘Without You’. Nilsson also took the song to No.1 in 1972. (Carey’s version was released on January 24, 1994, just over a week after Nilsson had died following a heart attack). Both Ham and Evans committed suicide, (Ham in 1975 and Evans in 1983) after an ongoing battle to receive royalties from the song. This is a very weird piece of pop trivia.
1996, Bjork was shown on UK breakfast TV attacking a news reporter as she arrived at Thailand Airport. The footage showed the singer pulling the female reporter to the floor and banging her head on the ground. Bjork later apologised for the attack. Saying sorry is the easy bit ….why lose control in the first place.
1996, Winners at this year’s Brit Awards included Paul Weller who won British Male Solo Artist, British Female Solo Artist went to Annie Lennox, Oasis won British Group, Best Album for ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?’ and Best British Video for ‘Wonderwall. British Breakthrough Act went to Supergrass, International Group was Bon Jovi, International Breakthrough Act went to Alanis Morissette and David Bowie was awarded Outstanding Contribution to music. Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker was arrested after a stage invasion during Michael Jackson’s appearance. He won Artist of a Generation. Idiot
2004, Johnny Cash’s family blocked an attempt by advertisers to use his hit song ‘Ring of Fire’ to promote haemorrhoid-relief products. The idea is said to have been backed by Merle Kilgore, who co-wrote the song with Cash’s wife, June Carter Cash. Cash’s daughter Rosanne said the family “would never allow the song to be demeaned like that.”
2008, Two releases by Oasis were voted the best British albums ever recorded in a poll of 11,000 people. The full list of 50 British albums included five by The Beatles. How could Oasis ever come ahead of the Beatles? Without the Beatles there would never have been Oasis!
Baby Boys and Girls February 19th
1924, Lee Marvin, actor and singer who had a UK 1970 UK No.1 single with ‘Wand’rin Star’, taken from the film ‘Paint Your Wagon’. Marvin died on August 29th 1987.
1940, Bobby Rogers, The Miracles, 1970 UK & US No.1 single with Smokey Robinson ‘Tears of a Clown’ and Smokey Robinson, singer, songwriter, producer, The Miracles, (1970 UK & US No.1 single ‘The Tears Of A Clown’,) solo (1981 UK No.1 & US No.2 single ‘Being With You’), vice President of Motown Records in 1972.
1943, Lou Christie, US singer, 1966 US No.1 single ‘Lightnin Strikes’, 1969 UK No.2 single ‘I’m Gonna Make You Mine’.
1946,Pierre Van Den Linden, drums, Focus, -1973 UK No.4 single ‘Sylvia’, 1973 US No. 9 single ‘Hocus Pocus’.
1948, Toni Iommi, guitar, Black Sabbath, -1970 UK No.4 single ‘Paranoid’.
1949, Eddie Hardin, keyboards, replaced Steve Winwood, The Spencer Davis Group, (1966 UK No.1 single ‘Keep On Running’).
1957, Falco, (Hans Holzl), 1986 UK & US No.1 single ‘Rock Me Amadeus’. Falco became the first-ever Austrian act to score a UK and US No.1 hit single. He was killed in a car accident on 6th February 1998.
1963, Henry Samuel, singer, songwriter, (Seal). 1991 UK No.2 single ‘Crazy