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1949, RCA Records issued the first ever 45rpm single, the invention led to jukeboxes .
1964, The Beatles started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I Want To Hold Your Hand', the first
US No.1 by a UK act since The Tornadoes 'Telstar' in 1962
P.J. Proby split his pants during his first number at the ABC, Luton, the manager stopped the show and gave
everyone in the audience a refund. The incident caused a ban on Proby's performance in UK halls and TV.
1967, The Beatles started work on a new song ‘Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band’.
1969, Tommy James and the Shondells started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Crimson And
Clover', the group's second and last No.1.
1972, Chuck Berry had his first UK No.1 single with a live recording of a song he'd been playing live for over 20 years
'My Ding-a-Ling'.
UK public morality campaigner Mary Whitehouse attempted to have the song banned due to its
innuendo-laden lyrics. The Average White Band members guitarist Onnie McIntyre and drummer Robbie McIntosh
played on the single.
1975, Neil Sedaka had his second US No.1 single with 'Laughter In The Rain', over 12 years after his last chart topper
'Breaking Up Is Hard To Do'.
1975, Pilot were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'January', the Scottish group's only No.1.
1978, Amstrad were advertising their new ranges of hi-fi in the UK
Music publisher Dick James died of a heart attack aged 65. Worked with many UK 60's acts including The
Beatles. James signed the unknown  Elton John and his lyricist Bernie Taupin in 1967 and was the founder of DJM
1988, The Cars announced they were breaking up
Paul Robi from The Platters died of cancer.
1992, George Michael and Elton John went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me',
also a No.1 in the UK. All proceeds from the single went to Aids charities.
Richey James guitarist with the Manic Street Preachers vanished leaving no clues to his whereabouts. He left The
Embassy Hotel in London at 7am, leaving behind his packed suitcase. His car was found on the Severn Bridge outside
Bristol, England sixteen days later.
1997, Blur went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Beetlebum'. The song's title, is said to have a go at Liam
Gallagher, lead singer of Oasis, for his over-idolisation of The Beatles.
1997, The original soundtrack from the film 'Evita' went to No.1 on the UK album chart.
2001, a collection of Sir Elton John's private photos on display at a museum in Atlanta were withdrawn. The exhibition,
which included snaps of nude men, was said to be too explicit, some school trips to the museum had been cancelled.
2005, Elvis Presley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'It's Now Or Never' first released in 1960.
2008, US space agency Nasa announced that ‘Across the Universe’ by the Beatles was to become the first song ever to
be beamed directly into space.
Lily Allen started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Fear', the singers second UK No.1.

February 1st: Born on this day
1934, Bob Shane, The Kingston Trio,
1937 Don Everly, guitar, vocals, The Everly Brothers
Rick James,
1968, Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis. Married Michael Jackson in 1994, separated on 10th December 1995. Had
the UK No.16 single 'Lights Out'.

Musical Bits and Pieces 2nd February

1959, Buddy Holly, Richard Valens and The Big Bopper all appeared at the Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake, Iowa. This was
all three acts last ever gig before being killed in a plane crash the following day.
1962, The Beatles played their first professionally organised gig outside of Liverpool at
The Oasis Club, Manchester.
1963, Cliff Richard and The Shadows started a 14-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Summer Holiday'.
Yoko Ono divorced her husband Tony Cox.  John Lennon and married Yoko the following month on 30th March.
1972, during a UK tour Stevie Wonder appeared at the Manchester Odeon, England.
1973, Keith Emerson of Emerson Lake and Palmer injured his hands when his piano rigged to explode as a stunt,
detonated prematurely during a concert in San Francisco.
1974, The Carpenters started a four week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'The Singles 1969-73'
1979, Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious died of a heroin overdose in New York City.
1980, The Specials were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Special A.K.A. Live E.P'. The lead track 'Too Much
Too Young' was the shortest song to reach No.1 on the UK singles chart in the 1980s
1985, Foreigner No.1 on the US singles charts with 'I Want To Know What Love Is', also a UK No.1. London-born Mick
Jones wrote the song and sang lead vocals with the British-American rock band.
1989, George Michael received undisclosed damages in excess of £100,000 from The Sun newspaper over articles
printed that stated Michael had gatecrashed a party given by Andrew Lloyd Weber and was drunk and abusive.
1991, Sting UK No.1 album with 'The Soul Cages'.
2001, Bad Manners singer Buster Bloodvessel was told he was 'too fat' to survive an urgently needed operation. Buster
collapsed on stage during a show in Italy but Doctors felt that his huge 30 stone frame might not make it through
2002, The P.P.L. (Phonographic Performance Ltd), launched for artists to check if they were
owed any of the £10 million in unclaimed money. It showed that Michael Jackson was owed over £100,000 for ‘Say, Say,
Say’, Stevie Wonder had money owing for ‘Ebony And Ivory’ and Ray Davies of The Kinks was owed a six-figure fee for
‘You Really Got Me’.
Russian girl duo Tatu started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'All The Things She Said'. The
song had been a hit on the Russian charts three years earlier. Tatu were the first
2004, TV network CBS apologised for its broadcast of the American Super Bowl after Janet Jackson was left exposed
when Justin Timberlake ripped her top.
Billy Henderson, one of the founders of US soul group The Spinners, died aged 67 after complications from
US keyboardist Joe Hunter, a veteran session musician as one of the Funk Brothers who helped craft the
distinctive Motown sound, died in Detroit, Michigan, at the age of 79.
2008, The Spice Girls cut short their reunion world tour, blaming "family and personal commitments". The band said
they would end their tour in Toronto on 26 February, with planned shows in Beijing, Sydney, Cape Town and Buenos
Aires being axed.

February 2nd: Born on this day
1934, Skip Battin, The Byrds,
Alan Caddy, guitarist with The Tornadoes, 1962 UK & US No.1 single ‘Telstar’. This was the first major hit from a
UK act on the American chart.
Graham Nash, guitar, vocals, with The Hollies who he left in 1968.
1943, Peter Macbeth, The Foundations 1967 UK No.1 'Baby Now That I've Found You'
1946, Howard Bellamy, Bellamy Brothers 1979 UK No.3 'If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against
Eva Cassidy, US singer. She is the only artist to score three posthumous UK No.1 albums. Eva died of skin
cancer on November 1st 1996, aged 33.
1977, Shakira, (Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll)- Highest selling Colombian artist of all time, having sold over forty million

Music 3rd February
1959, 22 year old Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens, aged 17, died in a crash shortly after take-off from
Clear Lake, Iowa. Tthe pilot of the single-engined Beechcraft Bonanza plane was also killed. Holly hired the plane after
heating problems developed on his tourbus. All three were travelling to
Fargo, North Dakota, for the next show on their
Winter Dance Party Tour.
Anthony Newley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Why'.
1960 - The record label
Reprise Records was formed by Frank Sinatra.
1967, producer Joe Meek shot his landlady Violet Shenton and then shot himself at his flat in London, Meek produced
The Tornadoes 'Telstar'
1968, One hit wonders
The Lemon Pipers went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Green Tambourine' the song was a
No.7 hit in the UK.
1968, The Beatles started work on their new single ‘Lady Madonna’ at Abbey Road studios in London.
1973, Elton John started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Crocodile Rock'.
1979, Blondie UK No.1 with 'Heart Of Glass'
1990, for the first time ever, the UK Top 3 singles featured non-British and non-American acts. Ireland's Sinead
O'Connor, Australia's Kylie Minogue and
Belgium's Technotronic. Sinead O'Connor had her first No.1 single with
Nothing Compares To U', a song written by Prince.
Tony Hadley singer with Spandau Ballet told a High Court in London of his "desperate" financial situation after his
solo career failed.
2003, the exclusive documentary 'Living With Michael Jackson' was shown on UK television. Reporter Martin Bashir had
spent eight months with the star, the show's editor said, 'viewers will not believe what they're seeing.'
2008, UK singer Adel went to No.1 on the UK album chart with her debut album ‘19’

February 3rd: Born on this day
Frankie Vaughan, UK singer.
Val Doonican, Irish singer
1935, Johnny 'guitar' Watson, guitarist, singer
1943, Dennis Edwards, The Temptations
1943, Eric Haydock, bass, The Hollies
Dave Davies, guitarist, The Kinks
1809 - Composer Jacob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn was born.

February 4th: On this Day

1965, The Righteous Brothers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Phil Spector song 'You've Lost That
Lovin' Feelin'. Also a US No.1 at the same time. It was the most played song of the 20th Century.
1967, The Monkees self-titled debut album started a seven-week run at No.1 on the UK chart.
American jazz, blues, songwriter and saxophonist Louis Jordon died aged 66. Known as "The King of the
Jukebox", between 1942-1950 he scored eighteen No.1 singles and fifty-four Top Ten hits on the US R&B chart.
1978, Abba started a seven week run at No.1 on the UK chart with 'The Album' their third No.1 LP.
1978, The Bee Gees started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Staying Alive'. From the film
soundtrack Saturday Night Fever, it gave the brothers their fifth US No.1, also No.1 in the UK.
1978, 'Up Town Ranking' by
Althia and Donna was at No.1 on the UK singles chart. It was the Jamaican duo's only hit
making the teenagers One-hit Wonders.
Scottish singer Alex Harvey died of a heart attack while waiting to take a ferry back to shore after performing a
concert with his new band, the Electric Cowboys. In an ambulance on the way to the hospital, he suffered a second
heart attack, this one fatal. It occurred on the day before his 47th birthday, in Zeebrugen, Belgium.
1983, Karen Carpenter died aged 32 of a cardiac arrest at her parent's house at her parents' home in Downey,
California; The coroner's report gave the cause of death of imbalances associated with anorexia nervosa.
Paul Gardiner bass player with Gary Numan's Tubeway Army died of a heroin overdose.
1984, Culture Club at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Karma Chameleon'
1984, Eurythmics  first UK No.1 album with their second release 'Touch',
1995, Celine Dion  No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Think Twice'.  Ivor Novello Award for the Song of the Year in 1995.
American soul singer Gwen Guthrie died of cancer aged 48. Sang backing vocals for Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel,
Stevie Wonder and Madonna and wrote songs for Sister Sledge and Roberta Flack. Had the 1986 R&B No.1 ‘Ain't
Nothin' Goin' on But the Rent’.
2001, Atomic Kitten  No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Whole Again',written by
Andy McCluskey from OMD.
2007, Norah Jones scored her third UK No.1 album with 'Not Too Late',
2008, Leona Lewis went to No.1 on the Australian album charts with her debut release ‘Spirit.’

February 4th: Born on this day
1941,John Steel, drums, The Animals,
1947,  Margie and Mary Ann Ganser, vocalists for The Shangri-Las,
Alice Cooper, (Vincent Furnier),
1950, James Dunn, vocals, The Stylistics
Natalie Imbruglia, actress, singer

February 5th: Music
1957, 5,000 fans greeted Bill Haley when he arrived from New York on the liner Queen Elizabeth at Southampton, for
his debut UK concert tour.
1962, The Beatles played two shows, one at the
Cavern Club at lunchtime and in the evening at the Kingsway Club in
Southport. This was the first time Ringo Starr appeared live with the group after drummer Pete Best became ill.
Petula Clark had her second US No.1  with 'My Love',
1967, The News Of The World reported that Mick Jagger had taken LSD at the Moody Blues’ home in the UK. Jagger
sued the paper
1969, The Move were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Blackberry Way'.
1972, T Rex were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Telegram Sam'
American saxophonist Rudy Pompilli died of lung cancer aged 52. It is believed he contracted the disease
through second hand smoke.
1977, Mary MacGregor started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Torn Between Two Lovers', UK No4.
Toto US No1 with 'Africa'; UK No.3 hit.
American singer Doris Coley from The Shirelles died of breast cancer aged 58.
2001, Juliet Peters appeared in a London court accused of making death threat's to singer Billie Piper.
2006, The Rolling Stones played three songs during the half-time show of The Super Bowl in Detroit.
producer Phil Spector won £459,000 after settling an embezzlement claim.
2008, Amy Winehouse was questioned by police in connection with a video apparently showing her smoking a crack-
cocaine pipe.
February 5th: Born on this day
1941, Barrett Strong, US songwriter. Wrote many Motown hits with Norman Whitfield including, 'Money', 'War', 'Ball Of
Confusion', 'Papa Was A Rolling Stone'.
1969, Bobby Brown, singer. Married Whitney Houston

6th February
1958, George Harrison joined Liverpool group The Quarrymen. The group was were named after Lennon's school.
Theline-up was John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Len Garry, Eric Griffiths and John Lowe.
1965, The Righteous Brothers were US No.1 with the Phil Spector produced 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'.
1965, The Rolling Stones second album started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK charts.
Composer Hugo Montenegro died in California. 1968 UK No.1 US No.2 single 'The Good The Bad And The Ugly' .
Worked for RCA records, producing a series of albums and soundtracks and television themes, including two volumes
of Music From The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
1982, Kraftwerk No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Model / Computer Love', the first German act to score a UK No.1
The J Geils Band No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Centrefold', the bands only US No.1. A No.3 hit in the UK.
1988, Tiffany started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Could've Been', a No.4 hit in the UK.
1990, Billy Idol suffered serious injuries when he failed to pull up at a stop sign and crashed from his Harley-Davidson
motorbike into a car.
1990,  Chuck Berry was in trouble when over 200 women filed court actions against him.It was alleged that he had been
secretly filming them in the toilets of the restaurant he owned.
1998, American singer and guitarist
Carl Wilson from The Beach Boys died aged 51 after a long battle with lung cancer.
He sang lead vocal on 'God Only Knows', 'Good Vibrations,' and 'I Can Hear Music.'
Austrian singer Falco (Johann Holzel) was killed in a road accident after his car collided with a bus. He scored the
1986 UK & US No.1 single 'Rock Me Amadeus' He was the first-ever Austrian act to score a UK and US No.1 hit single.
2001, Guitarist Don Felder was fired from The Eagles.
Eminem was No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Like Toy Soldiers'
2007, An exhibition of Kylie Minogue's stage costumes, awards and accessories was launched in central London. The
display at the Victoria and Albert Museum showed her changing image from 1987 onwards, from the dungarees she
wore as Charlene in the Australian soap Neighbours and the gold hot pants she wore in her Spinning Around video.

February 6th: Birthdays
1941, Dave Berry, singer, (1964 UK No.5 single 'The Crying Game').
Bob Marley, singer/songwriter and guitarist In 1990, February 6th was proclaimed a national holiday in Jamaica to
commemorate his birth.
1946, Canadian folk singer Kate McGarrigle.
1947, Alan Jones, sax, Amen Corner
Mike Batt, songwriter, The Wombles,
1950, Natalie Cole, US singer
1962, Axl Rose, vocals, Guns N' Roses
1966, Rick Astley

February 7th: Music on  this day

1959, the funeral  of Buddy Holly took place at
The Tabernacle Baptist Church in Lubbock.
1964, Pan Am  flight 101 was greeted by over 5,000 Beatles fans as it arrived at New  York's JFK airport,
bringing The Beatles to the US for the first time.
1967, Mike Nesmith  and Mickey Dolenz from The Monkees appeared on UK TV's 'Top Of The  Pops.'
1969, John and  Yoko were featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine
1969, Doors singer  Jim Morrison was arrested for drunk driving and driving with no license  in Los Angeles,
1970, Led Zeppelin  scored their first UK No.1 album with 'Led Zeppelin II'. It featured the  US single 'Whole Lotta
1970, One hit  wonders
Shocking Blue at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Venus',  making them the first
Dutch act to top the US charts. It made No.8 in  the UK
1976, Bob Dylan  started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Desire'.
1976, Paul Simon  started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with '50 Ways  To Leave Your Lover',
the singers first solo US No.1.
1979, Stephen  Stills became the first rock performer to record on digital equipment in  Los Angeles' Record
Plant Studio.
1981, Kool & The Gang started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with  'Celebration' the group's
first No.1 - No.7 hit in  the UK.
1981, John Lennon  was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Woman', an ode to his wife  Yoko Ono.
Matt Monro died from liver cancer at the Cromwell Hospital,  Ealing, London.
1987, George  Michael and Aretha Franklin were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I  Knew You Were Waiting '.
1987, Madonna - No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Open Your Heart',- UK No.4.
1998, Scandinavian  dance-pop act Aqua scored their second UK No.1 single with 'Doctor  Jones.'
1999, Blondie UK No.1  'Maria', At the age of 54, lead  singer Debbie Harry became the oldest female to make No.1.
2001, U2 played a  secret show at
London's Astoria. Stars attending the show included actor  John Hurt, Queen's
Roger Taylor, Mick Jagger, Bob Geldof, Chris Evans  and members of Toploader.
2003, British  singer Malcolm Roberts died at the age of 58, after suffering a heart  attack.
2004, Queen's  single 'We Will Rock You' topped a poll of music fans to find the  greatest rock anthem of all time. The
1977 song beat the band's classic  'Bohemian Rhapsody' into second place in a survey of 1,000 people  carried out for
the UCI cinema chain.
2005, Michael  Jackson's Thriller was named the top pop video in a poll of Channel 4  viewers in the UK.
2008, Amy  Winehouse was told she could not perform at this year's Grammy awards  ceremony because her US visa
application has been rejected by the  embassy in London. The singer was arrested for marijuana possession in  Norway
the previous year.

February 7th: Born on this day
1934, Earl King, New Orleans Blues guitarist.  He wrote Let The Good Times Roll
US sax player King Curtis.
1949,  Alan Lancaster, bass, Status Quo,
Garth Brooks, country singer

February 9th On this Day

1961, The Beatles appeared at The Cavern Club for the very first time.
Paul and Paula started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles charts with 'Hey Paula', it made No.8 in
the UK.
1964, The Beatles made their US live debut 'The Ed Sullivan Show'
Percy Faith died aged 67. He had the 1960 US No.1 'Theme From A Summer Palace',
1967, the film for the latest Beatles single 'Penny Lane' and 'Strawberry Fields Forever' was shown on Top Of
The Pops. It was held off the top by Engelbert Humperdinck's 'Release Me.'
1972, Paul McCartney's Wings played the first night of a UK College tour in Nottingham. The group arrived
unannounced asking social secretaries if they would like them to perform that evening.
1981, American singer Bill Haley was found dead, fully clothed on his bed at his home in Harlington, Texas from
a heart attack. He had become known as the first Rock 'n' Roll star. Haley was blinded in his left eye as a child
due to a botched operation and later adopted his distinctive spit-curl hairstyle to distract attention from his
blind eye.
1982, George Harrison presented
UNICEF with a cheque for £5.3 million, ten years after the fundraising concert
for Bangladesh.
1985, Elaine Page and Barbara Dickson were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I Know Him So Well.' The song
was taken from the musical Chess, written by Tim Rice and Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson from Abba.
1985, Madonna No.1 on the US album chart with 'Like A Virgin', a No.3 hit in the UK.
1986, Pete Townshend, Chrissie Hynde and The Communards played a charity show at London's Albert Hall for
the victims of a volcanic eruption in Colombia.
1987, winners at this years Brit awards held in London included
Peter Gabriel who won British Male Solo Artist,
Kate Bush won British Female Solo Artist, Best British Group went to Five Star, British Album was Dire Straits
'Brothers In Arms', British Breakthrough Act was The Housemartins, International Solo Artist went to Paul
Simon, The Bangles won Best International Group, Best British Video went to Peter Gabriel for 'Sledgehammer'
and Best British Single was The Pet Shop Boys for 'West End Girls'.
1991, C & C Music Factory started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Gonna Make You Sweat',
a No.3 hit in the UK.
British broadcaster Bill Grundy died of a heart attack aged 69. He conducted the famous Sex Pistols
interview on Thames Television on December 1, 1976; when Grundy provoked the band into using obscenities
on live TV. The broadcast wrecked Grundy's television career.
1997, Mississippi blues artist Jack Owens died aged 92. In 1995 he appeared in a TV advertisement for Levi's
jeans, showing him seated on his front porch.
Billboard published the Top 5 selling albums in the world from 2001at number 1 was Britney Spears’
2005, winners at this years Brit Awards included The Streets who won Best British male solo artist, Joss Stone
won British female solo artist, Best British Album went to Keane for ‘Hopes and Fears’, Franz Ferdinand won
Best British Group and Best Rock Act, McFly won Best Pop Act, Scissor Sisters won Best International group
and the Best Album award the Brits 25 best song award went to Robbie Williams for ‘Angels’ and Sir Bob Geldof
won the Outstanding Contribution To Music award.
2009, Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant took home five prizes for his collaboration with
bluegrass singer Alison
Krauss at this years Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles. The duo won album of the year for Raising Sand and
record of the year for ‘Please Read The Letter.’ Coldplay, (who won song of the year for ‘Viva La Vida’) Adele,
Duffy, Radiohead and Peter Gabriel were among other UK acts to be honoured. John Mayer won Best solo rock
vocal performance for ‘Gravity’, Kings of Leon won Best rock performance by a group with ‘Sex on Fire’,

Birthday Boys and Girls-8th February

Barry Mann, US singer, songwriter. Wrote many early 60's pop hits including 'Saturday Night At The
Movies', 'You've Lost That Loving Feeling', 'Walking In The Rain'. 1961 US No.7 solo single 'Who Put The Bomp,
In The Bomp, Bomp, Bomp.'
1940, Brian Bennett, Drums, The Shadows,
Carole King, US singer, songwriter, wrote many songs with Gerry Goffin. Her brilliant 1970 US No.1 album
'Tapestry' has sold over 15 million copies.
Holly Johnson, vocals, Big In Japan, Frankie Goes To Hollywood,

February 8th: On this Day

1958, The Quarry Men appeared at the
Wilson Hall in Garston. After the show Paul McCartney introduced
George Harrison to John Lennon
1964, On their first full day in New York, The Beatles (minus George who had a sore throat), went for a photo-
opportunity walk around Central Park.

1964, John Leyton, Mike Berry, The Innocents, Jet Harris, Don Spencer, The Leroys and The Rolling Stones
appeared at
the Regal, Edmonton, on the first night of a UK tour.
1965 - The Supremes' "Stop in the Name Of Love" was released.

1967 -
Peter & Gordon split up. 1973, Max Yasgur died of a heart attack aged 53. He was the owner of the dairy
farm in Bethel, New York at which the
Woodstock Music and Art Fair was held

1969 - George Harrison's tonsils were removed at London's University College Hospital. The tonsils were
destroyed so they could not be sold.

Engelbert Humperdinck started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with his 'Greatest Hits
1975 - Queen's single "Killer Queen" was released. It was their first hit single. 1975, The Ohio Players went to
No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Fire'.
1980, the divorce became final between David and Angie Bowie.
1983, winners at the second annual Brit Awards held in London included Paul McCartney who won Best British
Male Solo Artist, Kim Wilde won Best British Female Solo Artist, Dire Straits won British Group, British
Breakthrough Act went to Yazoo, International Act was Kid Creole & The Coconuts, Best Selling Single Dexy's
Midnight Runners "Come On Eileen" and the Life Achievement Award went to Pete Townshend.
Billy Ocean started a four week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'When The Going Gets Tough,
The Tough Get Going'
1990, Suffering from depression American singer songwriter
Del Shannon died of self inflicted gunshot wounds.
1992, UK act
Right Said Fred at US No.1 with 'I'm Too Sexy', a No.2 hit in the UK.
1994, Oasis were forced to cancel their first foreign tour after they were deported from Holland. The band were
involved in a drunken brawl on a cross-channel ferry
1998, winners at this years Brit Awards included British Breakthrough Act was Stereophonics, Best Selling
British Album Act was The Spice Girls, International Male, Jon Bon Jovi, International Female, Bjork,
International Group, U2 and Outstanding Contribution went to Fleetwood Mac.
Bob Wooler died aged 76. He was the resident DJ and booker at The Cavern Club in Liverpool during the
early 1960's. He was also a personal friend.
2005, Keith Knudson drummer with
The Doobie Brothers died of pneumonia aged 56.
2005, Pete Doherty was released from jail on bail after four nights when his manager paid the remaining
£100,000 bail to
Highbury Corner Magistrates Court, London. The ex-Libertines star had been charged with
robbery and blackmail after a fracas at a London hotel.
2005, Kylie Minogue was voted the world’s sexiest woman in her 30’s by
UK magazine Good Housekeeping. Sade
was No.4 in the over 40’s, Madonna No.7 and Jerry Hall No.8.

February 8th: Birthdays
Lana Turner 1921
Jack Lemmon 1925
James Dean 1931
Brian Bennett (The Shadows) 1940

February 10th: Music on this day
1942, Glen Miller became the first person to be awarded a Gold disc, for his 'Chattanooga Choo Choo', single.
1958, Frank Sinatra started a five week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Come Fly With Me.'
Henry Mancini went to No.1 on the US album chart with the soundtrack to 'Breakfast At Tiffany's.'
1968, One hit wonder Paul Mauriat started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Love Is Blue', a
No.12 hit in the UK.
1968, The Four Tops 'Greatest Hits' was at No.1 on the UK album chart, the first No.1 album for the Tamla
Motown label.
1973, Elton John had his first UK No.1 album when 'Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player' started a six-week
run at the top of the charts.
1979, Rod Stewart started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Da Ya Think I'm Sexy'
1984, Frankie Goes To Hollywood were at No.1 on the UK singles chart for the third week with 'Relax.'
1990, Paula Abdul started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Opposites Attract', her fourth
US No.1,  No.2 hit in the UK.
1993, on a special edition of the Oprah Winfrey show, Michael Jackson gave his first TV interview for 14 years,
live from his Neverland Valley Ranch.
2002, Enrique Iglesias started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Escape.'
2004, Diana Ross was sentenced to two days in jail after pleading 'no contest' to a drink driving charge.
2005, Prince topped Rolling Stone magazine’s annual list of the year’s biggest money earners after his 2004 tour
grossed over £53 million.
2005, Who singer Roger Daltrey was awarded the CBE by
The Queen at Buckingham Palace for services to the
music industry.
2008, Amy Winehouse won five prizes at this year’s Grammy Awards, including song of the year and record of
the year, both for her single ‘Rehab’, and best new artist.
2008, Jack Johnson was at No.1 on the UK album chart with his fifth album ‘Sleep Through The Static.’ Also a
No.1 in the US and Australia.

Birthday Boys and Girls:February 10th:

Larry Adler, mouth organist, worked as a soloist with many of the world's major symphony orchestras.
Jerry Goldsmith. Created the music for scores of classic movies and television shows ‘Star Trek’, ‘Planet
of the Apes’, ‘
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’ and ‘Dr. Kildare.’
1937, Don Wilson, guitar, The Ventures, 'Walk Don't Run'.
Roberta Flack, US singer, songwriter

February 11th: Musical Happenings

1958, Liverpool singer Michael Holliday was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Story Of My Life.' The song
gave writers
Bacharach and David their first UK No.1 hit.
1964, The Beatles made their live concert debut in the US at the
Washington Coliseum.
1969, The Monkees set a new record when their second album, 'More Of The Monkees' jumped from No.122 to
the top of the US chart.
The Brotherhood Of Man were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Figaro' Song written by my friend Tony
1985, The Police won Outstanding Contribution to British music at the
fourth annual Brit Awards held in
London. Other winners included Prince for best International Act and Best Soundtrack for Purple Rain, British
Single was Frankie Goes To Hollywood ‘Relax’, British Video was Duran Duran for ‘Wild Boys’, British Comedy
Recording Neil ‘Hole In My Shoe’, British Album went to Sade for ‘Diamond Life’, British Male Solo Artist was won
by Paul Young, British Female Solo Artist, Alison Moyet and Best British Group went to Wham!
1989, New Order scored their first UK No.1 album with 'Technique.'
1989, Paula Abdul started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Straight Up', a No.3 hit in the
1998, the hand-written lyrics to ‘Candle in the Wind’ by
Bernie Taupin were auctioned off at Christie's in LA for
2001, Dido started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'No Angel.'
the British Phonographic Industry reported its biggest sales decline in decades, with the biggest slump in
a single year since the birth of the CD market in the early 1980s. Piracy, illegal duplication and distribution by
international criminals of CD's were all blamed for the decrease.
2006, Il Divo went to No.1 on the US album chart with their second album ’Ancora.’
2007, Mika went to No.1 on the UK album chart with his debut album 'Life In Cartoon Motion.'
2008, Heather Mills and Sir Paul McCartney appeared at the High Court in London for a hearing to reach a
financial settlement for their divorce. The hearing in the Family Division, which was taking place in private, was
expected to last five days. The couple, who had a four-year-old daughter, Beatrice, announced the end of their
four-year marriage in 2006.
2008, Jack Johnson started a five-week run at No.1 on the Australian album chart with ‘Sleep Through The
Ronettes singer Estelle Bennett died at her home in Englewood, N.J. She was 67.

February 11th: Born on this day
Gene Vincent, (born Eugene Craddock), US rock ‘n’ roll singer with His Blue Caps
Gerry Goffin, songwriter of over 20 US hits with Carol King, including The Shirelles 'Will You Still Love Me
Tomorrow', The Drifters 'Up On The Roof', The Chiffons, 'One Fine Day', Herman's Hermits, 'I'm Into Something
Bobby 'Boris' Pickett,
1941, Sergio Mendes, Brazilian singer
1946, Ray Lake, The Real Thing, (1976 UK No.1 single 'You To Me Are Everything').

1946,Clifford T. Ward, UK No.8 single 'Gaye'
1958,Norman Harris, guitarist, songwriter and producer. He worked with The Delfonics, The Trammps and MFSB.

The Music of February 12th
1956, Dean Martin was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Memories Are Made Of This'.
1965, Pye Records announced that they'd signed 'the British Bob Dylan', when they added Donovan to the label.
1967, 15 police officers raided 'Redlands' the home of Rolling Stone Keith Richards and took away various
substances for forensic tests.
1969, (If Paradise Is) Half As Nice by Amen Corner was at No.1 on the UK singles chart, the group's only UK No.1.
1972, Al Green went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Let's Stay Together', his only US chart topper.
1977, The Police recorded their first single, ‘Fall Out' for £150 at Pathway Studios, London.
1989, Aretha Franklin lost a court case against Broadway producer Ashton Springer, who sued for $1 million
(£0.58 million) when Aretha failed to turn up for rehearsals for the stage show Sing Mahalia Sing – blaming her
fear of flying on the non appearance.
1994, Celine Dion started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'The Power Of Love',  a No.4 hit in
the UK.
1997, U2 held a press conference in the Lingerie Department at the Greenwich Village Kmart store in
Manhattan, New York City, to announce their Pop Mart world tour. The tour was set to start in Las Vegas on
April 25th of this year.
1997, David Bowie received a star on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2000, American bassist and songwriter John London died aged 58. Worked with The Monkees, James Taylor and
Linda Ronstadt.
US blues singer Screamin' Jay Hawkins died aged 70. A Golden Gloves boxing champion at 16, he was
married nine times. He recorded 'I Put A Spell On You' in 1956, covered by The Animals
Former Doors drummer John Densmore took out legal action against The Doors keyboard player Ray
Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger for breach of contract, trademark infringement and unfair competition.
2005, a train was named after Clash frontman Joe Strummer at a ceremony in Bristol. The diesel train owned by
Cotswold Rail, was named after the singer, guitarist who died aged 50 in 2002.
2006, Meck feat Leo Sayer was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Thunder In My Heart (Again)'.
2008, Ronald Isley's appeal against a three-year jail term for tax fraud was rejected by a US court. The 65-year-
old singer of the Isley Brothers argued against being imprisoned in an Indiana jail on the grounds of age and
poor health. The court heard he cashed royalty cheques belonging to his brother O'Kelly, who died in 1996 and
spent millions of dollars made from undeclared performances on a yacht and two homes.

Birthday Boys and Girls
Lorne Greene, star of the NBC TV show Bonanza.
1950,Steve Hackett, guitar, (1974 UK No.21 single 'I Know What I Like In Your Wardrobe', quit Genesis in 1977
for solo work).
1968, Chynna Phillips, Wilson Phillips, (1990 US No.1 & UK No.6 single 'Hold On', daughter of Michelle
Gilliam, from Mamas And The Papas).

Music Stuff 13th February
1961, Frank Sinatra launched his own record label. Reprise Records
1967, The Monkees announced that from now on they would be playing on their own recordings instead of
session musicians
1969, a launch party was held for Mary Hopkin at the Post Office Tower in London, guests included Jimi Hendrix,
Donovan and Paul McCartney
1971, The Osmonds started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'One Bad Apple'.
1973, After becoming ill during a concert in Las Vegas Elvis Presley presented Doctor Sidney Bowers with a
Lincoln Continental to show his appreciation for all his work.
1976, Genesis released their first album since the departure of Peter Gabriel, 'A Trick Of The Tail' featuring
eight new tracks with drummer Phill Collins taking on the role of lead vocalist.
1977, Julie Covington was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Don't Cry For Me Argentina'1980, Thin Lizzy
leader Phil Lynott married Caroline Crowther the daughter of TV personality Leslie.
1982, The Jam became the first band since The Beatles to play two numbers on the same edition of 'Top Of The
1989, this year’s Brit Awards was hosted by Sam Fox and Mick Fleetwood in which just about everything went
wrong - lines were fluffed and bands mis-cued onto the stage. Winners included Phil Collins who won British
Male Solo Artist and British Female Solo Artist Annie Lennox,
1993, Founder member of Musical Youth, Patrick Waite died aged 24, of natural causes
1993, Dutch dance group 2 Unlimited started a five-week run at the UK No.1 with the single 'No Limit.'
1996, Take That split up
1997, Michael Jackson became a father when Debbie Rowe gave birth to a baby boy, Prince Michael Jackson Jr.
2000, Oasis scored their fifth UK No.1 single with 'Go Let It Out'.
2002, American country singer, songwriter Waylon Jennings died in his sleep after a lengthy fight with
diabetes. Was bassist for Buddy Holly following the break-up of The Crickets.
2005, Readers of UK newspaper The Sun voted George Michael’s ‘Careless Whisper’ as the greatest British pop
single of the past 25 years.
2005, U2 were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own'
2007, Robbie Williams checked into rehab on his birthday to deal with an addiction to prescription drugs.
2007, Rod Stewart was paid $1million when he performed at a billionaire's birthday bash.

Birthday Boys and Girls February 13th
1919, Tennessee Ernie Ford, singer and TV presenter
1920, Boudleaux Bryant, songwriter with his wife Felice. They wrote The Everly Brothers hits, ‘Bye Bye Love’,
‘All I Have To Do Is Dream’ and ‘Wake Up Little Susie’
1944, Peter Tork, vocals, keyboards, bass, The Monkees,
1950, Peter Gabriel, vocals, Genesis,
1951, Rod Dees, Showaddywaddy,
1974, Robbie Williams

Musical Stuff for February 14
1955, Ruby Murray was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Softly, Softly’. The Belfast-born recording and TV
star of the mid 50s was the first act to score five simultaneous Top 20 hits.
1959, Cliff Richard was voted the best new singer in the annual NME awards.
1961, The Beatles perform at the Cassanova Club, Liverpool, and at Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool where they
play a special Valentine’s Day show.
1968, Manfred Mann were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Bob Dylan song ‘The Mighty
1969, over 300 fans were injured during a concert by Love Affair and Amen Corner at an ice rink in Glasgow,

1970, The compilation album ‘Motown Chartbusters Vol 3′ went to No.1 on the UK chart
1974, The New Seekers split up 1976, Scottish band Slik were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Forever And
Ever.’ The group featured Midge Ure later of Visage and Ultravox.
1977, The B-52’s made their first live performance 1980, Lou Reed married Sylvia Morales at a ceremony in his
New York apartment.
1984, Elton John married recording engineer Renate
1999, Elton John appeared as himself in a special episode of the animated series The Simpsons shown on US TV.

2002, Mick Tucker, drummer with glam rock band Sweet died of leukaemia
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 .
2007, winners at the 27th annual Brit Awards at London’s Earls Court included Arctic Monkeys who were
named Best British Group, James Morrison was named Best British Male and Amy Winehouse won Best British
Female. Justin
2008, Oasis singer Liam Gallagher married his long-term partner, the ex-All Saints singer Nicole Appleton at a
civil ceremony in London. The venue, Westminster Register Office, was where Gallagher married his first wife,
Patsy Kensit, in 1997.

Birthday Boys and Girls February 14th

1951,Kenny Hyslop, Slik, (1976 UK No.1 single ‘Forever And Ever’). Simple Minds, (1985 US No.1 single ‘Don’t You,
Forget About Me’, 1989 UK No.1 single ‘Belfast Child’).

Music for February 15th

1964, The Beatles scored their first US No.1 album with 'Meet The Beatles!'
1964, The Dave Clark Five appeared on the
UK TV show 'Thank Your Lucky Stars.'
1965, Nat King Cole died of lung cancer. Father of singer Natalie Cole. In 1956 he became the first black
American to host a television variety show.
US blues harmonica player Little Walter died from injuries incurred in a fight while taking a break from a
performance at a nightclub in Chicago.
1968, the Lennons and Harrisons arrived in India to study
transcendental meditation with the Maharishi, Paul
McCartney and Ringo Starr arrived four days later. Ringo returned before the others.
1969, 'Diana Ross and The Supremes Join The Temptations' started a four week run at No.1 on the UK album
Linda Ronstadt went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'You're No Good'
1986, Whitney Houston started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'How Will I Know'
Kelly Emberg the ex-girlfriend of Rod Stewart filed a $25 million (£14.7 million) palimony suit in Los
1996, it was reported that Take That were the UK's biggest single selling artists with sales over 3.9.million.
1997, Texas went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'White On Blonde.'
1997, U2 went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Discotheque', the bands third UK No.1 single.
2000, Sting pulled-out of a concert in Vienna in protest at the inclusion of
Jorg Haider's far right freedom party
in Austria's new government.
2004, Sam and Mark went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of The Beatles song 'With A Little
Help From My Friends.'
2006, winners at this year’s Brit Awards included, James Blunt who won British male solo artist, British female
solo artist went to KT Tunstall.
2008, a flat once rented by the Beatles in London went up for sale for £1.75m.
2009, Lily Allen went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘It's Not Me, It's You’

Birthday Boys and Girls February 15th
Brian Holland, Holland/Dozier/Holland, producer, songwriter, wrote for Motown, Supremes, Marvin Gaye,
Four Tops, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Freda Payne, Chairmen Of The Board.
Glyn Johns, UK producer, worked with Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Beatles, Joan
Armatrading, Midnight Oil, The Eagles, The Faces and Led Zeppelin.
Mick Avory, drums, The Kinks
1959,Ali Campbell, vocals, UB40

Music for February 16th

1959, Shirley Bassey was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'As I Love You
1964, The Beatles made their second live appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show
1967, Petula Clark was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Charlie Chaplin penned 'This Is My Song'
1972, Led Zeppelin made their Australian live debut
1974, Bob Dylan started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album
1974, winners in the
UK music weekly Disc Readers Awards Poll; Top UK group went to Slade, Top musician, Roy
Wood, David Bowie won UK and World male singer, Top single with 'Jean Genie' and album with 'Aladdin Sane',
Top female singer was Lynsey De Paul and Brightest hope was won by David Essex.
1982, The Jam were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'A Town Called Malice'
1985, Bruce Springsteen went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Born In The USA'
1985, 'Careless Whisper', started a three-week run at No.1 in the US charts, credited to Wham!
1991, Queen scored their seventh UK No.1 album with 'Innuendo.'
1991, The Simpsons were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Do The Bartman'.
1999, Robbie Williams won three awards at this year's Brit's. The singer won Best British solo artist, Best Single
for 'Angels' and Best Video for 'Millennium.' Manic Street Preachers won Best British Group, Natalie Imbruglia
won Best International Female artist and Best Newcomer, Best International Group went to The Corrs.
US singer Doris Troy died. She had been a session singer with Dionne Warwick, sang on Pink Floyd’s Dark
Side Of The Moon and released an album on The Beatles’ Apple label. She had also had a 1964 UK No.37 single
with ‘Whatcha Gonna Do About It’ and a 1963 US No. 10 hit ‘Just One Look’.

Birthday Boys and Girls

Otis Blackwell, American songwriter and producer, wrote ‘All Shook Up’, ‘Return To Sender’, ‘Don't Be
Cruel’, ‘Great Balls Of Fire’ and ‘Fever.’
Sonny Bono, singer, (1965 UK & US No.1 single 'I Got You Babe', with Cher).
Harold and Herbie Kalin, The Kalin Twins.
1949, Lynn Paul, vocals, The New Seekers,
1956, James Ingram

Music Bits February 17
1960, The Everly Brothers signed a £1.7 million contract with Warner Brothers Records.
1962, Gene Chandler started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Duke Of Earl.'
1966, Nancy Sinatra was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'These Boots Are Made For Walking', Frank's eldest
daughters first No.1.
1968, Diana Ross And The Supremes 'Greatest Hits' started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart.
1979, Blondie scored their first UK No.1 album when 'Parallel Lines' started a four-week run at the top of the
charts, featuring the singles 'Heart Of Glass', 'Hanging On The Telephone' and 'Sunday Girl.'
1980, US country singer Kenny Rogers was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Coward Of The County'
1998, s
ongwriter Bob Merrill committed suicide aged 77. He wrote 'How Much Is That Doggie In The Window'' and
Barbra Streisand's 'People.'

2000, John Lennon’s Steinway piano, on which he composed ‘Imagine’, went on display
at the Beatles Story
Museum in Liverpool2002, Westlife No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'World Of Our Own.'

2004, winners at this years Brit awards included, Daniel Bedingfield who won Best British male, Dido won Best
British Female, The Darkness won Best British group, Best Rock group and Best British album with ‘Permission
To Land’, Busted won British Breakthrough act and Duran Duran won Outstanding Contribution to Music.2005,
a 1965 Fender Stratocaster guitar belonging to Jimi Hendrix sold for £100,000 at an auction in London.

2005, Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand made music history after taking two top prizes at the NME Awards.2008,
Swedish and Dutch Club DJ's, Basshunter ft DJ Mental Theo started a five week run at No.1 on the UK singles
chart with 'Now You're Gone'.

2008, British soul singer Duffy No1 with Mercy

Birthday Boys and Girls-February 17th
Orville “Hoppy” Jones, bass singer and cello player with the Ink Spots,
Tommy Edwards, singer (1958 US & UK No.1 single ‘Its All In The Game'. The song was written by US Vice
President Charles Dawes.
1933, Bobby Lewis, US singer, 1961 US No.1 'Tossin' and Turnin'.
1939, John Leyton, UK singer, actor, 1961 UK No.1 single 'Johnny Remember Me'
Gene Pitney, singer. Pitney was found dead aged 65 in his bed in a Cardiff hotel on 5th April 2006. The
American singer was on a UK tour and had shown no signs of illness.

Musical Things February 18th

1956, The Platters 'The Great Pretender' US No.1 on the US singles chart, a UK No. 5
1959, Ray Charles recorded ‘What'd I Say,’ in New York City. The song had evolved in concert as a call-and-
response between Charles and his female back-up singers.
1962, on weekend leave from marine training, The Everly Brothers appeared on the US Ed Sullivan show, in full
uniform and with regulation cropped hair, singing their new single, 'Crying In The Rain'.
1965, The Kinks were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Tired Of Waiting For You'
1965, working at Abbey Road studio’s in London, The Beatles recorded two new songs: John Lennon's ‘You've
Got to Hide Your Love Away’ and a new Paul McCartney song ‘Tell Me What You See.’
1966, Beach Boy Brian Wilson recorded the future classic song 'Good Vibrations', which went on to become the
band's third U.S. number-one hit.
1969, This week's UK Top 5 singles: No.5, 'Dancing In The Street', Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, No.4, 'I'm
Gonna Make You Love Me', Diana Ross and the Supremes and the Temptations, No.3, 'Where Do You Go To'
Peter Sarstedt, No.2, 'Blackberry Way', The Move, and No.1, 'Half As Nice' Amen Corner.'
1972, 12 year-old Neil Reid started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with his debut album.
1978, winners at this years Grammy Awards included Fleetwood Mac, Album of the year for 'Rumours', The
Eagles, Record of the year for 'Hotel California' and Best pop vocal performance, The Bee Gees for 'How Deep Is
Your Love.'
1984, Simple Minds scored their first UK No.1 album with 'Sparkle In The Rain'
1987, Bon Jovi were at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Livin' On A Prayer', it made No.4 in the UK.
1989, Fine Young Cannibals scored their only UK number 1 album with 'The Raw And The Cooked.'
1998, Oasis’ Noel Gallagher’s
Epiphone Supernova guitar raised £4,600 ($7,820) in aid of Children In Need at a
Bonhams auction held in London, England.
2000, an American court ordered the release of FBI files relating to John Lennon's interests and activities
including his support for the Irish Republican cause and the Workers Revolutionary Party. The British
Government told the US that it wanted the files to remain secret. MI5 also had files on Lennon, which they had
passed on the FBI during the 70's.
2005, Britney Spears attacked a US magazine after it published photographs of her honeymoon without
permission. Weekly publication Us printed five pages of pictures of Spears and husband Kevin Federline on
holiday in Fiji.
2006, ‘The Greatest Songs of the Fifties’ by Barry Manilow was at No.1 on the US album chart.
2007, Norah Jones scored her third US No.1 album with 'Not Too Late', also a No.1 in the UK and over 20 other
2008, Carpenters fans were objecting to plans to have pop duo's former family home in Downey, south of Los
Angeles knocked down.
2009, Welsh songstress Duffy won three trophies at this years Brit awards, taking home Best British Female
Solo Artist, British Breakthrough Act and British Album of the Year for her debut Rockferry. Kings of Leon won
International Group and International Album for Only By The Night, International Male and Female Solo Artists
were Kanye West and Katy Perry. Outstanding Contribution to Music went to the Pet Shop Boys.

Birthday Boys and Girls February 18th
Yoko Ono, artist, singer, poet and wife of John Lennon.
1952, Judy Kay Newton, Juice Newton
1952, Randy Crawford, US female singer
John Travolta, actor, singer

Music Stuff February 19th

1957, Tab Hunter was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Young Love'
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.
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.
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'
1977, '20 Golden Greats' by
The Shadows started a six-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart.
1977, Leo Sayer had his only UK No.1 single with the Albert Hammond and Carole Bayer Sager song 'When I
Need You.'
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.'
1983, Kajagoogoo had their only UK No.1 single with 'Too Shy'.
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.
1996, Bjork was shown on UK breakfast TV attacking a news reporter as she arrived at Thailand Airport.
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
2000, Savage Garden went back to No.1 on the US singles chart for the second time with 'I Knew I Loved You.'
2004, Johnny Cash's family blocked an attempt by advertisers to use his hit song ‘Ring of Fire’ to promote
haemorrhoid-relief products.
2008, two releases by Oasis were voted the best British albums ever recorded in a poll of 11,000 people.

Birthday Boys and Girls February 19th
Lee Marvin
1940,Smokey Robinson, singer, songwriter, producer, The Miracles,
1943,Lou Christie, US singer,
Falco, (Hans Holzl), 1986 UK & US No.1 single 'Rock Me Amadeus'.
Henry Samuel, singer, songwriter, (Seal).

Music Stuff February 20th
1963, The Beatles drove through the night from Liverpool to London to appear on the live lunchtime BBC radio
program "Parade of the Pops." Performing ‘Love Me Do’ and ‘Please Please Me’, the appearance lasted just over
4 minutes.
1964, The Bachelors  No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Diane.'
1971, the soundtrack to 'Jesus Christ Superstar'  No.1 on the US album chart.
1972, Chicory Tip No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Son Of My Father.' Written by Giorgio Moroder, it was the
first UK number one single to prominently feature a synthesizer, in this case a Moog synthesizer.
1976, Screaming Lord Sutch appeared at the College Of Art, High Wycombe, England, supported by The Sex
1977, winners at this years Grammy Awards included Stevie Wonder for Best album with 'Songs In The Key Of
Life', and Best Vocal performance for 'I Wish.'
1978, Abba  No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Take A Chance On Me'1988, Kylie Minogue was at No.1 on the UK
singles chart with 'I Should Be So Lucky.' 1991, Bob Dylan was awarded a lifetime achievement award at the
33rd annual Grammy' Awards.
1993, Buddy Holly and the Crickets  No.1 on the UK album chart with the 'Words of Love' compilation album.
1994, Tori Amos  No.1 on the UK album chart with her second solo album 'Under The Pink.'
2000, All Saints  No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Pure Shores'.
2001, English singer and radio presenter Ronnie Hilton died from a stroke aged 73.
2002, winners at this year's Brit Awards included, Robbie Williams for Best Male act, Dido won Best Female act,
Travis won Best British group, S Club 7 Best single for 'Don't Stop Movin' The Strokes won best international
newcomer, Best International Female was Kylie Minogue
2003, winners at this years Bit Awards included Robbie Williams for British solo artist, Ms Dynamite won British
female artist, Best British album went to Coldplay for 'A Rush Of Blood', Best British group went to Coldplay,
Red Hot Chili Peppers won International Group, Blue won Best Pop Act and Liberty X won Best single for 'Just A
2005, Scissor Sisters went to No.1 on the US album chart with their debut and self-titled album, also a No.1 in
the UK.
2005, Jennifer Lopez was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with get Right', her 2nd No.1.
2008, winners at this year's Brit Awards in London, included Take That who won the trophies for best British
live act and British single, The Arctic Monkeys won best British group and album - both for the second year in a
row and Foo Fighters won best international group and album.  Sir Paul McCartney performed a medley of hits,
including Live and Let Die, Hey Jude and Lady Madonna after he was honoured with an outstanding
contribution award. The show was presented by Sharon Osbourne.
2008, A 1976 Rolling Stones album bought for £2 at a car boot sale sold for £4,000 at an auction. The ‘Black and
Blue’ LP was signed by John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Paul and Linda McCartney and George Harrison as well as
members of the Rolling Stones. The seller obtained the album after haggling the cost down from £3.

Birthday Boys and Girls February 20th
1937,Nancy Wilson, singer, ('1964 US No.11 single You Don't Know How Glad I Am').
1940, Barbara Ellis, The Fleetwoods, (1959 US No.1 & UK No.6 single 'Come Softly To Me').
1941, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Canadian singer, songwriter, (1971 UK No.7 single 'Soldier Blue',. Wrote 'Up Where We

Music Stuff February 28th

1966, police were called after over a 100 music fans barricaded themselves inside Liverpool’s Cavern Club to
protest at the clubs closure. The club had run up debts of over £10,000.
1968, Frankie Lymon was found dead at his mother’s house in New York of a suspected drug overdose, he was
1968, Israeli husband and wife team Esther and Abi Ofarim UK No.1 UK with ‘Cinderella Rockefella,’ their only
UK No.1
1970, in an interview with the New Musical Express, Fleetwood Mac’s Peter Green talked about his plans to give
all his money away. The following year Green confronted his accountant with a gun after he sent him an
unwanted royalty check. The guitarist went to jail briefly before being transferred to an asylum and was
committed to a mental hospital in 1973. He re- launched his career in the 90’s.
1970, Simon and Garfunkel top of the US singles chart with ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, also UK No.1 in March
the same year.

1972, George and Patti Harrison were injured in a car crash; Patti was unconscious for several days.
1974, singer songwriter Bobby Bloom shot himself dead in the head at his Hollywood apartment aged 28.
1977, Ray Charles was attacked by a member of his audience who tried to strangle him with a rope.
1981, Eddie Rabbitt (Edward Thomas),US No.1 with ‘I Love A Rainy Night’, his only No.1.

1984, Michael Jackson won a record seven Grammy awards including: Album of the year for ‘Thriller’; Record
of the year and Best rock vocal performance for ‘Beat It’; Best pop vocal performance, Best R&B performance
and Best R&B song for ‘Billie Jean’, and Best Recording For Children for E.T The Extra Terrestrial.
1986, George Michael announced that Wham! would officially split during the summer.
1988, k.d. Lang performed at the closing ceremony of the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.
1994, Eric Clapton played his 100th performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall, in aid of the ‘Children In Crisis’,
1996, Grammy award winners included Alanis Morissette
1998, Celine Dion US No.1 with ‘My Heart Will Go On.’
1998, Cornershop went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Brimful Of Asha’.
2002, Will Young was at No.1 with ‘Anything Is Possible / Evergreen’.
2006, Madonna UK No.1 with ‘Sorry’.

2008, Arctic Monkeys won three prizes, including best British band at this year’s NME Awards held at the O2 in
2008, drummer Buddy Miles, who played with Jimi Hendrix in his last regular group, Band of Gypsys, died aged
60 at his home in Austin, Texas after struggling with a long-term illness. Born George Allen Miles in Omaha,
Nebraska, Buddy’s nickname was a tribute to his idol, jazz drummer Buddy Rich. Rich also played with The
Delfonics, The Ink Spots, Wilson Pickett, Electric Flag, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, Muddy Waters and Barry

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1942, Brian Jones, guitar, Rolling Stones.
1942, Joe South……Worked with Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Aretha Franklin.

Music Stuff February 27th
1961, Cubby Checker No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Pony Time’, No.27 UK.
1964, 21 year-old former hairdresser and cloakroom attendant at The Cavern club Cilla BlackNo.1 on the UK
singles chart with ‘Anyone Who Had A Heart.’
1964, The Rolling Stones made their second appearance on BBC TV show Top Of The Pops performing ‘Not Fade
1967, Pink Floyd recorded their first single ‘Arnold Layne’,
1974, Cher filed for divorce from Sonny Bono. Cher married Gregg Allman from The Allman Brothers band on
27th June 1975.
1988, George Michael scored his sixth No.1 US single with ‘Father Figure’ a No. 11 hit in the UK.
1991, James Brown was paroled after spending two years of a six-year prison sentence
1993, after 14 weeks at No.1 on the US singles chart, ‘I Will Always Love You’, gave Whitney Houston the longest
ever US chart topper
1993, East 17 No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut LP ‘Walthamstow.’
1994, Enigma No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘The Cross Of Changes.’
1999, Britney Spears started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘…Baby One More Time’.
2004, a worker in a supermarket in Aspen, Colorado alerted the police-after seeing a man shopping with his
face covered by a mask. Police arrived on the scene and identified the man as Michael Jackson who was in
town on holiday with his children.
2005, Ray Charles was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Genius Loves Company.’
2007, pictures appeared in UK papers of Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty making a trip to a zoo in Burford
Oxfordshire with his model girlfriend Kate Moss. He was blasted by vets after pictures showed Pete throwing a
left over cannabis joint into a group of penguins.

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1927, Guy Mitchell, US singer
1951, Steve Harley,Cockney Rebel
1973, Peter Andre, singer and former actor
1981, Josh Groban,

Stuff February 25th

1956, Elvis Presley had his first nationa lNo1 with ‘I Forgot To Remember To Forget’
1964, The Beatles finished recoding their next single ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’, at Abbey Road studios, London. The
B-side was ‘You Can’t Do That’ .
1965, The Seekers No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I’ll Never Find Another You ‘
1977, The Jam signed to
Polydor Records UK for £6,000
1981, winners at this years Grammy Awards included
Bob Seger who won Best Rock performance for ‘Against
The Wind’,
1984, ‘Jump’, by Van Halen No.1 on the US singles chart, a No.7 hit in the UK
1989, Simple Minds  No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Belfast Child.’ At 6 minutes 39 seconds it became the
second-longest running No.1 after The Beatles ‘Hey Jude.’
1995, Madonna  No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Take A Bow
1995, at a private party for 1,200 select guests on the closing night of the
Frank Sinatra Desert Classic golf
tournament, Frank Sinatra sang before a live audience for the very last time. His closing song was ‘The Best is
Yet to Come.’
2004, The Rolling Stones topped a US Rich List of music’s biggest money makers. The list was based on  their
“Forty Licks” tour which made them £124.7m in ticket, CD, DVD and merchandise sales.
2006, George Michael was found slumped over in a car in
Hyde Park, London. A concerned person spotted the
singer and called police who after being checked by paramedics was arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs
and then released on bail. Michael made a public statement about the incident and said “I was in possession of
class C drugs which is an offense and I have no complaints about the police who were professional
throughout.” He also said that the event was “my own stupid fault, as usual.”
2007, Kaiser ChiefsNo.1 on the UK singles with ‘Ruby’
President Obama honoured Stevie Wonder, his musical hero, with America’s highest award for pop music
at the White House. The president said he doubted that his wife would have married him if he hadn’t been a
fan. Wonder’s song ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’ had been the theme song during Obama’s presidential campaign.
2009, Winners at the 2009 NME Awards, held at
London’s O2 Academy included Oasis who won best British band

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Faron Young, country singer, songwriter
George Harrison
Elkie Brooks, (Elaine Bookbinder)

Music Stuff February 24th

1957, Buddy Holly recorded a new version of 'That'll Be The Day'
1963, The Rolling Stones started a Sunday night residency at
The Station Hotel, Richmond, Surrey.
1969, The Jimi Hendrix Experience played their last ever-British performance .. at the Royal Albert Hall.
1973, Roberta Flack US No.1 with 'Killing Me Softly With His Song
1976, The Eagles 'Greatest Hits' became the first album to be certified platinum by the R.I.A.A. New
certification's represented sales of 1 million copies for albums and two million for singles.
1979, a new UK TV show started on
BBC2 called 'Seven To One', the title referring to the format of seven
teenagers questioning a star guest, the first weeks guest was Sir Bob Geldof.
1982, The Police won best British group at the first annual Brit Awards held in London. Outstanding
Contribution went to John Lennon.
1982, winners at the Grammy Awards included John & Yoko Album of the year with 'Double Fantasy
American singer, songwriter, pianist Johnnie Ray died of liver failure at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los
Manchester band The Happy Mondays had six singles on the UK indie chart.

1997, The Spice Girls won best single with 'Wannabe' at this years Brit Awards held in London.
2000, Carlos Santana won eight awards at this year Grammy Awards.
2000, Sixties pop star
Georgie Fame was banned from driving for a year and fined £350 after being breathalysed
the morning after a concert.
Estelle Axton, who helped create the legendary US soul music label Stax, died in hospital in Memphis,
aged 85. Stax was home to Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas, Isaac Hayes and Booker T and the MG's and the Stax
studio, 'Soulsville USA'.
2009, The United States Mint launched a new coin featuring American composer,
pianist and bandleader Duke
Ellington, making him the first African-American to appear by himself on a US coin.

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Paul Jones, singer, harmonica player, actor, radio presenter, Manfred Mann
1944, Nicky Hopkins, session piano player who worked with The Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck, The Beatles, John
Lennon, The Who and Small Faces.
1947, Rupert Holmes, writer, producer, singer, The Pina Colada Song
Dennis Waterman, singer, actor,
1962, Michelle Shocked,

Music Stuff February 23rd
1961, Petula Clark had her first UK No.1 single with 'Sailor'.
1969, 'If Paradise Is Half As Nice' by Amen Corner was at No.1 on the UK singles chart, The Move were at No.2
with 'Blackberry Way' and Peter Sarstedt was as No.3 with 'Where Do You Go To'.
1972, Elvis Presley and his wife Priscilla were legally separated. The couple had married in 1967.
1974, Suzi Quatro was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Devil Gate Drive'
1974, Rebel Rebel by David Bowie entered the UK chart, the single reached No.5 the following month.
1985, Stevie Wonder was arrested during an antiapartheid demonstration outside the
South African Embassy in
1989, Isaac Hayes was jailed by an Atlanta judge for owing child support and alimony.
1995, American singer
Melvin Franklin of The Temptations died of a brain seizure aged 52.
1998, all members of Oasis were banned for life from flying
Cathay Pacific Airlines after "abusive and
disgusting behaviour" during a flight from Hong Kong to Perth, Australia.
1999, Oasis guitarist Paul Arthurs was arrested and jailed overnight for being drunk and disorderly. Police
found the guitarist outside a
Tommy Hilfiger store in London.
2002, The Bee Gees made their last ever concert appearance when they appeared at the Love and Hope Ball,
Miami Beach, Florida.
2003, Howie Epstein bassist with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers died of a suspected drug overdose in New
The News Of The World reported that Michael Jackson had undergone scores of painful operations to
strip his body of black skin until he appeared white. And that surgeons at a Santa Monica clinic eventually
refused him any more treatment.
2003, Norah Jones cleaned up at the 45th Grammy Awards, held at
Madison Square Garden, New York.

Birthday Boys and Girls
1944, J
ohnny Winter, guitar, vocals,
1944, Mike Maxfield, Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas,
1950, Steve Priest, guitar, Sweet
1955, Howard Jones, singer, songwriter, keyboards,

Music Stuff February 22nd
1960, Percy Faith No.1 on the US chart with 'Theme From A Summer Place' No.2 hit UK.
1962, Elvis Presley Uk1 UK singles chart with 'Rock-A- Hula Baby / Cant Help Falling In Love.' The tracks were
from 'Blue Hawaii'
1975, Scottish group The Average White Band No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Pick Up The Pieces'
1975, Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel had their only UK No.1 single with 'Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me).
1981, One hit wonder
Joe Dolce was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Shaddap You Face,
1986, MTV dedicated a full 22 hours broadcast to The Monkees,
Andy Warhol, pop artist and producer died after a gall bladder operation. He produced  The Rolling Stones
'Sticky Fingers' album cover.
1988, Stevie Wonder was awarded the 1998 MusiCares Person Of The Year at a concert in Los Angeles.
1992, UK music paper the NME printed their writers all time best debut albums; at No.1, Patti Smith, 'Horses',
Shakespear's Sister started an eight-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Stay'. The duo was
made up of ex Bananarama member Siobhan Fahey and singer Marcella Detroit (who co-wrote 'Lay Down Sally'
with Eric Clapton).
1997, The Spice Girls US No.1 with 'Wannabe', the first UK act to score a No.1 for over 18 months.
2001, winners at the 43rd Grammy Awards included U2, record of the year and song of the year with 'Beautiful
Drummer Ronnie Verrell died aged 76. Worked with The Ted Heath Orchestra and The Syd Lawrence
Orchestra. Provided the drum licks for Animal in
The Muppet Show.
2002, two middle-aged women spent the first of eight nights sleeping in a car outside Bournemouth
International Centre to make sure they were first in the queue for Cliff Richard's forthcoming concert tickets.
2003, Sir Paul McCartney played a private show in San Diego for the 50th birthday of
Wendy Whitworth, the
executive producer of CNN’s Larry King Show. Sir Paul donated his $1 million (£0.6 million) fee to the Adopt-a-
Minefield charity.
2004, The Sex Pistols' 'Anarchy in the UK' was named the most influential record of the 1970s in poll compiled
by Q magazine.

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1936, Ernie K-Doe, R&B singer who had a 1961 US No.1 single with ‘Mother-in-Law’
Mick Green, guitarist with Johnny Kidd & The Pirates from 1962–4, (1963 UK No.4 singles ‘I’ll Never Get
Over You’). Joined Billy J. Kramer in 1964.
William Oliver Swofford, (Oliver), 1969, US No 3 & UK No. 6 single, 'Good Morning Starshine.
1977, James Blunt, singer, songwriter and former Army captain.

Music Stuff February 21st
1961, The Beatles played three gigs in one day. The first was a lunchtime show at the Cavern Club, then at
night they appeared at the Cassanova Club, Liverpool and at Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool.
1964, three classic British singles were released, The Rolling Stones 'Not Fade Away', (a UK No.3), The Hollies
'Just One Look', (a UK No.2), and Billy J Kramer's 'Little Children', (a UK No.1).
1968, Otis Redding had his first entry on the UK singles chart with '(Sittin On) The Dock Of The Bay' .
1970, Simon and Garfunkel went to No.1 on the UK chart with 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'.
1976, Florence Ballard of The Supremes died of cardiac arrest, aged 32.
1976, The Four Seasons were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'December '63 (Oh What A Night).
1981, Dolly Parton started a two week run at No.1 on the US charts with '9 to 5', the singers first No.1, a No.47 hit
in the UK.
1982, American DJ Murry The K died. Murray is thought to be the first person to play a Beatles record on radio
in America.
1987, Ben E King was at No.1 in the UK singles chart with 'Stand By Me.'
1998, Celine Dion went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'My Heart Will Go On'. The song was the theme from
the movie Titanic.
2001, Robbie Williams was attacked and thrown from the stage during a concert in Stuttgart, Germany after a
man got onto the stage and pushed Williams into the security pit.
2002, Elton John accused the music industry of exploiting young singers and dumping talented artists for
manufactured group's.
2004, Mud singer Les Gray died of a heart attack, whilst fighting throat cancer, aged 57, (1974 UK No.1 single
'Tiger Feet' plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles').

Birthday Boys and Girls February 21st
1933,Nina Simone, (Eunice Wayman) US jazz, blues singer
1942,  Bob Day, Allisons, (1961 UK No.2 single 'Are You Sure').
1943, David Geffen, Geffen record label boss. Founder of Asylum records signed The Eagles, Crosby Stills Nash
& Young, Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell.
1958, Mary-Chapin Carpenter, country singer,
1961, Ranking Roger, The Beat, (1983 UK No.3 single 'Can't Get Used To Losing You'). Fine Young Cannibals,
(1989 US No.1 & UK No.5 single 'She Drives Me Crazy').
1986,  Charlotte Church, UK singer, (1999 UK No.34 single 'Just Wave Hello'. 1998 UK No.4 album, 'Voice Of An
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