Feb 7 – Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday Alan!

No. 1

1976 Paul Simon: 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover US 45
1976 Bob Dylan: Desire US LP
1981 John Lennon Woman UK 45
1981 John Lennon: Double Fantasy UK LP
1987 Aretha Franklin and George Michael: I Knew You Were Waiting UK 45
1987 Madonna: Open Your Heart US 45
1999 Blondie : Maria : UK single

Births

1949 Alan Lancaster (Status Quo)
1959 Brian Travers (UB40)
1960 Steve Bronski (Bronski Beat)
1962 David Bryan (Bon Jovi)
1962 Garth Brooks

Deaths

1959 Eddie ‘Guitar Slim’ Jones (influence on Jimi Hendrix)

Various

1964 Beatles visit America for first time. I Want to Hold Your Hand is No. 1, and thousands of screaming fangs greet them at Kennedy airport.

1964 Kinks appear on Ready, Steady, Go performing Long Tall Sally.

1965 George Harrison has his tonsils removed at University College Hospital, London.

1966 First edition of the first rock magazine, Crawdaddy, published in US.

1979 Stephen Stills completes the first digitally recorded rock LP, which is never released.

1980 Pink Floyd premiere their concert The Wall in Los Angeles.

1981 Talking Heads debut on UK chart with Once in a Lifetime.

1983 Led Zeppelin go platinum with Coda LP.

1984 CBS hold a party for Michael Jackson at Museum of Natural History, New York.

1987 Luther Vandross finally hits US Top 20 singles chart for the first time as Stop to Love moves to No. 19

1987 Open Your Heart becomes Madonna’s third straight No. 1 single from her latest LP True Blue – only Whitney Houston has achieved this before, when Greatest Love of All hit the top.

1994 Blind Melon’s singer Shannon Hoon is thrown out of the American Music Awards for loud and disruptive behavior.He is later charged with assault, battery, resisting arrest and destroying a police station phone.

1995 Rapper Tupac Shakur is sentenced to one-to-four-and-a-half years in jail for sexual abuse.

Have a groovy day 🙂

Peace and Love,
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