Feb 15 – Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday John!

No. 1 In The Charts

1969 Diana Ross, Supremes and the Temptations UK 45
1975 Linda Ronstadt; Heart Like a Wheel US LP
1986 Whitney Houston: How Will I Know US 45
1986 Sade: Promise US LP

Births

1941 Brian Holland (Dosier/Holland)
1944 Mick Avory (Kinks)
1945 John Helliwell (Supertramp)
1947 David Brown (Santana)
1951 Melissa Manchester (Midnight Blue)
1959 Ali Campbell (UB40)
1960 Mikey Craig (Culture Club)

Deaths

1966 Nat ‘King’ Cole
1968 Little Walter (US blues performer)
1981 Mike Bloomfield (Blues Project)

Various

1957 Irvin Field premieres his Greatest Show of 1957 tour in Pittsburgh. Bill includes Chuck Berry, Clyde McPhatter, Fats Domino, Lavern Baker, Moonglows, Five Satins. Runs until 5 May.

1957 Filming begins on Tommy Steel Story – the rise to fame of a modest London lad.

1958 First Dick Clark Show broadcast on US TV, featuring Connie Francis, Pat Boone, Chuck Willis and Jerry Lee Lewis.

1962 Dion’s The Wanderer hits UK chart.

1964 Meet the Beatles begins an eleven-week run at top of US LP chart.

1971 The Who first perform Lifehouse Pete – Townshend’s new rock opera. It failed, although some songs were recorded for The Who’s next LP.

1972 Anti-bootlegging law comes into effect in US.

1975 Supertramp debut on UK chart with Dreamer.

1977 Glen Matlock fired from Sex Pistols. Sid Vicious joins.

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