Feb 17 – Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday Billie Joe!

Musician’s Born On This Day

1939 John Leyton (Johny Remember Me)
1941 Gene Pitney (Something’s Gotten Hold on My Heart)
1966 Melissa Brooke-Bellard (Voice of the Beehive)
1972 Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day)


1982 Thelonius Monk (jazz musician)

No. 1 In The Charts

1956 Dean Martin: Memories Are Made of This UK 45
1962 Gene Chandler: Duke Of Earl US 45
1966 Nancy Sinatra: These Boots Are Made for Walking UK 45
1968 Supremes: Greatest Hits UK LP
1973 O Jays: Love Train US LP
1979 Blondie: Parallel Lines UK LP
1997 No Doubt : Don’t Speak : UK single

Various Music Events

1960 Everly Brothers sign with Warner Brothers (Cathy’s Clown soon released with catalogue number WB1).

1967 Beatles release Strawberry Fields Forever, Penny Lane.

1969 Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash record together in Nashville. Only one song released – Girl from the North Country on Nashville Skyline.

1972 Pink Floyd begin a four-night stand at London’s Rainbow Theatre during which they premiere Dark Side of the Moon.

1973 Beach Boys enter UK charts with Holland LP.

1975 John Lennon releases Rock and Roll LP.

1979 Bee Gees’ Spirits Having Flown hits UK LP chart.

1979 Clash begin their first American tour. Dubbed Pearl Harbor 79, the tour opens at Palladium in new York. First song is I’m So Bored with the USA.

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