Feb – 19 Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday Tony!

Musician’s Born On Feb 19

1946 Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)
1940 Williams ‘Smokey’ Robinson
1943 Cass Elliott
1956 Dave Wakeling (General Public/Beat)
1957 Falco (Rock Me Amadeus)
1960 Prince Mark D (Fat Boys)
1963 Seal

Deaths

1980 Bon Scott (AC/DC)

No. 1 In The Charts on Feb 19

1972 Nilsson: Without You US 45
1977 Leo Sayer: When I Need You UK 45
1977 Shadows: 20 Golden Greats UK LP
1983 Kajagoogoo: Too Shy UK 45.
1994 Mariah Carey : Without You : UK single
1994 Enigma : The Cross of Changes : UK LP

Various Music Events On Feb 19

1949 John Lee Hooker’s Boogie Chillen is US R&B No. 1.

1955 Dot Records launch Two Hearts Two Kisses as first single by ‘a great new voice’ – Pat Boone.

1958 Motown releases first Miracles single, Got a Job.

1965 Rod Stewart and his group the Soul Agents play their first major gig at a club in Harrow.

1966 Otis Redding’s Otis Blue hits UK LP chart.

1972 Paul McCartney’s Give Ireland Back to the Irish banned by the BBC.

1971 With Son of my Father (co-written by Giorgio Moroder) Chicory Tip becomes the first band to highlight the synthesizer.

1972 Paul Simon debuts solo on UK chart with Mother and Child Reunion.

1977 Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours LP released.

1977 Stranglers debut on UK chart with (Get A) Grip (On Yourself).

1981 Judge Richard Owen of New York State Supreme Court rules that George Harrison ‘subconsciously plagiarised’ the Chiffons song He’s So Fine in his hit My Sweet Lord.

1983 Men at Work’s Business as Usual LP logs fifteenth week at No. 1, the longest run for a debut release.

1983 Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet) marries Leone Lawson.

1983 Patti Austin tops US singles chart after 23-week climb with Baby Come To Me.

1995 Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee marries Pamela Anderson .

1996 Jarvis Cocker (Pulp) is arrested at the Brit Awards. Cocker admitted he walked on stage but denied he touched any children.

1997 A fan who filed a $7 million lawsuit against Motley Crue for hearing loss suffered at one of their concerts, has the case dismissed by a New York judge.The judge said the fan knew the concert would be loud.

1998 The Stray Cats stage a one-off reunion at a benefit for the Carl Perkins Foundation at L.A.’s House Of Blues.

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