Monday, January 30, 2012


Phil Collins

Born on this day:
1941, Joe Terranova, Danny and the Juniors
1942, Marty Balin, vocals, Jefferson Airplane
1947, Steve Marriott, guitarist, singer, Small Faces, Humble Pie
1951, Phil Collins, drums, piano, vocals, Genesis and solo

The facts:
1958, Buddy Holly, Paul Anka, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jodie Sands and Johnny O'Keefe all appeared at Sydney Stadium in Sydney, New South Wales.

1961, The Shirelles became the first girl group to have the #1 song on the U.S. chart when “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” reached the top. The song peaked at #4 in the U.K.

1969, The Beatles played their lunchtime rooftop gig on top of the Apple building on Savile Row in London. Lasting just over 40 minutes, it was the last time The Beatles performed live.

1970, Edison Lighthouse were at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with “Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes).” The group's only Top 40 hit spent five weeks at the top of the charts. In February 1970, Tony Burrows became the first (and still the only) person to appear on BBC Television's Top of the Pops fronting three different acts in one show: Edison Lighthouse (who were #1 that week), White Plains and Brotherhood of Man.

1973, after recently changing their name from Wicked Lester, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss made their first appearance as KISS at the Popcorn Club in Queens, New York.

Steve Marriott
1988, during a court case involving Holly Johnson and ZTT Records it was revealed that Frankie Goes to Hollywood had not played on their hits “Relax” and “Two Tribes.” The court was told that top session musicians were used to make the records.

1990, unhappy with the re-issue of the band’s early single, “Sally Cinnamon,” The Stone Roses trashed their former record company FM Revolver’s offices and threw paint over cars. The band were arrested and charged with criminal damage.

1999, in the NME readers poll results, the winner of “The pop personality that you would like as your doctor” was won by singer Natalie Imbruglia.

2000, Gabrielle went to #1 on the U.K. singles chart with “Rise.” The song used a sample from Bob Dylan's “Knocking on Heaven's Door,” giving Dylan his third U.K. #1 as a writer, the other two being The Byrds’ version of “Mr. Tambourine Man” and Manfred Mann's “The Mighty Quinn.”

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