Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Phil Manzanera

Born on this day:
1946, Terry Kath, guitar, Chicago
1951, Phil Manzanera, guitar, Roxy Music
1954, Adrian Vandenburg, guitar, Whitesnake
1956, John Lydon, singer, Sex Pistols & Public Image Ltd
1961, Lloyd Cole, vocals, guitar, Lloyd Cole and the Commotions

Rock Pills:
1967, The Beatles spent a second day at Knole Park, Sevenoaks, Kent, England to complete filming for the Strawberry Fields Forever promotional video. The film was shot in color for the benefit of the U.S. market since U.K. television was still broadcasting only in black and white. Taking time out from filming, John Lennon bought an 1843 poster from an antiques shop in Surrey, which provided him with most of the lyrics for the song “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite.”

1970, American blues musician Slim Harpo died of a heart attack while recording in London. He was 46. Harpo had a #16 hit in the U.S. with “Baby Scratch My Back.” The Rolling Stones, Pretty Things, Yardbirds and Them all covered Harpo’s songs.

Natasha Bedingfield
1970, The Jackson 5 went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “I Want You Back.” The song was originally written for Gladys Knight & The Pips and was the first of four #1's for the group. It made #2 in the U.K.

1976, Abba knocked Queen from #1 on the U.K. singles chart with “Mamma Mia.” Queen's single “Bohemian Rhapsody” had enjoyed a nine week run atop the charts. Ironically, “Bohemian Rhapsody” contains the famous "oh, mama mia, mama mia, mama mia let me go" line.

1978, Saxophonist Greg Herbert of Blood Sweat & Tears died of an accidental drug overdose in Amsterdam. He was 30.

1981, Blondie went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “The Tide is High,” the group's third U.S. #1. It also hit #1 in the U.K.

1990, The Stone Roses were granted conditional bail by Wolverhampton Magistrates court after the band had trashed their record company's offices.

2008, Natasha Bedingfield entered the U.S. charts at #3 for her album Pocketful of Sunshine, equaling the record set by soul singer Sade with the highest-ever U.S. chart debut for a U.K.-signed female. Bedingfield sold 50,000 copies of the record in its first week of release.

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