Wednesday, February 1, 2012

ROCK HISTORY - IT HAPPENED ON FEBRUARY 1

Mike Campbell
Born on this day:
1937, Don Everly, guitar, vocals, The Everly Brothers
1954, Mike Campbell, guitar, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
1971, Ron Welty, drums, The Offspring

Rock Pills:
1963, 17 year-old Neil Young performed his first professional date at a country club in Winnipeg.

1967, at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles started work on a new song “Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.” It wasn't until The Beatles had recorded the song that Paul McCartney had the idea to make the song the thematic pivot for their forthcoming album.

1972, Chuck Berry had his first U.K. #1 single with a live recording of a song he'd been playing live for over 20 years “My Ding-a-Ling.” U.K. public morality campaigner Mary Whitehouse attempted to have the song banned due to its innuendo-laden lyrics.

1986, Music publisher Dick James died of a heart attack aged 65. He worked with many U.K. ‘60s acts including The Beatles. James signed Elton John and his lyricist Bernie Taupin as unknown artists in 1967 and was the founder of the DJM record label.

1988, The Cars announced they were breaking up after 12 years of working together.

The Cars
1992, George Michael and Elton John went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me,” also a #1 in the U.K. All proceeds from the single went to Aids charities.

1995, Richey James guitarist with the Manic Street Preachers vanished leaving no clues to his whereabouts. He left The Embassy Hotel in London at 7a.m., leaving behind his packed suitcase. His car was found on the Severn Bridge outside Bristol, England sixteen days later.

1999, Four hundred people were injured after an Australian concert by Marilyn Manson when he stormed off stage after being bombarded with missiles and abuse at the show in Perth. One of Manson's guitar technicians who needed treatment for cuts to the head.

2001, a collection of Sir Elton John’s private photos on display at a museum in Atlanta was withdrawn. The exhibition was said to be too explicit and some school trips to the museum had been cancelled.

2008, US space agency N.A.S.A. announced that “Across the Universe” by the Beatles was to become the first song ever to be beamed directly into space. The track would be transmitted through the Deep Space Network - a network of antennas - on the 40th anniversary of the song being recorded, being aimed at the North Star, Polaris, 431 light-years from Earth. In a message to N.A.S.A. Sir Paul McCartney said the project was an "amazing" feat. “Well done, N.A.S.A.,” he added. "Send my love to the aliens. All the best, Paul."

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