Friday, February 10, 2012


Cliff Burton
Born on this day:
1937, Roberta Flack, singer, songwriter
1940, Jimmy Merchant, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers
1962, Cliff Burton, bass, Metallica
1977, Rosanna Tavarez, Eden’s Crush

Rock Pills: 
1967, The Beatles recorded the orchestral build-up for the middle and end of “A Day in the Life.” At The Beatles' request, the orchestra members arrived in full evening dress, along with novelty items. One violinist wore a red clown's nose, while another wore a fake gorilla's paw on his bow hand. Others wore funny hats and other assorted novelties. The recording was filmed for a possible Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band television special, which was ultimately abandoned. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mike Nesmith from The Monkees and Donovan also attended the session.

1972, David Bowie appeared at the Tolworth Toby Jug, London, on the opening date of his Ziggy Stardust tour.

1974, record producer Phil Spector was injured in a car crash. He needed extensive plastic surgery that dramatically altered his looks. Details of how the accident happened were kept secret.

1975, Dave Alexander, the original bassist for The Stooges, died from pneumonia at the age of 28. He was fired from the band in August 1970 after showing up at a gig too drunk to play.

1977, The Clash started recording their debut album at CBS studios in London, England.

1979, Rod Stewart started a four-week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Da Ya Think I'm Sexy,” his third U.S. #1 (and a #1 hit in the U.K.). Also today, Rod started a three-week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart with Blondes Have More Fun.

1990, Paula Abdul started a three-week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Opposites Attract,” her fourth U.S. #1 and a #2 hit in the U.K.

1993, on a special edition of the Oprah Winfrey Show, Michael Jackson gave his first TV interview in 14 years, live from his Neverland Valley Ranch.

Brian Connolly
1997, Brian Connolly, singer with the 1970s glam rock group Sweet, died of kidney and liver failure, aged 51. Connolly replaced Ian Gillan (later of Deep Purple and Black Sabbath) in Wainwright's Gentlemen, and later joined Sweetshop, who became Sweet.

2008, Amy Winehouse won five prizes at this year’s Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year (both for her single, “Rehab”) and Best New Artist. The U.K. singer was not at the Los Angeles ceremony to collect the awards due to visa problems. Instead, she made an acceptance speech by satellite, paying tribute to her husband, “My Blake Incarcerated,” who was in custody awaiting trial on charges of attempting to pervert the course of justice and grievous bodily harm.

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