Saturday, February 11, 2012


Sheryl Crow
Born on this day:
1935, Gene Vincent, singer, guitar
1963, Sheryl Crow, singer, songwriter
1977, Mike Shinoda, guitar, Linkin Park

Rock Pills:
1956, Elvis Presley appeared on American TV's Stage Show and performed “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Blue Suede Shoes.”

1964, The Beatles made their live concert debut in the U.S. at the Washington Coliseum. Over 350 police surrounded the stage to keep the 8,000-plus screaming fans in control. One police officer found the noise so loud, he stuck a bullet in each ear as earplugs. The Beatles had to stop three times and turn Ringo's drum kit around and re-position their microphones so that they could face all the audience.

1967, The Monkees set a new record when their second album, More of The Monkees, jumped from #122 to the top of the U.S. chart. The album then stayed in the pole position for 18 weeks.

1973, a local charity raised over £500 selling bed sheets and pillowcases used by The Rolling Stones after a show at Western Springs Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

1982, U2 kicked off a 32-date North American tour in New Orleans.

Bernie Taupin
1985, The Police won Outstanding Contribution to British Music at the fourth annual Brit Awards held in London. Other winners included Prince for Best International Act and Best Soundtrack (for Purple Rain). Best British Single was Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s “Relax,” Best British Video was Duran Duran for “Wild Boys,” Best British Album went to Sade for Diamond Life, Best British Male Solo Artist was won by Paul Young, Best British Female Solo Artist was Alison Moyet and Best British Group went to Wham!

1992, Mötley Crüe fired their singer, Vince Neil, when he turned up for rehearsal, claiming that he had lost his passion for the band and was now more involved with racing cars.

1998, the hand-written lyric sheet to “Candle in the Wind” by Bernie Taupin was auctioned off at Christie's in L.A. for £278,512.

2008, Heather Mills and Sir Paul McCartney appeared at the High Court in London for a hearing to reach a financial settlement for their divorce. The couple, who had a four-year-old daughter, Beatrice, announced the end of their four-year marriage in 2006.

2009, Ronettes singer Estelle Bennett died at her home in Englewood, N.J. She was 67. The ’60s girl group, best known for their work with producer Phil Spector, had the 1963 hit, “Be My Baby.”

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