Sunday, February 12, 2012

ROCK HISTORY - IT HAPPENED ON FEBRUARY 12


Per Gessle

Born on this day:
1939, Ray Manzarek, keyboards, The Doors
1952, Michael McDonald, singer, The Doobie Brothers,
1959, Per Gessle, guitar, vocals, Roxette
1968, Chynna Phillips, Wilson Phillips
1970, Jim Creeggan, bass, Barenaked Ladies

Rock Pills:
1964, The Beatles returned to New York City by train from Washington, D.C. for two performances at Carnegie Hall. There was such a demand for tickets that some extra seating was arranged surrounding the stage. Tickets ranged from $1.65 to $5.50.

1967, 15 police officers raided the home of Rolling Stone Keith Richards and took away various substances for forensic tests.

1970, John Lennon performed “Instant Karma” on BBC TV's Top of the Pops, becoming the first Beatle to appear on the show since 1966.

1977, The Police recorded their first single, “Fall Out,” for £150 ($255) at Pathway Studios, London.

1989, Aretha Franklin lost a court case against Broadway producer Ashton Springer, who sued her for $1 million when she failed to turn up for rehearsals for the stage show Sing Mahalia Sing. Franklin blamed her fear of flying for missing the show.

1997, U2 held a press conference in the lingerie department at the Greenwich Village Kmart store in Manhattan, New York City, announcing their Pop Mart world tour.

1997, David Bowie received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2000, U.S. blues singer Screamin' Jay Hawkins died at the age of 70. A Golden Gloves boxing champion at 16, Hawkins was married nine times, spent two years in jail, and in 1976 was temporarily blinded by one of his flaming stage props. He recorded “I Put a Spell on You” in 1956, which was later covered by The Animals and Nina Simone.

2003, former Doors drummer John Densmore took out legal action against The Doors keyboard player Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger for breach of contract, trademark infringement and unfair competition. The band had reformed with Ex-Cult singer Ian Astbury and former Police drummer Stewart Copeland. Densmore said, "It shouldn't be called The Doors if it's someone other than Jim Morrison singing."

2005, a train was named after The Clash frontman Joe Strummer at a ceremony in Bristol. The diesel train, owned by Cotswold Rail, was named after the singer and guitarist who died in 2002 at the age of 50.

Ray Manzarek
2007, during a press conference at West Hollywood's Whisky a Go-Go nightclub, Sting confirmed that The Police were getting back together. The band were set to kick off a world tour on May 28 in Vancouver, Canada, supported by Sting's son Joe Sumner's band, Fiction Plane.

2008, Ronald Isley's appeal against a three-year jail term for tax fraud was rejected by a U.S. court. The 65-year-old singer of the Isley Brothers argued against being imprisoned in an Indiana jail on the grounds of age and poor health. The court heard he cashed royalty checks belonging to his brother O'Kelly, who died in 1996. The court also found that he had spent millions made from undeclared performances on a yacht and two homes. Isley was ordered to pay more than $3 million for "pathological" evasion.

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