Monday, February 13, 2012


Peter Gabriel
Born on this day:
1944, Peter Tork, bass, The Monkees
1950, Peter Gabriel, Genesis & solo
1956, Peter Hook, bass, Joy Division & New Order
1972, Robert Harrell, bassist, 3 Doors Down
1974, Robbie Williams, singer, Take That & solo
1976, Feist, Canadian singer-songwriter

Rock Pills:
1961, Frank Sinatra launched his own record label. Reprise Records, later the home of Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman and The Beach Boys.

1965, The Rolling Stones played the last night on a 16-date tour of Australia and New Zealand at the Capital Theatre in Perth. Also appearing on the tour was Roy Orbison, The Newbeats and Ray Columbus and the Invaders.

1967, The Monkees announced that from now on they would be playing on their own recordings instead of session musicians.

1967, The Beatles released the double A sided single “Strawberry Fields Forever”/”Penny Lane” on Capitol Records in the U.S. The single spent 10 weeks on the chart peaking at #1.

1971, The Osmonds started a five-week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “One Bad Apple.” The group had been appearing on TV in the U.S. from 1962, on the Andy Williams Show and then the Jerry Lewis show.

1980, Police raided the home of former Sex Pistol John Lydon who greeted them waving a ceremonial sword, the only illegal item they found was a canister of tear gas, claimed to be for defense against intruders.

1982, The Jam became the first band since The Beatles to play two numbers on the same edition of Top Of The Pops, when they performed “A Town Called Malice,” and “Precious,” their latest double A sided #1.

1982, The marble slab was stolen from the grave of Lynyrd Skynyrd's singer Ronnie Van Zant, police found it two weeks later in a dried up river bed.

Ian Brown
1998, police at Manchester Airport arrested former Stone Roses singer, Ian Brown after an incident during a flight from Paris. Brown was found guilty in August the same year and jailed for four months; British Airways also banned him from flying with the airline.

2002, American country singer, songwriter Waylon Jennings died in his sleep after a lengthy fight with diabetes. Waylon was bassist for Buddy Holly following the break-up of The Crickets. Released a series of duet albums with Willie Nelson in the late 1970s. Scored the 1980 U.S. #21 single “Theme From The Dukes Of Hazzard.” He was also the narrator on the television series.

2005, Readers of U.K. newspaper The Sun voted George Michael’s “Careless Whisper” as the greatest British pop single of the past 25 years. Oasis came second with “Wonderwall” and Kate Bush third with “Wuthering Heights.” The rest of the Top 10: #4, Robbie Williams, “Angels,” #5, The Jam, “Going Underground,” in equal 6th, The Sex Pistols, “God Save The Queen” and Joy Division, “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” 7th was Queen, “We Are The Champions,” 9th, The Stone Roses, “Fool’s Gold” and 10th The Undertones “Teenage Kicks.”
2008, a fan paid $3,000 (£1,500) for a jeweled bra, which Shakira wore on her Oral Fixation world tour in 2007, in an auction for the pop star's children's charity. More than $60,000 (£30,700) had been raised so far, with one fan paying $14,100 (£7,200) to meet Shakira. The charity was currently building a school for poor children in the singer's home country, Colombia. Other items in the auction included a purple wig and Gibson guitar used in the video for "Las De La Intuicion," which sold for $3,301 (£1,700), a shiny lavender skirt with turquoise and coral beading that Shakira wore while singing Hips Don't Lie on tour, fetched more than $1,076 (£550).

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