Wednesday, February 15, 2012

ROCK HISTORY - IT HAPPENED ON FEBRUARY 15


Ronnie Vannucci Jr.

Born on this day:
1941, Brian Holland, producer, songwriter
1944, Mick Avory, drums, The Kinks
1945, John Helliwell, sax, Supertramp
1959, Ali Campbell, vocals, UB40
1960, Mikey Craig, bass, Culture Club
1976, Ronnie Vannucci Jr, drummer, The Killers

Rock Pills:
1961, singer Jackie Wilson was left with a stomach wound after Juanita Jones a female fan went to his New York apartment demanding to see him. Jones' gun went off as he tried to disarm her.

1965, American singer and pianist Nat King Cole died of lung cancer. First hit was the 1943 “Straighten Up and Fly Right,” had the 1955 U.S. #2 single “A Blossom Fell” and 1957 U.K. #2 single “When I Fall In Love” plus over 20 other U.S. & U.K. Top 40 singles. Father of singer Natalie Cole, in 1956 he became the first black American to host a television variety show.

1968, US blues harmonica player Little Walter died from injuries incurred in a fight while taking a break from a performance at a nightclub in Chicago. He was the first harmonica player to amplify his harp giving it a distorted echoing sound.

1968, the Lennons and Harrisons arrived in India to study meditation with the Maharishi, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr arrived four days later. Ringo returned before the others comparing the experience to be like a Butlins holiday camp.

1969, singer Vickie Jones was arrested on fraud charges for impersonating Aretha Franklin in concert at Fort Myers, Florida. No-one in the audience had asked for their money back.

1977, Glen Matlock was fired as bass player from The Sex Pistols, being replaced by Sid Vicious. Matlock rejoined in the 90's when the Pistol's reformed.

Mike Bloomfield
1981, American guitarist Mike Bloomfield was found dead in his car in San Francisco from an accidental heroin overdose. A member of the Paul Butterfield band and Electric Flag, he played on Bob Dylan's album Highway 61 Revisited.

1991, Kelly Emberg the ex-girlfriend of Rod Stewart filed a $25 million (£14.7 million) palimony suit in Los Angeles.

2000, Sting pulled-out of a concert in Vienna in protest at the inclusion of Jorg Haider's far right freedom party in Austria's new government. Lou Reed had also cancelled shows in the country.

2002, Kerrang! Magazine overtook the New Musical Express for the first time to become the best selling U.K. weekly music publication. It claimed new bands such as Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park had given them a new teenage audience.

2008, a flat once rented by the Beatles in London went up for sale for £1.75m. The band shared the three-bedroom top floor property in Green Street, Mayfair in the autumn of 1963. A publicity photo of the Fab Four peering over a banister, used as the cover for the December 1963 edition of The Beatles Book, was taken at the top of the property's communal stairwell.

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