Tuesday, February 21, 2012

ROCK HISTORY - IT HAPPENED ON FEBRUARY 21


David Geffen

Born on this day:
1943, David Geffen, Geffen record label boss
1949, Jerry Harrison, The Modern Lovers & Talking Heads
1961, Ranking Roger, The Beat
1969, James Dean Bradfield, guitar, vocals, Manic Street Preachers

Rock Pills:
1961, The Beatles played three gigs in one day. The first was a lunchtime show at the Cavern Club, then at night they appeared at two Liverpool spots, the Cassanova Club and Litherland Town Hall.

1964, New York band The Echoes recruited a new young unknown piano player named Billy Joel.

1970, Simon and Garfunkel went to #1 on the U.K. chart with Bridge Over Troubled Water. The album stayed on the chart for over 300 weeks, returning to the top spot on eight separate occasions. It spent 41 weeks at #1.

1976, Florence Ballard of The Supremes died of cardiac arrest at the age of 32. Ballard had left The Supremes in 1967. She lost an $8 million lawsuit against Motown records and was living on welfare when she died.

Dolly Parton
1981, Dolly Parton started a two week run at #1 on the U.S. charts with “9 to 5.” It was Dolly’s first #1 hit. It climbed to #47 in the U.K.

1987, Ben E. King was at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with “Stand By Me.” The track was first released in 1961 and became a hit in 1987 after being featured in the film Stand By Me.

2002, Sir Elton John accused the music industry of exploiting young singers and dumping talented artists for manufactured groups. Elton said, “There are too many average and mediocre acts; it damages real talent getting airplay. It's just fodder.”

2008, a computer expert was jailed for two years for electronically stalking Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington. Devon Townsend worked at a U.S. national security laboratory in New Mexico, where she used a computer to track Bennington. She admitted to obtaining family photos, accessing e-mail and voicemail, and threatening his wife Talinda.

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