Wednesday, February 22, 2012

ROCK HISTORY - IT HAPPENED ON FEBRUARY 22

Average White Band
Born on this day:
1938, Bobby Hendricks, The Drifters
1943, Louise Lopez, Odyssey
1973, Scott Phillips, Creed
1977, James Blunt, singer, songwriter

Rock Pills:
1962, Elvis Presley was at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with “Rock-A- Hula Baby” / “Cant Help Falling In Love.” The tracks were from his latest film Blue Hawaii and became the singer’s tenth U.K. #1.

1969, Tyrannosaurus Rex appeared at The Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England. The support act was David Bowie performing a one-man mime act.

1975, Scottish group The Average White Band went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Pick Up The Pieces,” the bands album AWB also went to #1 on the U.S. chart.

1978, The Police appeared in a Wrigley's Chewing Gum commercial for U.S. TV, the band dyed their hair blonde for the appearance.

1981, one hit wonder Joe Dolce was at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with “Shaddap You Face,” famously keeping the legendary Ultravox song, “Vienna,” off the #1 slot. The song was #1 in 11 countries with over 35 different foreign language cover versions, selling over 4 million copies.

1987, Andy Warhol, pop artist and producer died after a gall bladder operation. The founder of the Pop Art movement, produced and managed The Velvet Underground, designed the 1967 Velvet Underground And Nico banana album cover and The Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers album cover.

1997, No Doubt went to #1 on the U.K. singles chart with “Don't Speak.’” The third single from the band's second album Tragic Kingdom was written by Eric Stefani and his sister Gwen Stefani.


2000, the engagement ring Sex Pistol Sid Vicious gave to his girlfriend Nancy Spungen went on sale for auction at £1,500 ($2,550). Sid bought the ring from Camden market in 1977. Also on sale was a pair of John Lennon’s jeans for £2,250 ($3,825).

No Doubt
2001, winners at the 43rd Grammy Awards included U2, record of the year and song of the year with “Beautiful Day.” Steely Dan won album of the year for Two Against Nature, Sting won Male pop vocal for “She Walks This Earth,” Johnny Cash won Best Male country performance for “Solitary Man," and Shelby Lynne won best new artist.

2002, Drummer Ronnie Verrell died aged 76. He worked with The Ted Heath Orchestra and The Syd Lawrence Orchestra and provided the drum licks for Animal in The Muppet Show.

2002, two middle-aged women spent the first of eight nights sleeping in a car outside Bournemouth International Centre to make sure they were first in the queue for when tickets to Cliff Richard's forthcoming concert went on sale.

2004, Norah Jones started a six-week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart with “Feels Like Home,” the singer’s second U.S. #1.

2004, The Sex Pistols' Anarchy in the UK was named the most influential record of the 1970s in poll compiled by Q magazine. Queen's “Bohemian Rhapsody” was voted into second place and Donna Summer's “I Feel Love” was third. T Rex's “Get It On" was fourth and Special AKA's “Gangsters” came fifth.

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