Wednesday, February 29, 2012

ROCK HISTORY - IT HAPPENED ON FEBRUARY 29


Led Zeppelin
Born on this day:
1940, Gretchen Christopher, The Fleetwoods

Rock Pills:
1972, On the last date of an Australian tour Led Zeppelin played at the Festival Hall in Brisbane.

1976, 10cc kicked off a 30-date UK tour at the Fairfield Hall, Croydon promoting their new album 'How Dare You'. Also this week 10CC member Eric Stewart had been nominated for a Grammy award in America for his work on the 'Original Soundtrack' album.

1976, A Special 'Leap Year' concert with The Stranglers, Nasty Pop, Deaf School and Jive Bombers, at London's Roundhouse.

1980, The glasses that Buddy Holly had been wearing when he died were discovered in a police file in Mason, Iowa after being there for over 21 years.

1992, Mr Big started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'To Be With You', a No.3 hit in the UK. 1992, U2 kicked off their north American leg of the 'Zoo TV Tour', at The Lakeland Civic Centre Arena, Florida.

1996, American musician, songwriter and record producer, Wes Farrell died aged 56. He was one of the writers behind The Partridge Family American TV show and also wrote 'Hang On Sloopy' the 1965 hit for The McCoys.

1996, Status Quo sued Radio 1 for £250,000 ($425,000) on the grounds that the BBC station was breaking the law by not including their new record on their playlist.

Mr Big
2000, Eric Clapton was banned from driving for six months after speeding at 45mph in a 30mph zone near his UK home in Surrey.

2000, Sir Elton John stormed out of the opening of his new Broadway musical show, 'Aida', after 15 minutes complaining that his songs had been ruined.

2004, Peter Andre went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with a re-issue of his 1996 No.2 hit 'Mysterious Girl.' Andre had been a contestant in the UK TV show 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here' set in the Australian outback.

2008, Mike Smith, the lead singer of 1960s British group The Dave Clark Five, died from pneumonia at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire, England at the age of 64. The Dave Clark Five had 19 UK Top 40 hits, including 'Bits and Pieces' and the number one single 'Glad All Over'. The band, which broke up in the 1970s, sold more than 100 million records and recorded 23 albums.

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