Friday, February 3, 2012


Born in this day:
1943, Dennis Edwards, The Temptations
1943, Eric Haydock, bass, The Hollies
1947, Dave Davies, guitarist, The Kinks
1947, Melanie, US singer, songwriter
1949, Arthur Kane, bass, The New York Dolls

Rock Pills:
1959, 22 year old Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens, aged 17, died in a crash shortly after take-off from Clear Lake, Iowa, the pilot of the single-engined Beechcraft Bonanza plane was also killed. Holly hired the plane after heating problems developed on his tour bus. All three were traveling to Fargo, North Dakota, for the next show on their Winter Dance Party Tour which Holly had set - covering 24 cities in three weeks, to make money after the break-up of his band, The Crickets.

1967, producer Joe Meek shot his landlady Violet Shenton and then shot himself at his flat in London, Meek produced The Tornadoes hit 'Telstar' the first No.1 in the U.S. by a British group.

1968, One hit wonders The Lemon Pipers went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Green Tambourine,” the song was a #7 hit in the U.K.

1973, Elton John started a three-week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Crocodile Rock,” Elton's first of five U.S. #1 singles.

1979, Blondie had their first of five U.K. #1 singles, with “Heart Of Glass,” taken from the band's third studio album, Parallel Lines.

Elton John
1990, during a European tour Bob Dylan started a six-night residency at London's Hammersmith Odeon.

1992, on their first Europe tour Pearl Jam played at The Esplanade Club in Southend, England to 300 people, the bands first ever UK show. The tour also took Pearl Jam to Norway, Sweden, Holland, France, Spain and Italy.

1999, Tony Hadley singer with Spandau Ballet told a High Court in London of his "desperate" financial situation after his solo career failed. Hadley and band members Steve Norman and drummer John Keeble, were suing Spandau Ballet songwriter Gary Kemp for hundreds of thousands of pounds of allegedly unpaid publishing royalties. Hadley earned £120,000 a year during the band's heyday in the early 1980s, but the court heard that when he fell on hard times he was forced him to sell his home to pay off a £50,000 overdraft in 1993.

2007, a Razorlight’s gig in Lyon was halted mid-set because of an altercation between singer Johnny Borrell and bassist Carl Dalemo. The pair exchanged insults before they came to blows onstage. Borrell then stormed off leaving the French crowd amazed and unsure about what was going on.

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