Friday, March 2, 2012


Jon Bon Jovi

Born on this day:
1938, Lawrence Payton, vocals, The Four Tops
1943, Lou Reed, guitar, vocals, Velvet Underground
1948, Rory Gallagher, Irish blues guitarist
1950, Karen Carpenter, vocals, drums, The Carpenters
1962, Jon Bon Jovi, guitar, vocals, Bon Jovi
1977, Chris Martin, piano, guitar, vocals, Coldplay

Rock Pills:
1955, Bo Diddley’s first recording session occurs at Universal Recording Studio in Chicago, where he lays down “Bo Diddley,” which topped the U.S. R&B chart the following June.

1960, After completing his national service and flying back to America, Elvis Presley steps on British soil for the first and only time in his life when the plane carrying him stops for refueling at Prestwick Airport, Scotland.

1964, The Beatles begin filming their first feature film A Hard Day’s Night at Paddington Station, London.

1974, At the Grammy Awards, Stevie Wonder wins four awards: Album of the Year (Innervisions), Best R&B Song and Best Vocal for “Superstition” and Best Pop Vocal Performance for “You are the Sunshine of My Life.”

1977, The Jam play the first of a five-week Wednesday night run at The Red Cow, Hammersmith, London. The band has just signed a four-year recording contract with Polydor Records.

1985, Wham! start a three-week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Make It Big,” which eventually sells over 5 million copies in America.

1991, More than two decades after its first release, “All Right Now” by Free makes #2 in the U.K. singles chart after being reissued to coincide with its use in a Wrigley’s chewing gum TV ad.

1996, Oasis score their second U.K. #1 single with “Don’t Look Back in Anger.” Taken from the band’s (What’s the Story) Morning Glory album. it is the first Oasis single to feature Noel Gallagher on lead vocals instead of his brother, Liam.

1999, Dusty Springfield dies after a long battle against cancer, at age 59. The much-loved British singer had her first U.K. hit single in 1963 with “I Only Want to Be With You,” which reached #4. She also scored a 1966 U.K. #1 and U.S. #4 single (“You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me”) plus more than 15 other U.K. Top 40 singles.

Jeff Healey
2003, Singer-songwriter Hank Ballard dies from throat cancer. Ballard wrote and recorded the original version of “The Twist,” released as a B-side. A year later, Chubby Checker debuted his own chart-topping version of “The Twist” on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, launching a dance craze that prompted the creation of other twist songs, including “Twist and Shout” by The Isley Brothers and “Twistin’ the Night Away” by Sam Cooke.

2008, Canadian singer-guitarist, Jeff Healey, dies of cancer. Healey lost his sight to retinoblastoma, a rare cancer of the eyes when he was eight months old, resulting in his eyes being surgically removed. After living cancer-free for 38 years, he developed sarcoma in his legs, which spread to his lungs. Healey released more than 12 albums, presented a long-running radio show and worked with many artists including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, ZZ Top, Steve Lukather and Eric Clapton.

2009, Liverpool Hope University launches a Masters degree on The Beatles, popular music and society. The university claims the course which looks at the studio sound and compositions of The Beatles is the first of its kind in the U.K. and “probably the world.”

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