Friday, February 4, 2011

Rock Music History For February 4

Happy Birthday Alice!

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Musicians Born On February 4

1941 John Steel (Animals)
1948 Alice Cooper (Vince Fournier)
1952 Jerry Shirley (Humble Pie)

Deaths On February 4

1894 Adolph Sax (inventor of saxophone)
1975 Louis Jordan (jazz musician0
1982 Alex Harvey (Sensational Alex Harvey Band)
1983 Karen Carpenter (Carpenters)

Number 1 In The Charts On February 1

1965 Righteous Brothers: You've Lost that Lovin' Feeling UK 45
1977 Althea and Donna Uptown Top Rankin' UK 45
1978 Abba: The Album UK LP
1978 Bee Gees: Staying Alive US 45
1984 Eurythmics: Touch UK LP
1984 Culture Club: Karma Chameleon US 45
1995 Celine Dion : Think Twice : UK single

Various Music Events On February 1

1957 NME publishes one-off magazine entitled Rock-and-Roll Personality Parade, thought to be first UK pop magazine.

1966 The Who play their first headline show at Finsbury Park Astoria, supported by Fortunes and Merseys.

1966 Nineteenth Nervous Breakdown by Rolling Stones released.

1969 Beatles appoint Eastman and Eastman (Linda's father's law firm) as general counsel to Apple.

1974 John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin trial separation.

1977 Evita¸ the follow-up to Jesus Christ Superstar, is released on MCA.

1977 US TV show American Bandstand celebrates its 25th anniversary with a bumper show featuring Chuck Berry, Greg Allman, Booker T. and the MGs, Pointer Sisters and John Rivers.

1979 A month-long rock memorabilia auction begins in San Francisco to benefit the Save the Whales campaign. Among the items sold are John Travolta's black leather jacket from Grease, and a Paul Kantner guitar.

1989 Guns N'Roses become the first act for fiteen years to place two LPs in US Top 5 - Appetite for Destruction (2) and Funs N'Roses Lies (5). The last act was Jim Croce.

1996 Rob Pilatus (formerly of Milli-Vanilli) is injured when a man hits him over the head with a baseball bat in Hollywood. Pilatus was attempting to steal the man's car.

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