February 5th



  • 1933. Country singer Claude King born in Shreveport, Louisiana.

  • 1935. Alex Harvey born in The Gorbals, Glasgow, Scotland.

  • 1941. R&B singer/writer and producer Barrett Strong (recorded the original version of "Money" befor working as a producer for Motown) born in Westpoint, Mississippi.

  • 1942. Cory Wells (Three Dog Night) born in Buffalo, New York.

  • 1943. Chuck Winfield (Blood, Sweat And Tears) born in Monessen, Pennsylvania.

  • 1944. James R. Cobb (Atlanta Rhythm Section) born in Birmingham, Alabama.

    1944. Al Kooper (Blues Project, Blood Sweat And Tears) born in New York.

  • 1948. David Denny (The Steve Miller Band) born.

  • 1956. Mosque Theater, Richmond, Virginia: Elvis Presley.

  • 1957. Bill Haley And The Comets arrive at Southampton aboard the liner Queen Elizabeth for their first U.K. tour. Their arrival is low-key until they get off the train at London's Victoria Station when there is nearly a riot caused by the thousands of fans desparate to catch a glimpse of their heroes.

  • 1958. Buddy Holly's new single, "I'm Gonna Love You Too" is released in the US.

  • 1959. The Big Bopper (real name Jiles Perry Richardson Jnr.) is buried at Beamont Cemetery, Beaumont, Texas.

  • 1961. Blair Hall, Walton, Liverpool: The Beatles.

  • 1962. Beatles, The Cavern Club (lunchtime) plus the Kingsway Club in Southport (evening): The Beatles. Drummer Pete Best is ill and unable to perform with The Beatles for these two shows, and John, Paul, and George are unanimous in wanting Ringo Starr who plays with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes to take over the drum stool. Ringo, who has a day off, accepts and performs with The Beatles.

  • 1963. Back on the Helen Shapiro tour, The Beatles perform at the Gaumont Cinema, Doncaster, Yorkshire.

  • 1964. Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses) born Michael McKagan in Seattle, Washington.

    1964. Sally Still (Furniture) born in London, England.

    1964. The Beatles fly from France's Le Bourget airport to London Airport, where they're greeted by 100 excited schoolgirls (and in the middle of a schoolday, too!).

    1964. On Television: (U.K.) Top Of The Pops. Presented by Alan Freeman and David Jacobs. Featuring Brian Poole & The Tremeloes performing "Candy Man" (Promo Video); Cilla Black - "Anyone Who Had A Heart"; Cliff Richard - "I'm The Lonely One"; Gerry & The Pacemakers - "I'm The One"; Manfred Mann - "5-4-3-2-1" (Promo Video); The Bachelors - "Diane"; The Merseybeats - "I Think Of You"; The Ronettes - "Baby I Love You" (Promo Video); The Searchers - "Needles & Pins" (Promo Video).

  • 1966. Marquee Club: David Jones And The Lower (David Bowie).
    Central Polytechnic, London: John Mayall's Blues Breakers.

  • 1967. Soft Machine are recording at Olympic Studios in London, working on their "Love Makes Sweet Music" single.

    1967. The Monkees in an episode entitled, "The Devil And Peter Tork".

    1967. Saville Theatre, London: Cream.

  • 1967. The Beatles film the "Penny Lane" promotional video. They go to Stratford in the East End of London, where they are filmed riding white horses and walking around Angel Lane from about noon to 4:00 pm. The film director, on a separate date, goes to Liverpool to shoot location shots of the real Penny Lane, with some of that footage spliced in with the sequences featuring the Beatles, giving the illusion that The Beatles are walking along the real Penny Lane.

  • 1968. Chris Barron (The Spin Doctors) born Christopher Barron Gross in Pearl Harbour, Hawaii.

    1968. Hank Marvin, 26, (The Shadows) is fined 20 at a court in Leicester, after being caught speeding on the M1 motorway at 100-120 m.p.h.

    1968. Ringo Starr rehearses for an appearance on the Cilla Black television show "Cilla", scheduled for live broadcast on February 6.

    1968. Cream are recording a session at the TV studios, Vognmandsmarken, Kobenhavn-Osterbro (Denmark).

    1968. Arizona State University, Tempe: Jimi Hendrix Experience. Support: Soft Machine.

  • 1969. Bobby Brown born Robert Baresford Brown in Roxbury, Massachussetts.

    1969. Whisky-A-Go-Go, West Hollywood: Them.

    1969. The Beatles' album, "Yellow Submarine" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1970. Delaney and Bonnie are recording at ABC Television Studios, New York City, New York.

  • 1970. Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, Wales (Cardiff Art Center benefit): Pink Floyd.

  • 1971. On television: The Partridge Family in an episode entitled, "To Play Or Not To Play".

  • 1971. ABC Cinema, Hull: Deep Purple.
    East Anglia University, Norwich: Soft Machine.

  • 1971. Country singer Sara Evans born.

  • 1972. John Lennon and Yoko Ono are among 400 demonstrators outside the New York offices of British Overseas Airways Corporation supporting a union oycott of all British exports in protest at British policy in Northern Ireland.

    1972. On television: (U.S.A.) Soul Train featuring The Dells; Kim Weston; Luther Ingram.

    1972. Colston Hall, Bristol: Pink Floyd.

  • 1973. Elton John's single, "Crocodile Rock" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1974. Kiss begin a tour Canada for several days.

  • 1975. Queen begin their second U.S. tour with a gig at the Agora Ballroom, Columbus, Ohio.

  • 1976. Saxophonist Rudy Pompilli (Bill Haley And The Comets) dies from lung cancer in Chester.

  • 1977. On television: (U.S.A.) Soul Train featuring Rufus; The Impressions.

  • 1979. The Bee Gees' single, "Tragedy" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Gloria Gaynor's album. "Love Tracks" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Anne Murray's album, "New Kind Of Feeling" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    The Pointer Sisters' single, "Fire" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1980. The United States Patent and Trademark Office registers Gene Simmons' makeup design (No. 1130566).

    1980. Herb Alpert's album, "Rise" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Styx's album, "Cornerstone" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1981. Marquee Club: Au-Pairs.
    "New York, New York", Augusta, Georgia: R.E.M..

  • 1982. Phonogram places an order for the pressing of the new UK Kiss single, "A World Without Heroes" b/w "Mr Blackwell", for 7500 copies of the regular single with picture sleeve and 10,000 copies of the 7" picture disc.

    1982. Thelonius Monk, 61, suffers a stroke and is rushed to Englewood Hospital in New Jersey. A hospital spokesman said he was in a coma and "his condition is regarded as poor".

    1982. Marquee Club: Amazon.

    1982. Black Sabbath's album "Mob Rules" is certified silver by the B.P.I. It was released on October 1st, last year.
    Kool & The Gang's album, "Something Special" is certified silver by the B.P.I.
    Quarterflash's eponymous album is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

    1982. Abba's new single, "Head Over Heels" is released in the UK. Highest chart position: 25

  • 1983. Marquee Club: Mama's Boys. Support: Double Agent.

    1983. On television: (U.S.A.) Saturday Night Live with musical guest Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes.
    (U.S.A.) Soul Train featuring Angela Bofill; Con Funk Shun.

  • 1984. Marquee Club: Man.

  • 1985. Marquee Club: Two People. Support: Line Design.
    San Diego Sport Arena, California, USA: Deep Purple.

    1985. Prince's album, "1999" is certified silver by the B.P.I.
    The Studio Cast Recording of "Chess" (including Elaine Paige, Barbara Dickson and Murray Head) is certified silver by the B.P.I.

    1985. Bryan Adams' album, "Reckless" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Duran Duran's album, "Arena" is certified 2 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Madonna's album, "Like A Virgin" is certified 3 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Midnight Star's album, "No Parking On The Dance Floor" is certified 2 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Tina Turner's album, "Private Dancer" is certified 3 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1986. Marquee Club: Chrome Molly. Support: Tragedy.

  • 1987. Marquee Club: The Monochrome Men. Support: Helium Brothers.

    1987. Style Council's album, "The Cost Of Loving" is certified silver by the B.P.I. It was released three days ago, on February 2nd, this year.

    1987. The Cure's album, "Standing On A Beach - The Singles" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Georgia Satellites' eponymous album is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Dan Seals' album, "Won't Be Blue Anymore" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1988. Marquee Club: Faith No More.

    1988. Jonathan Butler's eponymous album is certified gold by the B.P.I.
    Cher's eponymous album is certified silver by the B.P.I.
    The Pretenders' album, "The Singles" is certified 2 x Platinum by the B.P.I.
    Joyce Sims' album "Come Into My Life" is certified gold by the B.P.I.
    T'Pau's album, "Bridge Of Spies" is certified 3 x Platinum by the B.P.I.

  • 1989. Marquee Club: Running Wild. Support: Horse.

  • 1990. Marquee Club: Mano Negra.

    1990. Bauhaus' album, "Bauhaus 1979-83" is certified silver by the B.P.I.
    Technotronic's album, "Pump Up The Jam" is certified silver by the B.P.I.

    1990. Paula Abdul's longform video, "Straight Up" is certified 1.5 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Alice Cooper's album, "Trash" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers' album, "Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers".
    Kix' single, "Don't Close Your Eyes" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    New Kids On The Block's longform video, "Hangin' Tough" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A. while their other longform video, "Hangin' Tough - Live" is certified 9 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Pink Floyd's longform video, "Delicate Sound Of Thunder" is certified 1.5 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Rod Stewart's album, "Storyteller - The Complete Anthology 1964-1990" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Luther Vandross's album, "The Night I Fell In Love" is certified 2 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A. and his longform video, "Live At Wembley" is certified gold.
    The Who's longform video, "The Who Live Featuring 'Tommy'" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1991. Marquee Club: Dangerous. Support: The Smart Alecs.

    1991. Sportcsarnok, Budapest, Hungary: Deep Purple.

  • 1992. The Beach Boys' album, "Best Of The Beach Boys Volume 2" is certified 2 X platinum by the R.I.A.A. and the album, "Little Deuce Coupe" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Ernie Ford's album, "Hymns" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    George Harrison's album, "All Things Must Pass" is certified 2 X platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Jimi Hendrix' album, "Band Of Gypsies" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    The Knack's album, "Get The Knack" is certified 2 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Paul & Linda McCartney's album,"Ram" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Helen Reddy's album, "Helen Reddy's Greatest Hits" is certified 2 X platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Paul Simon's album, "Graceland" is certified 4 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1994. On television: (U.S.A.) Soul Train featuring Chris Walker; 7669; Me 2 U.
    (France) Taratata. No. 40. Special Victoires de la Musique. Solos: Sinclair Regg'lyss; Les Charts; Native; Pow Wow; Juliette; Nina Moratto; Pascal Obispo; Thomas Fersen.

    1994. Aaliyah's album, "One In A Million" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Led Zeppelin's album, "The Song Remains The Same" is certified 4 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1997. The inquest into the death of jazz legend Ronnie Scott records a verdict of death by misadventure. The court had heard that Scott died from an overdose of barbiturates but there was no evidence to show it was suicide.

  • 1998. Tomothy Kelly (Slaughter) dies when his car is involved in a collision with an articulated truck in northwest Arizona aged 34.

    1998. Motley Crue drummer, Tommy Lee, pleads innocent to charges of assault by fax to a court in Phoenix. The charges allege that he, along with Nikki Sixx, assaulted a security guard during a concert in the city in December 1997. A new hearing is scheduled for February 27th.

    1998. Coca Cola Auditorium, Monterrey, Mexico: Deep Purple.

    1998. Celine Dion's album, "Let's Talk About Love" is certified 5 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Korn's longform video, "Who Then Now?" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Patty Loveless' album, "The Trouble With The Truth" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1999. Music lawyer Peter Paterno files a lawsuit against former Guns 'N' Roses' drummer, Steven Adler in Los Angeles Superior Court. The suit is seeking $ 25,000 in compensatory, exemplary and punitive damages following a five year court case in which Adler sued Paterno's firm for legal malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and misrepresentation. Adler alleged that when he was sacked by Guns "N' Roses, he he was coerced into accepting a bad severance deal. In 1996, Paterno and his firm were found innocent of all charges.

    1999. 911's single, "A Little Bit More" and their album, "There It Is" are certified silver by the B.P.I.
    Bryan Adams Feat. Melanie C's single, "When You're Gone" is certified gold by the B.P.I.

    1999. DC Talk's album, "Supernatural" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Jay-Z's album, "In My Lifetime, Volume I" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    No Doubt's album, "Tragic Kingdom" is certified 10 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    RZA's album, "RZA As Bobby Digital In Stereo" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Smashing Pumpkins' album, "Gish" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.

    1999. On Television: (U.K.) Top Of The Pops. Presented by Jamie Theakston. Armand Van Helden - "You Don't Know Me"; Bryan Adams - "When You're Gone"; Divine Comedy - "National Express"; Dru Hill - "These Are The Times"; Garbage - "When I Grow Up"; Inner City - "Good Life"; Leilani - "Madness Thing"; Offspring - "Pretty Fly For A White Guy.

  • 2000. On television: (U.S.A.) Saturday Night Live with musical guest Jennifer Lopez.
    (U.S.A.) Soul Train featuring Kevon Edmonds; Ideal; B.G.

    2001. The trial of Sean "Puffy" Combs continues. Today, the court heard from beauty salon owner Natania Reuben, who was shot in the face during the December 1999 nightclub brawl. She said that moments before she was shot, she saw Combs holding a gun. She's now the second witness to incriminate him. Combs (31) is charged with illegal possession of a handgun and bribery, his bodyguard, Anthony "Wolf" Jones, also faces a gun charge and their co-defendant, Jamal "Shyne" Barrow is charged with attempted murder. The case continues..

  • 2002. R&B singer Brandy announces that she secretly married record producer Robert Smith last year.

    2002. James Brown takes the witness stand in the sexual harassment trial brought against him by his former employee, Lisa Ross Agbalaya. It's alleged that Brown made unwanted sexual advances towards the woman and when she complained, fired her. Under cross-examination, he said, "I never touched Miss Ross Agbalaya in my life. She's a married woman and I wouldn't do that". Agbalaya had been President of West Coast Operations for the New James Brown Enterprises Inc and was sacked in February 2000. Brown's attorney, Debra Opri said the sacking was a result of the closure of the West Coast office. Brown told the court the job was not as important as it sounded and she had been called "president" to impress DJs that she dealt with. Brown himself oversaw the running of the office and made all the decisions. He said that Agbalaya had only gone to Georgia twice. Once was for training and the second time, she surprised him at his home when she arrived unannounced to ask for a loan. The trial continues.

    2002. Kiss with Eric Singer and Ace Frehley, perform "Shout It Out Loud", "Love Gun", "God Of Thunder", "Lick It Up", and "Rock And Roll All Nite", with live vocals only, at the Lane Bryant Fashion show at New York's Roseland Ballroom.

    2002. Barry Manilow is joined onstage by former U.S. president Bill Clinton, during his encore at New York's Radio City Music Hall. Proceeds from tonight's show will go to the Families Of Freedom Scholarship Fund set up by Clinton and former senator Bob Dole to aid victims of September 11th 2001.

  • 2003. The Premio Lo Nuestro Latin music awards are held in Miami. Among the winners are:
    Best Male Pop Artist: Juanes.
    Best Female Pop Artist: Shakira.
    Best Rock Performer: Juanes.
    Best Pop Album: Sin Bandera.
    Best Song Of The Year: "A Dios Le Pido" by Juanes.
    Best Tropical Song Of The Year: "La Vida Es Un Carnaval" by Celia Cruz.
    Best Video: "A Dios Le Pido" by Juanes.
    Best Female Artist (Mexican Region): Pilar Montenegro.
    Favourite Artist (as voted by fans via the internet): Thalia.

    2003. Rapper Russell Simmons announces that he'll be launching a campaign next week to boycott Pepsi products after they sacked fellow rapper, Ludacris for using vulgar language but featured Ozzy Osbourne in their Superbowl advert, despite his language. Pepsi pulled the 30-second Ludacris commercial after conservative commentator, Bill O'Reilly branded the company, "immoral" for using the "foul-mouthed" rapper.


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