February 7th



  • 1921. Country singer Wilma Lee Cooper (Clinch Mountain Clan) born Wilma Lee Leary in Valley Head, West Virginia.

  • 1934. King Curtis born Curtis Ousley in Fort Worth, Texas.

    1934. Bluesman Earl King born Earl Silas Johnson in New Orleans, Louisiana.

  • 1941. Bill Van Buskirk (The Checkmates Ltd.) born in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

  • 1948. Jimmy Greenspoon (Three Dog Night) born.

  • 1949. Alan Lancaster (Status Quo) born in London, England.

  • 1955. Ripley High Gymnasium, Ripley, Mississippi: Elvis Presley.

  • 1956. Center Theater, High Point, North Carolina: Elvis Presley.

    1956. Mark St. John (Kiss), born Mark Leslie Norton, in Hollywood, California.

  • 1959. More than 1,000 mourners attend Buddy Holly's funeral at Lubbock City Cemetery.

    1959. Bluesman Eddie "Guitar Slim" Jones dies from the effects of heavy drinking and pneumonia in New York.

    1959. Brian Travers (UB.40) born.

  • 1960. Steve Bronski (Bronski Beat) born Steve Forrest in Glasgow, Scotland.

  • 1961. Merseyside Civil Service Club, Liverpool: The Beatles (for a fee of 5 pounds).

  • 1962. Country superstar Garth Brooks born in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

    1962. David Bryan (Bon Jovi) born David Rashbaum in New Jersey.

    1962. Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime and then again at night): The Beatles.

  • 1963. On the Helen Shapiro tour, The Beatles perform at the Regal Cinema, Wakefield, Yorkshire.

  • 1964. The Beatles arrive in the United States for the first time, being welcomed with extreme media coverage and rampant Beatlemania. The demands on their time never let up from the moment they set down at John F. Kennedy International Airport, greeted by 5,000 screaming fans, until their return home on February 21. Reporters, photographers, radio stations, and TV news crews follow their every move. Added to this was the film crew accompanying The Beatles to shoot a documentary of their American visit. The results of the documentary filming was a UK broadcast on Feb.12 titled "Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! The Beatles in New York" and a US broadcast on Feb. 13 called "The Beatles in America" (the US broadcast was presented by actress Carol Burnett as part of a weekly documentary series called "The Entertainers"). Over the next few days, The Beatles give extensive interviews to disc jockey Murray the K and to Ed Rudy. The Beatles' US merchandising company, Seltaeb, is inundated with requests for licenses to market Beatles merchandise.

    1964. UK release of The Beatles EP "All My Loving" (Parlophone). Songs: "All My Loving", "Ask Me Why", "Money", and "P.S. I Love You". Highest chart position: #1.

  • 1965. During a holiday with his wife Cynthia in St. Moritz, John Lennon takes to a bob-sled for a trip down the infamous Cresta Run with world champion bob-sledder, Tony Nash.

  • 1966. On television: (U.S.A.) Hullabaloo. Host: Roger Smith. Guests: Frankie Valli, The Lovin' Spoonful, The Four Seasons, Michelle Lee, Christine Cooper.

    1966. The Beach Boys's album, "Summer Days" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1967. The Bee Gees arrive at Southampton docks having left England for Australia nearly nine years ago. They spend their first night back in England in a down at heel hotel in Hampstead, London.

    1967. Mick Jagger issues a libel writ against "The News Of The World" following the paper's allegations that he had taken LSD at a house belonging to a member of The Moody Blues in Roehampton. Unfortunately, the story is an old one and concerns Brian Jones, not Jagger.

    1967. Pink Floyd Granada's TV documentary on the UFO club and underground scene is broadcast.

    1967. The Beatles complete filming for the "Penny Lane" promotional video. At Knole Park, Sevenoaks, they ride on white horses through an archway in a ruined wall. Then they are filmed sitting around a formal dinner table by a pond, and two men in wigs (one of them Mal Evans) "serve" the Beatles their musical instruments.

    1967. Boots Randolph's album, "Yakety Sax" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Frank Sinatra's album, "That's Life" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1968. Glen Collins (The Auteurs) born in Cheltenham, England.

  • 1968. Tivolis Koncertsal, Kobenhavn (Denmark): Cream

    1968. Pink Floyd appear on Mary Hopkins TV Show, Paris, France.

  • 1968. The Sandpipers' album, "Guantanamera" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1969. George Harrison is admitted into London's University College Hospital, where his tonsils are to be removed the following day. He will return home on the 15th.

    1969. The Who are recording at Morgan Studios, London. Track worked on: Pinball Wizard (V.1)

    1969. Sheffield, England: Deep Purple.
    Kinetic Playground, Chicago, Illinois: Led Zeppelin.
    Whiskey-A-Go-Go, West Hollywood: Them.
    Fillmore East: Canned Heat, Pentangle, Rhinoceros.

  • 1970. John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear on British TV for the first time since cutting off their long hair. They tape an appearance on this date, to be broadcast the following day, on London Weekend TV's "The Simon Dee Show". Michael X, the British Black Power leader who was the beneficiary of the auctioning of John and Yoko's hair, appears with the couple.

    1970. Royal Albert Hall, London: Pink Floyd.
    Union Hall, Leicester: Deep Purple.
    Fillmore East, New York City: Delaney and Bonnie.

  • 1971. On television: (U.S.A.) Ed Sullivan Show. No. 1063. Gladys Knight & the Pips

    1971. London, Roundhouse: Soft Machine. Support: Daevid Allen and Friends, Symbiosis.
    Bournemouth Winter Gardens: Deep Purple

  • 1972. Richard Neville, the former OZ editor, is fined 25 and ordered to pay 50 costs at the Old Bailey in London after admitting possessing cannabis at his Kensington flat. His girlfriend and secretary, Louise Ferrier, 28, is fined 50 on the same charge.

    1972. David Bowie is in rehearsals at RCA Studios, New York.

    1972. Traffic's album, "Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1973. Hawkwind play a concert for the inmates of London's Wandsworth Prison.

  • 1974. Love Unlimited's single, "Love's Theme" and their album, "Under The Influence Of Love Unlimited" are certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Dave Mason's album, "Alone Together" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    The Pointer Sisters' eponymous album is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Barry White's single, "Never, Never, Gonna Give Ya Up" and his album, "Stone Gon'" are certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1975. The Midnight Special. No. 103. Host: Dave Mason. Guests: Average White Band; The Crusaders; Kiki Dee.

    1975. Nancy, France: Hatfield And The North.
    Madison Square Garden, New York, New York: Led Zeppelin.

  • 1976. On television: (U.S.A.) Soul Train featuring Bill Withers; The Soul Train Gang.

  • 1977. US release of Wings' single "Maybe I'm Amazed/Soily" (Capitol). 12 weeks on Billboard chart; highest position #10.

  • 1980. Pink Floyd's "The Wall" tour opens at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. The show is delayed for a short while after fireworks set fire to some curtains.

    1980. Black Sabbath's album, "We Sold Our Soul For Rock "N" Roll" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Anne Murray's album, "I'll Always Love You" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Peaches & Herb's album, "Twice The Fire" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Shalamar's single, "Second Time Around" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Gordon Lightfoot's album, "Summertime Dream" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Neil Young's album, "Rust Never Sleeps" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1981. Marquee Club: Pretty Things.

    1981. On television: (U.S.A.) Saturday Night Live with musical guest Jimmy Cliff.
    (U.S.A.) Soul Train featuring Whispers; Carrie Lucas.

  • 1982. Marquee Club: The Onlookers.

  • 1983. It's announced today that pianist Arthur Rubinstein, who died in December, left 330,000 to the city of Jerusalem for cultural and musical projects.

    1983. Marquee Club: Stray + Medina Azahara.

    1983. Phil Collins' album, "Hello, I Must Be Going" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Foreigner's album, "Records" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Led Zeppelin's album, "Coda" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1984. CBS Records and The Guinness Book Of World Records stage an award ceremony for Michael Jackson at New York's Museum Of Natural History. The ceremony marks sales of more than 25 million copies of Jackson's "Thriller" album, making it the biggest selling album of all time.

    1984. Marquee Club: Friends Again. Support: The Wooden Tops.

    1984. Motley Crue's album, "Shout At The Devil" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1985. Marquee Club: Boomerang Gang. Support: Talking Drums.

    1985. Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA: Deep Purple.

    1985. Barbara Dickson' album, "The Barbara Dickson Songbook" is certified gold by the B.P.I.
    U2's album, "The Unforgettable Fire" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1986. Marquee Club: Beloise Some.

    1986. Clannad album, "Macalla"CLANNAD is certified silver by the B.P.I.
    Dire Straits eponymous album is certified 2 x Platinum by the B.P.I.
    Five Star's album, "Luxury Of Life" is certified gold by the B.P.I.
    Prefab Sprout's album, "Steve McQueen" is certified gold by the B.P.I.

  • 1987. Marquee Club: Arena. Support: Overload.

  • 1988. Marquee Club: Jesus Monroe. Support: Under Neath What.
    BNE Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia : Pink Floyd.

  • 1989. Marquee Club: Energy Orchard. Support: Strax.

    1989. Bobby Brown's album, "Don't Be Cruel" is certified 3 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1990. Marquee Club: Wishbone Ash. Support: Slowburner.

    1990. Harry Connick Jr's album, "When Harry Met Sally" (soundtrack) is certified gold by the R.I.A.A..
    Samantha Fox's longform video, "The Music Video Collection" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A..
    Billy Joel's album, "The Stranger" is certified 7 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Andreas Vollenweider's album, "... Behind The Gardens - Behind The Wall - Under The Tree..." is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1991. Marquee Club: The Bicycle Thieves.

    1991. After 7's single, "Can't Stop" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    The Judds' longform video, "Love Can Build A Bridge" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1993. On television: (France) Taratata. No. 5. Recorded 4 fevrier 1993. Solos: Etienne DAHO; Shai; Brigitte Fontaine; Tonton David. Duos: Etienne Daho & Jad Wio; Etienne Daho & Anne Brochet

  • 1994. Michael Jackson is in court in Denver defending a copyright infringement lawsuit brought by Crystal Cartier who claims that she wrote the song "Dangerous" which was stolen from her by Jackson.

    1994. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley present the award for "Best New Metal Band" at the American Music Awards...

  • 1994. Easy-E's shortform album, "It's On (Dr. Dre_ 197 Um Killa" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1995. Tupac Shakur is sentenced to between 18 months and four-and-a-half years in prison when he appears in Manhattan Supreme Court on charges of sexual assault against a 21 year old female. Shakur's road manager, Charles Fuller, is jailed for four months and also given five years probation for a sexual abuse charge. Both men escaped the more serious charge of forcibly sodomising the woman. The charges relate to an incident in a Manhatten hotel suite on November 18th, 1993. During the trial, the woman told how she cried hysterically as one man tore off her clothes and forced her to the floor and pleaded for mercy as the others took turns forcing her to perform sex acts. She said, "I was a victim of these men who set upon me like animals". Handing down the harsher sentence to Shakur, Judge Daniel Fitzpatrick said he, "... must bear the full responsibility. He was the instigator and showed an arrogance towards others". In reply, Shakur said he was innocent of the charges but went on to apologize to the youth of America, adding he'd done nothing wrong and felt no shame. He also attacked the judge for never looking into his eyes, saying "I always felt you had something against me". After the trial, the rapper's lawyers said they are preparing an appeal.

    1995. Ice Cube'sI album, "Bootlegs & B-Sides" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Elton John's album, "Greatest Hits" is certified 11 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Tears For Fears' album, "Tears Roll Down" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Vanessa Williams' album, "The Sweetest Days" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1996. Ace Of Base' album, "The Sign" is certified 9 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    D'Angelo's album, "Brown Sugar" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Kenny G's album, "Miracles: The Holiday Album" is certified 6 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Monica's album, "Miss Thang" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    The Police' album, "The Police Live" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    TLC's album, "Crazysexycool" is certified 9 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Shania Twain's album, "The Woman In Me" is certified 5 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1997. After pleading guilty to weapons charged in a Los Angeles court, Snoop Doggy Dogg (real name Calvin Broadus) agrees to appear in anti-violence radio messages as part of a plea bargain. The rapper also received a community service order, a fine and three year's probation after being found with a gun during a routine traffic stop.

    1997. Prince's album, "Emancipation" is certified 2 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Sounds Of Blackness' album "The Evolution Of Gospel" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Randy Travis' album, "Old 8 X 10" is certified 2 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Neil Young's album, "Zuma" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

    1997. On Television: (U.K.) Top Of The Pops. Presented by Ardal O'Hanlon. Featuring Amen U.K. - "Passion"; Bryan Adams & Barbra Streisand - "I Finally Found Someone"; Bush - "Swallowed"; En Vogue - "Don't Ket Go (Love)"; LL Cool J - "Ain't Nobody"; Michelle Gayle - "Do You Know"; Nuyorican Soul Feat India - "Runaway"; Supernaturals - "The Day Before Yesterdays"; The Orb - "Toxygene.

  • 1998. A Tribe Called Quest rapper Q-Tip manages to escape from his New Jersey home when a fire breaks out in his basement studio. While he and room-mate Khalil Moses escape uninjured, Q-Tips recorded work which was stored on computer is completely destroyed.

    1998. On television: (U.S.A.) Saturday Night Live with musical guest Paula Cole.
    (U.S.A.) Soul Train featuring LL Cool J; Dru Hill; Billy Porter.

  • 2000. Peurto Rican rapper Big Pun (real name Christopher Rios) collapses at the Crowne Plaza Hotal in White Plains, New York with a suspected heart attack. Despite being rushed to hospital, he's pronounced "dead on arrival". It's understood the rapper, who weighed 698 pounds, had suffered health problems related to his extreme obesity.

    2000. "Lonesome" Dave Peverett (Savoy Brown, Foghat) dies from pneumonia at a hospital in Orlando, Florida, aged 56. In the last year, he'd been treated for kidney cancer but it was thought to be in remission.

    2000. Mariah Carey's longform video, "#1'S" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Moby's album, "Play" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Vonda Shepard's album, "Heart And Soul: New Songs From Ally McBeal" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Bill Whelan's album, "Riverdance" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.

  • 2001. Backstreet Boys' album, "Millenium" is certified 13 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    DMX's album, "... And Then There Was X" is certified 5 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Jimi Hendrix's album, "The Jimi Hendrix Experience" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 2002. Jay-Z album, "Reasonable Doubt" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Elvis Presley's longform video, "He Touched Me: Gospel Songs Of Elvis Presley, V. 2" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 2003. Aaliyah'"I Care 4 U" is certified silver by the B.P.I.
    Daniel Bedingfield' single "If You're Not The One" is certified gold by the B.P.I.
    The Flaming Lips" album, "Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots" is certified gold by the B.P.I.
    Avril Lavigne's album, "Let Go" is certified 3 x Platinum by the B.P.I.
    Robbie Williams' albums, "Life Thru A Lens and Sing When You're Winning are both certified 8 X platinum by the B.P.I.

    2003. On Television: (U.K.) Top Of The Pops. Presented by Sarah Cawood. Featuring 3rd Edge performing Know You Wanna"; Cam'rom FT Julez Santana - "Hey Ma"; Kelly Osbourne - "Shut Up"; Kelly Rowland - "Stole"; Soft Cell - "The Night"; Supergrass - "Seen The Light"; Syntax - "Pray"; Tatu - "All The Things She Said".


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