February 8th

  • 889. Lonnie Johnson born Alonzo Johnson in New Orleans, Louisiana.

  • 1902. Country label boss Harold "Pappy" Daily born.

  • 1932. Soundtrack composer John Williams (Star Wars, Close Encounters, Jaws and many more) born in Flushing, New York.

  • 1941. Tom Rush born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

  • 1943. Creed Bratton (The Grass Roots) born.

  • 1946. Alfredo Fito (Canned Heat) born Adolpho De La Parra in Mexico City, Mexico.

  • 1948. Dan Seals (England Dan & John Ford Coley) born in McCamey, Tevas.

  • 1950. Andy Powell (Wishbone Ash) born.

  • 1956. Buddy Holly receives his recording contract from Decca Records. Although his proper family name is "Holley," Decca mispelled his name "Holly" on this contract and it remained that way ever since. Buddy felt that by returning the contract for correction, they might not send it back. He had been informed to return it "immediately."

    1956. Amassador Theater, Raleigh, North Carolina: Elvis Presley.

  • 1961. Sammy Llana (The BoDeans) born in Wakesha, Michigan.

    1961. Vince Neil (Motley Crue) born Vincent Neil Wharton in Hollywood, California.

    1961. Aintree Institute, Aintree, Liverpool: The Beatles, and later in the evening at Hambleton Hall, Huyton, Liverpool: The Beatles. The group's new road manager, Neil Aspinall, is in charge of getting them from their first engagement to Hambleton Hall.

  • 1962. Ken McCluskey (The Bluebells) born in Scotland.

  • 1963. ABC Cinema, Carlisle: The Helen Shapiro tour plays for two "houses".
    One of the tour's most memorable moments happens after the show when Helen Shapiro, along with two of her support acts, The Beatles and Kenny Lynch are thrown out of a dance sponsored by the Carlisle Golf Club, being held at the Crown and Mitre Hotel, for wearing leather jackets into the ballroom.

  • 1963. Shane Fenton is pelted with eggs when he appears at a lunchtime rock 'n' roll session at the Lyceum Ballroom in The Strand, London. Fenton was a last minute replacement for Jess Conrad and was miming when the eggs started to fly.

    1963. Elstree Film Studios describes an official complaint by Yugoslavian authorities to the British Government's Foreign Office as "absolute rubbish". The complaint states that the film, Summer Holiday makes fun of Yugoslavia and its people. The Foreign Office has said that there is nothing it can do as it has no control over such things.

    1963. Travis Tritt born in Marietta, Georgia.

  • 1964. The Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand" is the #1 single in the US for the second straight week.

  • 1964. Beatles, The The Beatles rehearse for their first live appearance on American television, "The Ed Sullivan Show", at Studio 50, Broadway and West 53rd St., New York City, New York.
    It's also announced today that the band's single, "I Want to Hold Your Hand" is number 1 in the US chart for the second straight week.

  • 1964. Pearce Hall, Maidenhead, Berkshire: The Yardbirds.

  • 1965. New release: (Sweden) The Beatles single "Rock and Roll Music/If I Fell" (Parlophone). It will spend ten weeks in the Swedish charts. Highest position #1.

  • 1966. Klooks Kleek R&B Club, Railway Hotel, West Hampstead: John Mayall's Blues Breakers.

  • 1967. The Beatles are recording in Studio two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London. They begin work on "Good Morning, Good Morning", whose title was inspired by a British television commercial for Kellogg's cornflakes. During the day, they lay down eight takes of the basic rhythm track.

  • 1968. The Beatles are recording in Studio two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London. After John and Paul overdub their backing vocals for George's song "The Inner Light", the group unsuccessfully try to complete the recording of "Across the Universe". In the end, John is not satisfied with the song. He had wanted "Across the Universe" to be on the next Beatles' single, along with "Lady Madonna", but he readily agrees to give "The Inner Light" that place instead. Spike Milligan is attending the session as a guest of George Martin, and he requests permission to use "Across the Universe" on a charity album he is putting together to benefit the World Wildlife Fund. The Beatles agree, and the song eventually will appear on the "No One's Gonna Change Our World" LP, which is not released until December 1969. Wildlife sound effects will be added to "Across the Universe" for that version.

    1968. Tjindar Singh (Cornershop) born in Wolverhampton,

    1968. Gary Puckett & The Union Gap's single, "Woman, Woman" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

    1968. Sacramento State College, California: Jimi Hendrix Experience. Support: Soft Machine.

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

  • 1970. Bob Dylan premieres his film, "Eat The Document" at New York's Academy Of Music.

    1970. On Television: (U.S.A.). Ed Sullivan Show. Show No. 1027. Guests include: Bobby Goldsboro.

  • 1970. Mother's Club, Birmingham, England: Deep Purple.
    Opera House, Manchester: Pink Floyd.
    Massachusetts Tea Party Club, Boston, Massachusetts: Delaney and Bonnie.

    1970. On The Radio: (U.K.) "Making A Musical", BBC, featuring Deep Purple.

  • 1971. Southampton Guildhall, UK: Deep Purple.

  • 1972. It's announced today that The Beatles fan club in the U.K. will close at the end of March. The American club has already closed.

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

  • 1973. Max Yasgur, the farmer on whose land Woodstock was staged, dies of a heart attack in a Florida hospital.

  • 1974. New release: Ringo Starr's single "You're Sixteen/Devil Woman" (Apple). 7 weeks on the charts; highest UK chart position: 4.

    1974. Olivia Newton-John's single, "Let Me Be There" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    J. Geils Band's album, "Live - Full House" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Yes' album, "Tales From Topographic Oceans" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

    1974. On Television: (U.S.A.) The Midnight Special. Show 55. Hosts: Ike and Tina Turner. Guests: Electric Light Orchestra; David Essex; Jose Feliciano; Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids; Mandrill; Todd Rundgren.

    1974. Brunel University, Uxbridge: East Wind. Support: Hatfield And The North.

  • 1975. The unauthorized John Lennon album, "John Lennon Sings the Great Rock & Roll Hits: Roots" is first advertised via television mail order in the US. The album was pressed using an incomplete advance master tape of Lennon's "Rock 'n' Roll" album which has not yet been released. Lennon will launch a successful lawsuit that will force "Roots" off the market, and his "Rock 'n' Roll" LP will be released on February 17. "Roots" contains two songs not on the "Rock 'n' Roll" LP: "Angel Baby" and "Be My Baby". "Angel Baby" is later released on both the posthumous "Menlove Ave." album and the CD boxed set "Lennon". "Be My Baby" is released in 1998 on disc 3 ("The Lost Weekend") of the CD boxed set "John Lennon Anthology".

    1975. On Television: (U.S.A.) Soul Train featuring The Crusaders; The Whispers.

    1975. The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Led Zeppelin.
    Venissieux, near Lyon (France): Hatfield And The North.

  • 1976. Jai Alli Sportstadium, Miami, Florida, USA: Deep Purple (available as the bootleg "In Deep Grief").

  • 1977. Foghat's album, "Night Shift" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1978. Sid Vicious (20), and his 19 year old girlfriend, Nancy Spungeon, appear at Marylebone Magistrate's Court, charged with possessing methylamphetamine. The couple elect to go to trial and are released on bail of 100 each.

    1978. Rod Stewart's single, "You're In My Heart" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1980. David Bowie's marriage to Angie ends as their divorce is finalised today. David gets custody of their son, Zowie (now calling himself Joe). Angie gets a cash settlement of 30,000. She's also telling the world that she expects to make another 100,000 by writing her memoirs!

    1980. Boney M's album, "Oceans Of Fantasy" is certified platinum by the B.P.I.

    1980. On Television: (U.S.A.) The Midnight Special. Show 308. Host: Tom Jones. Guests: Teri DeSario, Queen (music video)

    1980. The Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California: Pink Floyd.

  • 1981. Marquee Club: The Polecats.

  • 1982. Cher makes her Broadway debut in "Come Back To The Five And Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean". Despite being panned by the critics her performance is seen by director Mike Nichols who offers her a role in a film he's making with Meryl Streep.

    1982. Loverboy's album, "Loverboy" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.

    1982. Marquee Club: Deke Leonard.

  • 1983. Joe Jackson's album, "Night And Day" is certified silver by the B.P.I.

    1983. Marquee Club: Crown Of Thorns. Support: Big Ancester.

  • 1984. Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack's album, "Born To Love" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

    1984. Marquee Club: Thor.

  • 1985. Marquee Club: Dumpy's Rusty Nuts.
    McNichols Arena, Denver, Colorado: Deep Purple.

  • 1986. New release: The Beatles' interview album "All Our Loving" is released on Cicadelic in the U.S.A. The interviews from 1964-65, are previously unreleased.

    1986. Marquee Club: Charlie Sexton.

    1986. On Television: (U.S.A.) Saturday Night Live with musical guest The Nelsons.

  • 1987. Marquee Club: Rock The World - Heat 3.
    Sporthalle, Cologne, West Germany: Deep Purple (available as the bootleg, "Ritchie's Dream").
    Kongresshalle, Frankfurt, West Germany: The International Art Rock Festival with The Michael Mantler/Nick Mason Projekt.

  • 1988. The British Phonographic Industry Awards are held in London. The winners are:
    Best British Newcomer: Wet Wet Wet.
    Best British Group: Pet Shop Boys.
    Best Male Artist: George Michael.
    Best Female Artist: Alison Moyet.
    Best British Producer: Stock, Aitken & Waterman.
    Best Single: "Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley.
    Best album: "Nothing Like The Sun" by Sting.
    Best International Solo Artist: Michael Jackson.
    Best International Group: U2.
    Best International Newcomer: Terence Trent D'Arby.

  • 1988. New release: The 3-inch CD single and 12-inch picture disc single of George Harrison's "When We Was Fab" single are released in the U.K. They carry the same tracks as the Jan. 25 12-inch vinyl single release.

    1988. Human League's 1981 album, "Reproduction" is certified gold by the B.P.I.

    1988. George Michael's album, "Faith" is certified 3 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Barbra Streisand's album, "One Voice" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.

    1988. Marquee Club: Pallas.
    BNE Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia: Pink Floyd.

  • 1989. Paula Abdul's single, "Straight Up" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Anthrax's album, "State Of Euphoria" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

    1989. Marquee Club: Naz Nomad. Support: The Grit.
    Concert Hall, Perth, Australia: R.E.M.. Support: Hoodoo Gurus and The Go-Betweens.

  • 1990. Del Shannon kills himself with a .22 calibre rifle at his home in Santa Clarita. It is later revealed he had been taking the prescription drug prozac which many believe drove him to suicide.

    1990. Marquee Club: The 4 Of Us.

  • 1991. Marquee Club: The Hellfire Club (early evening). Support: Gypsy Fiddler.
    Marquee Club: Gigantic (late night).
    Lyons Halle Tony Garnier, Lyons, France: Deep Purple.

  • 1991. Johnny Gill's album, "Johnny Gill" is certified 2 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    The Boys' album, "The Boys"is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1992. On Television: (U.S.A.) Saturday Night Live with musical guests Susan Dey and C+C Music Factory. (U.S.A.) Soul Train featuring Barry White with Isaac Hayes and Vickie Winans with Marvin Winans.

  • 1993. Elvis Presley's longform Video, "The Lost Performances" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    The Who's albums, "Hooligans" and "Who's Better, Who's Best?" are certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    The Who's albums, "Meaty, Beaty, Big & Bouncy", "Quadrophenia" and "The Who By Numbers" are certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    The Who's albums, "Greatest Hits", "Live At Leeds", "Tommy" and "Who Are You" are certified 2 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    The Who's album, "Who's Next" is certified 3 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1994. Lol Tolhurst (The Cure) and his ex-colleague Robert Smith both appear at London's Royal Courts Of Justice. Tolhurst is suing Smith and the band's manager, Chris Parry, for unpaid royalties. He also claims that he was persuaded by Smith and Parry to sign a new contract in 1986 which reduced his equal partnership with Smith and left him with an unfair share of profits. Smith and Parry counter with the statement that Tolhurst has made "minimal" contributions to the two albums prior to his sacking from the band in 1989.

    1994. Snoop Dogg's single, "What's My Name?" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Stone Temple Pilots' album, "Core" is certified 3 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    White Zombie's album, "La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. 1" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1995. A spokesman for Prince announces that the diminutive rock star has pulled out of performing at this year's Brit Awards to be held in London's Alexandra Palace on February 20th. He will attend the event but he will still be rehearsing his band for their forthcoming European tour.

    1995. Arrested Development's album, "3 Years, Five Months And 2 days In The Life Of ..." is certified 4 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Kirk Franklin's album, "Kirk Franklin & The Family" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    The Pet Shop Boys' albums "Discography" and "Very" are certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    George Thorogood & The Destroyers' album, "Baddest Of George Thorogood & The Destroyers" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1996. Eric Clapton's album, "Unplugged" is certified 8 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Goo Goo Dolls' album, "A Boy Named God" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Steely Dan's album, "Citizen Steely Dan 1972-1980" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

    1996. On Television: (U.K.) Top Of The Pops. Presented by Julian Cope. Featuring 3t - "Anything"; Bt Feat Vincent Covello - "Loving You More"; East 17 - "Do U Still?"; Etta James - "I Just Want To Make Love To You"; Joan Osborne - "One Of Us"; Terrorvision - "Perseverance"; The Lighthouse Family - "Lifted"; The Smashing Pumpkins - "1979 (Promo video).

  • 1997. The New Edition reunion tour runs into problems in Los Angeles. Bobby Brown fails to show for the gig claiming he has flu and couldn't perform. If that wasn't enough, Ronnie Devoe walked off stage during the set after seeing his uncle, the group's manager Brooke Payne, collapse with chest pains in the wings. Devoe accompanied his uncle to hospital where he was checked over before being discharged to rest at home.

    1997. On Television: (U.S.A.) Saturday Night Live with musical guest David Bowie. (U.S.A.) Soul Train featuring Roger & Zapp; Rashaan Peterson; Outkast.

  • 1998. Michael Hutchence's half-sister, Tina, says the cause of the INXS star's suicide was depression brought on by his lover Paula Yates. She's quoted as saying, "He felt trapped and boxed in. Paula could change from timid to intimidating. Michael told me he wished could have the same Paula back that he had fallen in love with". She also announced that Michael had no plans to marry Paula but rather was about to announce that they would split up.

    1998. San Jose Anfiteatro del Hotel Herradura, San Jose, Costa Rica: Deep Purple.

  • 1999. Green Day's album, "Dookie" is certified 10 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Journey's album, "Greatest Hits" is certified 10 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Van Halen's album, "1984 (MCMLXXXIV)" is certified 10 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    New Radicals' album, "Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 2000. At a ceremony in Fajardo, Ricky Martin inaugurates a scholarship for low-income students at the University Of Puerto Rico School Of Pharmacy. Making an initial donation of $ 100,000, Martin said the scholarship was in honour of his grandmother, Dona Iraida Negron, who had been a professor at the School. Before her death, she had wanted Martin to become a doctor but his career intervened. The singer told journalists that he hoped to return to his studies one day and fulfill her wish.

    2000. New Release: Harry Nilsson album, "Nilsson Sings Newman: 30th Anniversary Edition".

  • 2000. Celine Dion's album, "All The Way ... A Decade Of Song" is certified 5 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Trin-I-Tee 5:7's album, "Trin-I-Tee 5:7" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Donell Jones' album, "Where I Wanna Be" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 2001. Eminem opens his U.K. tour in Manchester. He'd arrived from Paris by private jet and was driven from the airport in an armoured car. The security was tight as promoters expected protests outside the arena. They were not disappointed. Around 100 people, with banners stating, "Stop the bigotry" and "Stop the hate" assembled outside the concert. The protest was coordinated by the National Union Of Students' gay, lesbian and bisexual campaign and was also supported by Outrage!, the gay rights group.
    Michael Crawford's album, "On Eagle's Wings" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

    2001. Don Felder, guitarist with The Eagles, files a lawsuit against two founding members of the band two days after he was fired from the group. The suit, filed in the Superior Court of California, alleges that Don Henley and Glenn Frey abused their authority and acted unfairly by terminating his contract without cause. Felder is also asking the court to wind-up their jointly owned corporation, The Eagles Ltd. in an effort to stop his two partners buying his one-third share in the company at a lower value than it is worth. Daniel Petrocelli, attorney for the band, said that Felder had been fired "because it was in the best interest of the Eagles".

    2001. Ja Rule's album, "Rule 3:36" is certified 2 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Michael Crawford's album, "On Eagle's Wings" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 2002. Jay Dee Dougherty, drummer with the Patti Smith Group, is injured in a motorcycle accident in New York. He's hit head-on by a car in Lower Manhattan and taken to the city's Bellevue Hospital. Doctors there expect him to make a full recovery but will carry out four operations on his legs over the next three days.

    2002. Alien Ant Farm's album, "Anthology" is certified gold by the B.P.I.
    Ash's "Free All Angels" is certified platinum by the B.P.I.
    Nelly Furtado's album, "Whoa, Nelly" is certified 2 x Platinum by the B.P.I.
    Gorillaz' album, "Gorillaz" is certified 2 x Platinum by the B.P.I.
    Enrique Iglesias' singles "Escape" and "Hero" are certified gold by the B.P.I.
    Puddle Of Mudd's "Come Clean" is certified silver by the B.P.I.

    2002. Phil Vassar's album, "Phil Vassar" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Joe Dee Messina album, "Burn" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.

    2002. On Television: (U.K.) Top Of The Pops. Presented by Dermot O'Leary. Featuring A1 - "Caught In The Middle"; Britney Spears - "Overprotected"; Enrique Iglesias - "Hero"; Flip & Fill FT Kelly Llorenna - "True Love Never Dies"; Jimmy Eat World - "The Middle"; Mary J. Blige - "Dance For Me"; Pink - "Get The Party Started"; The Cooper Temple Clause - "Film-Maker.

  • 2003. On Television: (U.S.A.) Saturday Night Live with musical guest Dixie Chicks. (U.S.A.) Soul Train featuring Next; Howard Hewitt; Nappy Roots.

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