February 9th



  • 1914. Ernest Tubb born in Ellis County, Texas.

  • 1939. Songwriter Barry Mann born in Brooklyn, New York.

  • 1940. Brian Bennett (The Shadows) born in London, England.

  • 1942. Carole King born Carole Klein in Brooklyn, New York.

  • 1943. Barbara Lewis born in Salem, Michigan.

  • 1947. Joe Ely born in Amarillo, Texas.

    1947. R&B vocalist Major Harris born in Richmond, Virginia.

  • 1951. Dennis Thomas (Kool And The Gang) born in Jersey City, New Jersey.

  • 1955. Jimmy Pursey (Sham 69) born in Surrey, England.

  • 1956. Carolina Theater,Spartanburg, South Carolina: Elvis Presley.

  • 1958. On the way home after their tour of Australia, Buddy Holly & The Crickets perform a show at the Kaiser Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii. They were paid $500 for their appearance.

  • 1960. Holly Johnson (Frankie Goes To Hollywood) born in Khartoum, Sudan.

  • 1961. The Cavern Club, Liverpool: The Beatles. Although the Quarry Men had played here three years ago, this is The Beatles' first performance at the club that will become an important part of their legend. Their fee for this day's appearance is 5 pounds.

  • 1962. The soundtrack album, "Camelot (Original Cast)" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    The soundtrack album, "Flower Drum Song (Original Cast)" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

    1962. Beatles, The Cavern Club at lunchtime and then again at night. They also perform at Technical College Hall, Birkenhead, Cheshire.

  • 1963. On the Helen Shapiro tour, The Beatles perform at the Empire Theatre, Sunderland, Durham, playing for two "houses". The first leg of the Shapiro tour is due to finish tomorrow with two shows in Peterborough but The Beatles will not be appearing. But The Beatles will be replaced at Peterborough by Peter Jay & the Jaywalkers, for The Beatles have a recording session booked in London for February 11th, for the purpose of recording their first album.

    1963. Country star Travis Tritt born in Marietta, Georgia.

  • 1964. Beatles, The The Beatles appear live on US television, on "The Ed Sullivan Show". In front of a live auadience of 728 screaming fans, the group perform three songs at the beginning of the program, "All My Loving", "Till There Was You", and "She Loves You". During the second half, on another stage set, they perform "I Saw Her Standing There" and "I Want to Hold Your Hand". During the song "Till There Was You", close-ups of each Beatle are shown, with their first names appearing on the screen for each of them. When John's picture and name are shown, there is an additional caption, "Sorry Girls, He's Married". Watching The Beatles were 73 million Americans, the largest US television audience for one show up to that time. That had to have been gratifying to the advertisers whose ads bracketed The Beatles' two sets: Aero Shave, Anacin, Kent, and Pillsbury. Earlier that morning, while The Beatles were rehearsing for their TV appearance, George Harrison was missing, suffering from a sore throat. To help the cameras set up for all four Beatles, Neil Aspinall stood in George's place during the rehearsal. That afternoon, with George back in full swing, The Beatles taped their third appearance on Ed Sullivan's show, for broadcast by Sullivan on February 23 (after The Beatles had returned to England). The performance was taped before a live studio audience, with The Beatles performing "Twist and Shout", "Please Please Me", and "I Want to Hold Your Hand". It was surely somewhat bizarre for The Beatles, who had yet to appear on Sullivan's show, to hear their host introducing their "3rd performance" during the taping, Sullivan saying "All of us on the show are so darned sorry, and sincerely sorry, that this is the third and thus our last current show with The Beatles, because these youngsters from Liverpool, England, and their conduct over here, not only as fine professional singers but as a group of fine youngsters, will leave an imprint on everyone over here who's met themä." In addition to this show's first broadcast on February 23, it was repeated on the Sullivan show on August 23. "The Beatles Anthology 1" includes "All My Loving" from the first Sullivan show (Disc 2, Track 9).

    1964. Crawdaddy Club, Richmond-upon-Thames: The Yardbirds.

  • 1965. On Television: (U.S.A.) Hullabaloo. Hosts: Frank Sinatra, Jr. / Gary Crosby. Guests: Herman's Hermits, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Gary Crosby, The Shangri-Las.

  • 1966. John Mayall's Blues Breakers record a session at the BBC Studios, London

  • 1967. The Beatles are recording studio at Regent Sound Studio, Tottenham Court Road, London. It's the first Beatles recording session outside of Abbey Road studios since they signed their contract with EMI. Three takes of "Fixing A Hole" are recorded during the session.

    1967. Lulu is admitted to hospital in London to have her tonsils removed. The 18 year old singer is cancelling all engagements for this month, including a series of six shows for Scottish Television.

    1967. Graeme Naysmith (The Pale Saints) born in Edinburgh, Scotland.

    1967. City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire: Cream.
    New Addington Hotel, New Addington, Surrey (All Night Rave): Pink Floyd.

  • 1968. The Mamas & The Papas' album, "Farewell To The First Golden Era" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

    1968. Leicester University, Leicester: Cream
    Convention Center, Anaheim, California: Jimi Hendrix. Support: Soft Machine.

  • 1969. On the radio: (U.K.) BBC Radio's "Top Gear", broadcasts a session by Deep Purple recorded on 14th January.

    1969. Whiskey-A-Go-Go, West Hollywood, California: Them
    Massachusetts Tea Party Club, Boston, Massachusetts: Delaney and Bonnie.

  • 1971. Anne Marie Davis (Field Mice) born in Oxfordshire, England.

    1971. Guildhall, Portsmouth: Deep Purple.

  • 1972. David Bowie is rehearsing at RCA Studios, New York

    1972. Paul McCartney debuts his new band Wings with a low key concert at Nottingham University. They appear as support toBrinsley Schwarz.

  • 1973. On Television: (U.S.A.) The Midnight Special. Show 3. Host: Johnny Rivers. Guests: Ace Trucking Company; Albert Hammond; Merilee Rush; The Spinners; Steely Dan; Paul Williams; Wolfman Jack.
    (U.S.A.) The Partridge Family in an episode entitled, "Everything You Wanted To Know About Sex...But Couldn't Pronounce".

  • 1973. Brighter Side Of Darkness' single, "Love Jones" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    The O'Jays' single, "Love Train" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Billy Paul's album, "360 Degrees Of Billy Paul" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1974. (U.S.A.) Soul Train featuring Johnny Mathis; The Dells.

    1974. Lanchester Polytechnic, Coventry: East Wind. Support: Hatfield And The North.

  • 1977. Bad Company's "Run With The Pack" is certified gold by the B.P.I.
    Manfred Mann's Earthband's "The Roaring Silence" is certified silver by the B.P.I.
    Roxy Music's "Viva Roxy Music" is certified silver by the B.P.I.
    The Studio Cast Recording of "Evita" is certified gold by the B.P.I.

  • 1978. ELO's "Out Of The Blue" is certified platinum by the B.P.I.
    Cleo Laine /John Williams' "Best Of Friends" is certified silver by the B.P.I.

    1978. Samantha Sang's single, "Emotion" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

    1978. Hope & Anchor, Islington, London: Police.

  • 1979. Jefferson Airplane/Starship's album, "Gold" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Bee Gees' single, "Too Much Heaven" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.

    1979. On Television: (U.S.A). The Midnight Special. Show #272. Hits of 1978. Hosted by Wolfman Jack. Guests: Andy Gibb, Journey, Little River Band, Paul McCartney and Wings (music video), Ted Nugent, Dolly Parton, Johnny Paycheck and Mac Davis, Gerry Rafferty, Rod Stewart, Donna Summer, Clips from "The Last Waltz" with Bob Dylan and other performers.

  • 1979. Saarbrucken Saarlandhalle, Germany: Nazareth. Support: Whitesnake.

  • 1980. On Television: (U.S.A). Saturday Night Live with musical guest Marianne Faithfull. (U.S.A.) Soul Train featuring Chic; High Inergy.

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

  • 1981. Bill Haley is found dead on his bed by one of his children at his home in Harlingen, Texas. The rocker was fully clothed and it's thought he died from a heart attack, probably six hours before being found. He was 55.

    1981. Marquee Club: Fatal Charm. Support: X-Effects.

  • 1981. The original soundtrack, "Dance Craze" is certified silver by the B.P.I.
    Sad Cafe's "Sad Cafe" is certified silver by the B.P.I.
    Ultravox's "Vienna" is certified gold by the B.P.I.

  • 1982. Imagination's "Body Talk" is certified gold by the B.P.I.
    The Stranglers' "Gonna Ball" is certified silver by the B.P.I.

    1982. Blondie's album, "Best Of Blondie" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

    1982. Marquee Club: The UK Subs.

  • 1983. Marquee Club: Def Leppard.

  • 1984. Big Country's "The Crossing" is certified platinum by the B.P.I.
    China Crisis' "Working With Fire & Steel" is certified silver by the B.P.I.
    John Lennon / Yoko Ono's "Milk And Honey" is certified gold by the B.P.I.

    1984. Marquee Club: Apocalypse.

  • 1985. On Television: (U.S.A.) Saturday Night Live with musical guest Bryan Adams. (U.S.A.) Soul Train featuring Ray, Goodman & Brown; Glenn Jones.

    1985. Marquee Club: Dumpy's Rusty Nuts.

  • 1986. Bob Dylan is in a recording session for the soundtrack of the movie, "Band Of The Hand" at Festival Studios, Sydney, Australia. Track worked on: Band Of The Hand.

    1986. Marquee Club: General Seven. Support: Skin Games.

    1986. Royal Albert Hall, London (Colombian Volcano Concert): David Gilmour with Mick Ralphs, Simon Phillips, Michael Kamen, Jodi Linscott, Chucha Merchan, John Bundrick and Billy Nichols (recorded for radio broadcast).

  • 1987. Marquee Club: Rock The World - Heat 4.
    Festhalle, Frankfurt, West Germany: Deep Purple.

  • 1988. Tiffany's "Tiffany" is certified silver by the B.P.I.

    1988. Roger's album, "Unlimited" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Fleetwood Mac's album, "Bare Trees" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    The Whispers' album, "Just Gets Better With Time" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.

    1988. Marquee Club: Closed - Private function.

  • 1989. Marquee Club: Johnny Thunders. Support: The Vaynes.
    Concert Hall, Perth, Australia. R.E.M., Hoodoo Gurus, The Go-Betweens.

  • 1989. Elvis Costello's album, "Spike" is certified silver by the B.P.I.

  • 1990. Everything But The Girl's "The Language Of Life" is certified silver by the B.P.I.
    Quincy Jones' "Back On The Block" is certified silver by the B.P.I.
    Technotronic's "Pump Up The Jam" is certified gold by the B.P.I.

    1990. The Rolling Stones' album, "Singles Collection - The London Years" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

    1990. Marquee Club: Blues 'N' Trouble. Support: Dr. Brown.

  • 1991. Andrew Lloyd Webber and his new wife Madeleine have their marriage blessed at a church service followed by a reception at the couple's mansion in Ecchinswell, Hants. They were married in secret at Westminster Register Office on February 1st. Only five close family members and friends attended. They had originally planned a full church service for today but felt the publicity would not be appropriate during the Gulf War.

    1991. On Television: (U.S.A.) Saturday Night Live with musical guest INXS. (U.S.A.) Soul Train featuring Bernadette Cooper; Big Daddy Kane.

    1991. On the radio: (U.S.A.) Gene Simmons and Bruce Kulick turn up for the "Celebrity Jam Session" at KNAC in Los Angeles.

    1991. Marquee Club: Jadis. Support: Laiden Run (early evening).
    Marquee Club: Buttz 'N' Luke's Great Rock 'N' Roll Show (late night).
    Palais Des Sports, Marseilles, France: Deep Purple

  • 1992. Hammer's single, "Too Legit To Quit" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1993. Guns 'N Roses' album, "Appetite For Destruction" is certified 9 X platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Eazy-E's Shortform album, 5150 Home 4 Tha Sick" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Guns 'N Roses' longform video, "Use Your Illusion World Tour - 1992" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Metallica's longform video, "A Year And A Half In The Life Of...Pt. 1 & 2" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Kylie Minogue's single, "The Loco-Motion" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Pantera's album, "Vulgar Display Of Power" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Quarterflash's single, "Harden My Heart" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    The soundtrack album, "Dreamgirls (Original Cast)" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Berlin's album, "Pleasure Victim" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Das Efx's album, "Dead Serious" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Reba McEntire's album, "Reba" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Metallica's longform video, "A Year And A Half In The Life Of...Pt. 1 & 2" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1995. Rod Stewart's album, "Downtown Train-Selecs. From Storyteller Anthology" is certified 2 X platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Enya's album, "Shepherd Moons" is certified 4 X platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    R.E.M.'s album, "Automatic For The People" is certified 4 X platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Green Day's album, "Dookie" is certified 6 X platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Madonna's album, "True Blue" is certified 7 X platinum by the R.I.A.A. Her album, "Like A Virgin" is certified 9 X platinum and her longform video, "The Girly Show - Live Down Under" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Clay Walker's album, "If I Could Make A Living" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

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

    1998. Blink 182's album, "Dude Ranch" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    The soundtrack album, "Great Expectations" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 2000. Dixie Chicks' album, "Fly" is certified 4 X platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Sixpence None The Richer's album, "Sixpence None The Richer" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.

  • 2001. Atomic Kitten's "Whole Again" is certified silver by the B.P.I.
    Badly Drawn Boy's "The Hour Of Bewilderbeast" is certified platinum by the B.P.I.
    Blur's "Best Of" is certified 2 x platinum by the B.P.I.
    Da Silva Rui's "Touch Me" is certified silver by the B.P.I.
    David Gray's "Lost Songs 95-98" is certified silver by the B.P.I.
    Kylie Minogue's "Light Years" is certified platinum by the B.P.I.
    Melanie C's "Northern Star" is certified 3 x platinum by the B.P.I.
    Nelly's "Country Grammar" is certified silver by the B.P.I.
    Savage Garden's "Affirmation" is certified 3 x platinum by the B.P.I.

  • 2001. Elvis Presley's longform Video, "He Touched Me: Gospel Songs Of Elvis Presley" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    The soundtrack album, "Magnolia" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    The soundtrack album, "O Brother. Where Art Thou?is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

    2001. On Television: (U.K.) Top Of The Pops. Presented by Jayne Middlemiss. Featuring Alice Deejay - "Celebrate Our Love"; Anastacia - "Not That Kind"; Ash - "Shining Light"; Atomic Kitten - "Whole Again"; JJ72 - "Snow"; Manic Street Preachers - "So Why So Sad" and "Found That Soul"; MYA - "Case Of The Ex"; U2 - "Stuck In A Moment".

  • 2002. On Television: (U.S.A.) Soul Train featuring Ja Rule featuring Case & Ashanti; Jaguar Wright featuring Bilal; Pretty Willie.


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