February 10th

  • 1937. Roberta Flack born in Asheville, North Carolina.

    1937. Rhythm guitarist Don Wilson (The Ventures) born in Tacoma, Washington.

  • 1940. James "Jimmy" Merchant (Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers) born in New York.

  • 1942. RCA Records presents Glen Miller & His Orchestra with a "gold disc" to mark sales of more than 1,000,000 copies of "Chattanooga Choo Choo".

  • 1943. Elvis Presley impersonator Ral Donner born Ralph Donner in Chicago, Illinois.

  • 1944. Songwriter Peter Allen born.

  • 1955. High School Auditorium, Alpine, Texas: Elvis Presley.

  • 1956. Carolina Theater, Charlotte, North Carolina (4 shows): Elvis Presley.

  • 1960. Country singer Lionel Cartwright born in Ohio.

  • 1961. Aintree Institute, Aintree, Liverpool, and later at Lathom Hall, Seaforth, Liverpool: The Beatles.

  • 1962. Youth Club, St. Paul's Presbyterian Church Hall, Tranmere, Birkenhead, Cheshire: The Beatles.

  • 1963. On Television: (U.S.A.) Ed Sullivan Show. Show No. 737. Musical guest: Patti Page.

  • 1964. The Beatles hold a press conference at the Plaza Hotel in New York.

    1964. New release: Bob Dylan's new album, "The Times They Are A-Changin'" is released in the US.

  • 1965. Singer Ronnie Carroll announces that he is to separate from his wife Millicent Martin "for a trial period".

    1965. On Television: (U.S.A.) Shindig featuring Del Shannon, The Coasters, The Ventures, Marianne Faithfull.

  • 1966. An R.A.F. rescue helicopter flies through a snowstorm to the aid of pirate radio ship Radio Scotland when it radios a distress call to say it is taking in water in heavy seas. Despite the serious situation, the pirate is only off-air for several hours before pumping gear reaches it off the Scottish coast at Dunbar.

    1966. On Television: (U.K.) Top Of The Pops. Presented by David Jacobs. Featuring Gene Pitney - "Backstage"; Len Barry - "Like A Baby"; Nancy Sinatra - "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" (on disc); Paul & Barry Ryan - "Have Pity On The Boy"; Pinkerton's Assorted Colours - "Mirror Mirror"; Sandie Shaw - "Tomorrow"; The Animals - "Inside - Looking Out"; The Mindbenders - "A Groovy Kind Of Love"; The Rolling Stones - "19th Nervous Breakdown".

    1966. Mecca Ballroom, Leicester: The Buzz (including David Bowie).

  • 1967. Duke D'Mond, vocalist with The Barron Knights, is treated in hospital for a cut hand after crashing his E-Type Jaguar into a lamp-post in Dunstable.

    1967. The Beatles are recording in Studio One, EMI Studios, Abbey Road London. They're working on the orchestral build-up for the middle and end of "A Day in the Life". The crashing piano chord ending has not yet been created. At this point, the Beatles record a long vocal "hummmmmmmmmmm" as the ending. The piano ending will replace it on February 22. The orchestra members have, at the Beatles' request, worn full evening dress along with novelty items. One violinist wears a red clown's nose, while another wears a fake gorilla's paw on his bow hand. Others are wearing funny hats and/or other assorted "carnival novelties". The proceedings were filmed for a possible "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" television special which was ultimately abandoned. "The Beatles Anthology 2" contains a composite mix made up of several outtakes of "A Day in the Life" (Disc two, Track 5).

    1967. Cream Bluesville Club, The Manor House, London: Cream.
    College of Technology, Leicester: Pink Floyd.
    Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco: The Blues Project, Jimmy Reed and John Lee Hooker.

  • 1968. Imperial Ballroom, Nelson, Lancashire: Pink Floyd.
    Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles: Jimi Hendrix. Support: Soft Machine.

  • 1969. It's announced that Engelbert Humperdinck and Tom Jones are merging their companies with those of their manager to form M.A.M. (Management Agency & Music) which will handle their affairs and the business of other pop stars. It's expected that shares in the new company will be sold to the public and a stock exchange floatation sought.

    1969. Memphis, Tennessee: Led Zeppelin.

  • 1970. Kevin Ayers records a session for "Top Gear" at the BBC's Maida Vale Studios. Backing for the session is supplied by Soft Machine.

  • 1972. The Toby Jug, Tolworth, London: David Bowie. First date of the 'Ziggy Stardust' tour.
    De Montfort Hall, Leicester: Pink Floyd.
    York University: Paul McCartney & Wings.

  • 1973. On Television: (U.S.A.) Soul Train featuring James Brown.

    1973. KB Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark: Deep Purple.

  • 1974. Phil Spector is badly burned in a car crash. He needs extensive plastic surgery that dramatically alters his looks. As a result, he becomes more reclusive than ever. Such is the secrecy surrounding events that rumours built up that Spector had been involved in another crash driving home from the hospital.

  • 1975. Capitol Centre, Landover, Maryland: Led Zeppelin.

  • 1976. Bad Company's album, "Run With The Pack" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Fleetwood Mac's album, "Bare Trees" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1977. Bob Dylan attends the opening of the Pompidou Centre in Paris with the artist Robert Rauschenburg.

    1977. Kisswin a People's Choice Award for "Beth".

    1977. Glenn Miller's "Golden Hour Of Glenn Miller" is certified silver by the B.P.I.

    1977. The Jacksons' single, "Enjoy Yourself" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Mary MacGregor's single, "Torn Between Two Lovers" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1978. The Midnight Special 233. Host: Wolfman Jack. Featuring clips from past shows: Debby Boone - "You Light Up My Life"; Electric Light Orchestra - "Telephone Line"; The Emotions - "Best of My Love"; Crystal Gayle - "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue?"; Andy Gibb - "I Just Want to Be Your Everything"; Manfred Mann's Earth Band - "Blinded by the Light"; Johnny Rivers - "Slow Dancin'"; Leo Sayer - "When I Need You".

  • 1978. Ronnie Milsap's album, "It Was Almost Like A Song" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1979. On Television: (U.S.A.) Soul Train featuring The Jacksons.

    1979. Killesberghalle 3, Stuttgart, Germany: Nazareth. Support: Whitesnake.

  • 1980. Sammy Hagar's UK tour which should have started today at Portsmouth's Guildhall is postponed. His son is in hospital in the States with kidney problems and Hagar wants to be with him.

    1980. Joe Strummer, Topper Headon and four other members of The Clash's tour party are arrested on charges of possessing cannabis. The arrests follow a raid on Strummer's hotel room in Southsea. All six are later released on bail.

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

  • 1981. Gary Glitter is fined 150 and banned from driving for three years after admitting a drink-driving offence at Witham Magistrates Court in Essex.

    1981. UFO's "No Place To Run" is certified silver by the B.P.I.

    1981. Marquee Club: More. Support: Bronz.

  • 1982. Jon & Vangelis' "The Friends Of Mr. Cairo" is certified silver by the B.P.I.

    1982. On Television: (Germany) Rockpalast with XTC (Markthalle Hamburg).

    1982. Marquee Club: Martian Dance.

  • 1983. Marquee Club: Pallas.

  • 1983. Olivia Newton-John's "Olivia's Greatest Hits" is certified platinum by the B.P.I.

  • 1984. Marquee Club: The Darts - 'Live' Satellite TV Show.

  • 1985. Marquee Club: The Knives. Support: Twenty Flight Rockers.

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

  • 1986. Phil Collins' "Hello I Must Be Going" is certified 2 x platinum by the B.P.I.

    1986. The Highwaymen's album, "The Highwaymen" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

    1986. Marquee Club: Shooting Party.

  • 1987. The Stage Cast Recording of "Phantom Of The Opera" is certified gold by the B.P.I.

    1987. Amy Grant's album, "The Collection" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Sandi Patti's album, "Morning Like This" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Randy Travis' album, "Storms Of Life" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1987. Marquee Club: Whang Chung. Support: Alan Darby.

  • 1988. The breach of contract case brought by Zang Tumb Tumb Records against Holly Johnson finishes at the High Court in London. Mr. Justice Whitford, presiding, rules that restraints in Johnson's contract were unreasonable. He dismisses the label's action and refuses to grant the injunctions they were seeking to ensure that Holly would not record for another company. Giving his verdict, the judge said: "Mr. Johnson, who I found entirely reasonable, was, in my judgement, entitled to free himself from these onerous obligations... He is a singer. He wants to make a living". Holly, who was tied into a ZTT contract as a member of Frankie Goes To Hollywood, had been looking for a solo contract with another label. The judge adjourned the case until a later date when the matter of costs will be decided. On leaving the court, Holly (27) said, "This is a great day for recording artists everywhere and I believe this will help them in the future to get better and fairer agreements. Now I just can't wait to start work again".

  • 1988. Robert Cray's album, "Strong Persuader" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.

    1988. Marquee Club: Roachford.

  • 1989. Marquee Club: Under Neath What. Support: The Almighty + Holy Shit

  • 1990. Tesla's single, "Love Song" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

    1990. On Television: (U.S.A.) Saturday Night Live with musical guest Quincy Jones.

    1990. Marquee Club: 999. Support: Skaw.

  • 1991. Flavor Flav (Public Enemy) is sentenced to 20 days in jail after being found guilty of assaulting his girlfriend.

    1991. The British Phonographic Industry Awards are held in London. The winners are:
    Best British Newcomer: .
    Best British Group: .
    Best British Male Artist: Elton John.
    Best British Female Artist: Lisa Stansfield.
    Best British Producer: .
    Best Single: "" by .
    Best Video: "A Little Time" by The Beautiful South.
    Best album: "" by George Michael.
    Best International Male Artist: Michael Hutchence.
    Best International Female Artist: Sinead O'Connor.
    Best International Group: INXS.
    Best International Newcomer: .
    Outstanding Contribution To British Music: Status Quo.

  • 1991. Marquee Club: Living In Texas. Support: Moose
    Toulouse Palais Des Sports, France: Deep Purple

  • 1992. Def Leppard's album, "High 'N' Dry" is certified 2 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A. (Recording Industry Association of America).
    Eric Clapton's longform video, "Cream Of Clapton" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1993. Journey's album "Time3" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A. (Recording Industry Association of America).
    Lynyrd Skynyrd's album, "Skynyrd's Innyrds" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Ray Stevens' album, "Greatest Hits" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1994. Snoop Doggy Dogg makes his debut at the Equinox Club in London. Despite an estimated 2,000 fans being locked out of the venue and a heavy police presence, there is only one arrest and little trouble. It seems the one having the trouble is the rapper himself. His stay at London's Kensington Milestone Hotel was cut short after only an hour. He had no sooner started to unpack when the management asked him and his entourage to leave after the police happened to mention that he was facing murder charges back home. Alternative accomodation is soon found at a secret location.

    1994. Tevin Campbell's album, "I'M Ready" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1995. On Television: (France) Taratata. No. 75. Special Victoires de la Musique. Recorded 13 janvier 1995. Solos: Eddy Mitchell; Tonton David; Native; De Palmas; Vallee; Clemence L'homme; Francis Cabrel; Khaled; Alain Souchon. Duos: Enzo Enzo & Kent.

  • 1995. Aerosmith's album, "Pump" is certified 7 X platinum by the R.I.A.A. and their album, "Permanent Vacation" is certified 5 X platinum.
    Asia's album, "Asia" is certified 4 X platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Charlie Daniels Band's album, "Midnight Wind" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Cheap Trick's album, "Heaven Tonight" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Dan Fogelberg's album, "Netherlands" is certified 2 X platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Guns 'N Roses' album, "Appetite For Destruction" is certified 13 X platinum by the R.I.A.A. Their albums, "Use Your Illusion I" and "Use Your Illusion II" are both certified 6 X platinum and the album "G 'N R Lies" is certified 5 X platinum.
    Don Henley's album, "The End Of The Innocence" is certified 5 X platinum by the R.I.A.A. and his album, "Building The Perfect Beast" is certified 3 X platinum.
    Engelbert Humperdinck's album, "After The Lovin'" is certified 2 X platinum by the R.I.A.A. while his album, "Christmas Tyme" is certified gold.
    Nirvana's album, "Nevermind" is certified 7 X platinum by the R.I.A.A. while their album, "In Utero" is certified 4 X platinum.
    Johnny Paycheck's album, "Take This Job & Shove It" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Whitesnake's album, "Whitesnake" is certified 8 X platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Tammy Wynette's album, "Greatest Hits, Volume Ii" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1996. On television: (U.S.A.) Saturday Night Live with musical guest: Coolio.
    (U.S.A.) Soul Train featuring Tha Dogg Pound with Snoop Doggy Dogg & Michel'le; J'Son; Total.

  • 1997. David Bowie releases his new album, 'Earthling'.

    1997. Bobby Brown's Atlanta recording studio is put into Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection fifteen minutes before deputies arrive to seize equipment. The studio is being sued by Studer-Editech recording equipment company for defaulting on a $ 194,000 loan used to buy studio equipment.

    1997. Brian Connolly (The Sweet) dies of kidney failure in hospital in Slough aged 52.

    1997. Melissa Etheridge's partner, video director Julie Cypher, gives birth to the couple's first child, Bailey Jean Cypher in Los Angeles. Cypher is the ex-wife of actor Lou Diamond Phillips. The method of fertilisation or identity of the sperm donor are unknown.

    1997. Liam Gallagher and fiancee Patsy Kensit cancel their wedding at the last moment, saying it's been turned into a media circus. Patsy awoke to find breakfast TV shows being presented from the street outside their London home and decided to phone the 50 or so guests, the caterers, florists, car hire and security. Cancellation is expected to cost 50,000 but it's thought the couple were keen to avoid the mishaps that dogged Kensit's marriage to Jim Kerr (Simple Minds).

    Adding a bizarre twist to the morning's events was an appearance by police, summoned by an emergency call from the couple's home. The police insisted on checking that the couple were safe and well, a difficult task when Liam refused to let them in believing them to be journalists from a tabloid newspaper. The officers' enquiries were carried out by way of the door entry phone!

  • 1998. Axl Rose (Guns 'N' Roses) is arrested for disorderly conduct at Phoenix Airport The singer caused a disturbance when a security checker insisted on searching his hand luggage which showed a dark unidentifiable object on the x-ray camera. When a security supervisor tried to calm the situation by explaining the reason for the action, Rose threatened him. Unfortunately, that action was clearly seen and heard by police who moved in to investigate the singer's shouting and swearing. The police Incident Report.

    1998. Frank Sinatra is once again admitted to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles following reports that "Ol' Blue Eyes" is suffering from blood in his urine which may indicate bladder cancer.

    1998. 10,000 Maniacs albums "In My Tribe" and "our Time In Eden" are both certified 2 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Sammy Kershaw's album, "Labor Of Love" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A. (Recording Industry Association of America).
    Brian McKnight's album, "Anytime" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1999. The lawsuit brought by Peter Criss' former label, TNT Records, against KISS (Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley) is dismissed by the Los Angeles County Court (case BC176388).

    1999. Stephen Curtis Chapman's album, "Greatest Hits" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A. (Recording Industry Association of America).
    N-SYNC's longform video, "'n The Mix" is certified 4 X platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Britney Spears' album, "...Baby One More Time" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Tyrese's eponymous album is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    WU-Tang Killa Bees album, "The Swarm" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 2000. Malcolm McLaren takes part in a protest at The House Of Commons over cutbacks to public libraries in the U.K. Currently an independent candidate for the post of Mayor of London, McLaren joined distinguished writers, including Margaret Drabble and Antonia Fraser, to lobby MPs.

    2000. Vice officers arrest two members of 2-Live Crew backstage after a nightclub performance in El Paso, Texas. Officers witnessed Lisa Adams (27) and Terry Walker (22) strip onstage and engage in lewd acts with each other. They also said that the band encouraged the audience of around 200 to go to the stage and engage in sex acts with the girls. One man, William Moore (41), from El Paso, partially stripped and tried to engage in a lewd act with one of the women. He was also arrested later. All three were taken to El Paso County Jail to await charges of public lewdness.

  • 2001. On television: (U.S.A.) Saturday Night Live. Musical guest: Jennifer Lopez
    (U.S.A.) Soul Train featuring: Common & Macy Gray; The Transitions; Olivia

  • 2002. Alphi O'Leary, Eric Clapton's personal assistant for more than 25 years, dies in hospital after a brief illness.

    2002. Folk singer Dave Van Ronk dies in New York University Medical Center, where he'd been undergoing treatment for colon cancer. His management company said that during the treatment "his cardio-pulmonary system failed". Van Ronk (65) had been an influence on many of the singer songwriters from the sixties onwards, including Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Janis Ian and Suzanne Vega.

    2002. The new French singles chart is announced. There are no new entries in the Top 20.
    Highest climbers are:
    "Cindy" by Multi-interpretes which rises 4 places from last week's No. 13 to No. 9.
    "Quie Est L'exemple?" by Rohff which also rises 4 places from last week's No. 19 to No. 15.
    The Number 1, "Gimme, Gimme, Gimme" by Star Academy, has been in the top slot for 1 week.

    2002. Old Victoria Theater, London (Shakespeare celebration): David Gilmour.

  • 2003. Having fired her last lawyer, who refused to speak to prosecutors investigating the fire which destroyed her $ 1.8 million manion in Bloomfield Township, Michigan, Aretha Franklin's new lawyer today has a meeting with Oakland County Prosecutor, David Gorcyca. Although Franklin was subpoenaed last month, prosecutors said she was not a suspect. Her son, Edward and security guard, Tyrone Jarrett Jr., both appeared for depositions today. Edward Franklin invoked his Fifth Ammenment right to avoid incriminating himself.

    2003. Neal McCoy's album, "Greatest Hits" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A. (Recording Industry Association of America).
    John Michael Montgomery's album, "Leave A Mark" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

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