February 14th

  • 1931. Phyllis McGuire (The McGuire Sisters) born.

  • 1937. Bluesman Magic Sam born Sam Maghett in Grenada, Mississippi.

  • 1943. Folk singer/guitarist, Eric Anderson born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

    1943. Robert "Pops" Kerr (The New Vaudeville Band) born in London, England.

  • 1945. Vic Briggs (The Animals) born in London, England.

  • 1947. Tim Buckley born Timothy Charles Buckley III in Washington, D.C.

  • 1950. Roger Fisher (Heart) born.

  • 1951. Kenny Hyslop (Slik) born in Helensburgh, Scotland.

  • 1955. North Junior High School, Roswell, New Mexico: Elvis Presley.

  • 1956. Charles L. Coon High School Auditorium, Wilson, North Carolina: Elvis Presley.

  • 1961. The Platters sue Mercury Records after the label rejects new recordings without the voice of Tony Williams who has left the band. The group maintains that the label has a contract to release the band's recordings regardless of who is providing vocals. In the long term the action will damage the group after a series of lack-lustre line-ups is sent out on the road for purely commercial purposes.

    1961. Cassanova Club, Liverpool, and at Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool: The Beatles.
    Advertisements for the Cassanova Club appearance credited The Beatles as the originators of a foot-stomping dance called "The Atom Beat". At Litherland Town Hall, while The Beatles are presenting a Valentine's Day show, Paul McCartney sings Elvis Presley's "Wooden Heart", and he is wearing an honest-to-god wooden heart pinned to his coat, covered with satin and embroidered with the names "John", "Paul", "George", and "Pete". The heart is raffled off, and the winner is also to get a kiss from Paul. When the winning girl goes on stage to get her prize and kiss, dozens of other girls follow her, squealing in an early display of "Beatlemania". John is knocked to the floor and the club's bouncers close the curtain and stop the show until order has been restored.

    1961. Lawrence Welk's single, "Calcutta" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1962. Cavern Club, Liverpool (night): The Beatles.

  • 1963. St. Valentine's Dance, Locarno Ballroom, Liverpool: The Beatles.

  • 1964. The Beatles rehearse for their second live appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show".

  • 1965. On Television: (U.S.A.) Ed Sullivan Show. Show No. 821. Musical guests: Dave Clark Five, Steve Lawrence.

  • 1966. Simon & Garfunkel's single, "Sounds Of Silence" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

    1966. On Television: (U.S.A.) Hullabaloo. Host: Skitch Henderson. Guests: Chad and Jeremy, Jackie and Gayle, The Marvelettes, The Steel Bandits.

  • 1967. The Beatles are recording in Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London). Today, they're doing overdubs for "Only a Northern Song", including two George Harrison lead vocals.

  • 1968. Lemon Pipers' single, "Green Tambourine" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

    1968. Regis College, Denver: Jimi Hendrix. Support: Soft Machine.

  • 1969. The Jimi Hendrix Experience regroup at Olympic Studios in London to work abortively on a fourth album.

    1969. Sandie Shaw appears at Wells Street Magistrate's Court in London to answer a summons that she failed to pay the full fair to taxi driver for a return trip from London's West End to Knightsbridge in December last year. She pled not guilty, saying that she had offered the cabbie the fare shown on his meter plus a tip but he had demanded 4/6d more as excess due to her changing her mind. Chairman of the Justices, Mr. A. C. Barrett found the case proved but said it had been "extremely difficult". Sandie, appearing under her married name of Sandra Banks is ordered to pay the fare of 22/6d and costs of £ 3 2/6d.

    1969. Warwick University, Coventry: Pink Floyd.
    Fillmore East: Sam & Dave, Winter, Aorta.
    Thee Image Club, North Miami Beach, Florida: Led Zeppelin.

  • 1970. London School Of Economics: Soft Machine (without Elton Dean).
    Manchester Free Trade Hall: Deep Purple.
    The King's Hall, Stoke-On-Trent: Pink Floyd.
    Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, Illinois: Delaney and Bonnie.

  • 1971. Plymouth: Deep Purple.

  • 1972. First date of David Bowie's 'Aladdin Sane' U.S. tour at Radio City Music Hall in New York. David descended from the ceiling, did five costume changes and - collapsed on stage from exhaustion.

    1972. New release: The Beatles single "All Together Now/Hey Bulldog" (Apple) is released in Sweden. Two weeks in the Swedish charts; highest position #7.

    1972. On Television: (U.S.A.) "The Mike Douglas Show" with guest hosts John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The couple will be sitting in for Mike until February 18th.

    1972. Lancaster University: Paul McCartney & Wings.

  • 1973. Bobby & Peace Womack's single, "Harry Hippie" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1974. Terry Jacks' single, "Seasons In The Sun" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1975. New release: Marc Bolan's new album 'Bolan Zip Gun' is released in the U.K. It sells badly and fails to chart.

    1975. On Television: The Midnight Special. Show #104. Host: Neil Sedaka. Guests: Todd Rundgren; Sister Sledge; The Spinners.

    1975. Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York: Led Zeppelin.

  • 1976. Malcolm McLaren and his girlfriend Vivienne Westwood stage a "Valentine's Ball" at Andrew Logan's studios in Butler's Wharf, London. The event is used to promote the couple's new "underground" fashions and their band The Sex Pistols. Media attention is ensured when Jordan joins the band onstage and starts to strip.

    1976. On Television: (U.S.A.) Saturday Night Live with musical guest Al Jarreau. (U.S.A.) Soul Train featuring The Jimmy Castor Bunch; Leon Haywood; Southshore Commission.

  • 1977. Manfred Mann's Earthband's "Solar Fire" is certified silver by the B.P.I.
    Leo Sayer's "Endless Flight" is certified gold by the B.P.I.

  • 1978. Pink Floyd's keyboard player, Rick Wright finishes his solo album at Superbear Studios.

    1978. Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Variations" is certified silver by the B.P.I.
    Bing Crosby's "The Best Of Bing" and "White Christmas" are certified silver by the B.P.I.
    Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Pronounced" and "One More For The Road" are certified silver by the B.P.I.
    The Muppets' "The Muppet Show Volume 2" is certified silver by the B.P.I.
    Various Artists' "Star Wars" is certified gold by the B.P.I.

    1978. Ted Nugent's album, "Double Live Gonzo" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Lou Rawls' album, "When You Hear Lou, You'Ve Heard It All" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1979. The late Maria Callas' Italian ex-husband, Giovanni Menughini, announces that the urn containing the diva's ashes has disappeared from the Paris cemetery that housed it. He said that members of the singer's family removed the ashes in January 1978 but have not revealed where they are now being kept.

    1979. On Television: (Germany) Rockpalast: WIRE (WDR Studio-L Köln)

    1979. Dusseldorf Phillipshalle, Germany: Nazareth. Support: Whitesnake.

  • 1979. New releases: George Harrison's album "George Harrison" (Dark Horse) and single "Blow Away/Soft Hearted Hana" (Dark Horse) are released in the U.S.A.

  • 1980. John Lydon gets an unwanted wake up call at 6.30 a.m. when 11 members of the Metropolitan Police take an axe to the front door of his Chelsea home. Unsure of the intention of his visitors, he greeted them with a sword. They were, however, in possession of a search warrant which they carried out. All they could find during their search was what appeared to be a small tear gas spray which was taken with John to Chelsea police station. After assisting the boys in blue with their enquiries, John agreed to return on March 13th by which time the spray will have been analysed.

    1980. Phil Lynott marries Caroline Crowther (daughter of British comedian, Leslie) at the St. Elizabeth Of Portugal church in Richmond, London.

  • 1980. Michael Jackson's single, "Rock With You" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

    1980. Sun Plaza Hall, Tokyo, Japan: Police.

  • 1981. On Television: (U.S.A.) Saturday Night Live with musical guest Deborah Harry; The Funky Four Plus One More. (U.S.A.) Soul Train featuring Rufus; Dee Dee Sharp.

    1981. Marquee Club: Atomic Rooster.
    Westfallenhalle, Dortmund, West Germany: Pink Floyd.
    Logan Campbell Centre, Auckland, New Zealand: Police.

  • 1982. Suzi Quatro is named as "Rear Of The Year" at the opening of the Menswear Fashion Fair at London's Olympia. The award is given each year to a female star whose "rear end" best displays a pair of jeans. The citation accompanying the award reads, "Undoubtedly one of the great female jean wearers in the pop world, she manages to combine the wearing of a traditionally masculine garment with a highly feminine and sensual pop image. Her neat, trim, size 8 shape provides the best possible lines for "rear" attractiveness". Suzi won against stiff competition. Among her nine challengers were Toyah Wilcox, Kim Wilde and Sheena Easton.

    1982. The group Sundance announces that it has sacked Mary Hopkin as a result of "constant differences" in musical style. Hopkin's sacking marks the end of her come-back dreams after ten years out of the pop spotlight while bringing up a family. The group's label, Bronze, said that the singer had been unable to commit to rehearsals and recording sessions. Her place in the group will be taken by Mary Stavens who won the Miss World competition in 1978 for Sweden.

    1982. Marquee Club: The Onlookers.

    1982. On Television: Rockpalast featuring Toots And The Maytals (Markthalle Hamburg).

  • 1983. Incantation's "Cacharpaya (Panpipes Of The Andes)" is certified gold by the B.P.I.

    1983. Marquee Club: One the Juggler.

  • 1984. Elton John marries Renate Blauel at St. Mark's Chirch in Darling Point, Sydney, Australia. Elton's manager, John Reid is best man. After the ceremony, a reception, costing over £ 100,000, is held at the Sebel Town House Hotel.

    1984. Marquee Club: Red Box. Support: The Wooden Tops.
    Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, Ohio: Police.

  • 1985. Marquee Club: F.M. Support: Chrome Molly.

  • 1986. New release: A one-hour videocassette called "British Rock: the First Wave" is released in the U.K. It includes footage of The Beatles in Manchester in November 1963; in Sweden in October 1963; at the 1964 and 1965 'New Musical Express' Poll Winners Concerts; in Washington D.C. in 1964; John's "apology" on Aug. 11, 1966; and the premiere of the movie "Yellow Submarine".

    1986. Whitney Houston's album, "Whitney Houston" is certified 3 X platinum by the R.I.A.A.

    1986. Marquee Club: Eddie & The Hot Rods.

  • 1987. On Television: (U.S.A.) Saturday Night Live with musical guests Paul Young & Buster Poindexter.

    1987. Marquee Club: Fields Of The Nephelim. Support: The Foundation.
    Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland: Deep Purple.

  • 1988. Marquee Club: The Last Of The Teenage Idols.
    Tennis Center, Melbourne, Australia: Pink Floyd.

  • 1989. Roy Orbison's "Mystery Girl" is certified gold by the B.P.I.
    Mica Paris' "So Good" is certified platinum by the B.P.I.
    Chris Rea's "New Light Through Old Windows" is certified 2 x platinum by the B.P.I.
    Tanita Tikaram's "Ancient Heart" is certified platinum by the B.P.I.
    Yello's "Flag" is certified silver by the B.P.I.

    1989. Paula Abdul's album, "Forever Your Girl" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Aldo Nova's album, "Aldo Nova" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Bad Company's album, "10 From 6" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Candle's album, "Music Machine" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Europe's album, "Out Of This World" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Michael Jackson's singles, "Off The Wall" and "She's Out Of My Life" are certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Michael Jackson's singles, "Beat It", "Billie Jean","Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" and "Rock With You" are certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    The Jacksons' single, "Enjoy Yourself" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Elton John's album, "Greatest Hits Vol. III 1979-1987" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Little Feat's album, "Let It Roll" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Living Colour's album, "Vivid" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    R.E.M.'s album, "Green" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.

    1989. Marquee Club: Sam & Galore. Support: Wishing Storm.

  • 1990. Del Amitri's "Waking Hours" is certified silver by the B.P.I.
    Various Artists' "The Awards 1990" is certified gold by the B.P.I.

    1990. New Order's longform video, "Substance" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Tower Of Power's album, "Tower Of Power" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

    1990. Marquee Club: The Other Side. Support: And The Generals Ran Forever + The Catholics.

  • 1991. Pop Against Homophobia (PAH) launch their first ad campaign aimed at introducing positive images of same sex relaitionships into mainstream youth culture

    1991. Poison's album, "Flesh & Blood" is certified 3 X platinum by the R.I.A.A.

    1991. Marquee Club: New Model Army.
    Ludwigshafen Eberthalle, Germany: Deep Purple.

  • 1992. Mariah Carey's album, "Emotions" is certified 3 X platinum by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1993. Harry Nilsson suffers a massive heart attack.

  • 1994. Cher pulls out of appearing at tonights Brit Awards as she's stuck in Los Angeles suffering from bronchitis. She wasn't the only one to cancel. Billy Connolly had been booked to present the show but he pulled out when he realised he was double booked with a gig in Aberdeen. His place was taken by Elton John and RuPaul. They also performed their current hit, "Don't Go Breaking My Heart". Other live performances during the evnt included Take That with a medley of Beatles' hits and The Pet Shop Boys performing "Go West" with a male voice choir of 150!
    Meanwhile, at the awards, here are the winners:
    Best British Male: Sting.
    Best British Female: Dina Carroll.
    Best British Group: Stereo MCs.
    Best British Dance Act: M People.
    Best British Newcomer: Gabrielle.
    Best Single: "Pray" by Take That.
    Best Album: "Connected" by Stereo MCs.
    Best Video: "Pray" by Take That.
    Best Producerer: Brian Eno.
    Best International Male: Lenny Kravitz.
    Best International Female: Bjork.
    Best International Group: Crowded House.
    Best International Newcomer: Bjork.
    Best Soundtrack: "The Bodyguard".
    Outstanding Contribution: Van Morrison.

    1994. Jerry Garcia (The Grateful Dead) marries Deborah Koons.

  • 1995. Richey Manic's car is spotted by a car park attendant at Auste Service Station, close to the Severn Bridge. Despite a nationwide police search, Richey has not been seen since checking out of London's Embassy Hotel on February 1st. The attendant notes the registration and when he finds it still there the next day, reports it to the service station manager.

    1995. Alan Jackson's album, "Who I Am" is certified 2 X platinum by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1996. Silverchair's album, "Frogstomp" is certified 2 X platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Brandy's single, "Sittin' Up In My Room" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Faith Evans' single, "Soon As I Get Home" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Sade's longform video, "Live In Concert" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Stevie Ray Vaughan & DoubleTrouble's longform video, "Live From Austin, Texas" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    The Clash's album, "London Calling" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Kenny G's album, "Gravity" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1997. Alanis Morissette's album, "Jagged Little Pill" is certified 15 X platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Dru Hill's single, "In My Bed" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Van Halen's longform video, "Video Hits Volume I" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Tool's album, "Aenima" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.

    1997. On Television: (U.K.) Top Of The Pops. Presented by Peter Andre. Featuring Apollo 440 - "Ain't Talking About Dub"; Blueboy - "Remember Me"; Depeche Mode - "Barrel Of A Gun"; Mansun - "She Makes My Nose Bleed"; Mark Owen - "Clementine"; No Mercy - "Where Do You Go?"; OTT - "Let Me In"; The Eels - "Novocaine For The Soul"; U2 - "Discotheque.

  • 1998. Falco is buried in Vienna's Central Cemetery having died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic last week. The city's former mayor, Helmut Zilk speaks at the ceremony, praising the singer for remaining true to Austria. More than 6,000 fans, friends and colleagues attend.

    1998. On Television: (U.S.A.) Saturday Night Live with musical guest Missy Elliot. (U.S.A.) Soul Train featuring Whispers; Genuwine; Public Announcement.

  • 1999. The Deftones's equipment truck is stolen from outside the Holiday Inn in Dearborn, Michigan sometime between 3 and 5 a.m. As a result of losing all their gear and instruments, they cancelled two shows today in Detroit as support on the Black Sabbath reunion tour. Both Sabbath and other support, Pantera are lending them enough gear to play tomorrow's final show of the tour.

    1999. Radio One's breakfast show DJ Zoe Ball assumes that boyfriend Fat Boy Slim (a.k.a Norman Cook) has forgotten to buy her a Valentine's Day present so she goes off to bed in a sulk. It seems Norman (real name Quentin) had other things in mind. He followed her to the bedroom, got down on one knee and asked Zoe to marry him. Needless to say, he hadn't forgotten a present - it was a £ 50,000 diamond and platinum engagement ring from Tiffany's the jewellers. Zoe, unable to keep the news to herself, will let slip to her 6 million listeners tomorrow morning.

    1999. On Television: (U.S.A.) The Simpsons. Episode #217, entitled, "I'm With Cupid". Today's show features the voice of Elton John as himself.

  • 2000. D'Arcy Wretzky formerly bass player with The Smashing Pumpkins appears in a Chicago court charged with buying crack cocaine. According to police, she bought the drug on January 25th from a building they had under surveillance. As a first-time offender, she's given the opportunity of taking four drug prevention classes. If she completes the classes by May 19, all charges against her will be dropped.

    2000. Six Chix release their debut single. The band has been put together by Jonathan King to compete with the likes of The Spice Girls. He hopes this group will appeal to a wider audience as they're aged from 17 to 51!.

    2000. Chayanne's album, "Atado A Tu Amor" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Jagged Edge's album, "J.E. Heartbreak" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 2001. It's Valentine's Day. A time for romance or in some cases, dumping your girlfriend. Rapper Sean "Puffy" Combs announces that the relationship with girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez is over.

    2001. Dave Hollister's album, "Chicago '85...The Movie" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Jay-Z's album, "Vol. 3...Life And Times Of S. Carter" is certified 3 X platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Joe's single, "Stutter" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Santana's album, "Supernatural" is certified 14 X platinum by the R.I.A.A.

  • 2002. Mick Tucker, drummer with glam-rockers Sweet, dies in hospital in Welwyn Garden City from complications after a long fight against leukemia. He was 54. His wife, Janet, and 22 year old daugher, Asyten, were at his bedside.

    2002. Robbie Williams' plagiarism case ends at the High Court in London. While the singer has lost the case, the copyright owners request for higher damages has also been refused. Ludlow Music Inc., which owns the copyright to the Woody Guthrie song, "I Am The Way" had been seeking 100% of royalties from Williams' song "Jesus In A Camper Van" which included a line almost identical to one in Guthrie's. Williams had credited the song in part to Loudon Wainwright III, who had adapted Guthrie's original in 1973 but had not credited Guthrie or sought permission from his publishers. Judge Nicholas Pumfrey, presiding, did however grant Ludlow Music Inc. an injunction barring future use of the contested lyrics and preventing further pressings of the record containing them. The judge, who said in his summing up that he had "grave doubts as to who has actually won this case", granted both sides leave to appeal.

    2002. The Mean Fiddler Music Group announces that has taken a 20% share in the Glastonbury Festival. Mean Fiddler will also take over management of Glastonbury with managing director Melvin Benn becoming the festival's operational director.

    2002. Alan Jackson's album, "Drive" is certified 2 X platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Dean Martin's album, "All Time Greatest Hits" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    N.W.A.'s album, "Greatest Hits" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    A.B. Quintanilla's album, "Shhh!" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 2003. A lawsuit brought by the Allman Brothers Band against Universal Music Group, is dismissed. Judge Judith Chirlin, sitting at the Superior Court in Los Angeles granted Universal's motion that the statute of limitations had expired on the band's suit which sought the return of tapes of demos, rehearsals and live concerts recorded from 1969 to 1979. The tapes had originally been held by Capricorn Records but were sold to Polygram after Capricorn's bankruptcy in 1979. Since then ownership has transferred several times as the result of mergers and buy-outs. The tapes are now in possession of Universal but the band claimed that they were personal recordings and never part of the contract they had with Capricorn. Their suit also stated that they were unaware of where the tapes were until 1998. When they did find out, it's claimed they wrote to Universal but received no reply.

    2003. Jack Maher, publisher of jazz magazine, Down Beat dies in Downers Grove, Illinois, aged 78.

    2003. Aaliyah's "I Care 4 U" is certified gold by the B.P.I.
    Busted's "Busted" is certified platinum by the B.P.I.
    Massive Attack's "100th Window" is certified gold by the B.P.I.
    Oasis' "Heathen Chemistry" is certified 3 x platinum by the B.P.I.
    TaTu's "200 Khm In The Wrong Lane" is certified gold by the B.P.I.

    2003. Tyrese's album, "I Wanna Go There" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

    2003. On Television: (U.K.) Top Of The Pops. Presented by Fearne Cotton. Featuring Big Brovaz performing "OK"; Counting Crows - "Big Yellow Taxi"; Gareth Gates FT The Kumars - "Spirit In The Sky"; Good Charlotte - "Lifestyles Of The Rich & Famous"; Justin Timberlake - "Cry Me A River"; Oasis - "Songbird 14-Feb-03 Fearne Cotton Performance Sean Paul - "Gimme The Light"; Tatu - "All The Things She Said.

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