Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Today in Music History...February 7, 2017

Music History: February 7




1883: Eubie Blake
1920: Oscar Brand
1921: Wilma Lee Cooper
1934: King Curtis, Earl King
1946: Sammy Johns
1948: Jimmy Greenspoon (Three Dog Night)
1949: Alan Lancaster (Status Quo)


1959: Guitar Slim


1959: Buddy Holly's funeral is held at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Lubbock, TX, drawing over a thousand mourners. Holly's widow did not attend. On the same day, Ritchie Valens is buried in San Fernando Mission Cemetery.
1964: The Kinks appear on ITV's Ready Steady Go! performing their version of "Long Tall Sally."
1964: Shortly after 1:00 p.m. EST, Pan Am Yankee Clipper flight number 101 lands at New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport. Over 3,000 screaming fans, many in tears, are waiting to greet the Beatles as they arrive for their first American tour (and an appearance on CBS' Ed Sullivan Show). The Beatles are taken to the Plaza Hotel after a press conference at the airport. ("What do you think of the campaign in Detroit to stamp out the Beatles?" Paul: "We've got a campaign of our own to stamp out Detroit.") On the same day, Baskin-Robbins responds to the furor by introducing a flavor of ice cream called "Beatle-Nut."
1965: George Harrison is admitted to London's University College Hospital with an infected back molar which has also infected his tonsils, necessitating their removal. 
 The tonsils are destroyed so that they can't be sold to fans.
1966: The first magazine dedicated specifcally to rock and roll music, Crawdaddy!, is published by Paul Williams in New York City.
1967: The Bee Gees return to England, the land of their birth, after nine years living in Australia.
1969: Tom Jones' UK variety show This Is Tom Jones premieres on ABC after the network pays out over $20 million for the rights.
1979: Stephen Stills records the first major-label album using all-digital equipment, but it's never released, which means that Ry Cooder's Bop Till You Drop will get the honor.
1981: ABC begins airing the first installment of the mini-series Elvis and Me, based on ex-wife Priscilla Presley's book of the same name.
1985: Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York" becomes the official anthem of New York City.
1989: The Georgia State Legislature sponsors a bill to make Little Richard's "Tutti-Frutti" the official state song. It doesn't pass.


1966: The Beatles, "Nowhere Man"


1961: The Jive Five, "My True Story"
1976: Elvis Presley, "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain"


1966: The Beach Boys' album Summer Days is certified gold
1970: Johnny Cash's album Hello, I'm Johnny Cash is certified gold
1974: Barry White's "Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up" and his album Stone Gon' are certified gold
1974: The Love Unlimited Orchestra's "Love's Theme" and their album Under the Influence of Love Unlimited are certified gold


1960: Barrett Strong's "Money (That's What I Want)" enters the pop charts
1970: Shocking Blue's "Venus" hits #1
1976: Paul Simon's "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" hits #1
1976: Bob Dylan's album Desire hits #1

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