Monday, February 5, 2018

Today in Music History...February 5, 2018 (Now with more info)

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Music History: February 5th:


2012 The Cult's "She Sells Sanctuary" is mashed with Flo Rida's "Good Feeling" for a special Budweiser commercial that airs during Super Bowl XLVI.

2012 The Super Bowl XLVI halftime show becomes the most-watched television event in history, at 118 million views. Performing artists include Madonna, LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, and Cee Lo Green.

2009 R&B/blues singer-songwriter Piney Brown dies at age 87.

2008 Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the developer of the Transcendental Meditation technique that attracted The Beatles and The Beach Boys, among others, during the 1970s, dies in his sleep at age 90.

2007 Apple Computers settles a long-standing legal battle with Apple Records, which is the label set up by The Beatles. The companies have disputed the rights of the computer maker to sell music under the Apple name.

2006 A 29-year-old man is shot to death near a video shoot for rapper Busta Rhymes in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, New York. The man worked as a bodyguard at Kiss the Cactus Productions, where the video for Rhymes's "Touch It" was being filmed.

2000 Powered by a sample of Bob Dylan's "Knockin' On Heaven's Door," "Rise," by Gabrielle goes to #1 in the UK.

1998 Elton John and Stevie Wonder perform at the White House for US President Bill Clinton and British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

1998 Tim Kelly (guitarist Slaughter) dies in a car accident in Arizona at age 35.

1981 Joni Mitchell is inducted into Canada's Juno Hall of Fame.

1979 The Pointer Sisters' "Fire" is certified Gold.

1977 Mary MacGregor's "Torn Between Two Lovers" hits #1 for the first of two weeks.

1976 Elvis Presley records "For the Heart," "Hurt," and "Danny Boy."

1973 Elton John's "Crocodile Rock" is certified Gold.

1972 Paul Simon releases "Mother and Child Reunion."

1971Sara Evans is born in Boonesboro, Missouri.

1969 Bobby Brown is born in Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts.

1968 Spin Doctors frontman Chris Barron is born Christopher Barron Gross in Hawaii. He moves with his family to Australia at age 8, then to Princeton, New Jersey at 12, where he goes to high school with John Popper of Blues Traveler.

1968 The Beatles' album Yellow Submarine is certified gold.

1967 Pop Stars And Drugs – Facts That Will Shock You screams the headline of the British newspaper News of the World. The article describes LSD parties thrown by The Moody Blues and attended by Pete Townshend, Ginger Baker and other prominent rock stars, and claims that Mick Jagger took Benzedrine tablets and lured girls back to his apartment to smoke hash.
Jagger sues for libel, as it was actually Brian Jones with the Benzedrine. The paper responds by staking out Jagger and tipping police to drug activity at Keith Richards' Redlands estate. On February 12, police raid the place, arresting Jagger, Richards and Marianne Faithfull on drug charges.

1967 Chilean composer Violeta Parra commits suicide at age 49.

1966 Petula Clark's "My Love" hits #1 on the Hot 100 for the first of two weeks.

1964 Duff McKagan (bass guitarist for Guns N' Roses) is born Michael Andrew McKagan in Seattle, Washington.

1961 Gene Pitney releases "Love My Life Away."

1957 Bill Haley arrives in London for his first British tour. He's the first American rock star to tour there and is met by about 4,000 fans at Heathrow Airport, mostly thanks to promoters who hyped his coming as "the second battle of Waterloo."

1955 The Fontane Sisters' "Hearts of Stone" hits #1 for the first of three weeks.

1944 J.R. Cobb (guitarist for Classics IV, Atlanta Rhythm Section) is born in Birmingham, Alabama.

1944 Al Kooper (of The Blues Project, Blood, Sweat & Tears) is born Alan Peter Kuperschmidt in Brooklyn, New York.

1943 Chuck Winfield (trumpet player for Blood, Sweat & Tears) is born.

1941 Barrett Strong, who teams with producer Norman Whitfield to write a number of Motown hits, including "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," is born in West Point, Mississippi.

1941 Cory Wells (of Three Dog Night) is born Emil Lewandowski in Buffalo, New York.

1935 Alex Harvey (of The Sensational Alex Harvey Band) is born in Glasgow, Scotland.

1931 Eddie Cantor makes his debut radio appearance, singing on Rudy Vallee's Fleischmann Hour.

1930 Jazz trumpeter Don Goldie is born Donald Elliott Goldfield in Newark, New Jersey. His father, Harry "Goldie" Goldfield, was also a trumpet player who worked with Paul Whiteman.

1929 Hal Blaine, the famous session drummer coined the term "Wrecking Crew" for the prolific group of Los Angeles studio musicians, is born in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

1923 Country singer-songwriter Claude King, known for the 1962 hit "Wolverton Mountain," is born in Keithville, Louisiana.

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Featured Events

2017 Lady Gaga opens the Super Bowl halftime show with a verse from "God Bless America," followed by the song Woody Guthrie wrote as a parody, "This Land Is Your Land."More

1983 "Africa" by Toto reaches #1.

1962 Ringo Starr makes his first performance with The Beatles, at Liverpool's Cavern Club.

1948 Actor Christopher Guest, known as Alan Barrows of the fictional folk trio The Folksmen and Nigel Tufnel of Spinal Tap, is born in New York City. The mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap tells us Tufnel was born in Squatney, London.

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