Friday, February 9, 2018

Today in Music History...February 9, 2018 (Now with more info)

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Music History: February 9th:


2014 The Beatles: The Night That Changed America airs on CBS exactly 50 years after the group first appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show. The show features performances by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr and also covers of Beatles songs by Stevie Wonder, Dave Grohl and a reunited Eurythmics.

2008 An oversold venue is to blame for the deaths of 10 fans and the injuries of six at a concert by Indonesian metalcore band Beside. Conflicting reports on numbers seem to confirm that the venue, meant to hold 700, was well over capacity, with perhaps as many as 1,500 people inside. The fans were killed in the crush as they tried to leave the packed venue while hundreds more were trying to force their way in.

2005 Soul singer Tyrone Davis dies of complications from a stroke in Chicago, Illinois, at age 66. Known for his #1 R&B hits, "Can I Change My Mind" (1968), "Turn Back The Hands Of Time" (1970), and "Turning Point" (1975).

2001 After being booted from the "reunion" lineup of the Eagles, guitarist Don Felder files a lawsuit against the group.

1997 Brian Connolly (lead singer of Sweet) dies at age 51 of renal and liver failure after multiple heart attacks.

1991 Gospel singer Reverend James Cleveland dies at age 59.

1979 UB40 play their first live show, sharing the bill with another local group called the Au Pairs at The Hare & Hounds Pub in Birmingham. In 2011, a plaque went up outside the pub to mark the performance.

1974 "Love's Theme," a groovy instrumental composed by Barry White for his Love Unlimited Orchestra, hits #1 in the US.

1974 Paul McCartney & Wings' "Jet" enters the pop charts.

1973 Max Yasgur, who owned the farm in upstate New York where the 1969 Woodstock festival was held, dies of a heart attack at age 53.

1970 Sly and the Family Stone's "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" is certified gold.

1967 The Beatles record "Fixing A Hole."

1966 Liza Minnelli brings her nightclub act to New York City with a show at the Persian Room of the Plaza Hotel.

1966 Sophie Tucker dies of lung cancer and kidney failure at age 79.

1963 Country singer Travis Tritt is born in Marietta, Georgia.

1963 Hattie Carroll, a 51-year-old bartender in Baltimore, is killed after a disgruntled patron hits her with a cane. Bob Dylan writes a song about it called "The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll," which appears on his The Times They Are A-Changin' album.

1963 Paul and Paula's "Hey Paula" hits #1 for the first of three weeks.

1962 Neil Sedaka records "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do."

1959 Lloyd Price's "Stagger Lee" hits #1 for the first of four weeks.

1958 Ratings show that ABC's American Bandstand is now America's top-rated daytime television program, with an average of 8,400,000 viewers per day.

1957 Elvis Presley's "Too Much" hits #1 for the first of three weeks.

1955 Sham 69 frontman Jimmy Pursey is born in Hersham, Surrey, England.

1951 Dennis "DT" Thomas (alto saxophonist Kool & the Gang) is born in Jersey City, New Jersey.

1947 Country rocker Joe Ely is born in Amarillo, Texas.

1947 R&B singer Major Harris (of The Delfonics) is born in Richmond, Virginia. He lands his biggest solo hit in 1975 with "Love Won't Let Me Wait."

1943 Barbara Lewis is born in Salem, Michigan.

1942 Mark Mathis (of The Newbeats) is born in Hahira, Georgia.

1940 Brian Bennett (drummer for The Shadows) is born in Palmers Green, North London, England.

1939 Barry Mann is born Barry Imberman in Brooklyn, New York City. He teams with wife Cynthia Weil to write a number of classic hits, including "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'."

1914 Ernest Tubb is born in Crisp, Texas.

1909 Carmen Miranda is born Maria do Carmo Miranda da Cunha in Marco de Canaveses, Portugal. 

The Beatles Play The Ed Sullivan Show

1964The Beatles appear on the Ed Sullivan Show, making their first US TV appearance.

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1981 Bill Haley dies of an apparent heart attack at age 55. With "Rock Around The Clock," Haley had the first big hit of the rock era, but his fortunes faded quickly as the '50s came to an end, and the second half of his life was mired in financial problems and a struggle to regain musical relevance.

1974 The Stooges play their final concert, with an imploding Iggy Pop taunting the crowd, which responds with various projectiles. The opening act was a young band called Aerosmith.

1972 Beginning a covert university tour where Paul McCartney can play to small audiences, Wings play their first show: an unannounced concert at Nottingham University in England.

1942 Carole King is born Carol Joan Klein in Manhattan, New York City. She meets husband and songwriting partner Gerry Goffin while attending Queens College.

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