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This Day In Rock History: Feb 11th

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  • 1958, English singer Michael Holliday was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Story Of My Life.’ The song gave writers Bacharach and David their first UK No.1 hit.
  • 1963, In less than ten hours, The Beatles record ten new songs for their first album plus four other tracks which would be the next two singles. John Lennon’s vocal on The Isley Brothers ‘Twist & Shout’ was recorded in one take to complete the album.
  • 1964, The Beatles made their live concert debut in the US at the Washington Coliseum. Over 350 police surrounded the stage to keep the 8,000 plus screaming fans in control. One police officer who found the noise so loud stuck a bullet in each ear as ear plugs. The Beatles had to stop three times and turn Ringo’s drum kit around and re-position their microphones so that they faced a different part of the audience. The set list: ‘Roll Over Beethoven’, ‘From Me to You’, ‘I Saw Her Standing There’, ‘This Boy’, ‘All My Loving’, ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’, ‘Please Please Me’, ‘She Loves You’, ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’, ‘Twist and Shout’, and ‘Long Tall Sally’.
  • 1969, The Monkees set a new record when their second album, ‘More Of The Monkees’ jumped from No.122 to the top of the US chart. The album then stayed in pole position for eighteen weeks.
  • 1972, Led Zeppelin scored their third US Top 20 hit single with ‘Black Dog / Misty Mountain Hop’, peaking at No.15, and taken from their fourth album. The song’s title is a reference to a nameless black Labrador retriever that wandered around the Headley Grange studios during recording. Robert Plant recorded his vocal for the track in two takes.
  • 1977, David Bowie released ‘Sound and Vision’ as a single, which was taken from his latest album Low. ‘Sound and Vision’ was used by the BBC in the UK on trailers at the time, providing considerable exposure, much needed as Bowie opted to do nothing to promote the single himself, and helped the song to No.3 on the UK charts.
  • 1978, The Brotherhood Of Man were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Figaro’, the group’s third and last UK No.1.
  • 1987, The Smiths were at No.1 in the UK indie charts with ‘Shoplifters Of The World Unite.’ The title alludes to the communist slogan “Workers of the world, unite!”, and the 1966 David and Jonathan hit ‘Lovers of the World Unite’. The photograph on the sleeve is of a young Elvis Presley.
  • 1989, Paula Abdul started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Straight Up’, the first of three No.1’s in 1989, a No.3 hit in the UK.
  • 1992, Motley Crue fired their singer Vince Neil when he turned up for rehearsals, claiming that he had lost his passion for the band and was now more involved with racing cars.
  • 1998, The hand-written lyrics to ‘Candle in the Wind’ by Bernie Taupin were auctioned off at Christie’s in LA for £278,512.
  • 2001, Outkast went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Mrs Jackson’, a No.2 hit in the UK. Shaggy started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Hotspot.’
  • 2007, Mika went to No.1 on the UK album chart with his debut album ‘Life In Cartoon Motion.’ Pretty Ricky were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Late Night Special’ the American R&B & hip-hop group’s second album and first No.1.
  • 2014, Queen made UK chart history by becoming the first act to sell six million copies of an individual album. Their first Greatest Hits collection, which includes the hits ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ had extended its lead after being Britain’s highest-selling album for several years. The Official Charts Company said one in three British families now owned a copy of the 1981 compilation.

Born on this day:

  • 1935, Born on this day, Gene Vincent, (born Eugene Craddock), US rock ‘n’ roll singer with His Blue Caps who had a 1956 US No.7 & UK No.16 single with ‘Be Bop A Lula’. Vincent died on October 12th 1971.
  • 1939, Born on this day, Gerry Goffin, American songwriter of over 20 US hits with Carol King, including The Shirelles ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow’, The Drifters ‘Up On The Roof’, The Chiffons, ‘One Fine Day’, Herman’s Hermits, ‘I’m Into Something Good’. Goffin died on 19th June 2014 at the age of 75 in Los Angeles.
  • 1940, Born on this day, Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett, who had the 1962 US No.1 & 1973 UK No.3 single ‘The Monster Mash’. The song was a spoof on the dance crazes popular at the time, including the Twist and the Mashed Potato. Pickett died of leukaemia at the age of 69 on April 25th 2007.
  • 1941, Born on this day, Sergio Mendes, Brazilian singer, who had the 1983 US No.4 & UK No.45 single ‘Never Got Let You Go’.
  • 1946, Born on this day, Ray Lake, singer with The Real Thing, who had the 1976 UK No.1 single ‘You To Me Are Everything’.
  • 1953, Born on this day, Alan Rubin, The Blues Brothers, who had the 1990 UK No.12 single ‘Everybody Needs Somebody To Love’.
  • 1962, Born on this day, Sheryl Crow, US singer, songwriter, who had the 1994 US No.2 & UK No.4 single ‘All I Wanna Do’, 1993 album ‘Tuesday Night Music Club’. Crow worked as a backing singer on the Michael Jackson ‘Bad’ tour.
  • 1974, Born on this day, D’Angelo, (Michael Archer), who had the 1996 UK No. 21 single ‘Lady’.
  • 1977, Born on this day, Mike Shinoda, guitar, vocals, with Linkin Park, who had the 2002 US No.2 & UK No.4 single ‘In The End’, and the 2002 US No.2 & 2001 UK No.4 album ‘Hybrid Theory’.
  • 1979, Born on this day, Brandy, American singer, who had the 1998 US No.1 and UK No.2 single with Monica, ‘The Boy Is Mine’.
  • 1981, Born on this day, Kelly Rowland, singer with Destiny’s Child who had the 2000 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘Say My Name’, and the 2001 US & UK No.1 single & album ‘Survivor’. as a solo artist had the 2003 UK No.2 single ‘Stole’, and the 2002 US & UK No.1 single with Nelly ‘Dilemma’. Rowland joined the judging panel on the eighth series of the British reality television competition The X Factor in 2011.

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