Category Archives: FEBRUARY


1958: Little Richard’s Good Golly Miss Molly hits UK chart.

1968: Israeli husband and wife team Esther and Abi Ofarim were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Cinderella Rockefella,’ their only UK No.1

1970: Simon and Garfunkel started a six week run at the top of the US singles chart with ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, also No.1 in the UK.

1970: Frank Zappa’s Hot Rats hits UK LP chart.

1970: Led Zeppelin played a gig in Copenhagen as The Nobs after Eva Von Zeppelin a relative of the airship designer threatened to sue if the family name was used in Denmark.

1970: Simon and Garfunkel started a six week run at the top of the US singles chart with ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, also No.1 in the UK in March the same year.

1970: Billed as ‘David Bowie’s New Electric Band’ (so new they haven’t got a name yet), David Bowie played at the Basildon Arts Lab experimental music club at the Basildon Arts Centre in Essex, England.

1976: Paul Simon’s ‘Still Crazy After All These Years’ was named Best Pop Vocal Performance and Album Of The Year at the 18th annual Grammy Awards.

1981: Country music star Eddie Rabbitt crossed over to the Pop chart to score a US No.1 hit with ‘I Love a Rainy Night’. He had earlier written the Elvis Presley smash ‘Kentucky Rain’ before having a No.5 hit with ‘Drivin’ My Life Away’.

1984: Michael Jackson won a record seven Grammy awards including: Album of the year for ‘Thriller’; Record of the year and Best rock vocal performance for ‘Beat It’; Best pop vocal performance, Best R&B performance and Best R&B song for ‘Billie Jean’, and Best Recording For Children for E.T The Extra Terrestrial.

1986: George Michael announced that Wham! would officially split during the summer.

1989: Bob Dylan recorded the first sessions for the Oh Mercy album at The Studio, New Orleans, Louisiana. What became Dylan’s 26th studio album, released by Columbia Records in September 1989 was produced by Daniel Lanois.

1991: The Record Plant in Hollywood closes. Among the albums recorded at the recording studio and rock hangout were the Eagles’ “Hotel California,” Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” and Stevie Wonder’s “Songs in the Key of Life.”

1994: Eric Clapton played his 100th performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall, in aid of the ‘Children In Crisis’, charity.

1995: Alaskan singer-songwriter ‘Jewel’ releases her debut Pieces of You, featuring the hits “Who Will Save Your Soul” and “Pieces of You.”

1996: Grammy award winners included Alanis Morissette who won album of the year for ‘Jagged Little Pill’ best female rock vocal & best song for ‘You Oughta Know’, Nirvana’s ‘Unplugged won best alternative album and Coolio best rap performance with ‘Gangsta’s Paradise.’

1998: Cornershop went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Brimful Of Asha’. This song is based upon the history of film culture in India.

1998: Celine Dion started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘My Heart Will Go On.’

2002: on this week’s UK singles chart; No.3 ‘Hero’ by Enrique Iglesias, No.2 ‘Whenever Whatever’ by Shakira and Will Young was at No.1 with ‘Anything Is Possible / Evergreen’.

2001: Both R. Kelly and Jagged Edge are double winners at the 15th annual Soul Train Music Awards at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium.

2008: Arctic Monkeys won three prizes, including best British band at this year’s NME Awards held at the O2 in London. The band’s single ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’ won them best track and they won best video for ‘Teddy Picker’. Best album went to Klaxons for Myths of the Near Future while Kate Nash won best solo artist.

2008: Drummer Buddy Miles, who played with Jimi Hendrix in his last regular group, Band of Gypsys, died aged 60 at his home in Austin, Texas after struggling with a long-term illness. Born George Allen Miles in Omaha, Nebraska, Buddy’s nickname was a tribute to his idol, jazz drummer Buddy Rich. Rich also played with The Delfonics, The Ink Spots, Wilson Pickett, Electric Flag, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, Muddy Waters and Barry White. In the 1980s, he achieved a certain amount of notoriety in the US as the vocalist on the celebrated claymation California Raisins commercials.

2012: Kid Rock performs at Mitt Romney’s Finale.