Elvis Presley performed three shows at Fort Homer Hesterly Armory, Tampa, Florida in 1956. This was billed as “Country Music’s Mr. Rhythm.”
In 1957, American movie idol and singer Tab Hunter was at No.1 on the UK singles music chart with “Young Love”, the singers only UK No.1 hit.
In 1958, Carl Perkins leaves Sun Records to sign with the Columbia label as their first rockabilly artist.
The Beatles, Freddie Starr & the Midnighters, The Pathfinders and Curtis & The All Stars all appeared at The Cavern Club, in Liverpool, England in 1963. The Beatles had “Please Please Me” at No. on the NME singles chart.
In 1964, a British company shipped ½ ton of Beatle wigs to the US. An American reporter later asked John Lennon, “How do you feel about teenagers imitating you with Beatle wigs?” John replied, “They’re not imitating us because we don’t wear Beatle wigs.”
While working at Abbey Road Studios in London in 1965, The Beatles recorded a new John Lennon song “You’re Going To Lose That Girl” in two takes. The track was released on the Help! album.
Rod Steward plays his first major gig in 1965 while performing at an England Club known as The Harrow. Rod performed with his first band, The Soul Agents.
In 1966, Lou Christie went to No.1 on the US singles music chart with “Lightnin Strikes”, a No.11 hit in the UK. Nancy Sinatra held the UK No.1 single position with “These Boots Are Made For Walkin”.
Harry Nilsson started a four-week run at No.1 on the US singles music chart with his version of the Badfinger song “Without You.” In 1972.
Led Zeppelin appeared at the Memorial Drive, Adelaide in Australia in 1972. A local paper who reviewed the show printed: Singer Robin Plant (sic) overcame an “Australian bug” in his throat and broke into his own “Black Dog” and “Stairway To The Stars” (sic).
In 1972, Sammy Davis Jr. makes an appearance on CBS “All In The Family” television show.
The First Annual American Music Awards in 1974, Dick Clark’s answer to the Grammys is broadcast on ABC. Hosts included Smokey Robinson, Helen Reddy and Roger Miller.
KISS make their television debut on an episode of ABC’s Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert in 1974.
The former lead singer with Tower Of Power, Rich Stevens, was arrested in 1976 in connection with the drug related murders of three men in San Jose, California. Stevens was found guilty of the charges in November 1976.
In 1977, Leo Sayer had his only UK No.1 single with the Albert Hammond and Carole Bayer Sager song “When I Need You”. Both Celine Dione and Cliff Richard have scored hits with the song.
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band scored a No.1 single in the US in 1977 with their version of the Bruce Springsteen song “Blinded By The Light.” The track was the first single from Bruce Springsteen’s 1973 debut album Greetings From Asbury Park N.J. The Earth Band’s version features several changed lyrics. The most prominent change is the chorus, where Springsteen’s “cut loose like a dance” is replaced with “revved up like a deuce.” Springsteen himself has said that it was not until Manfred Mann rewrote the song to be about a “feminine hygiene product” that it became popular.
In 1982, Ozzy Osbourne was arrested in San Antonio, Texas for urinating on the Alamo. Osbourne was wearing a dress at the time of his arrest, (due to his wife Sharon hid all his clothes so he couldn’t go outside). Osbourne who apparently thought he was relieving himself on a pile of rubble was banned from ever playing in San Antonio, Texas again, (a ban which was lifted in 1992).
Patti Austin and James Ingram started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles music chart in 1983 with “Baby Come To Me”, a No.11 hit in the UK.
After years with the Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger releases his first solo album in 1985 entitled “She’s The Boss”.
In 1987, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival) and Jesse Ed Davis join bluesman Taj Mahal onstage during his concert at Hollywood’s Palomino Club.
In 1992, during their Use Your Illusion Tour, Guns n’ Roses played the first of three nights at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan. The 55,000 seat baseball stadium (The Big Egg) is the largest concert hall in Japan.
In 1993, Kajagoogoo had their only UK No.1 music single with “Too Shy”. Also a hit in other European countries, this song spent five-weeks at No.1 in Germany, and a Top 5 hit in Switzerland, Sweden, Austria and Netherlands. The group had four other Top 40 UK hits.
Mariah Carey had her first UK No.1 with her version of the Peter Ham and Tom Evans song “Without You” in 1994. Nilsson also took the song to No.1 in 1972. (Carey’s version was released on January 24, 1994, just over a week after Nilsson had died following a heart attack). Both Ham and Evans committed suicide (Ham in 1975 and Evans in 1983) after an ongoing battle to receive royalties from the song.
Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee married Baywatch actress Pamela Anderson in 1995 on a Cancun beach, Mexico in which the bride wore a bikini. Anderson and Lee who married only four days after meeting had videotaped their sexual activities while on vacation which was later stolen and released on the Internet. After suing the video company who released the tape, the Lees entered into a confidential settlement agreement. The couple divorced in 1998.
Roxette, in 1995, became the first Western group to perform in Beijing since George Michael in 1984 when they played a concert celebrating the Chinese New Year.
The Stray Cats reunite in 1998 for a charity show at Los Angeles’ House of Blues. The show benefited the Carl Perkins Center For The Prevention of Child Abuse.
And now it is time to say Happy Birthday to the people who brought us music or had a hand in creating the great music that we love. Those born today, February 19th are:
1924 – Lee Marvin – actor and singer who had a UK 1970 No.1 music single with “Wand’rin Star”, taken from the film “Paint Your Wagon”.
1940 – Bobby Rogers – singer with The Miracles.
1940 – Smokey Robinson – singer, songwriter and producer with The Miracles.
1943 – Lou Christie – US singer.
1946 – Pierre Van Den Linden – drummer with Focus.
1948 – Toni Iommi – guitarist with Black Sabbath.
1948 – Andy Powell – guitarist with English prog rock group Wishbone Ash.
1957 – Dave Wakeling – with The Beat.
1957 – Falco (Hans Holzl) – had the 1986 US and UK No.1 music single “Rock Me Amadeus”
1960 – Prince Mark D – rapper with the Fat Boys.
1963 – Henry Samuel – singer and songwriter (Seal).
1975 – Daniel Adair – drummer with 3 Doors Down.