The History of Rock for Feb 12

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edited February 2009 in History of Rock
Feb 12

1956 - Screaming Jay Hawkins recorded his seminal I Put A Spell On You in New York for Okeh Records.

1964 - The Beatles make their New York debut at Carnagie Hall. The New Street Music Record Store offers to send buyers of The Beatles album next door to a barber shop for a free Beatle haircut.

1965 - London's Pye Records announce they have sigened the British Bob Dylan, singer/songwriter Donovan.

1967 - Acting on a tip from from reporters of News Of The World, police raided the country home of Keith Richards at West Wittering in Sussex. Armed with a search warrant the 15 police officers found Richards, Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithful plus a variety of substances that they removed for laboratory analysis. Jagger and Richards were charged with a number of offences and Jagger spent 2 nights in jail and Richards spent 1 before they were allowed to leave to appeal. After an impassioned editorial in The Times by its editor, public opinion and new evidence allowed the Stones to escape punishment.

1968 - Jimi Hendrix made a hero's return to his hometown of Seattle where he attended school before enlisting in the paratroopers at the age of 17 in 1959 to avoid being drafted. Hendrix played a free show for the students of Garfield High School. He was presented with a key to the city bu the mayor and was clearly overcome with the reception he received.

1972 - Double album Hot Rocks 1964 - 1971 gives The Rolling Stones a #4 album in the US.

1981 - Blondie singer Debbie Harry confirmed that she would make a solo album without the other members of Blondie. Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards would produce the album entitled Koo Koo.

1986 - Ozzy Osbourne begins his first full UK Tour in 3 years. It will end on March 4.

1990 - Faith No More is nominated for a Grammy for Best Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Performance.

1990 - EMI releases two 12 inch singles as a double package mini album , the first of 10 limited edition collections , to celebrate 10 years of Iron Maiden's recording career with the label. The mini albums wil be released consecutively every week for 10 weeks and will chart in the UK in the following chronological order: Running Free/Sanctuary#1, Women In Uniform/Twilight Zone#10, Purgatory/Maiden Japan#5, Run To The Hills/Number Of The Beast #3, Flight Of Icarus/The Trooper #7, 2 Minutes To Midnight/Aces High #11, Running Free(Live)/Run To The Hills (Live) #9, Wasted Years/Stranger In A Strange Land #9, Can I Play With Madness/Evil That Men Do #10, The Calirvoyant/Infinite Drams (Live) # 11.

1992 - Tommy Lee , Mick Mars and band management attend a meeting at Nikk Sixx's house. The band is discouraged from getting rid of Vince Neil, bearing the status of their new $25 million record deal in mind. A unanimous vote seals Vince’s fate and he is out of the band after Tommy and Nikki have grown too tired of his behaviour. Manager Doug Thaler calls Vince and tells him the rest of the band doesn’t want him around and he’s not to speak with any of them.

1998 - Vince Neil hosts The Second Annual Skylar Neil Memorial Golf Tournament. It is held at Malibu Country Club, raising $65,000 for sick children in hospital.

1998 - The guitar work of Mick Mars features on the Carmine Appice project titled Guitar Zeus. Other guest artists on the CD include Paul Gilbert, Brian May, Slash, Yngwie Malmsteen, Neal Schon, Bob Daisley, Steve Morse and Ted Nugent.


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