Stech’s Day in Rock! (Feb 1st – 3rd)

February 1st

1985: The Eagles’ Glenn Frey made his acting debut with a guest appearance on Miami Vice where he played drug dealer Jimmy Cole.

1968: Elvis Presley’s only child, daughter Lisa Marie was born in Memphis exactly nine months after Elvis married Priscilla.

1964: “I Want to Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the first of seven weeks.

1963: Neil Young made his on-stage debut with his then-group The Squires at the Riverview Community Club in Winnipeg.

Birthdays:
Mike Campbell-guitarist for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers born in 1950

 

February 2nd

2007: Van Halen announced that David Lee Roth would be rejoining them as their singer for a reunion tour which kicked off in September of that year. It was also announced that Eddie Van Halen’s son Wolfgang would be replacing Michael Anthony as their bassist.

2006: Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora & Heather Locklear announced that they had filed for divorce. Their divorce would be finalized in April 2007.

1980: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Don’t Do Me Like That” which was their first top ten single in the U.S.

1979: Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious died of a heroin overdose in New York City. He was 21 years old.

Birthdays:
Graham Nash-guitarist for The Hollies & Crosby, Stills, & Nash born in 1942

 

February 3rd

1979: To commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the plane crash that took the lives of Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, & Ritchie Valens, a sold out concert took place at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, IA where the performers performed for the last time. On the bill was Del Shannon, The Drifters & Jimmy Clanton.

1978: Gerry Rafferty released “Baker Street” which went on to reach number two on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart making it his most successful solo single in the U.S.

1959: Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens died in a plane crash in Clear Lake, IA en route to Fargo, ND for a concert. This crash would inspire Don McClean’s “American Pie”. Holly was 22 years old, The Big Bopper was 28 years old & Valens was 17 years old.

Birthdays:
Dave Davies-guitarist for The Kinks born in 1947

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