Stech’s Week In Rock! (Feb. 27th – Mar. 3rd)

February 27th

1988: David Lee Roth peaked at number six on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with Skyscraper which was his second and final top ten album in the U.S.

1982: The Cars peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Shake It Up” their first top ten single in the U.S.

1980: At the 22nd Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, the big winners were The Doobie Brothers & Billy Joel. The Doobie Brothers won four Grammys including Record of the Year & Song of the Year for “What a Fool Believes” & Joel won two Grammys including Album of the Year for 52nd Street.

1971: Janis Joplin posthumously reached the topped of the Billboard 200 album chart for the first of nine consecutive weeks with her album Pearl.

Birthdays:
Neal Schon-guitarist for Journey born in 1954
Johnny Van Zant-singer for Lynyrd Skynyrd born in 1957

 
February 28th

1996: The original lineup of Kiss made their first public appearance in full makeup & costumes in 17 years at the 38th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Kiss & Tupac Shakur presented the Grammy Award for Best New Artist to Hootie & the Blowfish.

1987: Eddie Van Halen appeared on Saturday Night Live which was being hosted by his then-wife Valerie Bertinelli.

1966: The Cavern Club in Liverpool, U.K. made famous by The Beatles’ residency there, closed due to being $15,000 in debt. Police were called after more than 100 fans barricaded themselves in the club to protest the club’s closing. Today, the area where The Cavern Club resided is now a subway station.

Birthdays:
Brian Jones-guitarist for The Rolling Stones born in 1942
Donnie Iris born in 1943

 

March 1st

1994: At the 36th annual Grammy Awards held at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, Ozzy Osbourne won his first Grammy for Best Metal Performance and Meat Loaf won his first Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance.

1991: The Doors movie starring Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison premiered in North America.

1975: The Eagles reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the first time with “Best of My Love” which spent one week at number one.

1969: Jim Morrison was charged with lewd & lascivious behavior after Morrison allegedly exposed his penis to the audience during a Doors concert in Miami at the Dinner Key Auditorium.

Birthdays:
Roger Daltrey-singer for The Who born in 1944

 

March 2nd

1991: “All Right Now” by Free reached number eight on the U.K. Singles Chart, 21 years after it initially peaked at number two. Its re-appearance on the chart was due to its use in a chewing gum commercial.

1985: John Fogerty peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “The Old Man Down the Road” which was Fogerty’s only top ten single as a solo artist in the U.S.

1968: Blue Cheer released their cover of Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues” which is largely credited as one of the first heavy metal singles. It would peak at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

1960: Elvis Presley left Germany after serving two years in the Army. During a stop to refuel the plane Presley was flying on in Prestwick, U.K., Presley greeted fans through a fence. This was the only time Presley ever set foot on British soil.

Birthdays:
Lou Reed born in 1942
Eddie Money born in 1949
Jon Bon Jovi-singer for Bon Jovi born in 1962

 

March 3rd

1984: The Police peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Wrapped Around Your Finger” which was their sixth and final top ten single in the U.S.

1983: A Hell’s Angels member by the name of “Butch” testified to the U.S. Senate that the California chapter has had a murder contract out for Mick Jagger since 1969 & has attempted to kill him twice.

1967: The first incarnation of The Jeff Beck Group which featured Rod Stewart on vocals & Ron Wood on bass kicked off their first tour at the Astoria in London on a package tour with Roy Orbison & The Small Faces. Due to receiving poor notices, The Jeff Beck Group was asked not to complete the tour.

1966: Neil Young, Stephen Stills & Richie Furay formed Buffalo Springfield in Los Angeles. Young had recently arrived in Los Angeles driving a 1953 Pontiac hearse.

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