This Week in Music History
February 6th, 2001 – Don Felder, guitarist, was fired from The Eagles. He would later attempt to sue drummer Don Henley and guitarist Glen Frey for wrongful termination and breach of an implied contract. Henley and Frey counter-sued Felder for breach of contract, alleging that Felder had written and attempted to sell a “tell-all” book. Both parties would end up settling out of court for an undisclosed amount.
February 7th, 1969 – The Who record one of their biggest hits, ‘Pinball Wizard’ at Morgan Studio’s, London, England. The track would be featured on their rock opera album, Tommy, and was released as a single in 1969 but only reached No. 19 in the US.
February 8th, 1964 – It’s The Beatles first full day in New York. The Fab Four (minus George who had a sore throat), went for a walk/photo-shoot around Central Park. Over 400 female fans followed them and extra police were needed to control the every growing crowd. Later in the day The Ronettes interviewed The Beatles on the radio.
February 9th, 1964 – The Beatles make their US live debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. They performed five songs including their current No.1 ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ and were watched by an estimated 73 million people. There was a lottery for seats as the studio only held 728 people. The show had received over 50,000 applications from fans trying to get a spot in the audience.
February 10th, 2003 – The Rolling Stones play a free show in Los Angeles to raise awareness for global warming. Their support act is sax player, and former president Bill Clinton.
February 11th, 1969 – The Monkees set a new record when their second album, ‘More of The Monkees’ jumped from #122 to the top of the US chart. The album then stayed in pole position for eighteen weeks.
February 12th, 1989 – Aretha Franklin lost a court case against Broadway producer Ashton Springer, who sued for $1 million when Aretha failed to turn up for rehearsals for the stage show Sing Mahalia Sing, blaming her fear of flying on the non appearance.