This Week in Music History
February 13th, 1976 – Phil Collins takes the role of lead vocalist in Genesis since the departure of Peter Gabriel. A Trick of the Tail is released today it’s their first album with this new arrangement.
February 14th 1978 – Dire Straits begin recording their first album at Basing Street Studios in London. The album would cost $21,250 to record and produce. It featured the group’s breakthrough single ‘Sultans of Swing’ which would go on to spend a 132 week run on the UK chart.
February 15th, 1991 – Rod Stewart learns of a $25 million palimony suit which has been filed by ex-girlfriend Kelly Emberg in L.A. They had lived together for 5 years in the late 80′s. Rod Stewart was later quoted saying “Instead of getting married again, I’m going to find a woman I don’t like and just give her a house.”
February 16th, 1985 – Bruce Springsteen went to No.1 in the UK with his ‘Born In The USA’ album, his seventh studio album. It would be the best-selling album of 1985 in the United States (and also Springsteen’s most successful album ever). The album produced a record-tying string of seven Top 10 singles.
February 17th, 1971 – Tonight on The Johnny Cash Show, James Taylor is unveiled to prime-time audiences. He performs “Fire and Rain” and “Carolina on My Mind.”
February 18th, 1966 – The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson recorded the future classic ‘Good Vibrations’, which would go on to become the band’s third No.1 hit. As a child, his mother told him that dogs could pick up “vibrations” from people, so that the dog would bark at “bad vibrations.” Wilson turned the general idea into one of the most recognizable Beach Boys tunes.
February 19th, 1977 – No. 1 on the American pop singles chart today is Manfred Mann’s Earth Band’s cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Blinded by the Light.” Ironically, Springsteen himself hasn’t even had a top 20 single yet.