This Day in Music: February 8th
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Born on this day:
1946, Paul Wheatbread, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap
1961, Vince Neil, vocals, Motley Crue
1977, Dave 'Phoenix' Ferrel, bass, Linkin Park
1980, Cameron Muncey, guitarist, Jet
1964, on their first full day in New York, The Beatles (minus George who had a sore throat) went for a photo-opportunity walk around Central Park. Extra police were called in to keep fans away. Later in the day The Ronettes interviewed the band for radio.
1973, Max Yasgur died of a heart attack aged 53. He was the owner of the dairy farm in Bethel, New York at which the Woodstock Music and Art Fair was held between August 15 and August 18, 1969.
1975, Bob Dylan went to No.1 on the US album chart with Blood On The Tracks his second U.S. #1 album.
1981, R.E.M. made their first ever-recording sessions at Bombay Studios Smyrna, Georgia. Tracks included “Gardening At Night,” “Radio Free Europe” and “(Don't Go Back To) Rockville.”
1983, winners at the second annual Brit Awards held in London included Paul McCartney who won Best British Male Solo Artist, Kim Wilde won Best British Female Solo Artist, Dire Straits won British Group, British Breakthrough Act went to Yazoo, International Act was Kid Creole & The Coconuts, Best Selling Single Dexy's Midnight Runners “Come On Eileen” and the Life Achievement Award went to Pete Townshend.
1990, suffering from depression American singer songwriter Del Shannon died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds. For more on this see This Day in Music Spotlight.
1994, Oasis were forced to cancel their first foreign tour after they were deported from Holland. The band were involved in a drunken brawl on a cross-channel ferry resulting in members of the band being arrested and locked in the brig on the ferry.
2001, Eminem made his live UK concert debut when he appeared at The Manchester Arena.
2002, Bob Wooler died aged 76. He was the resident DJ and booker at The Cavern Club in Liverpool during the early 1960's. Wooler introduced The Beatles to their manager, Brian Epstein.
2005, Keith Knudson drummer with The Doobie Brothers died of pneumonia aged 56. Scored the 1979 U.S. #1 single “What A Fool Believes” and 1993 U.K #7 single “Long Train Runnin.'”
2006, the 48th annual Grammy Awards were held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Madonna opened the awards for a third time. U2 came away with 5 awards and Mariah Carey won 3 of her 8 nominations.