February

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15th February 1981, American guitarist Mike Bloomfield was found dead in his car in San Francisco from an accidental heroin overdose aged 37. He was a member of the Paul Butterfield band and Electric Flag and had played on Bob Dylan’s album Highway 61 Revisited. Bloomfield’s Telecaster guitar licks were featured on Dylan’s ‘Like a […]

15th February 1965, American singer and pianist Nat King Cole died of lung cancer. First hit was the 1943 ‘Straighten Up and Fly Right’, had the 1955 US No.2 single ‘A Blossom Fell’ and 1957 UK No.2 single ‘When I Fall In Love’ plus over 20 other US & UK Top 40 singles. Father of […]

14th February 2010, American singer-songwriter-musician Doug Fieger died after a long battle with cancer. He was the rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist of The Knack, and co-wrote ‘My Sharona’, the biggest hit song of 1979 in the USA, and was Capitol Records’ fastest gold status debut single since the Beatles’ ‘I Want to Hold Your […]

15th February 1962, Ray Charles recorded ‘I Can’t Stop Loving You’ at United Studios in Hollywood, California. The tune would go on to top both the US and UK charts and would be included on the LP ‘Modern Sounds In Country / Western Music’, which would lead the Billboard album chart for 14 weeks. Read […]

Happy Birthday to Rob Thomas born on 14th February 1972. American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with Matchbox Twenty who had the 2000 US No.1 single ‘Bent.’ His ‘Lonely No More’ released in 2005 became his biggest selling solo chart success. Thomas sang on the 1999 US No.1 single by Santana ‘Smooth’ and also had the […]

14th February 1961, The Beatles performed at Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool where they play a special Valentine’s Day show. Paul McCartney sang Elvis Presley’s ‘Wooden Heart, wearing a wooden heart pinned to his coat, covered with satin and embroidered with the names “John”, “Paul”, “George”, and “Pete”. The heart was raffled off, and the winner […]

14th February 1968, Manfred Mann were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Bob Dylan song ‘The Mighty Quinn’ which was also a No.10 hit in the US. Dylan recorded the song in 1967 during the Basement Tapes sessions, but did not release a version for another three years. Read […]

13th February 2016, All four members of English indie rock group Viola Beach, Kris Leonard (guitar and vocals), River Reeves (guitar), Tomas Lowe (bass guitar), and Jack Dakin (drums) along with their manager Craig Tarry, died in a car crash in Södertälje, Sweden. Witnesses said they saw the car fall through a gap on the […]

12th February 2000, American singer, songwriter, musician Screamin’ Jay Hawkins died aged 70 after emergency surgery for an aneurysm. A Golden Gloves boxing champion at 16, he was married nine times, fathered over 30 children, spent two years in jail and was temporary blinded by one of his flaming props on stage in 1976. He […]

12th February 1965, Pye Records announced that they’d signed ‘the British Bob Dylan’, when they added Donovan to the label. The Scottish singer-songwriter produced a series of hit albums and singles between 1965 and 1970 and became a friend of leading pop musicians including Joan Baez, Brian Jones and The Beatles. He influenced John Lennon […]


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