This Day In Music: 2/5/12

Musician Birthdays: Al Kooper (singer for Blood, Sweat and Tears, famous for hit, “Spinning Wheel”, born in 1944), Duff McKagan (bassist of Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver, born in 1964) Bobby Brown (US R&B singer/songwriter, famous for hits “My Perogative”, “Humpin’ Around”, and more, born in 1969)

– In 1957: 5,000 fans greeted Bill Haley when he arrived from New York on the liner Queen Elizabeth at Southampton, for his debut U.K. concert tour. Haley was the first American rock artist to tour the U.K.

– In 1962: The Beatles played two shows, one at the Cavern Club at lunchtime and, in the evening, at the Kingsway Club in Southport. This was the first time Ringo Starr appeared live with the group after drummer Pete Best became ill.

– In 1967: The News of the World reported that Mick Jagger had taken LSD at the home of a member of The Moody Blues. Jagger sued the paper for libel.

– In 1983: Def Leppard’s album, Pyromania, started a 92-week run on the U.S. charts. It never reached #1, but sold over 6 million copies in the U.S. alone.

– In 1999: the members of *NSYNC made a guest appearance on Sabrina The Teenage Witch on U.S. TV.

– In 2003: Courtney Love blamed her bad language for the alleged air rage incident that led to her arrest at London’s Heathrow Airport. As she left Heathrow’s police station the singer said, “I cussed at a lady. My daughter always said I had a potty mouth.” When asked what it had been like inside the police station, the singer said, “It was fine. They were wonderful in there. It was like being on Prime Suspect.”

– In 2006: The Rolling Stones played three songs during the half-time show of the Super Bowl in Detroit. After the event, the Stones expressed their displeasure over having Mick Jagger’s microphone turned down to censor a line in the song, “Start Me Up.”

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