Today in Rock & Roll History: February 15th

1957: The Coasters recorded “Searchin’,” a song written for them by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. The record became their biggest success yet on the Billboard pop chart, reaching #3, and the group’s second #1 hit on the R&B chart.

1958: After daytime success with American Bandstand, ABC debuted its new prime time variety program The Dick Clark Show. Guests on the first episode included Jerry Lee Lewis, Connie Francis, Pat Boone, Chuck Willis, the Royal Teens, and Johnny Ray.

1962: Ray Charles recorded his version of Don Gibson’s “I Can’t Stop Loving You” at United Recording Studios in Hollywood, California. The record later went to top of both the US and UK pop charts.

1964: At the same time that the Beatles had five songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the band went to #1 on the album chart with Meet the Beatles!, the group’s second LP released in American and first issued by Capitol Records. The album remained at #1 for eleven weeks before being replaced by the group’s next US album, The Beatles’ Second Album.

1964: “Eight Days a Week” by the Beatles was released as a single in the US.

1964: The Dave Clark Five debuted on Billboard Hot 100 with their first US single, “Glad All Over.” The record became the first British Invasion hit by a group other than The Beatles.

1966: The Walker Brothers released their cover of “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Anymore),” originally recorded by Frankie Valli a year earlier. It became the group’s highest charting song, reaching #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the UK chart.

1967: Music students at Chicago’s DePaul University formed a seven-piece rock ensemble called “The Big Thing.” After moving to Los Angeles and signing with Columbia Records, the group adopted the new name “Chicago.”

1968: John Lennon and George Harrison flew to India with their wives to study Transcendental Meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at his ashram in Rishikesh. Five days later, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr arrived in India, meeting road manager and assistant Mal Evans.

1969: T. Rex kicked off a UK tour with a show hosted by BBC radio personality John Peel at Birmingham’s Town Hall. Supporting them were Australian sitar player Vytas Serelis and David Bowie, who performed as a mime.

1969: Sly and the Family Stone had their first #1 hit when “Everyday People” reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and Cash Box charts. A week later the record also became their first #1 on Billboard’s R&B chart.

1970: After a Sly and the Family Stone concert ran hours late and caused over $1,000 in damages, the Daughters of the American Revolution imposed a ban on any further rock concerts at Washington, D.C.’s DAR Constitution Hall.

1971: George Harrison released “What Is Life,” the second single from his debut solo triple album, All Things Must Pass.

1974: Deep Purple’s eighth studio album Burn was released. Recorded in Montreux, Switzerland with the Rolling Stones’ Mobile Studio, it was the band’s first album with vocalist David Coverdale and bassist Glenn Hughes.

1975: Linda Ronstadt achieved her first #1 album on the Billboard pop chart with her fifth solo LP Heart Like a Wheel. At the same time, the album’s first single, Ronstadt’s version of Clint Ballard, Jr.’s “You’re No Good,” became her first and only song to reach the top of the Hot 100 singles chart.

1977: The Jam signed with Polydor Records for just 6,000 pounds. When the band was handed the check, they revealed that the band didn’t have a bank account, so they went to the bank across the street to exchange the check for cash.

1986: Singer Sade scored her first #1 album in the US with her second LP, Promise.

1997: U2 topped the UK chart with “Discothèque,” the lead single from the group’s ninth studio album, Pop.

Birthdays Today

Brian Holland, one third of 1960s Motown hit songwriting trio Holland-Dozier-Holland with his Brother Eddie Holland and Lamont Dozier, was born in Detroit, MI in 1941.

Glyn Johns, recording engineer and producer who, as an engineer, worked with the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and Jimi Hendrix alongside or under the tutelage of Eddie Kramer and was a producer and arranger with The Who, the Eagles, Bob Dylan, Linda Ronstadt, the Band, Eric Clapton, the Clash, the Beatles, the Steve Miller Band, Small Faces, and more, was born in Epsom, Surrey, England in 1942.

Mick Avory, drummer for the Kinks, was born in East Molesey, Surrey, England in 1944.

John Helliwell, saxophonist, occasional keyboardist, woodwind player, backing vocalist, and live MC for Supertramp, was born in Todmorden, Yorkshire, England in 1945.

David Brown, early bassist for Santana, was born in New York City in 1947.

Melissa Manchester, singer-songwriter, was born in Bronx, NY in 1951.

Ali Campbell, songwriter, guitarist, and lead singer and founding member of UB40, was born Alistair Ian Campbell in Birmingham, England in 1959.

Mikey Craig, bassist for Culture Club, was born in Hammersmith, London in 1960.