Today in Rock & Roll History: February 16th

1963: The Miracles achieved their second #1 single on the Billboard R&B chart with “You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me.”

1966: James Brown recorded “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” at Talent Masters Studios in New York City. The single would hit #1 on the Billboard R&B chart that June and reach #8 on the Hot 100.

1967: “Bernadette” by the Four Tops was released. The single went to #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on the R&B chart.

1968: Detroit’s then-mayor Jerome Cavanaugh declared that February 16th was to be forever known as “Aretha Franklin Day” in the Motor City. The announcement was made at the Cobo Hall auditorium at Franklin’s first concert in Detroit, where she got her start singing gospel before her rise to fame with Atlantic Records. In attendance was civil rights leader Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who presented Franklin with an award from the Southern Christian Leadership Council.

1971: Aretha Franklin recorded her version of “Spanish Harlem” at Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida.

1972: Led Zeppelin made their Australian live debut when they kicked off a six-day tour of Australia and New Zealand at the Subiaco Oval in Perth. Police battled with over 500 fans who rammed locked gates trying to get into the concert. Over 4,000 fans stood outside the venue without tickets and local residents jammed police phone lines complaining about the noise.

1972: During their week-long stint as co-hosts of The Mike Douglas Show, John Lennon and Yoko Ono performed “Memphis, Tennessee” and “Johnny B. Goode” with Chuch Berry, who Lennon referred to as “my hero.”

1974: Bob Dylan reached #1 on the Billboard pop chart for the first time with his fourteenth studio album, Planet Waves. On the LP, he was supported by longtime collaborators The Band, who had embarked with Dylan on a reunion tour just before the album’s release.

1982: Simon & Garfunkel’s first live album The Concert in Central Park was released. The performance had been recorded in September of 1981 at a benefit concert to raise funds for the redevelopment and maintenance of the park.

1985: Bruce Springsteen went to #1 on the UK album chart for the first time with Born in the U.S.A..

1991: Queen scored their seventh #1 on the UK album chart with Innuendo.

1993: Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood, Ian McLagan, Kenney Jones, and Bill Wyman, who filled in for original bassist Ronnie Lane, participated in a Faces reunion at the Brit Awards in London, where Stewart received a lifetime achievement award.

Birthdays Today

Bill Doggett, jazz and rhythm and blues pianist and organist, was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1916.

Patty Andrews, singer and member of The Andrews Sisters, was born in Mound, MN in 1918.

Otis Blackwell, influential singer, songwriter, and pianist who wrote “Fever,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “All Shook Up,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Return to Sender,” and “Handy Man,” was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1931.

Sonny Bono, singer, musician, songwriter, producer, actor, and politician, was born Salvatore Phillip Bono in Detroit, MI in 1935.

Lyn Paul, singer and member of The New Seekers, was born in Wythenshawe, Manchester, Cheshire, England in 1949.

Andy Taylor, musician, singer, songwriter and record producer, guitarist in Duran Duran and the Power Station, was born in Cullercoats, Tyne and Wear, England in 1961.