Today in Rock & Roll History: February 23rd

1959: Buddy Holly entered the US singles charts with “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore.” The record went to #13 in the US and became Holly’s second #1 in the UK.

1963: The Chiffons’ first single “He’s So Fine” entered the Billboard Hot 100. The tune was written by young songwriter Ronnie Mack, who had assembled the Chiffons and set himself up as their manager. Mack pitched several of his songs to the Bright Tunes Corporation, a production company run by vocal group and Capitol Records house producers the Tokens. Capitol rejected “He’s so Fine,” leading the Tokens to offer the song to ten other labels before Laurie Records felt it would be a hit. The record, which includes piano playing by singer-songwriter Carole King, later topped the Hot 100 for four weeks starting in March and reached #1 on the R&B chart.

1965: The Beatles began filming their second feature film Help!, spending two weeks in the Bahamas. The location had been chosen by their financial adviser, Dr. Walter Strach, who’d established a tax shelter there.

1979: Dire Straits began their first tour of North America at the Paradise Club in Boston, supporting their second album Communique.

1980: Queen achieved their first #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.”

1985: The Smiths achieved their only #1 album in the UK when their second LP Meat Is Murder debuted at the top of the chart.

1985: “Missing You,” Diana Ross’ tribute to the late Marvin Gaye, reached #1 on the Billboard R&B chart.

1986: MTV aired 22 hours of the Monkees’ television show to celebrate the group’s 20th anniversary.

2002: The Bee Gees performed their final concert at the Love and Hope Ball in Miami Beach, Florida.

Birthdays Today

Johnny Winter, musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, was born in Beaumont, TX in 1944.

Mike Maxfield, singer and lead guitarist for Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, was born in Manchester, England in 1944.

Rusty Young, songwriter, pedal steel and slide guitarist, session musician with Buffalo Springfield, and founding member of Poco, was born Norman Russell Young in Long Beach, CA in 1946.

Terry “Tex” Comer, bass player for Ace and Frankie Miller, was born in Burnley, Lancashire, England in 1949.

Howard Jones, singer, musician and songwriter, was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England in 1955.

David Sylvian, singer-songwriter musician, lead vocalist for Japan, and a solo artist, was born David Alan Batt in Beckenham, England in 1958.

Rob Collins, original keyboardist for The Charlatans (a.k.a. The Charlatans UK), was born in Rowley Regis, Staffordshire, England in 1963.

Jeff Beres, bassist for Sister Hazel, was born in 1971.