Today in Rock & Roll History: February 8th

1957: Bo Diddley recorded “Hey! Bo Diddley” and its B-side “Mona” (a.k.a. “I Need You Baby”) in Chicago.

1965: At the peak of their popularity, The Dave Clark Five began filming their movie Catch Us If You Can. In the US, the film was released under the title Having a Wild Weekend.

1965: The US version of The Five Faces of Manfred Mann was released by Ascot Records. Sharing a title with the group’s debut UK album released late in September, it was the band’s second LP released in the States and is essentially an entirely different album from the UK version, focusing more on a pop-oriented sound rather than feature the group’s R&B and jazz influences.

1965: Motown Records released “Stop! In the Name of Love” by The Supremes. The single became the group’s fourth of five straight #1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and Cash Box pop charts and reached the #2 on the R&B chart.

1968: John Bonham and Robert Plant, with their group Band of Joy, made their first London appearance at the Marquee Club, opening for Edwin Starr.

1969: Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker announced the formation of Blind Faith with musician and vocalist Steve Winwood. Bassist Ric Grech was added to the lineup a few months later.

1969: Motown’s two most popular groups, Diana Ross & the Supremes and The Temptations, topped the Billboard pop album chart with the soundtrack album to the NBC television special TCB, which stood for “Taking Care of Business.”

1969: Three Dog Night debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 with their version of “Try a Little Tenderness.”

1975: Queen debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Killer Queen.” It became the band’s first big international hit and reached #12 in the US as well as #2 in the UK.

1981: R.E.M. held their first recording sessions with producer and engineer Joe Perry at his Bombay Studios in Smyrna, Georgia. It was during these sessions that the band found its sound, finishing with rough versions of several songs, including “Gardening at Night,” “(Don’t Go Back to) Rockville,” “Sitting Still,” and “Radio Free Europe.” The latter two tracks released that summer as both sides of their first single.

1986: “Addicted to Love” by Robert Palmer entered the Billboard Hot 100, where it later became one of his biggest hits and only #1 on the chart.

1988: “Devil Inside” by INXS entered the Billboard Hot 100, where it ultimately reached #2.

Birthdays Today

Bessie Jones, gospel and folk singer who, with the Georgia Sea Island Singers, was a key figure in preserving and spreading the songs, games, and stories of African American slaves to wider audiences, was born Mary Elizabeth Jones in Smithville, GA in 1902.

Tom Rush, folk and blues singer and songwriter, was born in Portsmouth, NH in 1941.

Terry Melcher, musician, record producer, only child of Doris Day, and instrumental figure in shaping the 1960s California Sound and folk rock movements, was born Terrence Paul Jorden in New York City in 1942.

Creed Bratton, musician, actor, and original lead guitarist for the Grass Roots, was born William Charles Schneider in Los Angeles, CA in 1943.

Adolfo “Fito” de la Parra, drummer for Canned Heat, was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1946.

Paul Wheatbread, drummer for Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, was born in San Diego, CA in 1946.

Ron Tyson, tenor vocalist with the Temptations starting in 1983, was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1948.

Nick Waterhouse, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and record producer, was born in Santa Ana, CA in 1986.