Music history and highlights that have happened on February 5th… from the birthplace of the blues… and rock n’ roll!
1887: Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “Othello” opens in La Scala, Italy.
1897: The first showing of a motion picture ever in Hawaii (at the Hawaiian Opera House).
1923: Country singer Claude King (“Wolverton Mountain”) born in Keithville, Louisiana.
1929: Wrecking Crew session drummer Hal Blaine born in Holyoke, Massachusetts (he played with Elvis, The Beach Boys, John Denver, The Ronettes, Simon and Garfunkle… etc. He played on 50 No. 1 hits, over 150 top ten hits, and recorded more than 35,000 pieces of music over 40 years of work).
1940: Glen Miller and his Orchestra record “Tuxedo Junction”.
1941: “Money, That’s What I Want” vocalist and songwriter Barret Strong born in Detroit.
1942: Three Dog Night singer (“Joy to the World”) Cory Wells (Emil Lewandowski) born in Buffalo, NY.
1944: Rock singer and keyboard player Al Kooper born in New York City.
1949: Elton John drummer Nigel Olsson born in Wallasey, Cheshire, England.
1957: Bill Haley and the Comets arrives in Southhampton for his first rock and roll tour of England.
1964: Guns & Roses bass player Duff McKagan born in Seattle.
1969: Singer Bobby Brown born in Roxbury, Massachusetts.
1981: Joni Mitchell inducted into the Canadian Hall of Fame.
1994: Mississippi blues singer and guitarist Kenneth “Buddy” Scott passes away.
2004: Janet Jackson has “wardrobe malfunction” at the Super Bowl.
2006: The Rolling Stones play the Super Bowl (they didn’t like it much).
2012: Flavor Flav and Elton John appear in a Pepsi commercial during Super Bowl XLVI.
2017: Black Sabbath plays its last concert in their home town Birmingham, England.