Today In Pop Music – February 9 – Beatles Record Entire First Album In Less Than 10 Hours
Birthdays today include Gene Vincent (born 1935 – died 10-12-71) who recorded the classic Be-Bop-A-Lula, Songwriter Gerry Goffinn who along with former wife Carole King wrote some of the biggest hits of the 60’s including Will You Love Me Tomorrow (born 1939), Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett (born 1940 – died 4-25-2007) whose hit ‘Monster Mash’ charted on three seperate occasions on Billboard’s Hot 100, Sergio Mendez (born 1941) who had a string of hits in the 60’s with his group Brazil ’66 that included Mas Que Nada, The Look Of Love, and The Fool On The Hill, and Sheryl Crow (born 1962).
February 11, 1956, Elvis Presley made his first nationwide TV appearance on ‘Stage Show’ and performing ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ and ‘Blue Suede Shoes’. He was not shown from just the waist up and not only the the audience in the New York theatre gor crazy, the home audience that could see every move he made did too.
February 11, 1965, Beatles drummer Ringo Starr married his long-time girlfriend Maureen at Caxton Hall Register Office in London. John and George attended, but Paul was away on holiday.
February 11. 1967, The Monkees set a new record when their second album, ‘More Of The Monkees’ jumped from No.122 to the top of the billbiard album chart, where it remained for 18 weeks.
February 11, 2008, Heather Mills and Sir Paul McCartney appeared at the High Court in London for a hearing to reach a financial settlement for their divorce. The hearing in the Family Division, which was taking place in private, was expected to last five days. The couple, who had a four-year-old daughter, Beatrice, announced the end of their four-year marriage in 2006. Happily, Paul has moved on. Not so much for Heather.
February 11, 1963, 50 years ago today: In less than ten hours, The Beatles record ten new songs for their first album plus four other tracks that would make up the next two singles. John Lennon’s vocal on ‘Twist & Shout’ was saved for the last song recorded, because everyone knew he voice would be in shreds by the end of the session. It was, and John gave one of the raspiest performances of his career.