This Week In Music History

The Beatles arrive in America, Carole King celebrates her birthday and Glenn Miller receives the first gold record This Week In Music History.

February 6, 1965 – The Righteous Brothers started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin‘ produced by Phil Spector. Apparently during the recording of the song Bobby Hatfield expressed his annoyance at not singing during Bill Medley’s solo that starts the song.  He asked Spector what he should do during Medley’s solo to which Spector replied “you can go straight to the f***ing bank.”

February 7, 1964 – Pan Am flight 101 was greeted by over 5,000 Beatles fans as it arrived at New York’s JFK airport, bringing The Beatles to the US for the first time and causing riotous scenes as they touched down. On top of the 5,000 fans were 200 members of the press all trying to grab the fab four’s attention. In The Beatle’s Anthology Paul McCartney describes the flight into JFK.

There were millions of kids at the airport, which nobody had expected. We heard about it in mid-air. There were journalists on the plane, and the pilot had rang ahead and said, ‘Tell the boys there’s a big crowd waiting for them.’ We thought, ‘Wow! God, we have really made it.'”

February 8, 1942 – Singer, songwriter Carole King was born on this day. Joel Whitburn, a researcher at Billboard Magazine named her the most successful female songwriter of the pop music era (1955-1999). By his calculations she had written or co-written 118 songs that charted. King will be releasing her memoir A Natural Woman in April.

February 9, 1981 – One of the first american rock and roll stars, Bill Hayley was found dead in his home in Harlington, Texas. He was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He had a No. 1 hit with ‘Rock Around the Clock‘ in 1954.

February 10, 1942 –Glenn Miller was presented with the first gold record for  ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo.’ It was actually just a master copy of the disc sprayed with gold lacquer by RCA as a publicity stunt. The actual award recognized today as a Gold Record would not be initiated for another sixteen years when the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) borrowed the idea and trademarked the Gold Record.