February 14th: Manfred Mann, Dire Straits, Steely Dan, Frank Zappa and more ...

On This Day in Rock

1961: The Beatles perform at the Cassanova Club, Liverpool, and at Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool where they play a special Valentine's Day show. Paul McCartney sang Elvis Presley's "Wooden Heart", wearing wooden heart pinned to his coat, covered with satin and embroidered with the names "John", "Paul", "George", and "Pete". The heart was raffled off, and the winner also won a kiss from Paul.

1968: Manfred Mann were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Bob Dylan song 'The Mighty Quinn'. A No.10 hit in the US.

1970: The Who appeared at Leeds University, England. The show was recorded for the bands forthcoming 'Live At Leeds' album. The University of Leeds refectory, has now been named a national landmark in the UK, commemorated with a blue plaque.

1972: John Lennon and Yoko Ono started a week long run as co-hosts on 'Mike Douglas' US TV show.

1973: David Bowie collapsed on stage during a concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

1976: 'Evil Woman' by the Electric Light Orchestra peaks at Number 10 on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1978: Dire Straits began recording their first album at Basing Street Studios, London. The whole project cost $21,250 to produce. The album which featured the group's breakthrough single 'Sultans of Swing' went on to enjoy a 132 week run on the UK chart.

1980: Lou Reed married Sylvia Morales at a ceremony in his New York apartment.

1981: Flash's Theme' (also known as "Flash") by Queen peaks at Number 42 on the pop chart.

1981: 'Hey Nineteen' by Steely Dan peaks at Number 10 on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1984: Elton John married recording engineer Renate Blauer in Sydney, Australia. The couple divorced three years later.

1986: Frank Zappa appeared on an episode of the television series Miami Vice. Zappa portrayed a crime boss named 'Mr. Frankie.'

1987: Bon Jovi started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Livin' On A Prayer', the group's second US No.1, a No.4 hit in the UK.

1987: 'We're Ready' by Boston peaks at Number Nine on the pop chart.

1990: The Rolling Stones played the first of ten nights at the Korakuen Dome, Tokyo, Japan. The shows were seen by over 500,000 fans, making the band $20 million.

1992: The film 'Waynes World', which featured appearances from Meat Loaf and Alice Cooper premiered in the US. The use of Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' in the film propelled the song to No.2 on the US singles charts nearly 20 years after its first release.

1994: Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia married moviemaker Deborah Koons.

1997: David Bowie offers investors a chance to profit from future sales from his back catalog by purchasing "Bowie Bonds."

1999: Lenny Kravitz scored his first UK No.1 single with 'Fly Away' a No.12 hit in the US. The track had been used on a TV ad for cars.

1999: Elton John appeared as himself in a special episode of the animated series The Simpsons shown on US TV.

2002: Mick Tucker, drummer with glam rock band Sweet died of leukaemia. Had the 1973 UK No.1 single 'Blockbuster', plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles.

2003: Stolen reel-to-reel studio recordings by The Beatles were found in Australia. Police recovered the tapes of the bands 1968 'White album' and the 'Abbey Road' album after they were advertised for sale in a Sydney newspaper. Australian police had been tipped off by British detectives from Operation Acetone, an investigation into thefts of original Beatles music from Abbey Road studios in London in the 1960's.

2003: The Dead - former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann - plays The Warfield Theatre in San Francisco. It's the first show for the group since changing its name from the Other Ones.

2003: David Bowie played to a sold-out 35,000 strong crowd at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand.

2004: Dave Holland, former drummer with Judas Priest was jailed for eight years for indecent assault and the attempted rape of a 17-year old boy. The youth, who had learning difficulties, had been taking drum lessons from Holland.

2005: Kerrang! magazine announced the results of its readers’ poll for the best British rock albums ever. The Top 10 were: No.1, Black Sabbath’s Black Sabbath; No.2, Iron Maiden’s Number Of The Beast; No.3 Sex Pistols’ Never Mind the Bollocks; No. 4, Led Zeppelin’s IV; No.5, Black Sabbath’s Paranoid; No.6, Muse’s Absolution; No.7, The Clash’s London Calling; No.8, Queen’s Sheer Heart Attack; No.9, Iron Maiden’s Iron Maiden and No.10, Manic Street Preachers’ The Holy Bible.

2009: Bruce Springsteen went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Working on a Dream', his 16th studio album.

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