Friday 22nd February 2013

1975, Scottish group The Average White Band went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Pick Up The Pieces’, the bands album AWB also went to No.1 on the US chart.

1975, Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel had their only UK No.1 single with ‘Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me). Singer Steve Harley said the lyrics were vindictively directed at the former band members, whom he felt had abandoned him.

1981, One hit wonder Joe Dolce was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Shaddap You Face,’ famously keeping the legendary Ultravox song, Vienna, off the UK No.1 slot. ‘Shaddap You Face’ was Number 1 in 11 countries with over 35 different foreign language cover versions, selling over 4 million copies

1987, Andy Warhol, pop artist and producer died after a gall bladder operation. The founder of the Pop Art movement, produced and managed The Velvet Underground, designed the 1967 Velvet Underground And Nico ‘peeled banana’ album cover and The Rolling Stones ‘Sticky Fingers’ album cover.

1992, Shakespear’s Sister started an eight-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Stay’. The duo was made up of ex Bananarama member Siobhan Fahey and singer Marcella Detroit (who co-wrote ‘Lay Down Sally’ with Eric Clapton). One of the longest running UK No.1’s in chart history and the longest by an all-female act.

born today

1938, Bobby Hendricks singer with The Drifters
1943,, Louise Lopez, from Odyssey,
1953, actor Nigel Planer, ‘Neil’, who had the 1984 UK No.2 single with his version of the 1967 hit for Traffic, ‘Hole In My Shoe’
1974,  James Blunt, (born James Hillier Blount), singer, songwriter and former Army captain
1953, , John Sparks, bassist with British pub rock band Dr Feelgood

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