This Day in History: 2023-02-01

It’s official, Beatlemania has arrived. The Beatles get their first U.S. #1 with “I Want To Hold Your Hand.” Billboard magazine’s review says the song is a “driving rocker with surf on the Thames sound.” Say what? The Beatles hold the top spot for three consecutive months. “I Want To Hold Your Hand” stays for seven weeks, “She Loves You” for two and “Can’t Buy Me Love” adds another five. That’s fourteen straight weeks for The Beatles. 1964
Aerosmith headlines the Super Bowl XXXVIII pre-game show. Then Kid Rock takes the stage as part of the worst halftime show in Super Bowl history. It’s not Rock’s fault, he’s actually pretty good (though he later gets criticized for his U.S. flag poncho and throwing it into the audience). The MTV produced event with nauseating pop stars, crotch grabbing Rappers and Janet Jackson’s exposed right breast is so bad it makes Aerosmith look respectable. 2004
 “Dookie,” the third studio album by Green Day, is out. Containing “Longview,” “When I Come Around” and “Basket Case,” the group’s major label debut peaks at #2 on the U.S. Billboard 200. 1994
Evanescence’s music video for their ‘03 hit “Bring Me To Life” surpasses one billion views on YouTube. The video, uploaded to YouTube in late of ‘09, was filmed in Romania and features guest vocals by Paul McCoy. 2022
The eldest Everly Brother, Don, is born in Brownie, KY. 1937
Mike Campbell, guitarist for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, is born in Panama City, FL. 1954
Exene Cervenka (born Christine Cervenka), co-founder of the L.A. Punk band X, has a birthday. 1955
The late Jani Lane, the lead singer of the Glam Metal band Warrant, is born in Akron, OH. 1964
Indiana Governor Matthew Welsh claims the Kingmen’s “Louie, Louie” is pornographic. It’s those unintelligible lyrics. He asks that the record be banned adding that his ears “tingled” when he heard the song. Isn’t that the very definition of a hit? 1964
James Brown records “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag” in Charlotte, NC. 1965
The Beatles record the title track for “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” 1967
Tommy James & The Shondells go psychedelic and top the pop chart with “Crimson And Clover.” Meanwhile, The Doors’ “Touch Me” sits at #4. 1969
Robert Plant’s bout with tonsillitis forces Led Zeppelin to postpone their North American tour. 1977
The Cars park it (disband). 1988
After getting bounced by from the top spot on the Billboard 200 for two weeks by Country’s Garth Brooks (“Ropin’ The Wind”), Nirvana’s “Nevermind” returns to #1.  1992
“I’m With You” (Avril Lavigne) reaches #4 on the singles chart. 2003
Green Day’s version of the Bobby Fuller Four classic “I Fought the Law” is used in a Pepsi/iTunes commercial that premieres during the Super Bowl. The ad — which features 16 teens who were sued by the Recording Industry Association of America for swapping music files — announces the soft-drink maker’s “iTunes 100 Million Song Giveaway” promotion. By the way, the New England Patriots win but fail to cover the spread. Damn!  2004
Driving Mr. Arnold. 3 Doors Down singer Brad Arnold is injured in a car accident while traveling on a Mississippi highway. Arnold, a passenger in the vehicle, suffers several cuts and bruises to his face that require stitches. Because of Arnold’s injuries, 3DD pulls out of their scheduled performance at the Bud Bowl event prior to Super Bowl XL in Detroit. 2006
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band’s halftime performance during Super Bowl XLIII (43) in Tampa consists of a four-song set that includes “Born To Run” (short version) and “Glory Days.” The favored Pittsburgh Steelers win the game, defeating the Arizona Cardinals 27-23. 2009
Brian Wilson (Beach Boys), Carlos Santana and other performers record a 25th anniversary cover of “We Are The World” to help raise money for the earthquake relief effort in Haiti. 2010
The film “Live Forever: The Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA, September 23, 1980,” Bob Marley’s final performance, is out. “Bob’s music has always conveyed a message of hope, unity and love,” says Rita Marley, Bob’s widow. “To hear that music today and to be able to share it with a new generation shows that Bob is as relevant today as he was 30 years ago.” 2010
It’s “National Rush Day” according to a handful of North American Hard Rock radio stations. “Rush’s ‘2112’ is probably the first album that can rightfully be called Progressive Metal,” explains Jeff Wagner, author of “Mean Deviation: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal.” 2012
Dave (Foo Fighters) Grohl’s directorial debut, “Sound City” is in theatres. The film chronicles the story of the legendary Van Nuys, CA, recording studio. Nirvana, Grohl’s old band, recorded ’91’s “Nevermind” at Sound City. 2013
Bruce Springsteen scores his 11th #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 with “High Hopes.” Opening week album sales totaled 99,000 copies. 2014
Lenny Kravitz is part of pop singer Katy Perry’s Super Bowl halftime performance. Perry calls Kravitz “an incredible Rock & Roll icon, a guitar god.” Kravitz has about one-minute onstage. 2015
Megadeth’s album, “Dystopia,” debuts at #3 on The Billboard 200. It’s the group’s highest-charting album since ’92’s “Countdown To Extinction” peaked at #2. 2016
Five Finger Death Punch receive the Soldiers Appreciation Award from the Association Of The United States Army. The prize honors organizations and individuals who support the troops. “The only musician ever to receive this was Elvis Presley,” says guitarist Zoltan Bathory. The award is presented every five years and is based on soldiers’ votes. 2016
Def Leppard announce they have been forced to postpone the remaining dates for their winter U.S. tour due to frontman Joe Elliott’s throat issues. “The doctor basically said that if Joe continues to sing without resting his throat for a month he might do permanent damage,” tweets drummer Rick Allen. 2016
Three Days Grace’s “So Called Life” tops the Mainstream Rock Airplay chart. They are now tied with Shinedown for the most #1’s on the Billboard survey at sixteen each. The lead has changed hands repeatedly. Three Days Grace had their first #1 in ’04. Shinedown answered in ’05.  2022