This Day in History: 2023-02-07

Shocking Blue’s biggest claim to fame, “Venus,” is #1 on the pop survey. 1970
Whitesnake issues “The Definitive Collection.” The compilation contains “Is This Love” and “Here I Go Again.” Just what you’d expect. 2006
Van Halen’s album, “A Different Kind Of Truth,” arrives. It’s the band’s first original studio album with singer David Lee Roth since ’84. 2012
Fall Out Boy score their third #1 album as “American Beauty/American Psycho,” debuts in the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart. 2015
Iraq bans the film “Rock Around The Clock” (featuring Bill Haley & His Comets and Little Richard) because it “dangerous to teenagers and youths.” 1957
Co-written by Motown founder Barry Gordy and recorded by Barrett Strong, “Money” peaks at #23 on the pop chart and #2 on the R&B survey. The song is revived by everyone from The Beatles to Souxie & The Banshees. A classic. 1960
David Bryan (born David Bryan Rashbaum in Edison, NJ) has a birthday. The Tony Award winning composer (for the Broadway musical Memphis) is better known as the keyboard player and backing vocalist for Bon Jovi. 1962
Vee-Jay Records release the first Beatles record in the U.S. “Please, Please Me” goes nowhere. 1963
The Beatles arrive in New York for their first U.S. TV appearances and a brief tour. 1964
Godsmack’s Sully Erna is born.  The singer hails from Lawrence, MA.  1968
Joe Cocker’s rendition of The Beatles’ “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window” peaks well outside the Top 20 yet it still becomes one of Cocker’s best-known songs. 1970
Rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty leaves Creedence Clearwater Revival to spend more time with his family. CCR continues for another year and a half as a trio. 1971
Limp Bizkit guitarist Wesley (Wes) Louden Borland is born in Richmond, VA. 1975
Pink Floyd play L.A. and New York and call it a tour. It’s for “The Wall.” They start with shows in L.A. Lots of sets, very difficult to move. 1980
Really? “When I’m at home I listen to the Carpenters,” says Mötörhead’s Lemmy in an interview with Britain’s New Musical Express. 1991
“Friends With Benefits,” the second volume of soundtrack music from the WB series “One Tree Hill,” is in stores with songs by Audioslave, Fall Out Boy and Jimmy Eat World. 2006
Cream and David Bowie receive the Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. They are also recognized the following night at the 48th annual Grammy Awards. 2006
The Rolling Stones top Forbes magazine’s list of Music’s Top Money Makers for 2005 by generating $168 million in music and concert-ticket sales in the United States. U2 finishes a close second grossing $150 million. 2006
Fuel announce that singer Brett Scallions has left the group. Though throat problems are initially said to be the cause Scallions actually departs for personal reasons. 2006
Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, Journey’s Neal Schon, Toto’s Steve Lukather and Edgar Winter perform with electric-guitar pioneer Les Paul at a charity concert in Universal City, CA. Proceeds from the Les Paul & Friends: 90th Birthday Salute, benefit A Place Called Home, an organization that provides support for at-risk youth. 2006
The world premiere of the Martin Scorsese-directed Rolling Stones documentary film “Shine A Light” is at the Berlin International Film Festival. Both Scorsese and the Stones attend. 2008
The Police win the Major Tour of the Year honor at the 19th annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards in L.A. 2008
Former Whitesnake guitarist Mel Galley reveals that he’s suffering from terminal cancer. “It happens, but I’ve had a fantastic life,” says Galley. “I have been very lucky. And I have enjoyed some tremendous experiences.” He contributed to Whitesnake’s “Saints & Sinners” (’82) and “Slide It In” (’84). 2008
Would the last Crüe member leaving please turn out the lights? Mötley Crüe perform the final show at The Joint in Las Vegas. “The Joint has played host to some of the world’s greatest Rock bands over the years,” says Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, prior to the show. “We hope to bring the house down in true Crüe style.” 2009
A cover of The Who’s ’65 classic “My Generation” by former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash and Black Eyed Peas’ makes its debut in the pre-game telecast of Super Bowl XLIV in Miami. alters the lyrics to “fit my generation now.” iTunes has the song on sale three days later with proceeds going to aid Haiti earthquake victims. And speaking of The Who (Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend), perform snippets of four songs including “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” at half-time. In the end, it’s the Indy Colts who are fooled. They lose to the New Orleans Saints, 31-17. 2010
Can’t have a Super Bowl without controversy. And SB XLIV is no different. The Air Force Reserve uses a version of the White Stripes “Fell In Love With A Girl” for their Grab Some Air recruitment campaign that premieres during the game. “We believe our song was re-recorded and used without permission of the White Stripes, our publishers, label or management,” the band writes in a statement. “We plan to take strong action to stop the ad containing this music.” Two days later, the Air Force pulls the spot from their site as the musician responsible for scoring the commercial takes full responsibility for the sound-alike track. 2010
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History announces that it has acquired the “Frank 2” guitar that Eddie Van Halen used during Van Halen’s ’07-’08 North American tour. The red, white and black guitar is a replica of the original “Frankenstein” guitar that Van Halen used for more than 30 years. Museum director Brent Glass says the guitar reflects Van Halen’s innovation, talent and influence. 2011
Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose loses his case against Activision. He claimed the video game company violated an agreement over the use of “Welcome To The Jungle” in ’07’s Guitar Hero III: Legends Of Rock. Rose had stipulated that Slash not be included in the game but the former GN’R guitarist was the main image on the cover artwork. The court dismisses Rose’s arguments. 2013
“After The Dark,” a film co-scored by KoЯn’s Jonathan Davis, is in theaters. The film revolves around 21 college students who have to choose which 10 of them will be sheltered from theoretical nuclear devastation in order to restart the human race. 2014
John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City commemorates the 50th anniversary of the The Beatles arrival in the United States with a memorial plaque. 2014
The late George Harrison receives a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award during an invitation-only ceremony the day before the Grammy Awards. The songwriting team of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil receive a Trustees Award. 2015
Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler appears in a commercial for Skittles candy during the Super Bowl broadcast. Also, SB commercials seem driven. Van Halen’s ’78 classic, “Runnin’ With The Devil” is heard in a commercial for the Acura NSX sports car. An isolated vocal track of singer David Lee Roth is set against images of the car. And Audi uses David Bowie’s ’72 classic, “Starman,” as the soundtrack for their commercial. 2016
Kobra & The Lotus vocalist Kobra Paige states on Facebook that she has beaten Lyme disease. She was afflicted with the debilitating condition the previous year and spent several months receiving treatment.  2018
Bring Me The Horizon scores its first #1 album in the U.K. with “Amo.”  The British band recorded the set in L.A., with singer Oli Sykes and keyboardist Jordan Fish handling the production.  “We’ve created an album that’s more experimental, more varied, weird, and wonderful than anything we’ve done before,” says frontman Oli Sykes.    2019
The estates of original Alice In Chains members Layne Staley and Mike Starr sell publishing rights and master recording income to Primary Wave Music. 2022