This Day in History: 2023-02-09

The Beatles make their U.S. debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. An estimated 73-million people watch The Beatles perform “All My Loving,” “Till There Was You,” “She Loves You,” “I Saw Her Standing There” and “I Want To Hold Your Hand.” 1964
The Doors release their highly acclaimed fifth album, “Morrison Hotel/Hard Rock Cafe.” The album goes to #4 on the Billboard chart. 1970
It is The Doors’ fifth straight gold album. Containing “Roadhouse Blues,” Peace Frog” and “Queen Of The Highway,” the set is seen as a return to the band’s core Blues/Rock sound.  1970
Neither rain, sleet nor snow will keep Kid Rock from his appointed rounds. Rock performs a show in Little Rock after the state of Arkansas is hit by heavy snowfall. The state patrol advises people to stay home and some fans are unwilling or unable to brave the conditions. Rock is later criticized for not canceling the show. He responds on his website saying that fans who were not able to travel to the show will receive refunds and emphasizes that he felt it was his duty to perform for those fans who had traveled to see him. 2011
Songwriter Carole King is born in New York City. With her former husband Gerry Goffin, King wrote “Some Kind Of Wonderful,” “The Loco-Motion” (both covered by Grand Funk Railroad) and “Don’t Bring Me Down” (The Animals). King also has a successful solo career. 1942
Lloyd Price’s “Stagger Lee” tops the Billboard singles survey. 1959
The Beatles play Liverpool’s Cavern Club for the first time. John Lennon and Paul McCartney performed at the venue three years earlier but were then known as the Quarrymen (or sometimes the Quarry Men). 1961
Paul McCartney takes Wings on a low-key, unpromoted, U.K. warm-up tour. 1972
O.A.R. guitarist, Richard On, is born. 1979
The late Avenged Sevenfold founding member and drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan is born. 1981
Bill Haley dies from a brain tumor at age 55. His “Rock Around The Clock” got Rock N’ Roll going. With that song and a slew of subsequent hits, Haley & His Comets sold 60 million records worldwide. 1981
Frank Zappa conducts the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players at the Edgar Varese Memorial Concert to celebrate the composer’s 100th birthday. Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane) is the master of ceremonies. 1983
Eric Clapton is recognized for his Outstanding Contribution to British Music at the BPI Awards in London. Also, Dire Straits “Brothers In Arms” is named Best British Album. 1987
“Slip,” the debut studio album by Quicksand, is released.   Containing the collage radio hit “Fazer,” the album becomes a Post Hardcore/Alt. Metal classic.   1993
Frustrated by an equipment failure on Soundgarden’s final tour stop in Honolulu bassist Ben Shepherd throws his bass into the air and storms off the stage. The band follows with frontman Chris Connell returning to conclude the show with a solo encore. The band breaks up two months later. 1997
Fleetwood Mac get the Outstanding Contribution to British Music trophy at the 17th BRIT Awards in London. U2 is named Best International Group. 1998
British group Coldplay make their U.S. debut at Seattle’s Showbox Theatre. 2001
Looks that kill. A Los Angeles court rules that Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx is entitled to $600,000 from a shoe company for using his likeness in a magazine ad without permission. 2005
Jack White appears on CBS’ 60 Minutes Wednesday. The White Stripes frontman claims he almost gave up Rock n’ Roll to become a priest. He was accepted by a seminary but decided to go to public school instead. “I had just gotten a new amplifier and I didn’t think I was allowed to take it with me,” says White. 2005
Don Henley (The Eagles) is named MusiCares Person of the Year during Grammy Week in Los Angeles. The award recognizes Henley’s professional and charitable achievements. 2007
KISS’ Paul Stanley appears at the first of two New Jersey galleries to promote exhibitions of his artwork. The other appearance is the next day. Stanley’s paintings and limited-edition prints are sold at the events. 2006
The Band receives the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award. They are saluted at an invitation-only ceremony the night before the Grammy Awards. 2008
Ex-Pink Floyd leader Roger Waters performs at the eighth annual Cinema For Peace benefit in Berlin. The event honors “directors and actors whose work has served to cast a new focus on the human condition and values.” Waters plays Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” and music from “The Wall.” 2009
The Boston fan forum CoolTheEngines suspends their message board after an attorney for guitarist Tom Scholz sends a cease-and-desist letter to the moderator threatening to seek “substantial monetary damages” unless all mentions of the guitarist and his wife are erased. Messages protest Scholz’s treatment of former Boston bandmembers, including late singer Brad Delp. The attorney categorizes the statements as defamatory. 2009
Killswitch Engage vocalist Howard Jones leaves the band’s headlining North American tour due to “unforeseen circumstances” (Jones had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes). All That Remain’s Phil Labonte fills in.  2010
Singer Ashlee Simpson and Fall Out Boy’s bassist Pete Wentz announce their divorce after two years of marriage. “It’s very amicable,” claims a source close to the couple. “They’re on very friendly terms and speaking – it’s fine. They’ve just grown apart. They’ve been growing apart for quite some time.”  2011
After nearly six years, Activision Blizzard Inc. pulls the plug on the once hugely popular “Guitar Hero” video game. Guns are more popular than guitars, at least when it comes to video games. 2011
“Elvis’ Christmas Album” goes Diamond (10 million units sold).  The ’57 release was Presley’s first Christmas album.   2011
Paul McCartney is inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame. McCartney’s star (near Capitol Records, The Beatles U.S. label) is the 2,460th was approved in ’93. He is the last Beatle to accept the honor. “When I was growing up, I never thought I’d ever come to get a star on the Walk of Fame. But here we are today,” states McCartney. 2012
Phish’s Trey Anastasio launches the four-stop Winter Symphony Tour, his first-ever orchestral trek. The first concert is with the Atlanta Symphony at the Atlanta Symphony Hall. Pittsburgh, Denver and L.A. fill out the brief tour. 2012
A New England blizzard forces Bon Jovi to postpone the first concert of their North American tour. However, fans and employees at the Mohegan Sun Arena are treated to a free impromptu concert. A make-up show is scheduled for later in the year. 2013
“The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles,” is broadcast on CBS to mark the 50th anniversary to the day of The Beatles debut appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. The surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are interviewed by David Letterman in the Ed Sullivan theater. 2014
Bullet For My Valentine say they have parted ways with Jason James. The bassist/vocalist joined the group in ’03, replacing Nick Crandle. 2015
Metallica play a corporate show in San Francisco for The concert is later available as a free audio download. 2015
Lacuna Coil announce they have recruited guitarist Daniel Sahagun to replace Marco ‘Maus’ Biazzi. Sahagun previously played bass for the band in ’14 when Marco ‘Maki’ Coti-Zelati was sick and unable to tour. 2016
“Atlas, Rise!” is Metallica’s ninth #1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs Airplay chart.  2017
Black Sabbath is honored with a “heavy metal” bench in their hometown of Birmingham, England.  The handmade, stainless steel bench features band members’ images with the words “Geezer. Ozzy. Tony. Bill. Made in Birmingham 1968” etched on it. Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi attends the commemorative event. 2019
The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame honors Black Stone Cherry (who hail from Edmonton, KY.  Over two decades, the band released seven studio albums and landed on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Airplay chart 17 times. 2022
Multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald, co-founder of King Crimson (“In The Court Of The Crimson King”) and Foreigner (the first three albums) dies at the age of 75. 2022