Today In Rock History… February 1st
1963: 17 year-old Neil Young performed his first professional show at a country club in Winnipeg.
1964: The Beatles topped the U.S. Singles Chart with “I Want To Hold Your Hand”, where it stayed for seven weeks. This was the first of three consecutive number ones for the group.
1988: The Cars announced via a press release that after recording six albums together, they were splitting up.
1997: Blur reached number one on the U.K. Singles Chart with “Beetlebum”. It is rumoured that the song’s title is a stab at the lead singer of Oasis, Liam Gallagher, and his over-idolisation of the Beatles.
2005: Elvis Presley reached number one on the U.K. Singles Chart with “It’s Now or Never”, Presley’s twenty-first number one, first released in 1960.
Mike Campbell – guitarist with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, born in 1954
Patrick Wilson – drummer of Weezer, born in 1969
Ron Welty – drummer with the Offspring, born in 1971