Feb 8 in Music History: Blind Faith forms, Television releases their debut album Marquee Moon

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1956 – Buddy Holley signs a recording contract with Decca Records, one which mistakenly drops the “e” from his last name. He drops the letter from his stage name as well.

1964 – On their first full day in New York, The Beatles (minus George who has a sore throat) go for a photo-opportunity walk around Central Park. Over 400 girls follow the band and extra police are called in to control them. Later in the day, The Ronettes interview The Beatles for radio.


1965 – The Dave Clark Five begin filming their movie Catch Us if You Can.


1969 – Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker of Cream announce that they are forming a new group with Steve Winwood of Traffic. Ric Grech later joins on bass, and the group is called Blind Faith.


1971 – Bob Dylan’s documentary Eat the Document, chronicling his 1966 tour of the UK, premieres at New York’s Academy of Music.

1977 – Television releases their debut album, Marquee Moon.


1981 – R.E.M. hold their first ever-recording sessions at Bombay Studios in Smyrna, Georgia. The songs they lay down include “Gardening At Night,” “Radio Free Europe,” and “(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville.”


1982 – Cher makes her Broadway debut in Come Back To The Five And Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean.


1988 – The three remaining members of The Who reunite at Royal Albert Hall for the British Phonographic Industry awards, leading to a full-fledged 25th anniversary tour the next year.


2004 – OutKast becomes the first hip-hop act to win a Grammy for Album of the Year when Speakerboxxx/The Love Below receives the award.


2006 – David Bowie is awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

2010 – MTV drops the “Music Television” moniker from its logo.


 

 

Information for this post was gathered from This Day in Music, The Music History Calendar, On This Day, and Wikipedia.

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