Today In Rock History… February 3rd
1978: Gerry Rafferty released “Baker Street” which went on to reach number two on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart making it his most successful solo single in the U.S.
1969: Allen Klein was hired as the new manager of The Beatles against the wishes of Paul McCartney who wanted his father-in-law Lee Eastman to become their new manager. Klein’s involvement was a factor in The Beatles’ breakup the following year.
1959: Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens died in a plane crash in Clear Lake, IA en route to Fargo, ND for a concert. This crash would inspire Don McClean’s “American Pie”. Holly was 22 years old, The Big Bopper was 28 years old & Valens was 17 years old.
Eric Haydock – bassist for The Hollies born in 1942
Dave Davies – guitarist for The Kinks born in 1947
Arthur Kane – bassist for the New York Dolls born in 1949