Vintage raw sugar studio Queen poster Cleveland Music Hall

Time to take a look back into this day in rock history: February 8

1964
Not to be outdone by the Beatles, the Dave Clark Five go before the cameras to begin filming on their feature film Catch Us If You Can.  They play the roles of movie stuntmen and also perform the movie’s soundtrack.

1975

Renowned photographer Janet Macoska captures history at Queen’s 1975 show.


Poster courtesy of Raw Sugar Studio

1990

Things seemed to be looking up for 50 year old Del Shannon.  He performed at the annual Buddy Holly memorial concert in Fargo, North Dakota, recorded a new album with Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty called “Rock On!” and it looked like he would be Roy Orbison’s replacement in the Traveling Wilburys.  He died of a self inflicted gunshot on this date at his Santa Clarita, California home.  He would be a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee in 1999.

Surprise guest on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air as Tom Jones sings “It’s Not Unusual” with Alfonso Ribiero,  His character Carlton is often seen dancing to that song.
2006
Sly Stone makes a surprise appearance at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles during a tribute to his music.  It’s his first major public appearance in 13 years
2023
94-year old Grammy / Oscar / Tony winning composer Burt Bacharach dies at his Los Angeles home.  He had dozens of its and worked with everyone from Herb Alpert to Elvis Costello.