When's Day: 1-7 February 2012

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It's When's Day – the Day of the When. Each week Shout4Music takes you through the following seven days in musical history with the births, marriage, deaths and anything else that takes our fancy.

Not the happiest of weeks in pop, this. This week sees the anniversaries of the deaths of Gary Moore and Sid Vicious and the disappearance of Richey Edwards.

But it's not all doom and gloom. 'Rumours' is released and 'Led Zepellin II' gets to number one in the album chart. Oh, and a young chap who Lennon would later describe as 'not even the best drummer in The Beatles' joins...The Beatles.

1 February

Richey Edwards of The Manic Street Preachers goes missing (1995). His car is found on the Severn Bridge, but he is never seen again. He played a pivotal role in writing early Manics songs. When Steve Lamacq challenged Edwards' sincerity as an angst ridden champion of the disillusioned, the musician carved '4REAL' into his own arm.

2 February

Graham Nash's birthday (1942): half of Crosby and Nash, one third of Crosby, Stills and Nash, one quarter of Crosb, Stills, Nash and Young - and member of The Hollies too.

Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols dies from a drug overdose (1979).

3 February

Dave Davies of the Kinks is born (1947). Long before the Gallagher brothers' on and off stage rivalries, Dave and brother Ray were busy setting the original template for squabbling sibblings. Never mind. The girls still loved them.

4 February

Vincent Furnier's birthday (1948). But we all refer to him as Alice Cooper. Apparently he's a Sunday School teacher who votes Republican.

Fleetwood Mac release their defining album, 'Rumours' (1977). You might just recognise the instrumental from 'The Chain'...just possibly. (Please excuse the 80s haircuts).

5 February

Ringo Starr's first appearance with The Beatles at The Cavern Club (1962)

6 February

The Byrds release 'Younger Than Yesterday' (1967).

Gary Moore dies (2011). To mark his passing, a year ago today, here's a live performance of 'Still Got The Blues'.

7 February - 'Led Zeppelin II' hits number one in the album charts (1972). It's one of those classics that anyone with a pair of ears should own. Here's one of the highlights from the highlight-filled album, 'Whole Lotta Love'. Air guitars at the ready...


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