1954 – Guitar Slim’s “The Things that I Used to Do” hits #1 R&B
1961 – Frank Sinatra started his own recording company, Reprise Records.
1961 – The instrumental “Calcutta” by Lawrence Welk was the new #1 song, passing up “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” by the Shirelles. The Miracles teamed up for the #3 song–“Shop Around”, while Neil Sedaka was fourth with “Calendar Girl” and Ferrante & Teicher’s big hit “Exodus” was on its way down.
1961 – The Miracles remained at #1 on the R&B chart for the fifth consecutive week with “Shop Around”.
1965 – Jr. Walker & the All-Stars debuted on the chart and on the radio with their first single–“Shotgun”.
1965 – The Temptations remained at #1 on the R&B chart for a third week with “My Girl”.
1965 – Beatles ’65 by the Beatles was the #1 album for the sixth week. There were two new albums in the Top 10 – The “Goldfinger” Soundtrack and You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling by the Righteous Brothers.
1965 – Roger Miller vaulted to #1 on the Easy Listening chart with one of the Top 100 Songs of All-Time in Adult Music*–“King Of The Road”.
1965 – Little Anthony & the Imperials had a big hit with “Hurt So Bad”.
1965 – The Righteous Brothers were #1 again with “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”.
1967 – The Four Tops released the single “Bernadette”.
1969 – The Doors’ “Touch Me” is certified gold
1969 – Sly and the Family Stone’s “Everyday People” is certified gold
1971 – We first heard of this artist this week and Cat Stevens debuted on the chart with his first single–“Wild World”.
1971 – Bobby Goldsboro and “Watching Scotty Grow” remained at #1 on the Adult chart for a sixth week.
1971 – George Harrison remained #1 on the Album chart for a seventh week with All Things Must Pass.
1971 – Sammi Smith goes to #1 in Billboard with the Kris Kristofferson-penned “Help Me Make It Through The Night”
1971 – The Carpenters had a great 1970 and they picked up the new year right where they left off. Their latest, “For All We Know”, moved from #87 to #39 on this date.
1971 – The Osmonds accomplished the rare feat of hitting #1 with their first song–“One Bad Apple”. That knocked Dawn off the top with “Knock Three Times”. Lynn Anderson was going to be a force with “Rose Garden” and Dave Edmunds was up to #4 with “I Hear You Knocking”.
1972 – The Stylistics released the single “Betcha’ By Golly Wow”.
1975 – Jefferson Starship recorded the song “Miracles” at Wally Heider Studios in San Francisco, California.
1978 – Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway teamed up to release the single “The Closer I Get To You”.
1981 – Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd passed Highlights from “The Phantom of the Opera” for third place in the longest-running albums of the Rock Era with 402 weeks on the Album chart.
1982 – “We Got The Beat” moved from #64 to #31 for the Go-Go’s.
1982 – Dan Fogelberg held off all challengers for a second week at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with “Leader Of The Band”.
1984 – Two of the greatest songs of the Rock Era were released on the same day. Phil Collins released the single “Against All Odds”.
1984 – Lionel Richie released the single “Hello”.
1988 – Rosanne Cash earns a #1 single in Billboard with a remake of the Johnny Cash song “Tennessee Flat Top Box”
1988 – Keith Sweat’s work paid off as “I Want Her” remained at #1 for the third week on the R&B chart.
1988 – There were two new songs in the Top 10 – “Don’t Shed A Tear” from Paul Carrack and “She’s Like The Wind” by Patrick Swayze and Wendy Fraser.
1988 – Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine were one of the top new talents and they took over at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with the great song “Can’t Stay Away From You”.
1993 – The Cult had the #1 album in the U.K. with Pure Cult.
1993 – “The Bodyguard” Soundtrack logged a 10th week at #1 on the U.S. Album chart.
1993 – Whitney Houston continued to set the bar high on the R&B chart with an 11th week at #1 for “I Will Always Love You”.
1993 – Whitney Houston dominated again with a 12th week at #1 with “I Will Always Love You”, one short of the all-time record at the time held by Boyz II Men with “End Of The Road”.
1999 – Monica moved to #1 with “Angel Of Mine”.
2002 – Jennifer Lopez grabbed the #1 spot on the Album chart with Jo To The L-o! The Remixes.
1957 – The Disneyland television series airs “Tricks of Our Trade,” written by animator Dick Huemer and hosted by Walt Disney. Viewers are taken on an hour-long discussion and demonstration on how artists study real life in order to recreate and embellish it on the screen.
1959 – The TV series Walt Disney Presents airs “Duck Flies Coop.” Feeling that Walt Disney is working him too hard, temperamental Donald Duck decides to take a vacation – right in the middle of his shooting schedule!
]1966 – The Rolling Stones appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1976 – On The Mike Douglas Show, Douglas and guest co-host Anita Bryant conclude their week of shows from Walt Disney World. Also featured is a visit to the Polynesian Village for a luau and fireworks display.
1987 – DTV ‘Doggone’ Valentine, a Valentine’s Day special featuring rock and roll music set to scenes from Disney animation, airs on television. It is the first time Russi Taylor supplies the voice for Minnie Mouse.
1999 – Winnie the Pooh, a Valentine for You airs on ABC-TV.
“OTHER IMPORTANT EVENTS…”
1945 – On the evening of February 13, 1945, the most controversial episode in the Allied air war against Germany begins as hundreds of British bombers loaded with incendiaries and high-explosive bombs descend on Dresden, a historic city located in eastern Germany.
1955 – Elvis Presley performs at the Fair Park Coliseum in Lubbock, TX, billed as “The Be-Bop Western Star of the Louisiana Hayride.” It is the first concert booked through Col. Tom Parker. Also on the bill that day: Buddy and Bob, a country duo featuring a eighteen-year-old Buddy Holly.
1962 – Don and Phil Everly graduated from boot camp in the Marine Corps and Don married Venetia Stevenson.
1965 – Sixteen-year-old Peggy Fleming won the ladies senior figure skating title at Lake Placid, NY.
1966 – The Beatles were nominated for ten Grammy Awards. The group was nominated for Album of the Year (Help!), Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Vocal Performance, Male, Best Contemporary Single, and Best Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist or Instrumentalist (“Yesterday”), Best Performance by a Vocal Group and Best Contemporary Performance by a Group, Vocal or Instrumental (“Help!), and Best Original Score, Motion Picture or TV Show (Help!)
1972- Led Zeppelin is forced to cancel a gig in Singapore when local officials, seeing their long hair, refuse to let them off the plane.
1973 – A Valentine Dance (sponosred by the WDW Recreation Club) is held for Disney World Cast Members at the Contemporary Hotel’s Ballroom of the Americas.
1978 – The city of Los Angeles declared today “Al Green Day”.
1982 – The 300-pound gravestone of Lynyrd Skynyrd lead singer Ronnie Van Zant is stolen from the cemetery in Orange Park, CA.
1983 – Marvin Gaye sang the national anthem at the NBA All-Star game at the Forum in Inglewood, California.
1985 – Mickey Mouse, accompanied by Disneyland’s Ambassador, Melissa Taylor, begin a 30-day flight around the world, celebrating Disneyland’s 30th anniversary.
1988 – Michael Jackson bought a ranch in Santa Ynez, California that he named “Neverland”. (Pictured)
1988 – Expo Robotics (located in CommuniCore West) debuts at EPCOT’s Future World. The show stars a top-spinning industrial robot arm named Pixel. (The attraction will run through October 3, 1993 and CommuniCore will close by early 1994.)
1993 – Lumière’s Kitchen restaurant opens in Fantasyland at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. (In 2006 it will become The Village Fry Shoppe, and in 2009 The Friar’s Nook.) 1996 – Epcot’s Test Track Preview Center opens. (The attraction won’t be ready for a soft opening until December 1998.)
1996 – Toy Story receives 3 Academy Award nominations for Achievement in Music (Original Musical or Comedy Score), Achievement in Writing, and Achievement in Music (Original Song). Pocahontas is also nominated for Achievement in Music (Original Musical or Comedy Score) and Achievement in Music (Original Song).
1997 – Michael Jackson and wife Debbie Rowe become the proud parents of their first child, Prince
1998 – The New York Daily News runs the article “Elton & Tim Meet Aida, Disney Preps ‘Elaborate’ Stage Version.”
1997 – Astronauts on the space shuttle Discovery brought the Hubble Space Telescope aboard for a tune up. The tune up allowed the telescope to see further into the universe.
1999 – Michael Weiss wins the men’s national title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, skating to music from Mulan
2002 – It is announced at the Chandler Mansion set from “All My Children: in ABC Soap Opera Bistro” at Disney’s California Adventure, that ABC Super Soap Weekends will take place in April 2002.