Friday, February 24, 2017

Today in Music History...February 24, 2017

Music History: February 24

2014 Robin Thicke and Paula Patton announce their separation after nine years of marriage. A few months later, Thicke releases his album Paula, where he pours his heart out over the split.
2013 Janet Jackson reveals that she and Wissam Al Mana, a billionaire investor from Qatar, got married in a quiet, secret ceremony sometime in 2012. It is Jackson's third marriage; her first two husbands were the singer James DeBarge and the director René Elizondo, Jr.
2013 Larry Marks, original singer of the Scooby Doo theme song, dies in Los Angeles at age 73. He was also a producer for Columbia Records and A&M Records, where he helmed projects for Liza Minnelli and Phil Ochs, among others.
2008 Larry Norman dies at age 60 following a severe heart attack. The Christian rock pioneer started out in psychedelic rock with the band People!, known for their 1968 hit cover of The Zombies' tune "I Love You."
2008 A statue of departed AC/DC lead singer Bon Scott is unveiled in his hometown of Fremantle, Australia.
2004 Singer Lena Horne threatens to withdraw permission for a TV movie of her life after star Janet Jackson suffers her shocking "wardrobe malfunction" at Super Bowl XXXVIII. Jackson quits the project.
2004 After EMI refuses to let DJ Danger Mouse release his Grey Album, a mash-up of Jay-Z's Black Album with samples from The Beatles' White Album, the DJ makes the album available as a download, for free, on his website for one day.
2002 Arthur Lyman, jazz vibraphone and marimba player, dies of esophageal cancer at age 70.
2002 Charlie Daniels appears on the "Peggy's Fan Fair" episode of the animated Fox TV series King Of The Hill.
2000 Georgie Fame is arrested for a DUI after driving home from his concert in Wales. He's fined 350 pounds and has his driver's licensed suspended for a year.
1998 Pamela Anderson Lee calls 911 after getting in a heated altercation with her husband, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, at their Malibu home. Tommy is arrested and spends three months in jail for spousal abuse.
1997 Spice Girls win Brit Awards for Best Single ("Wannabe") and Best Video ("Say You'll Be There"). Geri Halliwell wears a skin-tight Union Jack dress when they perform at the ceremony, introducing her signature look.
1994 James Taylor appears on the "Deep Space Homer" episode of The Simpsons.
1994 Singer/actress Dinah Shore dies at age 77 of cachexia (or wasting syndrome), a complication of her ovarian cancer.
1993 Tom Waits's stripped-down, raw, nearly primeval Bone Machine wins a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Rock Album.
1991 Honky tonk entertainer Webb Pierce dies of pancreatic cancer at age 69. Known for the 1955 chart-topper "In The Jailhouse Now."
1990 Fifties pop singer Johnnie Ray dies of liver failure at age 63.
1990 The Byrds' David Crosby, Roger McGuinn, and Chris Hillman reunite for the first time in years at a tribute concert for the recently deceased Roy Orbison, performing "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)."
1988 At a concert in Phoenix, Alice Cooper claims he is running for governor of Arizona, representing the "Wild Party." (A special election was being held to replace Evan Mecham, who had been impeached.) Cooper's slogan: "A troubled man for troubled times."
1987 Fats Domino, Ray Charles and B.B. King win Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Grammies.
1987 Bruce Hornsby & the Range take home the Grammy award for Best New Artist, winning over Glass Tiger, Nu Shooz, Simply Red, and Timbuk3.
1985 David Crosby escapes from Fair Oaks Hospital in New Jersey, where he has been sentenced to drug rehab. The next day, he is caught in Greenwich Village and arrested for cocaine possession.
1981 Peter Noone (of Herman's Hermits) and Stephen Bishop guest star on the Laverne & Shirley episode "I Do, I Do."
1975 Led Zeppelin releases Physical Graffiti.
1973 The Byrds play their final concert, in Passaic, New Jersey.
1973 Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly With His Song" hits #1 for the first of five weeks.
1969 Johnny Cash records Johnny Cash At San Quentin.
1969 Jimi Hendrix's Experience play their final UK concert, at London's Royal Albert Hall.
1967 The Beatles record "Lovely Rita."
1965 The Beatles begin shooting their second movie, Help!, in the Bahamas as director Richard Lester films them riding bicycles near the airport.
1965 The Beach Boys record "Help Me Rhonda."
1965 Elvis Presley records "Shake That Tambourine."
1963 The Rolling Stones get their first steady gig at London's Station Hotel, performing on Sundays in the Crawdaddy room for a grand total of $67 a week.
1962 Alternative folk singer-songwriter Michelle Shocked is born Karen Michelle Johnston in Dallas, Texas. She borrows her stage name from the term "shell shocked."
1960 Carl Dobkins, Jr. performs in full military dress live from Ft. Dixon, Ohio, where he is serving in the national guard, on NBC-TV's Perry Como Show.
1958 The Silhouettes' "Get A Job" hits #1.
1957 Elvis Presley records "Loving You."
1956 Police in Cleveland shut down a Rock concert under an obscure law that prohibits people under 18 from dancing in public without a guardian.
1950 Blues rocker George Thorogood is born in Wilmington, Delaware.
1947 Rupert Holmes is born David Goldstein in Northwich, Cheshire, England.
1944 Nicky Hopkins, a prominent guitarist heard on albums from The Rolling Stones and The Kinks, is born in Perivale, Middlesex, England.
1942 Paul Jones (original lead vocalist for Manfred Mann) is born Paul Pond in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England.
1941 Joanie Sommers is born Joan Drost in Buffalo, New York.
1940 Frances Langford records "When You Wish Upon A Star."
1932 Michel LeGrand is born in Bécon les Bruyères, France. A noted film composer, he earns his first Academy Award in 1968 for The Thomas Crown Affair's title song, "The Windmills Of Your Mind."

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