Friday, February 16, 2018

More Music History for February 16, 2018

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1957 -

February 16
Disc jockey Pete Murray begins hosting BBC television's first Rock 'n' Roll music program The Six-Five Special, named for the time the show began, five minutes after six. The show was given air-time immediately after the abolition of what was called the Toddlers' Truce, which had seen television stop between 6 and 7pm so children could be put to bed.

1962 -

February 16
Bobby Vinton records "Roses Are Red", which will top the US charts in July and reach one million sales by August. The record reached #15 in the UK.

1963 -

February 16
The Beatles saw their second release, "Please Please Me", reach the top of the UK singles chart. No one seemed to care that during one verse, John and Paul can clearly be heard singing different words.

February 16
Paul Anka marries Anne de Zogheb, the daughter of Lebanese diplomat Charles de Zogheb. The 37 year marriage would end in 2000.

1964 -

February 16
The Beatles appear for the second week in a row on The Ed Sullivan Show, with an estimated audience of 70 million watching.

1968 -

February 16
Elvis Presley's Gospel album, "How Great Thou Art" is awarded a Gold record. It would go on to win a Grammy Award for Best Sacred Performance and by 2010 was certified Triple-Platinum. The L.P. includes Presley's 1965 #3 hit, "Crying in the Chapel".

1985 -

February 16
"Careless Whisper" by Wham! began a three week stay at the top of the Billboard chart. An 18-year-old George Michael had written the melody four years earlier while riding on a bus.

1990 -

February 16
Ike Turner is sentenced to 4 years in prison for possession of cocaine.

2004 -

February 16
Doris Troy, the big voiced singer of the 1963 #10 hit "Just One Look", died of emphysema at the age of 67. She was working as an usherette at the Apollo Theatre when she was discovered by James Brown and went on to work with The Rolling Stones, Humble Pie, Pink Floyd, George Harrison, Dusty Springfield, Nick Drake and Carly Simon.

2005 -

February 16
Yusuf Islam, the former Cat Stevens was awarded substantial damages from two British papers, The Sunday Times and The Sun, which printed articles alleging he was involved in terrorism. Both newspapers apologized to the 56 year old musician for the "false and highly defamatory allegations." The papers would also pay his legal bills and pledged not to repeat the allegations. The money awarded was to be given to Tsunami relief projects.

2006 -

February 16
Elton John accepted undisclosed libel damages from the Britain's Sunday Times after the newspaper erroneously repeated an entirely false rumor that he acted in a rude, self-important and arrogant manner at a charity ball.

2013 -

February 16
Tony Sheridan, who used the early Beatles as his backing band during their days of playing clubs in Hamburg, Germany, died following a long illness at the age of 72.

2015 -

February 16
Leslie Gore, who placed eleven songs on the Billboard Top 40 between 1963 and 1967, including "It's My Party", "Judy's Turn To Cry", She's A Fool" and "You Don't Own Me", died of cancer at the age of 68.

2017 -

February 16
Michael Jackson's 1982 album "Thriller" was certified 33-times Platinum in the U.S. after the top brass at the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) changed their rules to include individual tracks and streams.

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