Thursday, February 22, 2018

More Music History for February 22, 2018

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1956 -

February 22
Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" enters the Billboard Hot 100 at #68. Two weeks later it will go to #1 for 8 straight weeks and stay on the chart for over 4 months.

1957 -

February 22
Famed US dance instructor Arthur Murray reported that enrollment in his dance studios had increased ten percent since the "Rock and Roll craze" swept the country.

February 22
The Film Don't Knock The Rock, featuring appearances by Alan Freed, Little Richard and Bill Haley, opens at the Paramount Theatre in New York.

1958 -

February 22
The Silhouettes topped Cash Box Magazine's Best Sellers Chart with "Get A Job" after Dick Clark started playing it on his TV show, American Bandstand. The group got their name from the 1957 song by The Rays, (covered by Herman's Hermits in the '60s) and the inspiration for the tune came from writer Rick Lewis' mother, when she chided her son to "get up in the morning and go out and get a job."

February 22
Roy Hamilton's "Don't Let Go" becomes the first stereo single to reach the Billboard chart, where it would rise to #13 during an eleven week run.

1960 -

February 22
"Theme From A Summer Place" by Percy Faith began its nine week run at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. It remains the longest-running number-one instrumental in the history of the chart and brought Faith a Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1961. The song also topped the charts in Italy and reached #2 in the UK.

1974 -

February 22
After placing twelve albums on the Billboard Hot 200 and eight Top 40 albums in the UK, Ten Years After give their final concert in London, England.

1975 -

February 22
After years of barely making a living, the fortunes of Scotland's Average White Band took a sharp turn for the better when they scored a number one hit in the US with "Pick Up The Pieces". It made #6 in the UK.

1976 -

February 22
The Supremes' Florence Ballard died of heart attack at the age of 32. She had been replaced by Cindy Birdsong in 1967 after her constant battles with Diana Ross. At the time of her death, Ballard had separated from her husband and was planning a recording career comeback. Diana Ross attended the funeral, surrounded by several bodyguards.

1977 -

February 22
"Car Wash" by the L.A. based Soul and Funk band Rose Royce is certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

1986 -

February 22
MTV dedicated a full 22 hours to The Monkees, showing all 45 episodes of their original TV series.

1989 -

February 22
A category for Heavy Metal is included at the Grammys Awards for the first time. Metallica performs on stage, but the award went to Jethro Tull. Many audience members booed. Meanwhile, Bobby McFerrin won Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year for "Don't Worry, Be Happy", Tracy Chapman is named Best New Artist and Tina Turner won Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for "Tina Live in Europe".

1990 -

February 22
Stevie Wonder wins a plagiarism lawsuit filed against him by songwriter Lloyd Chiate, who claimed he wrote "I Just Called To Say I Love You" several years before its 1984 release.

1994 -

February 22
Papa John Creach died of heart failure at the age of 76. Creach was a fiddler who first came to the notice of Rock fans when he joined Jefferson Airplane from 1970 to 1972. A veteran of Jazz and Blues groups, he was in his early 50s while his fellow band members were still approaching 30.

2000 -

February 22
The engagement ring that The Sex Pistols' Sid Vicious gave to his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, was put up for sale. The asking price for the ring, which Sid bought in 1977, was 1,500 Pounds ($2,550). Also on sale was a pair of John Lennon's blue jeans for 2,250 Pounds ($3,825).

2004 -

February 22
68 year old Bobby Vinton collapsed on stage during a performance at the American Music Theatre in Lancaster, PA. He was then taken backstage where his condition seemed to improve and when an ambulance arrived, Vinton said that he was fine and refused hospitalization.

2013 -

February 22 announced that Madonna was 2013's top earning 'live' act, followed by Bruce Springsteen and Roger Waters.

2016 -

February 22
Sonny James, whose 1957 hit "Young Love" topped both the Billboard Pop and Country charts, died of natural causes at the age of 88. His initial success was followed by more than twenty, number one Country hits. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006 and was the first Country artist to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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