Saturday, February 10, 2018

Today in Music History...February 10, 2018 (Now with more info)

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Music History: February 10th:


2017 Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2017 Tom Petty is honored as Person of the Year at the MusiCares gala, held two days before the Grammy Awards. "Twenty years ago I'd have been way too cynical to do this, but I'm 66 now and I feel ya," he says in his speech.More

2013 Janis Ian wins the Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for her autobiography Society's Child, beating out Bill Clinton, Michelle Obama, Rachel Maddow and Ellen DeGeneres. Ian quips: "I keep thinking there's got to be a punchline here: an ex-president, the First Lady and three lesbians walk into a bar..."

2008 Justin Timberlake's "What Goes Around... Comes Around" wins the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. He also takes Best Dance Recording for "LoveStoned/I Think She Knows."

2008 Amy Winehouse is the big winner at the Grammy Awards, taking five trophies, including Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year (both for "Rehab").

2008 Famous spaghetti western composer Ennio Morricone and Bruce Springsteen win the Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental. Springsteen covered Morricone's classic "Once Upon a Time in the West."

2008 Ne-Yo's sophomore album, Because Of You, wins the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album. It's the singer-songwriter's first Grammy win.

2008 Daft Punk make their first televised live appearance at the 50th Grammy Awards, joining Kanye West in a performance of "Stronger" at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

2006 James "Jay Dilla" Yancey dies of a heart attack at age 32, just three days after the release of his final album, Donuts.

2004 Eminem is among the guests heard on the second season premiere episode of Comedy Central's Crank Yankers. The rapper gives voice to "Bobby's Brother" opposite comedian Jim Florentine's "Bobby" in a prank phone call to a restaurant.

1993 Michael Jackson appears on Oprah's prime time special, where he talks about having a skin condition called Vitiligo, and claims he's had just 2 plastic surgery operations.

1990 Paula Abdul's "Opposites Attract," a duet with MC Skat Cat (Minnesota DJ Derrick "Delite" Stevens), goes to #1 in America, where it stays for three weeks.

1979 Dire Straits release "Sultans Of Swing."

1979 Rod Stewart's "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy," a disco diversion for the British superstar, hits #1 in the US.

1979 Rod Stewart's album Blondes Have More Fun hits #1.

1978 Van Halen release their self-titled debut album.

1976 Elvis Presley is made an honorary Captain in the Memphis Police Department.

1975 Dave Alexander (bassist for The Stooges) dies of pulmonary edema at age 27 after being admitted to an Ann Arbor hospital for alcohol-related pancreatitis.

1974 Phil Spector is seriously burned in a mysterious car crash while en route from Los Angeles to Phoenix, Arizona, leading to extensive plastic surgery that furthers his reclusiveness.

1972 T. Rex depart for their first American tour as headliners, riding the success of their hit single "Bang A Gong (Get It On)."

1972 At the Toby Jug pub in London, David Bowie plays his first gig as Ziggy Stardust.

1971 Carole King releases her seminal album Tapestry.

1968 The Beatles turn over operations of their fan club and American business affairs to their Apple Corps company in London.

1968 Paul Mauriat's orchestral version of "Love Is Blue" hits #1 in America. An international hit recorded in several languages, the song finished fourth in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1967 with a version performed by Vicky Leandros.

1968 Sly and the Family Stone's "Dance To The Music" enters the pop charts.

1967 The Beatles record "A Day In The Life."

1964 Beatlemania is in full swing following The Beatles' Ed Sullivan Show appearance the night before, with the group giving another press conference and many young men suddenly sporting Beatles haircuts.

1959 Country singer Lionel Cartwright is born in Gallipolis, Ohio, but is raised in Glen Dale, West Virginia.

1958 ABC's Mickey Mouse Club begins its "Annette" serial, solidifying the rising popularity of its young star, Annette Funicello.

1958 #1 Billboard Pop Hit: Elvis Presley's "Don't."

1958 Elvis Presley's "Don't" hits #1 for the first of five weeks.

1958 Elvis Presley's "Don't" hits #1 for the first of five weeks.

1956 Little Richard records "Long Tall Sally."

1954 The Glenn Miller Story, a biopic about the bandleader starring Jimmy Stewart, opens in theaters.

1949 Nigel Olsson (drummer for Elton John's band) is born in Wallasey, Cheshire, England.

1943 Ral Donner, known for the 1961 hit "You Don't Know What You've Got (Until You Lose It)," is born in Norwood Park, Chicago.

1942 Ted Fio Rito and His Orchestra record "Rio Rita."

1942 RCA Victor presents Glenn Miller with a gold record for "Chattanooga Choo Choo." It's purely a promotional gimmick (the label is celebrating sales of over one million), but still the first time that a gold record is awarded. Other labels follow suit in handing out framed golden discs to their artists in celebration of the one million milestone, and in 1958 the RIAA makes it official, awarding gold records to singles and albums that earn over $1 million.

1940 Jimmy Merchant (of Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers) is born in New York City.

1939 Roberta Flack is born in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

1933 Don Wilson (rhythm guitarist for The Ventures) is born in Tacoma, Washington.

1929 Film score composer Jerry Goldsmith (Chinatown, Hoosiers) is born in Los Angeles, California.

1927 "Shepherd Of The Hills" becomes the first song to be performed on two Continents immediately after being written. The song was read down the phone at 5pm London time, and performed at the Alhambra at 8:40pm by Jack Hylton and his band. It was performed later that same night in New York.

1914 Renowned harmonica player Larry Adler is born in Baltimore, Maryland.

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2011The video for Rebecca Black's song "Friday" is uploaded to YouTube, where it becomes a viral smash.

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2010 John Mayer describes his ex-girlfriend Jessica Simpson as "sexual napalm" in a Playboy interview.More

1997 Blur's eponymous fifth album is released. Although the band is huge in Europe, American success has proven elusive. The single "Song 2" becomes the band's biggest US hit, topping out at #55 on the Hot 100.

1981 Natalie Cole is trapped in her suite on the 26th floor of the Las Vegas Hilton hotel when it catches fire.

1968 Rolling Stone magazine offers free roach clips to new subscribers.

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