Monday, February 12, 2018

Today in Music History...February 12, 2018 (Now with more info)

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Music History: February 12th:


2017 Al Jarreau dies at age 76. At the Grammy Awards that night, Pentatonix acknowledge his passing, calling him a "voice for the ages." Jarreau won seven Grammy Awards.

2016 Kanye West drops "Famous," with the lyric:
"I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex
Why? I made that bitch famous"

West claims that he got Taylor Swift's blessing before releasing the song, but she clearly doesn't expect it. Her spokesperson says she was never told the actual lyric, and takes issue with it.

2016 Ween play the first of three reunion shows in Broomfield, Colorado. Originally, only two shows are scheduled, (for February 12 and 13), but the demand for tickets is so high during the pre-sale period that a third show is added on February 14. This marks the official return of Ween after breaking up nearly four years before.

2015 Laugh-In announcer Gary Owens dies of complications from type 1 diabetes at age 80 in Encino, California.

2015 "Weird Al" Yankovic becomes the first-ever guest editor at MAD magazine when it is announced that he will be assisting with issue #533.

2009 Fans at Paul Simon's concert at the Beacon Theater in New York City are treated to a surprise appearance by Art Garfunkel, who sings three songs with Simon.

2009 At the 40th NAACP Image Awards,'s pro-Obama anthem "Yes We Can" wins in the Best Music Video and Best Song categories while Jennifer Hudson takes home three Awards, including Best New Artist.

2005 Country music singer/songwriter Sammi Smith dies from unconfirmed circumstances at age 61 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

2000 D'Angelo's Voodoo enters the Billboard 200 and remains on the chart for 33 consecutive weeks, replacing Carlos Santana's Supernatural at the #1 spot on the chart.

2000 Screamin' Jay Hawkins of "I Put A Spell On You" fame dies at age 70.

2000 The singer Oliver ("Good Morning Starshine," "Jean") dies of cancer at age 54.

1997 David Bowie is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It is located outside the Hollywood Galaxy Theatre.

1992 Richard D. James releases Selected Ambient Works 85-92, under the alias Aphex Twin. It is James' first full-length album, and is a step away from his previous dance-focused work, containing lush ambient pads, soft acid-esque synth melodies, samples of conversations and distant techno percussion. The album contains some tracks started when James was only 14 years old.

1989 Tiny Tim declares his candidacy for mayor of New York City.

1981 Riding the Permanent Wave of their previous album, Rush release Moving Pictures. Featuring "Tom Sawyer," "Limelight" and "YYZ," it becomes the best-selling album in the Rush discography. "The Camera Eye" is the last 10-minute-long song Rush ever record in the studio.

1974 The legendary rock club The Bottom Line opens in Greenwich Village, New York City.

1973 Elton John's album Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only The Piano Player is certified Gold.

1972 Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" hits #1 in the US.

1970 Jim Creeggan (bassist for Barenaked Ladies) is born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada.

1970 BBC's Top of the Pops broadcasts John Lennon's "Instant Karma!" performance clip, taped just the day before.

1968 John and Michelle Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas welcome daughter Chynna, their only child. She forms Wilson Phillips with Brian Wilson's daughters Carnie and Wendy.

1968 Jimi Hendrix's tour stops in his hometown of Seattle, Washington, where he sees his family for the first time in seven years. His father, Al, meets him at the airport.

1964 The Beatles conclude their triumphant first American visit with two 25-minute shows at Carnegie Hall.

1961 The Miracles' "Shop Around" is certified gold.

1959 Composer George Antheil dies of a heart attack at 58.

1958 Weather Report drummer Omar Hakim is born in New York City.

1958 The Monotones release "Book Of Love."

1956 "Screamin'" Jay Hawkins records "I Put A Spell On You."

1955 The McGuire Sisters' "Sincerely" hits #1 in America.

1952 Michael McDonald is born outside of St. Louis. As a solo artist, his hits include "I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)" and "Sweet Freedom," but his voice is also heard on songs he records with The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan, as well as hundreds of other appearances as a backup singer.

1950 Steve Hackett (guitarist for Genesis) is born in Pimlico, London, England.

1949 Stanley Knight (lead guitarist for Black Oak Arkansas) is born in Arkansas.

1946 Joe Schermie (bass player for Three Dog Night) is born Joseph Edward Schermetzler is born in Madison, Wisconsin.

1944 Country singer Moe Bandy is born in Meridian, Mississippi.

1942 Mildred Bailey records "More Than You Know."

1939 Ray Manzarek (of The Doors) is born in Chicago, Illinois.

1937 On the Avenue, a musical starring Dick Powell and Alice Faye, debuts in movie theaters and introduces the holiday classic "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm."

1935 Gene McDaniels is born in Kansas City, Kansas, but grows up in Omaha, Nebraska. Wrote Roberta Flack's "Feel Like Makin' Love."

1924 The "Experiment In Modern Music" concert takes place at Aeolian Hall in New York, where a sold out crowd checks out a relatively new music called Jazz. George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" is performed in public for the first time at the show with Gershwin performing on piano with the orchestra.

1923 Mel Powell, founding dean of the school of music at the California Institute of the Arts and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer of the 1990 concerto Duplicates, is born Melvin Epstein in The Bronx, New York City.

1915 Lorne Greene, a radio personality who becomes known for his role as Ben Cartwright on the long-running Western Bonanza, is born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

1914 Saxophonist Tex Beneke, who solos on the Glenn Miller Orchestra's "In The Mood," is born in Fort Worth, Texas.

1912 Billy Murray records "Alexander's Bag-Pipe Band."

1904 Ted Mack is born William Edward Maguiness in Greeley, Colorado. He takes over as host of the popular radio talent contest The Original Amateur Hour in 1948 when it makes the leap to television, where it runs until 1970.

Jagger And Richards Busted In Raid

1967Police raid Keith Richards' Redlands estate, where they discover "various substances of a suspicious nature" and arrest him along with Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull. The whole thing is a setup.

Featured Events

2017 Adele opens the Grammy Awards with a performance of "Hello," which wins for Song of the Year and Record of the Year. Later, she sings "Fastlove" in a tribute to George Michael, who passed away on Christmas day, 2016. Before she can finish the first chorus, she stops the song and starts over, saying, "I can't mess this up for him."

1997 Snoop Doggy Dogg and Sean "Puffy" Combs hold a press conference where they call for an end to the East Coast-West Coast rap rivalry that has claimed the life of Tupac Shakur. "Kids around the world are watching," Long Beach rapper Snoop says. "By calling for a truce we're giving them something to live for."

The detente fails to quell the violence: Less than a month later, The Notorious B.I.G. is killed in a shooting.

1977 Barbra Streisand's soundtrack album A Star Is Born hits #1 in the US.

1976 Sal Mineo, an actor who starred alongside James Dean in the movies Giant and Rebel Without a Cause, is murdered by a deranged assailant. Mineo had several hits as a singer including "Start Movin' (In My Direction)," which reached #9 US in 1957.

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