Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Today in Music History...February 13, 2018 (Now with more info)

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Music History: February 13th:


2016 Justin Bieber's "Love Yourself" replaces his song "Sorry" at #1 on the Hot 100. It's the third consecutive #1 single from his Purpose album ("What Do You Mean?" was the first), making it the first album by a male artist with three straight chart-toppers since Justin Timberlake's FutureSex / LoveSounds.

2016 All four members of the promising English group Viola Beach are killed, along with their manager, when their car crashes on a bridge near Stockholm. Coldplay pay tribute by covering their song "Boys That Sing" at the Glastonbury Festival.

2011 Arcade Fire's The Suburbs scoops Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards, beating Eminem's hotly tipped comeback, Recovery. Many folks have not heard of the Canadian band, prompting the internet meme, "Who Is Arcade Fire?"

Esperanza Spalding surprisingly beats out Justin Bieber for Best New Artist, becoming the first jazz artist to win the award.

2005 Robin Thicke wins his first Grammy, thanks to his work on Usher's 2004 album, Confessions, which takes Best Contemporary R&B Album. Robin co-produced the track "Can U Handle It?" Wilco wins for Best Alternative Music Album and Best Recording Package for their fifth album, A Ghost Is Born.

2005 50 Cent appears on The Simpsons in the episode "Pranksta Rap."

2002 Country music great Waylon Jennings dies at age 64.

2001 George Simon, a jazz writer who won a Grammy award in 1978 for his liner notes on the album Bing Crosby: A Legendary Performer, dies of pneumonia at age 88.

2001 Peter Frampton is recognized in the guitar community with the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award.

1998 Buddy Lee, a booking agent who worked with Garth Brooks and Willie Nelson, among others, dies of respiratory failure related to lung cancer.

1988 Michael Jackson buys a ranch in Santa Ynez, California, which he renames "Neverland."

1982 The 300-pound marble slab marking the grave of Lynyrd Skynyrd lead singer Ronnie Van Zant is stolen from a cemetery in Orange Park, California. Police find it two weeks later in a dry river bed.

1975 Jefferson Starship records "Miracles."

1974 Robbie Williams is born in Stoke-on-Trent, England.

1972 Led Zeppelin is forced to cancel a gig in Singapore when local officials, seeing their long hair, refuse to let them off the plane.

1971 The Osmonds' "One Bad Apple" hits #1 in America for the first of five weeks.

1969 The Doors' "Touch Me" is certified gold.

1969 Sly and the Family Stone's "Everyday People" is certified gold.

1967 The Beatles release "Strawberry Fields Forever" as a single in the US, with "Penny Lane" on the flip side.

1967 The Beatles record "Only A Northern Song."

1966 Freedom Williams (of C+C Music Factory) is born Frederick Williams in Brooklyn, New York.

1965 Jr. Walker & the All Stars' "Shotgun" enters the pop and R&B charts.

1965 The Rolling Stones release their third American studio album, The Rolling Stones, Now!, including the hit "Heart Of Stone."

1961 Henry Rollins (frontman for Black Flag) is born Henry Garfield in Washington, DC.

1961 Les Warner (drummer for The Cult) is born in London, England.

1961 Lawrence Welk's "Calcutta" hits #1 for the first of two weeks.

1957 Filming is completed on the UK's first rock and roll movie, Rock You Sinners.

1957 Tony Butler (bassist for Big Country) is born in Shepherd's Bush, London, England.

1956 Peter Hook (bassist for New Order) is born Peter Woodhead in Broughton, Salford, England.

1954 Guitar Slim's "The Things That I Used To Do" hits #1 R&B.

1952 Ed Gagliardi (original bass player for Foreigner) is born in Brooklyn, New York.

1951 Singer/actor David Naughton is born in West Hartford, Connecticut.

1950 Peter Gabriel (original lead singer for Genesis) is born in Chobham, Surrey, England.

1945 Soul singer King Floyd, known for the 1970 hit "Groove Me," is born in New Orleans, Louisiana.

1945 Roy Dyke (drummer for Ashton, Gardner & Dyke) is born in Liverpool, England.

1944 Rebop Kwaku Baah (percussionist for Traffic, Wings) is born in Konongo, Ghana.

1944 Broadway/film actress Stockard Channing, who plays Betty Rizzo in Grease (1978), is born Susan Antonia Williams Stockard in New York City.

1942 Peter Tork (of The Monkees) is born Peter Halsten Thorkelson in Washington, D.C.

1940 Earl "Fatha" Hines and His Orchestra record "Boogie Woogie on the St. Louis Blues."

1930 Dorothy McGuire of The McGuire Sisters is born in Middletown, Ohio.

1927 Jim McReynolds (of the bluegrass duo Jim and Jesse) is born in Coeburn, Virginia.

1923 Gene Ames (of The Ames Brothers) is born in Malden, Massachusetts.

1920 Songwriter Boudleaux Bryant is born in Shellman, Georgia. Co-wrote hit songs with wife Felice Bryant, including "All I Have to Do Is Dream" and "Bye Bye Love" for The Everly Brothers.

1920 Radio and opera singer Eileen Farrell is born in Willimantic, Connecticut.

1919 Tennessee Ernie Ford is born in Bristol, Tennessee.

1914 ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, is formed in New York City.

1883 German composer Richard Wagner ("The Ride Of The Valkyries") dies at age 69.

Marvin Gaye Popularizes The Expressive Anthem

Marvin Gaye performs a very memorable national anthem at the NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles, doing a sultry version with a beat.

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1997 Michael Jackson's first child, a son named Prince, is born. The mother is his second wife, Debbie Rowe, who later relinquishes custody.

1996 The Fugees release their second album, The Score.More

1996 Tupac Shakur's All Eyez on Me is released. The first rap double-album on a major label, it sells over 10 million copies in the United States.

1993 RuPaul becomes the first drag queen to make the Hot 100 when "Supermodel (You Better Work)" enters the chart at #91. It rises to #45 in April.More

1970 Black Sabbath release their self-titled debut album, which not coincidentally, comes out on Friday the 13th. To add mystique to the band's image, new manager Patrick Meehan asks the band to stop giving interviews. The plan works, and through word of mouth, the album sell over 5,000 copies in the first week. The first single, "Evil Woman," doesn't chart, but the album reaches #8 in the UK.

1967 Dolly Parton releases her debut album, Hello, I'm Dolly, boasting the Top 20 hits "Dumb Blonde" and "Something Fishy." The album catches the attention of country veteran Porter Wagoner, who invites Dolly to appear on his popular television show, marking the beginning of a fruitful partnership.

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