Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Today in Music History...February 14, 2018 (Now with more info)

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Music History: February 14th:


2015 Lady Gaga gets engaged to actor Taylor Kinney. She confirms the news two days later by posting a photo of the heart-shaped diamond ring on Instagram with the caption, "He gave me his heart on Valentine's Day, and I said YES!"

2010 Blues musician Lil' Dave Thompson dies in a car accident at age 40.

2009 Jazz drummer Louie Bellson dies at age 84 of Parkinson's disease and complications from a broken hip.

2008 Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher marries Nicole Appleton of the girl group All Saints.

2006 The Veronicas' debut studio album, The Secret Life of..., is released in the US.

2006 English pop singer Lynden David Hall dies at age 40 of complications from a stem cell treatment he received to treat Hodgkin's lymphoma.

2006 Willie Nelson issues the single "Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly Fond of Each Other."

2002 Sweet drummer Mick Tucker dies of leukemia at age 54.

1999 Rocker Buddy Knox dies of lung cancer at age 65.

1999 Elton John appears on the "I'm with Cupid" episode of The Simpsons, where he does a re-worked version of "Your Song."

1999 The Deftones, on the final stop of their tour opening for Black Sabbath, find that their truck has been stolen from the parking lot of the Holiday Inn in Dearborn, Michigan. Taken are all of the band's backline equipment and instruments, including several of Chi Chings' Precision Fender Bass guitars, and Stephen Carpenter's custom-made guitars and racks.

1998 Madonna performs at New York nightclub the Roxy, making her first club performance in over 10 years.

1998 Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds is named Entertainer of the Year at the 29th NAACP Image Awards.

1997 Country artist Ty England and wife Shanna welcome their third child, Levi Wyatt.

1994 The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia marries Deborah Koons.

1991 Boyz II Men release their debut album, CooleyHighharmony, with Michael Bivins of Bell Biv DeVoe as executive producer. Bivins' former group, New Edition, inspired the Boyz' name with their 1988 track "Boys To Men."

1990 The Rolling Stones begin their first-ever tour of Japan at Tokyo's Korakuen Dome.

1989 Vincent Crane (organist for Atomic Rooster) dies of an intentional overdose of painkillers at age 45.

1986 Frank Zappa guest stars on the TV series Miami Vice in the episode "Payback."

1984 Elton John marries studio assistant Renate Blauel in Sydney, Australia. Attendees include Olivia Newton-John and Rod Stewart. The couple would split up in 1987 and divorce a year later.

1980 Lou Reed marries Sylvia Morales in New York City's Greenwich Village.

1978 Married songwriters Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge appear on The Muppet Show to perform "Song I Like to Sing" from their first album of duets, Full Moon.

1977 The B-52's perform their first live gig, a Valentine's Day party in their hometown of Athens, Georgia.

1974 At the Forum in Los Angeles, Ringo Starr, Neil Young and Warren Beatty are in attendance for the last stop on Bob Dylan's tour with The Band.

1974 Rolling Stone reports that David Bowie has been asked by a gay liberation group to compose a gay national anthem, an offer he declines.

1974 Daryl Dragon and Toni Tennille (aka Captain & Tennille) are married in Virginia City, Nevada.

1973 David Bowie collapses at the end of a Ziggy Stardust performance at Madison Square Garden, claiming "total exhaustion."

1972 Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty is born to American parents in West Germany.

1972 John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their week-long stint as guest hosts on the syndicated Mike Douglas Show.

1972 Blaming burnout, Steppenwolf breaks up for the first time, saying, "We were locked into an image and style of music and there was nothing for us to look forward to." That same day, Los Angeles mayor Sam Yorty declares it "Steppenwolf Day."

1972 The '50s tribute musical Grease opens off-Broadway at New York City's Eden Theatre, featuring Barry Bostwick and Adrienne Barbeau. The play is an instant hit, moving to Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre for a record 3,388 performances, and, not incidentally, spawning one of the most popular movies of all time.

1970 Billboard Magazine reports that the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is "Mounting Total War Against Tape Pirating of Prerecorded Music."

1970 Sly and the Family Stone's "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" hits #1 in America.

1967 In New York City, Aretha Franklin r-e-c-o-r-d-s her famous cover of the Otis Redding song "Respect."

1967 The Beatles record "Only A Northern Song."

1966 Simon and Garfunkel's "Sounds Of Silence" is certified gold.

1964 The Dave Clark Five release "Bits And Pieces."

1961 The Platters sue Mercury Records for breach of contract in Chicago, citing the record label's refusal to pay royalties for songs on which leader Tony Williams does not, in fact, sing lead.

1961 The earliest color video of The Beatles is shot at their Casanova Club performance in Liverpool.

1958 CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite tells viewers that the government of Iran has banned rock and roll for being unhealthy and anti-Islamic. The "unhealthy" claim is backed by Iranian doctors who warn of hip damage due to "extreme gyrations."

1957 Jazz great Lionel Hampton debuts "King David," his only symphony, at New York's Town Hall.

1953 Teresa Brewer's "Till I Waltz Again with You" hits #1 in America.

1951 Simple Minds drummer Kenny Hyslop is born in Helensburgh, Scotland.

1950 Heart guitarist Roger Fisher is born.

1947 Tim Buckley is born in Washington, D.C., but spends much of his childhood in Amsterdam, New York, and Bell Gardens, California.

1944 Denny Zager (of Zager & Evans) is born in Wymore, Nebraska.

1943 Folk singer Eric Andersen is born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but grows up in Snyder, New York.

1943 Saxophone player Maceo Parker is born in Kinston, North Carolina. He becomes an integral part of James Brown's band, and also plays with Prince.

1939 Country singer Razzy Bailey is born in Alabama.

1937 Bluesman Magic Sam (Samuel Maghett) is born in Mississippi.

1934 Keyboard player Merl Saunders is born in San Mateo, California.

1931 Phyllis McGuire of The McGuire Sisters is born in Middletown, Ohio.

1931 Ted Lewis' "Just A Gigolo" hits #1 in America.

1847 A saxophone school is created in Paris, France. It is set up at "Gymnase Musical," a military band school.

Wayne's World Brings Back "Bohemian Rhapsody"

1992Thanks to Alice Cooper's appearance in Wayne's World, we learn that "Milwaukee" is Algonquin for "the good land." We also get a fresh blast of "Bohemian Rhapsody."

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2003 The movie Daredevil is released, featuring two songs by a new band called Evanescence: "Bring Me To Life" and "My Immortal." Both songs later appear on the group's debut album, Fallen, and become hits.

2001 Prince launches the NPG Music Club, one of the first music subscription services. The club acts as a virtual hub for the Prince faithful, with a thriving community, online access to his music, VIP passes to concerts and other exclusives. It runs until 2006, when Prince shuts it down, saying it "has gone as far as it can go."

1996 Prince, 37, marries the 22-year-old model/belly dancer Mayte Garcia at a ceremony in Minneapolis. White doves are released when they exchange vows - no word on if they were crying. The marriage is annulled three years later, and Garcia takes up with Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe.

1992 Lead singer Vince Neil, who had been pursuing IndyCar racing, is booted from Mötley Crüe. "Race car driving has become a priority in Neil's life," the band's management says in a statement. "His band mates felt he didn't share their determination and passion for music." Neil returns to the fold in 1997.

1987 Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer" hits #1 in the US, where it stays for four weeks.

1981 The Funky 4 + 1 become the first hip-hop act to appear on national TV; they're the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, where they perform "That's The Joint."

1976 After singing about "The valentines I never knew" in her song "At Seventeen," Janis Ian gets hundreds of Valentine's Day cards from fans.

1970 After failing to get a suitable recording during their US tour, The Who play a standout show to 2,000 boisterous fans at Leeds University in England that becomes their classic album Live at Leeds.

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