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Music History: February 15th:
2011 A stunned Laura Marling accepts the Brit Award for Best British Female at the O2 Arena in London. In an interview later that year Marling says she was "terrified" at the awards ceremony, clarifying that she's "been around people for whom [winning a Brit] has changed things and it is uncomfortable to watch. I'm not built for that."
2006 Anna Marly, composer of "Chant des Partisans," dies at age 88.
2006 Kaiser Chiefs take home three trophies to dominate the BRIT Awards, held at London's Earls Court.
2006 The gravesite of AC/DC singer Bon Scott in Fremantle Cemetery in Western Australia is classified with a heritage listing.
2005 French singer Pierre Bachelet dies of lung cancer at age 60.
2003 Good Charlotte's "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" peaks at #20 on the Billboard Hot 100, the highest they would get on the chart.
2001 George Harrison enters the cyber age with an online chat on MSN Live.
1998 Backstreet Boys appear on the TV show Sabrina the Teenage Witch in "The Band Episode."
1998 Fans of Japanese rock act Glay cause the Tokyo area phone system to break down as they try to reserve tickets for an upcoming concert by the band. Chaos ensues at the Nagano Winter Olympics main pressroom as long distance lines go down during the ski-jumping event.
1995 ASCAP honors songwriter Diane Warren with the Voice of Music Award.
1995 The Los Angeles, California, heavy metal radio station KNAC goes off the air and is replaced by the Spanish radio station KBUE on the same channel - 105.5FM. The station signs off at approximately 1:59PM after playing Metallica's "Fade to Black." Three years, later KNAC goes back on the air, this time on the internet at KNAC.com.
1991 Rod Stewart's ex-girlfriend, supermodel Kelly Emberg, files a $25 million palimony suit against the singer in Los Angeles Superior Court.
1984 Ethel Merman, one of the top singers in Broadway musicals, dies of brain cancer at age 76.
1982 The Tennessee General Assembly votes the bluegrass tune "Rocky Top," originally recorded by The Osborne Brothers and made popular by Lynn Anderson, the fifth official state song. It was written by celebrated husband-and-wife songwriting team Felice and Boudleaux Bryant.
1981 Mike Bloomfield, a renowned guitarist with The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and The Electric Flag, is found dead in his car under mysterious circumstances. Al Kooper, who played with him on many Bob Dylan sessions, surmises that Bloomfield overdosed and his drug dealer drove him to a secluded spot to be found later.
1979 Donna Summer's "Last Dance" wins two Grammys: Best Female R&B Vocal and Best R&B Song.
1979 RCA Records starts handling distribution for A&M Records, which was the largest independent record company before the deal.
1977 Sid Vicious joins The Sex Pistols.
1977 The Best Of George Harrison is certified gold.
1976 Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd is born in Van Nuys, California.
1975 Performing "People Gotta Move," Gino Vannelli becomes the first white artist to appear on Soul Train.
1975 Rush release Fly by Night. It is their second album, following 1974's Rush, but is the first to feature new drummer/lyricist Neil Peart. Partially due to Peart's influence, this album veers from the sound of the band's debut and moves closer to the Progressive styling that eventually makes Rush a legend of the genre.
1975 After record executive Morris Levy releases an album called Roots - John Lennon Sings The Great Rock & Roll Hits without Lennon's permission, Capitol Records rush releases John Lennon's Rock and Roll album, which contains the completed versions of the songs. Lennon had given Levy some master tapes from the sessions as part of compensation for using a Chuck Berry lyric in "Come Together": "Here come old flat-top, he come groovin' up slowly."
1975 Linda Ronstadt's "You're No Good" hits #1 in America, establishing her as a '70s superstar. She first charted in 1968 with "Different Drum" (#13) recorded with her group the Stone Poneys, but for the next seven years never got higher than #25, until this breakthrough.
1975 Linda Ronstadt's album Heart Like a Wheel hits #1.
1974 Tomi Petteri Putaansuu, better known as Mr. Lordi, the lead vocalist of Lordi, is born in Rovaniemi, Finland.
1972 The US government's new anti-piracy laws are enacted, a response to widespread bootlegging of major artists.
1971 The Who debut a new rock opera called Lifehouse at the Young Vic Theatre in London. The project is shelved after a short run of shows, but some of the songs, including "Bab O' Riley," "Won't Get Fooled Again" and "Behind Blue Eyes, become Who standards after being included on the album Who's Next.
1970 After a Sly & the Family Stone concert runs hours late and causes over a thousand dollars in damages, the Daughters of the American Revolution impose a ban against any further rock concerts at the venue, Washington D.C.'s Constitution Hall.
1969 Florida hairstylist Vickie Jones is arrested for impersonating Aretha Franklin at a club in Fort Myers, Florida. Incredibly, her performance is so believable that no patrons demand a refund.
1969 Sly and the Family Stone's "Everyday People" hits #1 for the first of four weeks.
1968 Blues musician Little Walter dies at age 37 in his sleep, presumably from coronary thrombosis.
1968 John Lennon and George Harrison of The Beatles depart for India to study with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Later joined by Paul and Ringo, they write some songs for the White Album during the retreat.
1967 Music students at Chicago's DePaul University form a seven-piece rock ensemble called The Big Thing. Later, they would change their name to Chicago Transit Authority, and then, simply, Chicago.
1967 The first anti-bootlegging recording laws are enacted.
1965 Nat King Cole dies of lung cancer at age 45.
1965 The Beatles release "Eight Days A Week."
1965 The Beatles record "Ticket To Ride," "Another Girl," and "I Need You."
1964 Sam Cooke announces a major reduction in his touring schedule, made so that he can concentrate on the day-to-day activities of his two new record labels, Sar and Derby.
1961 Jackie Wilson is shot in Manhattan. The following issue of Melody Maker carries the front page headline Girl Fan Shoots Jackie Wilson, but controversy over the incident persists in spite of Wilson's claim that this is what really happened.
1961 The Marcels record "Blue Moon."
1960 Mikey Craig (bassist for Culture Club) is born in England.
1959 Ali Campbell (lead singer of UB40) is born in Birmingham, England, to Scottish folk singer Ian Campbell.
1958 ABC debuts a new show hosted by Dick Clark, hoping to duplicate the success of American Bandstand. The first guests on The Dick Clark Show include Connie Francis, Pat Boone and Jerry Lee Lewis.
1954 Big Joe Turner records one of the first Rock songs, "Shake, Rattle And Roll," at Atlantic Records studios in New York.
1951 Melissa Manchester is born in the Bronx, New York.
1947 David Brown (bassist for Santana) is born in Daly City, California.
1945 John Helliwell (saxophonist for Supertramp) is born in Todmorden, Yorkshire, England.
1944 Mick Avory (drummer for The Kinks) is born in Surrey, England.
1941 Duke Ellington records "Take the A Train."
1941 Motown songwriter Brian Holland is born in Detroit, Michigan.
1939 Pop singer Alvin Cash is born in St. Louis, Missouri.
1928 "Among My Souvenirs" is the top song in America according to Variety.
1918 Country singer Hank Locklin ("Please Help Me, I'm Falling", "Send Me the Pillow You Dream On") is born in McLellan, Florida.
1905 Harold Arlen is born Hyman Arluck in Buffalo, New York. A prolific composer, he writes "Over The Rainbow" with lyricist Yip Harburg.
1888 Frederick Lawrence Wright, founder of Melody Maker, is born at 23 Upper Conduit Street, Leicester.
Rolling Stone's front cover features an article on "groupies" - introducing a new term to the popular lexicon.
Featured Events2016 In her Grammy acceptance speech for Album of the Year, Taylor Swift warns of "people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame." This is in response to Kanye West, who rapped about Swift, "I made that b--ch famous" in his song "Famous."
2016 Prince protégé Vanity dies at age 57 after years of health problems.