Friday, February 16, 2018

Today in Music History...February 16, 2018 (Now with more info)

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Music History: February 16th:


2015 Lesley Gore, known for the '60s pop hit "It's My Party," dies of lung cancer at age 68.

2013 Guitarist Stanley "Goober Grin" Knight (of Black Oak Arkansas) dies of cancer at age 64.

2004 Doris Troy, who wrote and recorded "Just One Look," dies at age 67.

2002 Billy Ward of the vocal group Billy Ward and his Dominoes dies at age 80.

2001 Country singer Andy Griggs is arrested just before 3 a.m. after taking a joy ride in an ambulance. Griggs and band member Kevin Weaver come upon the vehicle, with keys inside, in the parking lot of a Tallahassee area Days Inn, where they are on a tour stopover. The men take the ambulance for a short ride and return to the lot, where police charge them with grand theft auto. Griggs and Weaver are released after posting $1,000 bail each.

1999 Robbie Williams wins three Brit Awards, taking the trophies for Best Male British Solo Artist, Best British Single ("Angels") and Best British Video ("Millenium"). The Corrs take the trophy for Best International Group and perform "Runaway" and "Haste to the Wedding" at the ceremony.

1999 Aretha Franklin responds to a story in the Detroit Free Press claiming that 30 lawsuits have been filed against her seeking payment, calling it "malicious and vicious." Franklin, who handles business affairs herself, refuses to use a manager.

1998 At the Brit Awards, Chumbawamba drummer Danbert Nobacon dumps a bucket of ice water on UK Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott. Of his stunt, the musician says, "It's a metaphor for the underdog pissing on the steps of Downing Street."

1997 Michael Jackson sings "Elizabeth I Love You," which he wrote for the actress Elizabeth Taylor, at her 65th birthday celebration. The event airs on ABC on February 25th.

1996 Folk singer Walter "Brownie" McGhee dies of stomach cancer at age 80.

1996 With his band Bush on tour in New Orleans, Gavin Rossdale throws a party, hoping to connect with the frontwoman for their opening act, Gwen Stefani of No Doubt. His plan works perfectly: the couple share their first kiss amid the Mardi Gras revelry, and find they still like each other the next day. They get married in 2002, but split up in 2015.

1993 Lynyrd Skynyrd releases The Last Rebel, the band's seventh album, on which Kurt Custer appears for his first time and guitarist Randall Hall for his last.

1993 The Faces reunite at the BRIT Awards, where Rod Stewart receives a lifetime achievement award. Bill Wyman replaces original Faces bass player Ronnie Lane, who has multiple sclerosis.

1990 The day before he turns 18, Billie Joe Armstrong drops out of high school. A week later, he releases the first album with his band Green Day: 39/Smooth.

1990 Ike Turner is sentenced to four years in prison on eleven separate charges, including possession and transport of cocaine. In prison when he and ex-wife Tina are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he is released after serving eighteen months.

1990 The Weeknd is born Abel Tesfaye in Toronto.

1978 The film ABBA: The Movie has its UK premiere at Leicester Square's Warner Theatre.

1975 Cher, who starred with her husband Sonny Bono in The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour from 1971-1974, gets her own show when Cher premieres on CBS. The first guests are Elton John, Bette Midler and Flip Wilson.

1972 Rick Nelson begins his first British tour.

1972 Doing a week-long stint as guest host of the Mike Douglas Show, John Lennon performs "Memphis" and "Johnny B. Goode" with Chuck Berry, whom Lennon refers to as "my hero."

1971 Aretha Franklin records "Spanish Harlem."

1967 The Beatles record "Good Morning Good Morning."

1965 The Beatles record "I Need You," "Another Girl," and "Yes It Is."

1964 The Beatles' performance at the Deauville Hotel's Mau Mau Club in Miami Beach, Florida, is broadcast live on the Ed Sullivan Show. A week earlier, the group made their historic first appearance on Sullivan's show at his New York studio.

1963 Paul Anka marries the fashion model Anne de Zogheb. They have five daughters together and divorce in 2001.

1961 Andy Taylor (guitarist for Duran Duran) is born in Cullercoats, Northumberland, England. He later joins supergroup The Power Station while Duran Duran are on hiatus. The success of his new venture persuades him to leave the band he helped form as a teenager.

1958 Ice-T (Tracy Marrow) is born in Newark, New Jersey. He takes his stage name in honor of a notorious pimp named Iceberg Slim.

1957 The Six-Five Special, Britain's first pop music program, debuts on the BBC.

1957 The Del Vikings' "Come Go With Me" enters the pop charts.

1957 Tab Hunter's "Young Love" begins a six-week run at #1.

1955 Elvis Presley plays at the Odessa Senior High School in Odessa, Texas. A young Roy Orbison is in the audience.

1952 James Ingram is born in Akron, Ohio.

1949 Lyn Paul (of The New Seekers) is born Lynda Susan Belcher in Wythenshawe, Manchester, England.

1942 Shep Fields and His Orchestra record "Jersey Bounce."

1934 Herbie and Harold Kalin (of the pop duo Kalin Twins) are born in Port Jervis, New York.

1931 Otis Blackwell, composer of the seminal rock 'n roll tunes "Great Balls of Fire" and "All Shook Up," and the R&B sizzler "Fever," is born in Brooklyn, New York.

1918 Patty Andrews (lead singer of The Andrews Sisters) is born in Mound, Minnesota.

1916 Bill Doggett, composer of the hit R&B instrumental "Honky Tonk," is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1901 Orchestra leader Wayne King, who has a #1 hit with "Dream A Little Dream Of Me" in 1931, is born in Savanna, Illinois.

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1974Planet Waves becomes the first Bob Dylan album to reach #1 in the US.

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2015 Red Hot Chili Peppers bass player Flea breaks his arm in five places in a gnarly snowboarding accident.More

2011 Lady GaGa's "Born This Way" makes history, becoming the Billboard Hot 100 chart's 1000th number one. "It is a tremendous honor," GaGa tells Billboard. "To be the 1000th number one on Billboard. I would be silly not to say this is the greatest honor of my career."

1963 The Beatles' "Please Please Me" goes to the top of the charts in the UK, fulfilling producer George Martin's prophecy: "Gentlemen, you have just recorded your first Number One."

1935 Sonny Bono is born in Detroit. He finds success as a producer and record executive before marrying Cher, with whom he forms the duo Sonny & Cher. He is elected to Congress in California, where he serves until the time of his death.

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