Monday, February 19, 2018

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Music History: February 19th:


2009 Kelly Groucutt of Electric Light Orchestra dies of a heart attack at age 63.

2008 Jazz musician Teo Macero dies at age 82.

2008 Jagjaguwar Records officially release Bon Iver's debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago in the US.

2005 Good Charlotte's "I Just Wanna Live" peaks at #51 on the Billboard Hot 100.

2003 Johnny Paycheck dies of respiratory failure at age 64. His most famous song: "Take This Job and Shove It."

2002 A Los Angeles Superior Court jury finds James Brown not guilty of sexually harassing a former employee, rejecting four of the five counts brought against the singer.

2002 Ten months after his death, Joey Ramone's only solo album, Don't Worry About Me, is released. He worked on it at the end of his life while battling lymphoma.

2001 French singer Charles Trenet dies at age 87.

1998 With Brian Setzer leading the swing revival at the helm of The Brian Setzer Orchestra, he reunites Stray Cats for a show at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, with proceeds going to the Carl Perkins Center For The Prevention Of Child Abuse.

1998 Grandpa Jones, famous for his banjo performances and appearances on Hee Haw, dies at age 84.

1998 Country singer Lorrie Morgan denies a Star magazine report that she had "a wild ride in the back seat of a limousine with President Bill Clinton." Her statement reads: "The only accurate information in the article with regard to my relationship with President Clinton was that I joined him onstage for the Christmas tree lighting in Washington - I have never met with him in a private situation."

1996 Brian Eno wins for Best Producer at the BRIT Awards. He won the same award in 1994.

1995 Roxette becomes just the second Western pop act to play a public concert in China when they perform in a Beijing celebration of the Chinese New Year. To appease censors, the duo changes the lyrics of their song "Making Love to You" to "Making Up to You." Wham! was the first act to break this barrier, with a show in 1984.

1994 Their acoustic cover of "Because The Night" from MTV Unplugged becomes by far the biggest hit for 10,000 Maniacs when it peaks at #11 in the US. Natalie Merchant left six months earlier - the MTV performance was one of her last with the group.

1987 At the Palomino Club in Hollywood, John Fogerty, Bob Dylan and George Harrison are in the audience for a Taj Mahal concert. When Taj calls them onstage, Dylan goads Fogerty into playing "Proud Mary" by saying that, if he doesn't, everyone will think it's a Tina Turner song.

1985 Mick Jagger releases his first solo album, She's The Boss.

1983 The Patti Austin and James Ingram duet "Baby, Come To Me" hits #1 in America. The song is written by Michael Jackson hitmaker Rod Temperton, composer of "Thriller" and "Off The Wall."

1981 Phil Collins releases his debut solo album, Face Value.

1981 ABKCO Music, owner of the publishing rights to the Chiffons hit "He's So Fine," is awarded $587,000 from George Harrison, who was found guilty of subconsciously plagiarizing the song in his composition "My Sweet Lord."

1980 Oscar Holder, a theatre pianist from Nottingham, marries Janice Rigley. He is 63; she is 19!

1977 Natalie Cole wins the Best R&B Female Vocal Performance Grammy for "Sophisticated Lady." Barry Manilow wins Song of the Year for "I Write The Songs."

1976 Tower of Power lead singer Rick Stevens is arrested after killing three men in a botched drug deal. He is found guilty and initially sentenced to death, but given a life sentence when the death penalty is ruled unconstitutional in California. He is released 36 years later, and in 2016 joins Tower of Power to play a prison concert.

1976 Donna Summer's lascivious "Love To Love You Baby" is certified Gold.

1974 Kiss make their first TV appearance on an episode of Don Kirshner's Rock Concert.

1972 Sammy Davis Jr. appears on the TV show All In The Family in an episode where he famously plants a kiss on the bigoted character Archie Bunker.

1972 Nilsson's "Without You" hits #1 in America, where it will stay four weeks.

1972 The BBC bans Paul McCartney's "Give Ireland Back To The Irish."

1971 In London's Royal Courts of Justice, Paul McCartney's lawsuit against his fellow ex-Beatles begins. McCartney's suit seeks to remove Allen Klein as manager of the group's financial affairs.

1970 Monkees songwriters Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart appear on the Bewitched episode "Serena Stops The Show."

1968 Gerry Marsden (of Gerry and the Pacemakers fame) begins a 3 1/2 year run in the stage production of Charlie Girl in London's West End

1966 Lou Christie electrifies the charts when "Lightnin' Strikes" hits #1.

1965 Rod Stewart plays his first major gig in a Harrow, England club, singing with his band, The Soul Agents.

1964 Simon and Garfunkel record "The Sound Of Silence," which is later overdubbed with electric instruments by producer Tom Wilson. This version is released as a single and shoots to #1 in America, launching the career of the duo.

1963 Seal (real name: Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel) is born in Paddington, England.

1958 Carl Perkins leaves Sun Records to sign with the Columbia label as their first rockabilly artist. The second is Johnny Cash.

1958 The Miracles release "Got a Job."

1956 Dave Wakeling of General Public and The English Beat is born in Birmingham, England.

1956 The Platters record "Magic Touch."

1955 Jeff Daniels is born in Athens, Georgia. Best known as an actor, he also releases several albums as a musician.

1954 Francis Buchholz (bass guitarist for Scorpions) is born in Hannover, Germany.

1952 Seventeen-year-old Gene Vincent, still known by his real name Vincent Craddock, enters the US Navy.

1950 Andy Powell of Wishbone Ash is born in London.

1949 Eddie Hardin of The Spencer Davis Group is born in London.

1949 John Lee Hooker's "Boogie Chillen" hits #1 on the R&B chart.

1948 Mark Andes, a bass player who does stints in Spirit, Firefall, Canned Heat and Heart, is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1948 Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi is born in Birmingham, England.

1943 Lou Christie ("Lightnin' Strikes") is born in Pennsylvania.

1940 Bobby Rogers of The Miracles is born in Detroit.

1935 Bob Engemann of The Lettermen is born in Highland Park, Michigan.

1878 Thomas Edison patents the phonograph.

That's Not a Toilet, Ozzy!

1982Ozzy Osbourne urinates on a statue near the Alamo, desecrating a Texas landmark.

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1996 During Michael Jackson's performance of "Earth Song" at the 1996 BRIT Awards, Jarvis Cocker of the band Pulp jumps on stage and makes demeaning gestures toward Jackson. Cocker says he did it because Jackson was "pretending to be Jesus."

1995 Baywatch's Pamela Anderson marries Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee on a Cancun beach. The bride wears a white bikini.

1980 AC/DC lead singer Bon Scott dies after a night of heavy drinking. The coroner's report lists "acute alcohol poisoning" as the cause of death, classified under "death by misadventure."

1977 Manfred Mann's Earth Band's cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Blinded By The Light" hits #1 in the US. It is the only Springsteen song ever to top the chart.

1974 The First Annual American Music Awards, Dick Clark's answer to the Grammys, is broadcast on ABC. Hosts include Smokey Robinson, Helen Reddy and Roger Miller.

1956 The Five Satins record "In The Still Of The Nite" in the basement of Saint Bernadette Church in New Haven, Connecticut.

1940 Smokey Robinson is born William Robinson Jr. in Detroit.

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