Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Today in Music History...February 20, 2018 (Now with more info)

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Music History: February 20th:


2017 David Cassidy has not fallen off the wagon, the former Partridge Family star explains two days after giving what appeared to be a drunken performance at a concert outside of Los Angeles, complete with slurring and stumbling over lyrics. He tells People magazine the real reason for his behavior: dementia. Cassidy, whose grandfather and mother (actress Evelyn Ward) both had the disease, decides to stop touring, saying, "I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I've been without any distractions. I want to love. I want to enjoy life."

2016 Ne-Yo marries Crystal Renay Williams, who is pregnant with their son Shaffer.

2011 Katy Perry launches her worldwide California Dreams Tour in support of her Teenage Dream album, starting in Lisbon, Portugal, where she transforms the venue into a candy-coated wonderland. "It's very kitsch," she says. "I'm borrowing from The Wizard of Oz, Alice In Wonderland, Black Swan, Pee Wee's Big Adventure and a little John Waters. People are raising the bar so you either have to get to that level or you're out of the game."

2008 The Brit Awards take place, with Amy Winehouse performing two songs.

2000 The biographical TV movie Little Richard airs on NBC, with mononymous actor Leon in the title role.

1993 Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" from the soundtrack to The Bodyguard tops Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart for the 13th week.

1991 Alison Krauss wins her first Grammy Award when I've Got That Feeling takes Best Bluegrass Recording. By 2016, Krauss wins 26 more statuettes, surpassing Aretha Franklin as the most-awarded female artist in Grammy history and tying for second place with Quincy Jones as the most-awarded living recipient.

1985 Julia Volkova (of t.A.T.u.) is born in Moscow, Russia (then part of the Soviet Union).

1982 Death Wish II is released in the USA with a soundtrack by Jimmy Page.

1982 Pat Benatar marries her guitarist Neil Giraldo.

1981 Rick James releases "Give It To Me Baby."

1979 George Harrison issues his eighth, self-titled album.

1976 Kiss immortalize their hand prints at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

1975 Brian Littrell of Backstreet Boys is born in Lexington, Kentucky. His cousin is bandmate Kevin Richardson.

1975 "Johnny Cash Day" is declared in Los Angeles.

1969 Ringo Starr's X-rated film, Candy, premieres in London.

1963 Ian Brown (lead singer of The Stone Roses) is born in Warrington, England.

1961 Australian-born composer Percy Grainger dies at age 78.

1955 Rock bassist Jon Brant (of Cheap Trick) is born in Chicago, Illinois.

1951 Kathie Baillie, lead singer and guitarist of the country band Baillie & the Boys, is born in Morristown, New Jersey.

1950 Walter Becker, co-founder of Steely Dan, is born in Queens, New York City. He meets bandmate and songwriting partner Donald Fagen while attending Bard College.

1949 Rick Nelson joins the cast of his parents' radio show, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, which will make the leap to television in 1952.

1946 John Geils (founder of The J. Geils Band) is born in New York City, but grows up in Far Hills, New Jersey.

1944 Jazz trumpeter Lew Soloff (of Blood, Sweat & Tears) is born in Brooklyn, New York.

1941 Buffy Sainte-Marie, Native-Canadian singer-songwriter and Sesame Street regular, is born Beverly Sainte-Marie in Qu'Appelle Valley, Saskatchewan.

1895 Scott Joplin's "Please Say You Will" is copyrighted.

1816 Gioachino Rossini's opera "The Barber of Seville" premiers in Rome with disastrous results. A guitar string snaps, a cat walks on stage and there are protestations by rival composer Giovanni Paisiello. The audience hiss and jeer throughout the performance.

Public Enemy and Sinead O'Connor Skip The Grammys

1991Public Enemy and Sinead O'Connor are nominated for Grammy Awards, but skip the ceremony: PE has beef because the rap award isn't televised, and Sinead says they "respect mostly material gain." She wins anyway, taking the trophy for Best Alternative Music Performance for her album I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got.

Featured Events

2009 The White Stripes, favorites of the host, play "We're Going To Be Friends" on the final episode of Late Night with Conan O'Brien. It ends up being the last performance by the group, which splits up two years later.

2003 At a Great White show in The Station Nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island, while the band opens with "Desert Moon," a fire erupts when pyrotechnics ignite the soundproof insulation at back of the stage, and spreads to the ceiling. In the ensuing chaos, fans rush toward the main entrance. Of the 462 concertgoers, 100 are killed (including Great White guitarist Ty Longley, and WHJY DJ Mike "The Doctor" Gonsalves, the concert's MC). In addition, 230 are injured from smoke inhalation, burns or being trampled in crowd. As a result, Great White tour manager Daniel Biechele is sentenced to 10 years for involuntary manslaughter (he was paroled in 2008). The nightclub owners also receive criminal sentences.

1974 Cher files for divorce from Sonny.

1967 Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain is born in Aberdeen, Washington.

1951 Randy California of the band Spirit is born in Los Angeles. Born Randy Craig Wolfe, he writes and performs the guitar instrumental "Taurus," which Led Zeppelin incorporates into the intro of "Stairway To Heaven."

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