Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Today in Music History...February 21, 2018 (Now with more info)

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Music History: February 21st:


2013 Cleotha Staples of The Staple Singers dies at age 78.

2012 Adele flips off producers at the Brit Awards when she is ushered off stage before she can finish the acceptance speech for her Album of the Year win.

2012 In an anti-Kremlin protest, three members of the band Pussy Riot perform an impromptu, obscenity-filled song at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour of the Russian Orthodox Church, Moscow. They are promptly ejected, and later arrested for hooliganism, making headlines around the world.

2011 Lady Gaga performs the first of two shows at Madison Square Garden that will make up the footage of her HBO concert special in May.

2010 On what would have been her 77th birthday, a sculpture of Nina Simone is dedicated in her hometown of Tyron, North Carolina in what is renamed "Nina Simone Plaza."

2008 Crystal Gayle is inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame.

2008 Paramore cancel a European tour because of "internal struggles." They take some time off, but resume operations a few months later.

2008 Paul Mawhinney's collection of 3 million vinyl records, amassed over 40 years while he owned a record store in Pittsburgh, is sold on eBay for $3,002,150. The bid is a sham, however, and Mawhinney holds onto his collection until 2013, when he sells it to the Brazilian collector Zero Freitas.

2007 The movie studio Dreamworks takes out a full-page ad in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter apologizing for (but not exactly admitting to) similarities between their movie Dreamgirls, adapted from the stage musical, and the book Dreamgirl: My Life As a Supreme by former Supreme Mary Wilson. The book gives a look at the behind-the-scenes manipulations at Motown Records, bearing similarities to the stories recounted in Dreamgirls.

2004 Les Gray of Mud dies of a heart attack at age 57.

2000 Foo Fighters cancel a short tour of South America so they can play "Everlong" for David Letterman on his first show back from heart surgery.

1990 Paul McCartney is honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 32nd annual Grammy Awards, perhaps to make up for the paltry four awards they gave to The Beatles while they were still active. Bonnie Raitt is the big winner on the night with four awards, including Album of the Year for Nick Of Time.

1987 Sly Stone is jailed for possession of cocaine in Los Angeles, an arrest which sends the singer into retirement and virtual seclusion upon his release.

1986 Charlotte Church is born in Cardiff, Wales.

1986 Pat Boone appears on the "Beach Blanket Bounty" episode of the NBC show The Fall Guy.

1983 Performing in Cleveland on the ninth date of a 48-date US tour, Adam Ant collapses on stage with torn cartilage in his knee; he returns after being seen by a doctor and finishes on one leg.

1983 Rick Wakeman of Yes has his first child, a daughter named Jemma. The mother is Wakeman's girlfriend, Nina Carter.

1982 Murray The K dies at age 60. As a disc jockey in New York City, he held showcase concerts featuring many top acts - Stevie Wonder, The Lovin' Spoonful and The Supremes were just a few of the artists to play his revues. He also was an early champion of The Beatles, hyping the band when they came to America and calling himself "The Fifth Beatle."

1981 The Australian composer Ron Grainer, best known for writing the "Doctor Who Theme," dies at age 58.

1980 Janet Vogel of The Skyliners ("Since I Don't Have You") commits suicide at age 37.

1977 Neil Diamond plays a televised concert at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. The show is released as the live album Love At The Greek.

1976 The Four Seasons hit #1 in the UK with "December 1963 (Oh What a Night)." It's the only UK #1 for the group, who also topped the American charts with the song, where it was their fifth #1.

1974 Kool and the Gang's "Jungle Boogie" is certified Gold.

1970 Sublime bass player Eric Wilson is born in Long Beach, California.

1970 The Jackson 5 make their television debut when they perform on American Bandstand.

1966 The Beatles release "Nowhere Man" in America with the B-side "What Goes On."

1964 The Beatles leave the US and return to England after their triumphant first visit.

1964 The Rolling Stones release their first single in America, a cover of the Buddy Holly song "Not Fade Away."

1963 General Public toaster Ranking Roger (real name: Roger Charlery) is born in Birmingham, England.

1962 Mudhoney singer/guitarist Mark Arm is born Mark McLaughlin, at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc, California.

1958 Mary Chapin Carpenter is born in Princeton, New Jersey.

1958 Gibson's "Flying V" guitar goes on the market, retailing for $247.50. Early adopters include Lonnie Mack and Albert King.

1952 A 17-year-old Jerry Lee Lewis marries his first wife, preacher's daughter Dorothy Barton, in what is rumored to be a shotgun wedding.

1951 Vince Welnick (keyboardist for The Tubes, Grateful Dead) is born in Phoenix, Arizona.

1949 Jerry Harrison (keyboardist, guitarist for Talking Heads) is born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

1948 Paul Newton (bassist for Uriah Heep) is born in Andover, Hampshire, England.

1943 Record executive David Geffen, founder of Geffen Records and the film company DreamWorks, is born in Borough Park, Brooklyn.

1941 Bob Day (of the "Are You Sure?" singers The Allisons) is born in England.

1938 Bobby Charles, composer of the Bill Haley hit "See You Later Alligator," is born in Abbeville, Louisiana.

1891 Circus music composer Karl Lawrence King is born in Ohio.

Johnny Cash Leaves Hospital, Goes To Grammys

2001Johnny Cash gets out of the hospital, where he is treated for pneumonia, and makes it to the Grammy Awards that night, where he wins for Best Male Vocal Country Performance for "Solitary Man" - his tenth Grammy.

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1995 Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band perform live together for the first time in seven years, playing the new song "Murder Incorporated" at a club in New York City.

1987 Twenty-six years after becoming a hit in America, Ben E. King's "Stand By Me" goes to #1 in the UK following its release in the movie of the same name.

1984 Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones meets 13-year-old Mandy Smith at the Lyceum in London. They get married five years later, when he is 52 and she is 18.

1981 REO Speedwagon's ninth album, Hi Infidelity, goes to #1 in America, displacing John Lennon's Double Fantasy.

1977 At a concert stop at the Nassau Coliseum, every member of Kiss has some blood drawn. It's not for the Red Cross: the blood will be mixed with ink used to print the first Kiss comic book, which appears in June. The process from bloodletting to print is notarized for authenticity.

1933 Jazz singer Nina Simone is born Eunice Kathleen Waymon in Tryon, North Carolina, where she begins playing the piano at age 3.

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