Thursday, February 8, 2018

Today in Music History...February 8, 2018 (Now with more info)

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Music History: February 8th:


2015 Sam Smith is the big winner at the Grammy Awards, taking Best New Artist and also Record of the Year and Song of the Year ("Stay With Me").

2011 Ashlee Simpson files for divorce from Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy, citing irreconcilable differences.

2011 Blues singer-songwriter Marvin Sease dies of complications from pneumonia at age 64.

2009 Sugarland's track "Stay" scoops two Grammy Awards - Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, and Best Country Song.

2009 Ne-Yo wins the Grammy awards for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song for the Year of the Gentleman single "Miss Independent."

2009 Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Lil Wayne and Coldplay are the big winners at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards.

2006 David Bowie is awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

2005 Keith Knudsen (drummer, vocalist for The Doobie Brothers) dies of pneumonia at age 56.

2004 Justin Timberlake wins the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Cry Me A River," inspired by his breakup with Britney Spears, and takes Best Pop Vocal Album for Justified. The prizes are the first Grammy wins for the former *NSYNC singer.

2003 The Faux-lesbian duo t.A.T.u. hits #1 in the UK with "All The Things She Said," becoming the only Russian act ever to top the chart.

1993 Tom Jones guest stars on Will Smith's TV show The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air, where he sings a variation of "It's Not Unusual" with Alfonso Ribeiro, whose character Carlton often dances to the song.

1990 Del Shannon, struggling with depression, commits suicide at age 55.

1989 Anthrax earn their first Gold album when their fourth album, State of Euphoria, is certified for sales of 500,000 copies.

1988 The three remaining members of The Who reunite at Royal Albert Hall for the British Phonographic Industry awards, leading to a full-fledged 25th anniversary tour the next year.

1982 Cher makes her Broadway debut in Come Back To The Five And Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean.

1980 David Bowie and wife Angela are officially divorced, although they've been separated since the mid-'70s. David gets custody of their son Zowie.

1977 Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bassist for Linkin Park) is born in Plymouth, Massachusetts. He is raised in Mission Viejo, California.

1975 Queen releases "Killer Queen."

1975 The Ohio Players' "Fire" hits #1.

1972 Frank Zappa's concert at London's Royal Albert Hall is canceled when promoters discover "obscene" lyrics in Zappa's 200 Motels score.

1972 The Beatles' official fan club disbands.

1971 Will Turpin (bassist for Collective Soul) is born in Fairbanks, Alaska.

1971 Bob Dylan's documentary Eat the Document, chronicling his 1966 tour of the UK, premieres at New York's Academy of Music. The ABC television network will buy the rights to the film, although they refuse to air it after deciding it doesn't contain enough concert footage.

1969 The Supremes and Temptations' album TCB enters the charts.

1969 George Harrison gets a tonsilectomy.

1968 The Beatles record "The Inner Light."

1967 The duo Peter and Gordon announce their split.

1967 The Beatles record "Good Morning Good Morning."

1965 The Dave Clark Five begin filming their movie Catch Us if You Can.

1965 The Supremes release "Stop In The Name Of Love."

1964 With "Louie Louie" under FBI investigation for obscene lyrics, the song's publisher offers $1,000 to anyone who can definitively distinguish the dirty words.

1964 The Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There" enters the pop charts.

1961 Sam Llanas (vocalist, guitarist of The BoDeans) is born in Wisconsin.

1961 Motley Crue lead singer Vince Neil is born in Los Angeles.

1960 The "payola" hearings begin, as the US government cracks down on the practice of paying for airplay on radio stations.

1960 Mark Dinning's "Teen Angel" begins a two-week run at #1.

1958 The Quarrymen perform at the Wilson Hall in the Garston section of Liverpool, England. Afterwards, member Paul McCartney introduces his friend George Harrison to John Lennon.

1956 The Teen Queens' "Eddie, My Love" enters the R&B charts.

1956 Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers' "Why Do Fools Fall In Love?" enters the R&B charts.

1948 Dan Seals (of England Dan & John Ford Coley) is born in McCamey, Texas. He is the younger brother of Jim Seals (Seals & Crofts).

1948 Ron Tyson (of The Temptations) is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1946 Adolfo 'Fito' de la Parra (drummer for Canned Heat) is born in Mexico City, Mexico.

1946 Paul Wheatbread (drummer for Gary Puckett & the Union Gap) is born in San Diego, California.

1943 Creed Bratton (former lead vocalist and lead guitarist for The Grass Roots) is born William Charles Schneider in Los Angeles, California.

1942 Terry Melcher, who produces "Kokomo" for The Beach Boys and "Kicks" for Paul Revere & the Raiders, is born in New York City. His mother is Doris Day.

1941 Singer-songwriter Tom Rush is born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Wrote and recorded the folk-rock standard "No Regrets."

1938 R&B singer Ray Sharpe is born in Fort Worth, Texas.

1934 Novelty singer Larry Verne is born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

1932 John Williams is born in Floral Park, New York. The prolific composer is known for his iconic scores for classics like the Star Wars and Indiana Jones series and Jaws.

1919 Big band trombonist Buddy Morrow is born Muni Zudekoff in New Haven, Connecticut. He starts a three-decade run as leader of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in 1977.

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2009 About four months after the plane crash that nearly killed their drummer, Travis Barker, Blink-182 announce that they are getting back together during the Grammy Awards.

2004 At the Grammy Awards, OutKast is the first hip-hop act to win Album of the Year, for Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, and Evanescence takes Best New Artist, beating out 50 Cent, who comes on stage anyway

2001 Katy Perry releases her self-titled debut gospel album under her real name, Katy Hudson.

1956 Buddy Holley becomes "Buddy Holly" when he signs a recording contract with Decca Records that leaves out the "e" in his last name and decides to go with it.

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