Music History: February 25th:
2015 Madonna falls down a set of stage stairs during her performance of "Living For Love" at the Brit Awards when the cape she is wearing doesn't release properly when pulled by a dancer. She gamely gets up and finishes the performance, later reassuring fans that she is fine, and that "love really lifted me up."
2014 Kelis' Saucy and Sweet show premieres on The Cooking Channel. The singer trained part-time as a chef in the late 2000s, eventually graduating from Le Cordon Bleu culinary school.
2012 Bluesman Louisiana Red (real name: Iverson Minter) dies after suffering a stroke in Hanover, Germany, at age 79. Known for his 1975 song "Sweet Blood Call."
2011 Rick Coonce (drummer for The Grass Roots) dies of heart failure in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, at age 64.
2009 Memphis bluesman Mark Sallings (Mark Sallings and the Famous Unknowns) dies in a car accident in Arkansas at age 56.
2008 Stephen "Static Major" Garrett, who co-wrote Ginuwine's "Pony," Lil Wayne's "Lollipop" and many tracks for Aaliyah, dies at age 32 after contracting a rare autoimmune disorder.
2004 Estelle Axton, co-founder of Stax Records, dies at age 85.
2003 Having recently signed with Columbia Records, Switchfoot release The Beautiful Letdown, their major-label debut album.
1999 Prince, who is now using an unpronounceable symbol for his moniker, sues nine websites to prevent unauthorized downloads. He takes another stand in 2007 when he sues other sites to remove images of him.
1998 Bo Diddley and Roy Orbison receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Grammys.
1998 11-year-old Zac Hanson is the youngest songwriter to ever be nominated for a Grammy when Hanson's debut hit, "MMMbop," is considered for Record of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
1997 At Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy party, DMC of Run-DMC meets Sarah McLachlan, whose music he credits with keeping him alive as he fights off depression. Years later, after DMC learns he was adopted, he collaborates with McLachlan on the song "Just Like Me" and learns that she was also adopted.
1995 Madonna's "Take A Bow" hits #1 on the Hot 100 and stays for seven weeks. The song is produced by Babyface.
1993 Toy Caldwell (lead guitarist for The Marshall Tucker Band) dies of cocaine-related cardio-respiratory failure at his home in Moore, South Carolina, at age 45.
1992 James Brown receives a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award.
1987 Frank Sinatra guest stars as a retired police sergeant on the Magnum, P.I.episode "Laura."
1982Alabama release their sixth studio album, Mountain Music.
1973Justin Jeffre (of 98 Degrees) is born in Mount Clemens, Michigan.
1971Daniel Powter ("Bad Day") is born in Vernon, British Columbia. The budding violinist switches to piano after a group of bullies destroy his violin.
1961Elvis Presley plays the first of two charity shows in Memphis. It's his first concert since entering the army in 1958.
1959Mike Peters (lead singer for The Alarm) is born in Prestatyn, Wales.
1957Buddy Holly records "That'll Be The Day" with his band The Crickets at Norman Petty's studio in Clovis, New Mexico. In September, it will hit #1 in the US.
1957Dennis Diken (drummer for The Smithereens) is born in Belleville, New Jersey.
1947Bassist David Stensen (of The Grass Roots) is born in San Bruno, California.
1942Roy Michaels, bass player of Cat Mother & The All Night News Boys, is born.
Soy Bomb And ODB Disrupt Grammy Awards
Strange things are afoot at the Grammy Awards. A shirtless dude with "Soy Bomb" written on his chest intrudes on Bob Dylan's performance, and when Shawn Colvin wins Song Of The Year (for "Sunny Came Home"), Ol' Dirty Bastard of Wu-Tang Clanrushes the stage, commandeering the microphone and talking about how his group should have won the Best Rap Album award over Puff Daddy because "Wu-Tang is for the children."
The Avalon Ballroom in Boston hosts "virtual band" Gorillaz on their first show in the USA. The band members, who appear as animated characters in music videos, play behind a giant projector screen. Their 9-date tour of North America ends on March 8 at the Palladium, Los Angeles.
Frank Sinatra performs in public for the last time. On the last day of
the Frank Sinatra Desert Classic golf tournament in Palm Springs, Ol' Blue Eyes sings a handful of songs to a VIP invitational audience: "I've Got the World On a String," "You Make Me Feel So Young," "Fly Me to the Moon," "Where or When," "My Kind of Town," and "The Best is Yet to Come."
TLC release their debut album, Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip. Their first single, "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg," hits the Top 10 on both the Hot 100 and R&B charts.
Director Cameron Crowe brings members of the cast and crew of his movie Singlesto the Off Ramp in Seattle, where Pearl Jam, who appear in the film, are playing. Matt Dillon and Campbell Scott hang out with the band all night, but the real Seattle scene is a little too grungy for the other actors, who leave early.
British synthpop duo Tears For Fears release their sophomore album, Songs From The Big Chair, featuring the hits "Shout" and "Everybody Wants To Rule The World."More
Van Halen's "Jump" hits #1 in the US, where it stays for five weeks.
Ernie sings "Rubber Duckie" on Sesame Street. It goes over so well that the song is released as a single, which in September reaches #16 on the Hot 100.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience play two shows at the Civic Opera House in Chicago. Between shows, Hendrix gets "casted" by the inventive groupie Cynthia Plaster Caster, who makes a mold of his love gun.
George Harrison is born in Liverpool, England. He becomes lead guitarist of The Beatles, a successful solo artist, and a member of The Traveling Wilburys.