Music History: February 28th:
2014 Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale have their third child: Apollo Bowie Flynn.
2012 The Malaysian Government cancels a concert by Erykah Badu scheduled for the following day due to her tattoos, including one with the word "Allah" in Arabic.
2008 Mike Smith (lead vocalist, keyboardist for The Dave Clark Five) dies of pneumonia at age 64.
2006 Bruce Springsteen releases Hammersmith Odeon London 1975.
2006 Ne-Yo's first album, In My Own Words, debuts at #1 in America.
2004 Gigli sweeps the 24th Golden Raspberry Awards with nine nominations and six wins, including Worst Actress for star Jennifer Lopez and Worst Actor for Ben Affleck (whose award also includes his roles in Daredevil and Paycheck). Despite having a highly publicized off-screen romance, the pair also lands Worst Screen Couple.
1998 Garth Brooks hosts Saturday Night Live. As the musical guest, he performs his hit "Two Piña Coladas."
1996 Alison Krauss and Shenandoah's "Somewhere In The Vicinity Of The Heart" wins the Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration With Vocals. The single, a #7 hit, was Krauss's first Top 10 entry on the country chart.
1996 22-year-old Alanis Morissette becomes the youngest artist to win the Grammy for Album of the Year when Jagged Little Pilltakes the prize. She holds the record until 2010, when 20-year-old Taylor Swift nabs the title with Fearless.
1995 Billie Joe Armstrong (of Green Day) and wife Adrienne welcome their first child, son Joseph "Joey" Marciano Armstrong, named for Ramones singer Joey Ramone.
1991 "Curtis Mayfield Day" is declared in Los Angeles.
1989 The sitcom Coach debuts on ABC, starring Craig T. Nelson as a college football coach and Shelley Fabares as his longtime girlfriend. Fabares became famous in the '50s and '60s, starring in The Donna Reed Show - on which she debuted the hit "Johnny Angel" - and appearing in three films with Elvis Presley.
1985 Uriah Heep lead singer David Byron dies at his Berkshire home from liver disease and seizures caused by excessive consumption of alcohol. He is just 38 years old.
1985 Bruce Springsteen wins for Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and pretty much any award he was eligible for in the Rolling Stone reader's poll.
1984 Alabama wins a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for "The Closer You Get."
1981 Eddie Rabbitt's country crossover "I Love A Rainy Night" makes #1 on the US Hot 100.
1978 The Village People play their first concert, performing at 2001 Odyssey in New York City, the setting for Saturday Night Fever.
1977 An audience member attacks Ray Charlesonstage, trying to strangle him with a rope.
1977 Country singer Jason Aldean is born Jason Aldine Williams in Macon, Georgia.
1974 28-year-old Bobby Bloom accidentally shoots and kills himself while cleaning his gun.
1970 Led Zeppelin perform in Denmark as "The Nobs" after Eva von Zeppelin, a relative of the late airship designer Ferdinand von Zeppelin, threatens to sue.
1969 Pat Monahan (lead singer for Train) is born in Erie, Pennsylvania.
1966 Liverpool's Cavern Club (home to many early Beatles performances) closes.
1957 Cindy Wilson is born in Athens, Georgia, where along with her brother Ricky and three other friends, she forms The B-52s.
1957 Phil Gould (drummer for Level 42) is born in Hong Kong, but raised on England's Isle of Wight.
1957 Ian Stanley (original keyboardist for Tears For Fears) is born in High Wycombe, England.
1943 Soul singer-songwriter Barbara Acklin is born in Oakland, California, but is raised in Chicago, Illinois, where she plays the nightclub circuit as a teenager. She co-writes the Jackie Wilson hit "Whispers (Gettin' Louder)" and lands a recording contract with Brunswick Records.
1942 Rolling Stones founding member Brian Jones is born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England. He is the group's leader early on, but dies in 1969 at age 27.
1942 Big Band orchestra music is huge, and Glenn Miller is king. His song "Moonlight Cocktail" takes the #1 spot on the Billboard tally, where it stays for 10 weeks.
1940 Joe South is born Joseph Alfred Souter in Atlanta, Georgia.
Titanic Song Hits #1 In America
Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On," from the movie Titanic, goes to #1 in the US. The film has been #1 at the box office since December 21, 1997, and the soundtrack has been #1 since January 24, 1998.
2016 At the Oscars, Lady Gaga is introduced by Vice President Joe Biden and performs "Til It Happens To You" joined by a group of sexual assault survivors. A few minutes later, it loses the Best Song award to Sam Smith's "Writing's On The Wall."
2012 Fall Out Boy lead singer Patrick Stump makes a blog post titled "We Liked You Better Fat: Confessions of a Pariah" where he writes about hitting a low point with a failed solo album and taunts from audience members. The post prompts FOB bass player Pete Wentz to contact Stump, and they get the band back together, staging a triumphant comeback with their 2013 album Save Rock and Roll and the hit "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)."
2009 Flo Rida's "Right Round" hits #1 on the Hot 100 for the first of six weeks. An unknown singer named Kesha Sebert provides the hook. She soon becomes a star under the moniker Ke$ha, with the $ in her name included for ironic purposes as she claims money isn't very important to her (which explains why she isn't too upset about getting paid very little for her contribution to this song).
1995Jewel Kilcher releases her debut album, Pieces of You, under the mononym Jewel.More
1970The title track of Simon & Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water album hits #1 on the Hot 100, where it remains for six weeks, longer than any other song in 1970.
1968Frankie Lymon dies of a heroin overdose at age 25.