Monday, February 20, 2012

ROCK HISTORY - IT HAPPENED ON FEBRUARY 20

Kurt Cobain
Born on this day:
1946, J Geils, guitarist, The J. Geils Band
1950, Walter Becker, guitar, vocals, Steely Dan
1967, Kurt Cobain, guitar, vocals, Nirvana
1972, Neil Primrose, drummer, Travis

Rock Pills:
1958, billed as The Big Gold Record Stars, Bill Haley and his Comets, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly & The Crickets, Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmie Rodgers all appeared on the first date of a six-day tour of Florida.

1960, Jimi Hendrix made his stage debut when he played a show at a High School in Seattle.

1963, The Beatles drove through the night from Liverpool to London to appear on the live lunchtime BBC radio program Parade of the Pops. Performing “Love Me Do” and “Please Please Me,” the appearance lasted just over 4 minutes. They then drove another 180 miles back north for their performance that night at the Swimming Baths, Doncaster, Yorkshire.

1967, Pink Floyd appeared at the Adelphi Ballroom, West Bromwich, England.

1971, Yes appeared at Kingston Poly, London, England. Support act was Queen. Tickets cost 50p ($0.85c).

1972, during a tour of Australia Led Zeppelin appeared at the Kooyong Tennis Courts, Melbourne in Australia.

1976, all four members of Kiss had their footprints implanted on the pavement outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

1976, Screaming Lord Sutch appeared at the College Of Art, High Wycombe, England, supported by The Sex Pistols.

Bon Scott
1980, Bon Scott, singer from AC/DC was pronounced dead on arrival at a London hospital after a heavy night's drinking. Scott was found in the passenger seat of a friend's parked car.

1991, Bob Dylan was awarded a lifetime achievement award at the 33rd annual Grammy Awards.

2003, 100 people died after pyrotechnics ignited a club during a gig by Great White in West Warwick, Rhode Island.

2004, Brian Wilson kicked off an 11-date U.K. tour at London's Royal Festival Hall. The shows saw Wilson performing the full suite of songs from his unreleased masterpiece Smile.

2008, winners at this year's Brit Awards in London, included Take That who won the trophies for best British live act and British single, The Arctic Monkeys won best British group and album - both for the second year in a row and Foo Fighters won best international group and album. Sir Paul McCartney performed a medley of hits, including “Live and Let Die,” “Hey Jude” and “Lady Madonna” after he was honored with an outstanding contribution award. The show was presented by Sharon Osbourne.

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