Thursday, February 23, 2012

ROCK HISTORY - IT HAPPENED ON FEBRUARY 23


Jonny Winter

Born on this day:
1944, Johnny Winter, guitarist
1946, Rusty Young, pedal steel, Poco
1952, Brad Whitford, guitar, Aerosmith
1955, Howard Jones, singer-songwriter
1963, Rob Collins, keyboards, The Charlatans

Rock Pills:
1961, Petula Clark had her first U.K. #1 single with “Sailor.” During her career, the former child actress achieved a total of 20 U.K. Top 40 hits and 2 U.S. #1 singles.

1965, Filming began on The Beatles follow up to A Hard Day’s Night on location in the Bahamas with the working title of Eight Arms to Hold You.

1972, Elvis Presley and his wife Priscilla were legally separated. The couple had married in 1967.

1978, David Coverdale’s Whitesnake made their debut at the Sky Bird Club, Nottingham, England.

1980, U2 appeared at The Moonlight Club, at The Railway Hotel in London. Tickets cost £2.

1985, Stevie Wonder was arrested during an anti-apartheid demonstration outside the South African Embassy in Washington; he was released after being questioned by police.

1988, Michael Jackson played the first of two nights at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri. They were the first shows on the second leg of his Bad World Tour.

Howie Epstein
1995, American singer Melvin Franklin of The Temptations died of a brain seizure at age 52. His group had the 1971 U.S. #1 and U.K. #8 single “Just My Imagination” among many other hits. In 1978, Franklin was shot in the hand and the leg when trying to stop a man from stealing his car.

1998, All members of Oasis were banned for life from flying Cathay Pacific Airlines after “abusive and disgusting behavior” during a flight from Hong Kong to Perth, Australia.

2002, The Bee Gees made their last-ever concert appearance when they appeared at the Love and Hope Ball, Miami Beach, Florida.

2003, Howie Epstein, bassist with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, died of a suspected drug overdose in New Mexico. He had replaced The Heartbreakers’ original bassist Ron Blair. Epstein also worked with Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Stevie Nicks, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Linda Ronstadt and Del Shannon.

2003, Norah Jones cleaned up at the 45th Grammy Awards, held at Madison Square Garden, New York. The singer-songwriter won Album of the Year and Record of the Year, with “Don’t Know Why,” Song of the Year, Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal for “Don’t Know Why.” Other winners included Best Male Pop Vocal, John Mayer; Best Male Rock Vocal, Bruce Springsteen; Best Female Rock Vocal, Sheryl Crow; Best Rock Performance by Group, Coldplay; and Best Rap Album, Eminem.

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