Friday, February 24, 2012


Born on this day:
1942, Paul Jones, singer, harmonica player, Manfred Mann
1947, Rupert Holmes, writer, producer, singer
1959, Colin Farley, Cutting Crew
1962, Michelle Shocked, singer-songwriter
1974, Chad Hugo, producer-musician, The Neptunes, N.E.R.D.

Rock Pills:
1957, Buddy Holly recorded a new version of “That’ll Be the Day,” the title being taken from a phrase used by John Wayne in the film The Searchers.

1963, The Rolling Stones started a Sunday night residency at The Station Hotel, Richmond, Surrey. The Stones were paid £24 ($41) for the gig and played on the first night to 66 people.

1969, The Jimi Hendrix Experience played their last ever-British performance when they appeared at the Royal Albert Hall.

1973, Roberta Flack had her second U.S. #1 when “Killing Me Softly with His Song,” started a five-week run at the top. The song was written about U.S. singer-songwriter Don McLean.

1976, The Eagles Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 became the first album to be certified platinum by the R.I.A.A. New certifications represented sales of 1 million copies for albums and two million for singles.

1982, The Police won Best British Group at the first Brit Awards, held in London.

1982, Winners at the Grammy Awards included John Lennon and Yoko Ono for Album of the Year with Double Fantasy, Kim Carnes for Song of the Year with “Bette Davis Eyes,” Quincy Jones for Producer of the Year and Sheena Easton for Best New Artist.

1990, American singer-songwriter-pianist Johnnie Ray died of liver failure at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. He scored over 20 Top 40 singles between 1952 and 1960 including the 1956 U.K. #1 and U.S. #2 single “Just Walking in the Rain.” Dexys Midnight Runners’ name checked Ray in the lyrics to their 1982 hit “Come On Eileen.”

Courtney Love & Kurt Cobain
1992, Kurt Cobain married Courtney Love in Waikiki, Hawaii. The press reported that the couple were expecting a baby on Sept 10 of the same year.

2000, Carlos Santana won eight awards at the Grammy Awards. Before the Supernatural album, the guitarist had not had a Top 10 album since 1981.

2004, Estelle Axton, who helped create the legendary soul music label Stax, died in a hospital in Memphis, at age 85. Stax was home to Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas, Isaac Hayes and Booker T and the MG’s. The Stax studio, “Soulsville U.S.A.,” was second only to Motown in its production of soul hits during its 1960s heyday.

2005, Former Orange Juice singer, guitarist and producer Edwyn Collins was rushed to the hospital after suffering a brain hemorrhage.

2009, The United States Mint launched a new coin featuring American composer, pianist and bandleader Duke Ellington, making him the first African-American to appear by himself on a U.S. coin.

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