Saturday, February 25, 2012

ROCK HISTORY - IT HAPPENED ON FEBRUARY 25

Mike Peters
Born on this day:
1943, George Harrison, guitarist, singer, The Beatles, Traveling Wilburys, solo
1957, Stuart Wood, Bay City Rollers
1959, Mike Peters, guitarist, singer, The Alarm
1971, Daniel Powter, singer, songwriter

Rock Pills:
1963, the first Beatles single, “Please Please Me,” was released in the U.S. on the Vee-Jay label.

1965, The Seekers were at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with “I'll Never Find Another You.” It was the Australian folk-pop group's first U.K. #1.

1969, Pink Floyd appeared at the Marlowe Theater, Canterbury, England.

1972, Led Zeppelin appeared at the Western Springs Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand.

1977, The Jam signed to Polydor Records UK for £6,000.

1981, winners at this year’s Grammy Awards included Christopher Cross, who won Best New Artist and Best Song (for “Sailing”).

1984, Van Halen’s “Jump” started a five-week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart. The track was a #7 hit in the U.K.

Van Halen in 1984
1985, U2 began their first full North American arena tour, starting at the Dallas Reunion Arena.

1995, at a private party for 1,200 select guests on the closing night of the Frank Sinatra Desert Classic golf tournament, Frank Sinatra sang before a live audience for the very last time. His closing song was “The Best is Yet to Come.”

1998, during Shawn Colvin's acceptance speech at the Grammy Awards, Ol’ Dirty Bastard grabbed the microphone and made various observations such as "Puffy is good, but Wu-Tang is the best" and "Wu-Tang is for the children." He was then escorted offstage.

2009, winners at the 2009 NME Awards, held at London's O2 Academy, included Oasis (who won Best British Band) and Elbow (who won the Outstanding Contribution to British Music award). The Killers won Best International Band and Kings of Leon won Best Album for Only by the Night. The Cure won the Godlike Genius award.

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