jueves, 10 de marzo de 2011

February 25th: On this Day In Music History


1956, Elvis Presley had his first national hit when 'I Forgot To Remember To Forget' went to No.1 on the Billboard Country & Western chart.
1964, The Beatles finished recoding their next single 'Can't Buy Me Love', at Abbey Road studios, London, (they had first recorded the song on 29 January 1964 at Pathé Marconi Studios in Paris). They also recorded the B-side, 'You Can't Do That' and another new song 'I Should Have Known Better'.
1965, The Seekers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I'll Never Find Another You', the Australian
 folk-pop group's first UK No.1.
1969, Pink Floyd appeared at the Marlowe Theater, Canterbury, England.
1971, A Led Zeppelin concert from the Paris Theatre in France was broadcast live on UK television.
1972, Led Zeppelin appeared at the Western Springs Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand.
1977, The Jam signed to Polydor Records UK for £6,000 ($10,200).
1981, Winners at this years Grammy Awards included Bob Seger who won Best Rock performance
 for 'Against The Wind', Pat Benatar won Best female performance for 'Crimes Of Passion' and
Christopher Cross won Best new artist and Best song for 'Sailing.'
1984, The Thompson Twins scored their first UK No.1 album with their third release 'Into The Gap.'
1984, 'Jump', by Van Halen started a five-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart, a No.7 hit in the UK.
1985, U2 began their first full north American arena tour, starting at the Dallas Reunion Arena in Texas.
1989, Simple Minds were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Belfast Child.' At 6 minutes 39 seconds
 it became the second-longest running No.1 after The Beatles 'Hey Jude.'
1995, Madonna started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Take A Bow', the track
which was co-written with Babyface became a No.16 hit in the UK.
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.'
1996, The Bluetones went to No.1 on the UK album charts with their album 'Expecting To Fly.'
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.
2000, The five original Spice Girls were facing a bill of up to £1 million ($1.7 million) after losing a
 legal battle against the sponsors of their 1988 world tour. The Aprilia Scoter Company had claimed the girls knew of Geri's impending departure. 
2001, Rapper Lil' Kim said a shooting which happened after she left a New York radio
station was unconnected to her. One man was wounded in the incident outside the
radio station Hot 97 in New York when five men fired 22 bullets. The New York Daily
News reported the incident was the result of a feud between Lil' Kim and rival rappers,
2004, The Rolling Stones topped a US Rich List of music's biggest money makers.
The list was based on earnings during 2003 when the band played their "Forty Licks"
 tour, which made them $212 million, (£124.7m) in ticket, CD, DVD and merchandise
sales. The three million fans who went to the shows spent an average of $11 (£6.47)
each on merchandise. Bruce Springsteen was listed in second place and The Eagles in third.
2005, Whitney Houston was rushed to a hospital in Paris with suspected food
poisoning after becoming ill during a flight from Los Angeles to Spain.
2006, The 4th Annual TRL Awards were held in New York City. Madonna won
the Lifetime Achievement Award and Bono won the Most Inspired Artist/Humanitarian
Award. Other winners included Fall Out Boy, Chris Brown, Mariah Carey, Ashlee Simpson,
Kelly Clarkson, Amanda Bynes, and My Chemical Romance.
2006, 'Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George' by Jack Johnson & Friends was at No.1 on the US album chart.
2006, George Michael was found slumped over in a car in Hyde Park, London. A concerned person spotted the singer and called police who after being checked by paramedics was arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs and then released on bail. Michael made a public statement about the incident and said "I was in possession of class C drugs which is an offense and I have no complaints about the police who were professional throughout." He also said that the event was "my own stupid fault, as usual."
2007, Fall Out Boy were at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Infinity on High' the American group's 4th album and first No.1.
2007, Kaiser Chiefs went to No.1 on the UK singles with 'Ruby', taken from their second album, Yours Truly, Angry Mob.
2009, President Obama honoured Stevie Wonder, his musical hero, with America's highest award for pop music, the Library of Congress' Gershwin prize at a ceremony at the White House. The president said the Motown legend had been the soundtrack to his youth and he doubted that his wife would have married him if he hadn't been a fan. Wonder's song 'Signed, Sealed, Delivered' had been the theme song during Obama's presidential campaign.
2009, Winners at the 2009 NME Awards, held at London's O2 Academy included Oasis who won best British band, Elbow 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" and The Cure won the godlike genius award.
Born on this day
1931, Born on this day, Faron Young, country singer, songwriter, (1961 US No.7 single 'Hello Walls').
1942, Born on this day, Roy Michaels, Cat Mother and the All Night News Boys, (1969 US No.21 single 'Good Old Rock 'N' Roll').
1943, Born on this day, George Harrison – guitarist and vocalist with The Beatles, the world's most successful group. The all-time bestselling album in the UK is The Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, with over 4.5 million copies sold. Harrison wrote the 1969 US No.1 & UK No.4 Beatles single 'Something'. As a solo artist he had the 1971 US No.1 album 'All Things Must Pass' and the 1970 worldwide No.1 single 'My Sweet Lord'. He was also a member of the Traveling Wilburys. Harrison died of cancer on November 29th 2001.
1948, Born on this day, Elkie Brooks, (Elaine Bookbinder), singer, solo, (1977 UK No.8 single 'Pearl's A Singer'), also a member of Vinegar Joe with Robert Palmer.
1957, Born on this day, Stewart Wood, Bay City Rollers, (1975 UK No.1 single 'Bye Bye Baby' plus 11 other UK Top 20 singles', 1976 US No.1 single 'Saturday Night').
1957, Born on this day, Dennis Diken, drums, US group, The Smithereens, (1988 US No.41 album 'Smithereens 11).
1959, Born on this day, Mike Peters – guitarist and vocalist with The Alarm, who had a 1983 UK No.17 single with '68 Guns'. Solo and member of Dead Men Walking with Kirk Brandon, (ex Spear Of Destiny), Slim Jim Phantom, (Stray Cats), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) and Bruce Watson (Big Country).
1971, Born on this day, Daniel Powter, Canadian singer, songwriter, (2005 UK No.2 single 'Bad Day'). The song had been featured in a Coca-Cola ad campaign in Europe. 
 Died on this day
2010, Marie Osmond's teenaged son, Michael Blosil, was found dead on the ground below an apartment balcony in Los Angeles, California.

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