15 February, 2020 Grupo Stereo Siete
2019.- The superhero series The Umbrella Academy, based on a comic by former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way, premieres to positive reviews on Netflix. The show, starring Ellen Page, also features Mary J. Blige as an assassin.
2011.- A stunned Laura Marling accepts the Brit Award for Best British Female at the O2 Arena in London. In an interview later that year Marling says she was “terrified” at the awards ceremony, clarifying that she’s “been around people for whom [winning a Brit] has changed things and it is uncomfortable to watch. I’m not built for that.”
2006 Anna Marly, composer of “Chant des Partisans,” dies at age 88.
2006Kaiser Chiefs take home three trophies to dominate the BRIT Awards, held at London’s Earls Court.
2006 The gravesite of AC/DC singer Bon Scott in Fremantle Cemetery in Western Australia is classified with a heritage listing.
2005 French singer Pierre Bachelet dies of lung cancer at age 60.
2003 Good Charlotte’s “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” peaks at #20 on the Billboard Hot 100, the highest they would get on the chart.
2001George Harrison enters the cyber age with an online chat on MSN Live.
1998Backstreet Boys appear on the TV show Sabrina the Teenage Witch in “The Band Episode.”
1998 Fans of Japanese rock act Glay cause the Tokyo area phone system to break down as they try to reserve tickets for an upcoming concert by the band. Chaos ensues at the Nagano Winter Olympics main pressroom as long distance lines go down during the ski-jumping event.
1995 ASCAP honors songwriter Diane Warren with the Voice of Music Award.
1995 The Los Angeles, California, heavy metal radio station KNAC goes off the air and is replaced by the Spanish radio station KBUE on the same channel – 105.5FM. The station signs off at approximately 1:59PM after playing Metallica’s “Fade to Black.” Three years, later KNAC goes back on the air, this time on the internet at KNAC.com.
1991Rod Stewart’s ex-girlfriend, supermodel Kelly Emberg, files a $25 million palimony suit against the singer in Los Angeles Superior Court.
1984Ethel Merman, one of the top singers in Broadway musicals, dies of brain cancer at age 76.
1984 Blues guitarist Gary Clark, Jr. is born in Austin, Texas.
1982.- The Tennessee General Assembly votes the bluegrass tune “Rocky Top,” originally recorded by The Osborne Brothers and made popular by Lynn Anderson, the fifth official state song. It was written by celebrated husband-and-wife songwriting team Felice and Boudleaux Bryant.
1981 Mike Bloomfield, a renowned guitarist with The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and The Electric Flag, is found dead in his car under mysterious circumstances. Al Kooper, who played with him on many Bob Dylan sessions, surmises that Bloomfield overdosed and his drug dealer drove him to a secluded spot to be found later.
1979 Donna Summer’s “Last Dance” wins two Grammys: Best Female R&B Vocal and Best R&B Song.
1979 RCA Records starts handling distribution for A&M Records, which was the largest independent record company before the deal.
1977 Sid Vicious joins The Sex Pistols.
1977The Best Of George Harrison is certified gold.
1976Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd is born in Van Nuys, California.
1975 Performing “People Gotta Move,” Gino Vannelli becomes the first white singer to perform on Soul Train, beating Elton John by a few months. The first white musician to play the show was guitarist Dennis Coffey with his instrumental hit “Scorpio” in 1972.
1975Rush release Fly by Night. It is their second album, following 1974’s Rush, but is the first with new drummer/lyricist Neil Peart. Partially due to Peart’s influence, this album veers from the sound of the band’s debut and moves closer to the progressive styling that eventually makes Rush a legend of the genre.
1975 After record executive Morris Levy releases an album called Roots – John Lennon Sings The Great Rock & Roll Hits without Lennon’s permission, Capitol Records rush releases John Lennon’s Rock and Roll album, which contains the completed versions of the songs. Lennon had given Levy some master tapes from the sessions as part of compensation for using a Chuck Berry lyric in “Come Together”: “Here come old flat-top, he come groovin’ up slowly.”
1974 Tomi Petteri Putaansuu, better known as Mr. Lordi, the lead vocalist of Lordi, is born in Rovaniemi, Finland.
1972 The US government’s new anti-piracy laws are enacted, a response to widespread bootlegging of major artists.
1971The Who debut a new rock opera called Lifehouse at the Young Vic Theatre in London. The project is shelved after a short run of shows, but some of the songs, including “Bab O’ Riley,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again” and “Behind Blue Eyes, become Who standards after being included on the album Who’s Next.
1970 After a Sly & the Family Stone concert runs hours late and causes over a thousand dollars in damages, the Daughters of the American Revolution impose a ban against any further rock concerts at the venue, Washington D.C.’s Constitution Hall.
1969 Florida hairstylist Vickie Jones is arrested for impersonating Aretha Franklin at a club in Fort Myers, Florida. Incredibly, her performance is so believable that no patrons demand a refund.
1969.- Sly and the Family Stone’s “Everyday People” hits #1 for the first of four weeks.
1968 Blues musician Little Walter dies at age 37 in his sleep, presumably from coronary thrombosis.
1968John Lennon and George Harrison of The Beatles depart for India to study with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Later joined by Paul and Ringo, they write some songs for the White Album during the retreat.
1967 Music students at Chicago’s DePaul University form a seven-piece rock ensemble called The Big Thing. Later, they would change their name to Chicago Transit Authority, and then, simply, Chicago.
1967 The first anti-bootlegging recording laws are enacted.
1965Nat King Cole dies of lung cancer at age 45.
1965 The Beatles release “Eight Days a Week.”
1965 The Beatles record “Ticket To Ride,” “Another Girl,” and “I Need You.”
1964Sam Cooke announces a major reduction in his touring schedule, made so that he can concentrate on the day-to-day activities of his two new record labels, Sar and Derby.
1961Jackie Wilson is shot in Manhattan. The following issue of Melody Maker carries the front page headline Girl Fan Shoots Jackie Wilson, but controversy over the incident persists in spite of Wilson’s claim that this is what really happened.
1961 The Marcels record “Blue Moon.”
1960 Mikey Craig (bassist for Culture Club) is born in England.
1959 Ali Campbell (lead singer of UB40) is born in Birmingham, England, to Scottish folk singer Ian Campbell.
1958 ABC debuts a new show hosted by Dick Clark, hoping to duplicate the success of American Bandstand. The first guests on The Dick Clark Show include Connie Francis, Pat Boone and Jerry Lee Lewis.
1954 Big Joe Turner records one of the first Rock songs, “Shake, Rattle And Roll,” at Atlantic Records studios in New York.
1951.- Melissa Manchester is born in the Bronx, New York.
1947 David Brown (bassist for Santana) is born in Daly City, California.
1945 John Helliwell (saxophonist for Supertramp) is born in Todmorden, Yorkshire, England.
1944 Mick Avory (drummer for The Kinks) is born in Surrey, England.
1941 Duke Ellington records “Take the A Train.”
1941 Motown songwriter Brian Holland is born in Detroit, Michigan.
1939 Pop singer Alvin Cash is born in St. Louis, Missouri.
1928 “Among My Souvenirs” is the top song in America according to Variety.
1918 Country singer Hank Locklin (“Please Help Me, I’m Falling”, “Send Me the Pillow You Dream On”) is born in McLellan, Florida.
1905 Harold Arlen is born Hyman Arluck in Buffalo, New York. A prolific composer, he writes “Over The Rainbow” with lyricist Yip Harburg.
1888 Frederick Lawrence Wright, founder of Melody Maker, is born at 23 Upper Conduit Street, Leicester.