In 1956, Elvis Presley had his first national hit when “I Forgot To Remember To Forget” went to No.1 on the Billboard Country & Western music chart.
Buddy Holly recorded a new version of “That’ll Be The Day” in 1957, at Norman Petty Recording Studio in Clovis, New Mexico. The title being taken from a phrase used by John Wayne in the film “The Searchers”
The Beatles, in 1964, finished recording their next single “Can’t Buy Me Love”, at Abbey Road Studios in London. (They had first recorded the song on January 29, 1964 at Path Marconi Studios in Paris). The also recorded the B-side, “You Can’t Do That” and another new song “I Have Known Better”.
The Seekers were at No.1 on the UK music singles chart with “I’ll Never Find Another You”, the Australian folk-pop group’s first UK No.1.
In 1967, Pink Floyd appeared at the Ricky Tick Club in Hounslow, England. The Yardbirds were filmed performing in a re-creation of the club built at MGM Studios in Borehamwood for Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1966 film Blowup.
Led Zeppelin appeared in front of over 25,000 fans at the Western Springs Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand. This was the group’s first ever gig in New Zealand, (and the largest crowd ever to attend a concert on the island). A special train was chartered from Wellington to bring fans to the concert. News reviews the next day reported the band could be heard over five miles from the stadium.
Winners at the Grammy Awards in 1981 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”
In 1984, “Jump”, by Van Halen started a five-week run at No.1 on the US music singles chart, a No.7 hit in the UK.
U2 began their first full North American tour starting in Dallas Texas and performing at the Dallas Reunion Arena in 1985.
Simple Minds in 1989, were at No.1 on the UK music singles chart with “Belfast Child”. At 6 minutes and 39 seconds, it became the second-longest running No.1 after The Beatles “Hey Jude”.
In 1995, Madonna started a seven-week run at No.1 on the US music singles chart with “Take A Bow”, the track which was co-written with Babyface became a No.16 hit in the UK.
At a private party in 1995 for 1,200 select guests, Frank Sinatra sang before a live audience for the very last time. His closing song was “The Best is Yet to Come”.
In 1988, At Radio City Music Hall, Bob Dylan was handed three Grammys, including one for Best Album for “Time Out Of Mind”. During Dylan’s performance of the song, Michael Portnoy, hired as a background dance, ripped off his shirt and jumped in amongst the band revealing the words “Soy Bomb” painted on his chest. Also in the evening, during Shawn Colvin’s’ acceptance speech, Ol Dirty Bastard grabbed the microphone and made various observations such as “Puffy is good, but Wu-Tang is the best” and W-Tang is for the children”. He was then escorted from the stage.
The five original Spice Girls were facing a bill of $1.7 million after losing a legal battle in 2000 against the sponsors of their 1988 world tour. The Aprilia Scoter Company had claimed the girls knew of Geri’s impending departure.
In 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, Capone-N-Noreaga.
The Rolling Stones topped a US Rich list of music’s biggest money makers in 2004. The list was based on earnings during 2003 when the band played their “Forty Licks” tour, which made them $212 million in ticket, CD, DVD and merchandise sales. The three million fans who went to the shows spent an average of $11 each on merchandise. Bruce Springsteen was listed in second place and The Eagles in third.
Whitney Houston was rushed to a hospital in Paris with suspected food poisoning in 2005 after becoming ill during a flight from Los Angeles to Spain.
The 4th Annual TRL Awards were held in New York City in 2006. Madonna won the Lifetime Achievement Award and Bono won the Most Inspired Artist/Humanitarian Award. Other winners included Fall Out Boys, Chris Brown, Mariah Carey, Ashlee Simpson, Kelly Clarkson, Amanda Bynes and My Chemical Romance.
George Michael was found slumped over in a car in Hyde Park, London in 2006. A concerned person found the singer and called police. After being checked by paramedics, Michael was arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs and later 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 the event was “my own stupid fault as usual”.
In 2007, The Fall Out Boys were at No.1 on the US album music chart with “Infinity on High”, the group’s 4th album and first No.1
President Obama honored Stevie Wonder with America’s highest award for pop music in 2009 with the Library of Congress Gershwin prize at a ceremony at the White House. Stevie Wonder’s song “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” had been the theme song during the Obama presidential campaign.
And now it is time to say Happy Birthday to the people that brought us great music or had a hand in creating the music we love. Those people born today, February 25th are:
1943 – George Harrison – guitarist and vocalist with The Beatles.
1957 – Stewart Wood – from the Scottish group Bay City Rollers.
1959 – Mike Peters – guitarist and vocalist with The Alarm.
1971 – Daniel Powter – Canadian singer and songwriter.