Due to public outrage over the lascivious nature of several recent “race” recordings in 1954, the US Congress tries but fails to pass a bill forbidding distribution of any “obscene, lewd, lascivious, or filthy publication, picture, disc, transcription, or other article capable of producing sound”.
In 1955, Billboard reported that for the first time since their introduction in 1949, 45rpm music singles were outselling the old standard 78’s.
LaVern Baker sent a formal appeal letter to the US Congress in 1955 to appeal a 1954 decision denying black artists a revision of the 1909 Copyright Act, a move which would make it harder for the white pop artists to record exact copies of R&B hits and thus steal their thunder. Her appeal was turned down.
Perry Como was at No.1 on the UK music singles chart in 1958 with “Magic Moments”. This would be the 2nd No.1 in a row for writers Burt Bacharach and Hal David. It stayed at No.1 for eight weeks.
The Beatles worked on the final mixes for “Can’t Buy me Love” and “You Can’t Do That” tracks in 1964. The single, which was released the following month, topped the music charts all over the world.
In 1964, Elvis Presley begins filming his sixteenth movie “Roustabout” in Hollywood.
Guitarist Jimmy Page released a solo single in 1965 called “She Just Satisfies” in the UK. Page played all the instruments on it except for the drums. Page also produced the track as well as singing lead vocals.
Nancy Sinatra went to No. on the US music singles chart in 1966 with “These Boots Are Made For Walking”, also a UK No.1
The Beatles “Rubber Soul” was at No.1 on the US album music chart in 1966. This would be the group’s seventh US album chart topper.
In 1966, David Bowie & The Buzz appeared at The Corn Exchange in Chelmsford, England.
Having spent so much time in the saddle, in 1967 Elvis Presley delays an already-postponed trip to Hollywood to begin filming what will be his twenty-fifth film, “Clambake”. Barbara Little, girlfriend of Memphis Mafioso George Klein, suggests calling her doctor, George Nichopoulos, to help with the singer’s saddle sores. Thus begins a professional acquaintance that would last until Elvis’ death.
Peter Sarstedt started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK music singles chart in 1969 with “Where Do You Go To My Lovely?” Some say the song was written about the Italian star Sophia Loren, but Peter Sarstedt has stated he wrote the song about a girl he fell madly in love with in Vienna in 1965, who later died in a hotel fire.
During a 9-date tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1973, The Rolling Stones played the first of two nights at the Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney.
Harry Chapin’s Broadway revue in 1975, “The Night That Made America Famous” opens at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.
In 1977, The Eagles went to No.1 on the US music singles chart with “New Kid In Town”, the group’s third US No.1, a No.20 hit in the UK.
During a court case in 1979 between The Sex Pistols and their manager Malcolm McLaren, it was revealed that only $51,000 was left of the $1,360,000 the band had earned.
In 1980, after seeing U2 play at Dublin’s National Boxing Stadium in front of 2,400 people, Rob Partridge and Bill Stewart from Island Records in the UK offered the band a recording contract.
Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” went to No.1 on the US music album chart in 1983. It went on to become the most successful album of all time with sales over 50 million copies.
In 1985, Chuck Berry is the recipient of the annual Lifetime Achievement Awards at tonight’s Grammys.
In 1990, Sinead O’Connor was at No.1 on the UK music singles chart with “Nothing Compares 2 U”. Her version of the Prince penned song was also a No.1 hit in 18 other countries.
Despite having broken up 27 years earlier, The Beatles, in 1997, are awarded three Grammys for their multimedia Anthology juggernaut and “new single” “Free As A Bird”:, including “Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group” and both short-and long-form categories of “Best Music Video”.
In 2002, The Bee Gees play what is to be their final concert, performing at Miami Beach’s Love and Hope Ball, a benefit for Diabetes Research Institute Foundation.
In 2002, CCR’s John Fogerty, Elton John, The Eagles, Stevie Nicks, and Billy Joel, among others, perform at the multi-venue Los Angeles charity benefit Four Concerts for Artists’ Rights. Proceeds would benefit a labor-friendly musicians’ organization called the Recording Artists Coalition.
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. Those born today, February 26th are:
1928 – Fats Domino (Antoine Domino) – singer, pianist, bandleader and songwriter who had the 1957 US No.6 and UK No.6 music single “Blueberry Hill” and 35 other US Top 40 music singles.
1932 – Johnny Cash – US country singer and songwriter who was considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.
1945 – Bob The Bear Hite – vocalist and harmonica player with Canned Head.
1947 – Sandie Shaw – British singer.
1950 – Jonathan Cain – keyboards player with American group Journey.
1953 – Michael Bolton – American singer.
1958 – Steve Grant – singer with Tight Fit.
1968 – Tim Commerford – bassist with Rage Against the Machine.
1971 – Erykah Badu – US female singer.
1971 – Martin Karl “Max Martin” Sandberg – Swedish music producer and songwriter.
1979 – Corinne Bailey Rae – UK singer and songwriter.
1982 – Nate Ruess – American singer and songwriter and lead vocalist for the group Fun.