Legendary DJ Murray the K threatened to leave New York’s WINS-AM in 1962 after the station considers changing from a rock and roll to an easy listening format.
While on tour in 1963, Helen Shapiro, John Lennon and Paul McCartney compose The Beatles’ next hit “From Me To You” on the tour bus from York to Shrewsbury in Shropshire, England.
In 1966, the owners of Liverpool’s famous Cavern Club (where The Beatles got their start), was in debt to the amount of over 10,000 pounds, the owners decided to close the rock institution. 100 fans barricaded themselves in the club, but to no avail. The venue would later become a subway station, although the Cavern later reopened in a different location.
Elvis Presley released “U.S. Male” in 1969.
Ringo Starr began filming his first non-Beatle role in 1969, as the son of an eccentric millionaire (Peter Sellers) in the farce “The Magic Christian”.
In 1970, Led Zeppelin was forced to play its gig in Copenhagen, Denmark under a different name (The Nobs) when the appalled family of the late Ferdinand von Zeppelin himself complained.
In an interview with the New Musical Express in 1970, Fleetwood Mac’s Peter Green talked about his plans to give all his money away. The following year, Green confronted his accountant with a gun after he sent him an unwanted royalty check. The guitarist went to jail briefly before being transferred to an asylum and was committed to a mental hospital in 1973. He re-launched his career in the 90’s.
In 1970, Simon and Garfunkel’s music single “Bridge Over Troubled Water” topped the No.1 spot in the US. It also went to No.1 in the UK in March the same year.
Rhythm Heritage topped the US. No.1 music single in 1976 with their song “Theme From S.W.A.T.”
At the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in 1976, Paul Simon picks up Best Pop Vocal and Best Album awards for “Still Crazy After All These Years”, leading him to famously remark, in his acceptance speech, “I’d like to thank Stevie Wonder for not releasing an album this year.”
A crazed audience member climbs onstage at a Ray Charles concert in 1977 and attempts to strangle the blind pianist with a rope. The man was a member of a group called Project Heavy, a community program for disadvantaged youths. They promised that the matter would be handled within the organization and no charges were filed.
In 1991, the Mayor of Los Angeles, Tom Bradley declares today Curtis Mayfield Day.
Country music star Eddie Rabbit (whose real name is Edward Thomas Rabbit) crossed over to the Pop charts in 1981 and scored a US No.1 hit with “I Love A Rainy Night”. He had earlier written the Elvis Presley smash “Kentucky Rain” before having a No.5 hit with “Drivin’ My Life Away”.
Michael Jackson won a record seven Grammy awards in 1984. These included: Album of the Year for “Thriller”; Record of the Year and Best Rock Vocal Performance for “Beat It”; Best Pop Vocal Performance, Best R&B Performance and Best R&B song for “Billie Jean”, and Best Recording For Children for “E.T. The Extra Terrestreial”.
George Michael announced in 1986 that Wham! would officially split during the summer.
Bob Dylan, in 1989, recorded the first sessions for the Oh Mercy album at The Studio in New Orleans, Louisiana. What became Dylan’s 26th studio album, released by Columbia Records in September 1989 and was produced by Daniel Lanios.
In 1994, Eric Clapton played his 100th performance at London’s royal Albert Hall in aid of the “Children In Crisis” charity.
In 1996, Grammy award winners included Alanis Morissette who won Album Of The Year for “Jagged Little Pill”, Best Female Rock Vocal and Best Song for “You Oughta Know”, Nirvana’s “Unplugged” won Best Alternative Album and Coolio Best Rap Performance with “Gansta’s Paradise.”
Death Row Records boss Marion “Suge” Knight was sentenced in 1997 to nine years in prison for violating his probation for a 1995 assault conviction. Under US law, Knight would not be allowed to run Death Row Records while in prison.
In 2006, two stewards were shot during a concert by rapper Kanye West at the NEC in Birmingham, England. Police said the shootings took place after people who tried to gain entrance without tickets were escorted for the arena. A man, who had no ticket, entered the foyer and was ejected. He then returned and shot at the stewards, one was in serious condition after being shot in the face.
The Doors are honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007 at 6901 Hollywood Blvd.
In 2008, Boy George pleaded not guilty to falsely imprisoning a male escort by chaining him to a wall. The singer and DJ was also accused of assaulting Audun Carlsen during the alleged incident on April 28, 2007. He was released on bail until a trial at Sanresbrook Crown Court in November.
Neil Young made a surprise appearance at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and as the events end and the torch is put out, Neil Young performs “Long My You Run.”
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 born today, February 28th are:
1934 – Willie Bobo – Latin and Jazz percussionist from Puerto Rico.
1939 – John Fahey – American guitarist and composer.
1940 – Joe South – American singer, songwriter and guitarist.
1940 – Marty Sanders – Jay and the Americans.
1942 – Joe South – US singer and songwriter.
1942 – Brian Jones – The Rolling Stones.
1943 – Donnie Iris – The Jaggerz and Wild Cherry.
1944 – Barbara Acklin – American soul singer and songwriter.
1945 – Ronnie Rosman – Tommy James and the Shondells.
1952 – Eddie Manion – Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes.
1957 – Cindy Wilson – singer and founding member with American new wave rock band The B-52’s.
1957 – Ian Stanley – keyboards with Tears For Fears.
1957 – Phil Gould – drummer with Level 42.
1966 – Ian Brown – singer with The Stone Roses.
1971 – Nigel Godrich – Grammy Award-winning UK recording engineer and record producer.
1977 – Jason Aldean – country music singer.
1994 – Jake Bugg – English singer and songwriter.