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This Day In Rock History: Feb 29th

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  • 1968, The Beatles Sgt. Pepper won album of the year, best cover and best-engineered and recorded album at this year’s Grammy Awards.
  • 1976, 10cc kicked off a 30-date UK tour at the Fairfield Hall, Croydon promoting their new album ‘How Dare You’. Also this week 10CC member Eric Stewart had been nominated for a Grammy award in America for his work on the ‘Original Soundtrack’ album.
  • 1976, A Special ‘Leap Year’ concert with The Stranglers, Nasty Pop, Deaf School and Jive Bombers, at London’s Roundhouse.
  • 1980, The glasses that Buddy Holly had been wearing when he died were discovered in a police file in Mason, Iowa after being there for over 21 years.
  • 1988, Robert Plant released his fourth solo album, Now And Zen. The album peaked at No. 10 on the UK chart. The tracks Heaven Knows and Tall Cool One featured guitarist Jimmy Page.
  • 1992, Mr Big started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘To Be With You’, a No.3 hit in the UK.
  • 1992, U2 kicked off their north American leg of the ‘Zoo TV Tour’, at The Lakeland Civic Centre Arena, Florida. Many acts have appeared here, including Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, Rush and Bob Dylan. It was here where KISS guitarist Ace Frehley was nearly electrocuted, during a concert on December 11, 1976.
  • 1996, American musician, songwriter and record producer, Wes Farrell died aged 56. He was one of the writers behind The Partridge Family American TV show and also wrote ‘Hang On Sloopy’ the 1965 hit for The McCoys.
  • 1996, Status Quo sued Radio 1 for £250,000 ($425,000) on the grounds that the BBC station was breaking the law by not including their new record on their playlist.
  • 2000, Sir Elton John stormed out of the opening of his new Broadway musical show, ‘Aida’, after 15 minutes complaining that his songs had been ruined.
  • 2008, Mike Smith, the lead singer of 1960s British group The Dave Clark Five, died from pneumonia at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire, England at the age of 64. The Dave Clark Five had 19 UK Top 40 hits, including ‘Bits and Pieces’ and the number one single ‘Glad All Over’. The band, which broke up in the 1970s, sold more than 100 million records and recorded 23 albums.
  • 2012, Davy Jones, the Manchester-born lead singer with 60s band The Monkees, died aged 66, in his sleep at his home in Florida after suffering a massive heart attack. Jones who appeared as a teenager in soap opera Coronation Street, playing Ena Sharples’s grandson was also a former apprentice jockey in Newmarket. Jones remained a keen horseman all his life, winning his first race in England as a jockey in 1996.

Born on this day:

  • 1904, Born on this day, Jimmy Dorsey, alto saxophonist, clarinettist, bandleader, and brother of trombonist-bandleader Tommy Dorsey. Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra had 103 chart hits in the US, including 12 number ones. Their biggest hit was ‘Amapola’ in 1941, featuring the vocals of Bob Eberly and Helen O’Connell. It was number one for ten weeks.
  • 1940, Born on this day, Gretchen Christopher from American group The Fleetwoods who had the 1959 US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘Come Softly To Me’.
  • 1972, Born on this day, Saul Williams, most known for his blend of poetry and hip-hop. Williams had the 2007 album ‘The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!’
  • 1976, Born on this day, Ja Rule, US rapper, (Jeffrey Atkins) who had the 2001 UK No.4 with Jennifer Lopez, ‘I’m Real’, and the 2002 US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘Always On Time’, and the 2001 US No.1 album ‘Pain Is Love’.

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