This Day In Rock History: Feb 24th

John and Yoko

John and Yoko

  • 1963, The Rolling Stones started a Sunday night residency at The Station Hotel, Richmond, Surrey. The Stones were paid £24 ($41) for the gig and played on the first night to a total of 66 people. £24 from 1963 would be worth £392, adjusted for inflation.
  • 1969, The Jimi Hendrix Experience played their last ever-British performance when they appeared at the Royal Albert Hall.
  • 1973, Roberta Flack had her second US No.1 when ‘Killing Me Softly With His Song’, started a five-week run at the top. The song was written about US singer songwriter Don McLean.
  • 1975, Led Zeppelin released their sixth album Physical Graffiti in the UK. Recording sessions had been disrupted when bassist and keyboard player John Paul Jones had proposed quitting the band, supposedly to become choirmaster at Winchester Cathedral, England, although in reality he just needed time to rest after Zeppelin’s demanding tour schedule.
  • 1976, The Eagles’Greatest Hits’ became the first album to be certified platinum by the R.I.A.A. New certification’s represented sales of 1 million copies for albums and two million for singles.
  • 1982, The Police won best British group at the first annual Brit Awards held in London, Adam And The Ants won best album for ‘Kings Of The Wild Frontier’, Cliff Richard won British Male Solo Artist, Randy Crawford won British Female Solo Artist, British Breakthrough Act went to The Human League, British Producer was Martin Rushent and Outstanding Contribution went to John Lennon.
  • 1982, Winners at the Grammy Awards included John & Yoko Album of the year with ‘Double Fantasy, Kim Carnes for Song of the year with ‘Bette Davis Eyes’, Quincy Jones won producer of the year and Sheena Easton best new act.
  • 1990, American singer, songwriter, pianist Johnnie Ray died of liver failure at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. He scored over 20 Top 40 singles between 1952 & 1960 including 1956 UK No.1 & US No.2 single, ‘Just Walking In The Rain’. Dexys Midnight Runners’ name checked Ray in the lyrics to their 1982 hit ‘Come On Eileen’.
  • 1990, Manchester band The Happy Mondays had six singles on the UK indie chart.
  • 1992, Kurt Cobain  married Courtney Love in Waikiki, Hawaii. The press reported that the couple were expecting a baby on Sept 10th of this year.
  • 2000, Carlos Santana won eight awards at this year Grammy Awards. Before the ‘Supernatural’ album, the guitarist had not had a Top 10 album since 1981. Sting won two awards, one for best pop album and another for best male pop vocalist. Sir Elton John won the legend award and Phil Collins the best soundtrack award for ‘Tarzan’.
  • 2004, Estelle Axton, who helped create the legendary US soul music label Stax, died in hospital in Memphis, aged 85. Stax was home to Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas, Isaac Hayes and Booker T and the MG’s and the Stax studio, ‘Soulsville USA’, was second only to Motown in its production of soul hits during its 1960s heyday.
  • 2005, Former Orange Juice singer, guitarist and producer Edwyn Collins was rushed to hospital after suffering a brain haemorrhage.
  • 2010, The personal assistant to former Ramones manager Linda Stein was convicted in a New York court of bludgeoning her boss to death at her Manhattan apartment on 30 October 2007. Prosecutors said Natavia Lowery, 28, stole more than $30,000 (£19,500) from Stein, then clubbed her with a piece of exercise equipment. Jurors spent less than a day reaching a second-degree murder verdict.
  • 2010, Promotions company MCD launched a $2.3 million lawsuit against Prince for pulling out of a concert in Dublin, Ireland in June, 2008, just ten days before it was to take place. The singer blamed the William Morris Agency for booking the event without permission, but the agency said the star cancelled the gig and gave “no reason of substance” for deciding to pull out.
  • 2014, Franny Beecher the lead guitarist for Bill Haley & His Comets from 1954 to 1962 died in his sleep from natural causes. He was 92 years old. He continued to perform with surviving members of the Comets into 2006.

Born on this day:

  • 1942, Born on this day, Paul Jones, singer, harmonica player, actor, radio presenter, from British group Manfred Mann who had the 1964 UK & US No.1 single ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy. Jones is also a member of The Blues Band.
  • 1944, Born on this day, Nicky Hopkins, session piano player who worked with The Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck, The Beatles, John Lennon,  The Who and The Small Faces. Hopkins died on September 6th 1994.
  • 1947, Born on this day, Rupert Holmes, writer, producer, singer who had the 1980 US No.1 & UK No. 23 single ‘Escape, (The Pina Colada Song).
  • 1947, Born on this day, Lonnie Turner, bassist with the Steve Miller Band who had the 1974 US No.1 & 1990 UK No.1 single ‘The Joker’.
  • 1948, Born on this day, Dennis Waterman, British singer, actor who had the1980 UK No.3 single with the theme from UK TV show ‘Minder’, ‘I Could Be So Good For You’.
  • 1959, Born on this day, Colin Farley, bassist with Cutting Crew who had the 1987 US No.1 & 1986 UK No.4 single ‘I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight’.
  • 1962, Born on this day, Michelle Shocked, American singer songwriter, 1988 single ‘Anchorage’. She had the track ‘Quality of Mercy’ featured on the soundtrack for the film Dead Man Walking.
  • 1974, Born on this day, Chad Hugo, one half of the music production and writing duo The Neptunes. His partner is Pharrell Williams, who has produced numerous number 1 hits for Mystikal, Jay-Z, *NSYNC, Britney Spears and Nelly.
  • 1974, Born on this day, Noah “Wuv” Bernardo Jr founding member of the multi-platinum selling, San Diego based band P.O.D.

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