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This Day In Rock History: Feb 28th


  • 1968, 25 year old Frankie Lymon, lead singer of The Teenagers, died of a heroin overdose in his grandmother’s New York home. Lymon was on leave from a Georgia Army post at the time and was scheduled to record for Roulette Records the next day. He first hit the national charts in 1956 when he was just 13 with ‘Why Do Fools Fall in Love’.
  • 1968, Israeli husband and wife team Esther and Abi Ofarim were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Cinderella Rockefella,’ their only UK No.1
  • 1970, Simon and Garfunkel started a six week run at the top of the US singles chart with ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, also No.1 in the UK in March the same year.
  • 1974, Singer songwriter Bobby Bloom shot himself dead in the head at his Hollywood apartment aged 28. Bloom had the 1970 US No.8 & UK No.3 single ‘Montego Bay’.
  • 1976, Paul Simon’s ‘Still Crazy After All These Years’ was named Best Pop Vocal Performance and Album Of The Year at the 18th annual Grammy Awards. In his acceptance speech, Simon told the audience “I’d like to thank Stevie Wonder for not releasing an album this year.”
  • 1977, Ray Charles was attacked onstage by a man who tried to strangle him with a microphone cord. 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 laid.
  • 1981, Country music star Eddie Rabbitt crossed over to the Pop chart to score 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’. Although it sounds like he made up a stage name, his real name is Edward Thomas Rabbitt.
  • 1984, Michael Jackson won a record seven Grammy awards including: 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 Terrestrial.
  • 1985, David Byron, singer with Uriah Heep died from an epileptic fit and liver disease aged 38. Had a hit with ‘Easy Livin’ from the 1972 album Demons and Wizards.
  • 1986, George Michael announced that Wham! would officially split during the summer. Wham! sold more than 25 million certified records worldwide from 1982 to 1986.
  • 1996, Grammy award winners included Alanis Morissette who won album of the year for Jagged Little Pill, best female rock vocal & best song for ‘You Oughta Know’, Nirvana’s ‘Unplugged won best alternative album and Coolio best rap performance with ‘Gangsta’s Paradise.’
  • 1997, Death Row Records boss Marion ‘Suge’ Knight was sentenced 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.
  • 1998, Cornershop went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Brimful Of Asha’. This song is based upon the history of film culture in India.
  • 2005, Chris Curtis, drummer with The Searchers died aged 63 after a long illness. The searchers scored the 1964 UK No.1 single ‘Needles And Pins’, and the 1964 US No.3 single ‘Love Potion Number Nine’.
  • 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 28 April 2007. He was released on bail until a trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court in November.
  • 2008, Arctic Monkeys won three prizes, including best British band at this year’s NME Awards held at the O2 in London. The band’s single ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’ won them best track and they won best video for ‘Teddy Picker’. Best album went to Klaxons for Myths of the Near Future while Kate Nash won best solo artist. Muse were presented with the best live band award and US group The Killers took best international act. The Manic Street Preachers, who performed at the ceremony, were awarded the NME’s Godlike Genius honour and Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty was voted hero of the year. Britney Spears’s Blackout was voted worst album and The Hoosiers were named worst band.
  • 2008, Drummer Buddy Miles, who played with Jimi Hendrix in his last regular group, Band of Gypsys, died aged 60 at his home in Austin, Texas after struggling with a long-term illness. Born George Allen Miles in Omaha, Nebraska, Buddy’s nickname was a tribute to his idol, jazz drummer Buddy Rich. Rich also played with The Delfonics, The Ink Spots, Wilson Pickett, Electric Flag, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, Muddy Waters and Barry White. In the 1980s, he achieved a certain amount of notoriety in the US as the vocalist on the celebrated claymation California Raisins commercials.
  • 2010, Tom “T-Bone” Wolk, who played bass for nearly 30 years with Daryl Hall And John Oates died of an apparent heart attack at the age of 58. He had also recorded with Carly Simon, Jellyfish, Squeeze, Elvis Costello, Shawn Colvin and Billy Joel over the course of his career.

Born on this day:

  • 1941, Born on this day, Marty Sanders, from Jay and the Americans, who had the 1969 US No.6 single ‘This Magic Moment’ plus nine other US Top 30 hits.
  • 1942, Born on this day, Brian Jones  multi-instrumentalist and founding member of The Rolling Stones. Originally the leader of the group, Jones placed an advertisement in Jazz News of 2 May 1962 inviting musicians to audition for a new R&B group. Jones came up with the name the Rollin’ Stones while on the phone with a venue owner, who asked ‘What are you called?’ Jones saw a copy of The Best Of Muddy Waters lying on the floor – and track one was Rollin’ Stone Blues. Jones died on July 3rd 1969, after drowning in his swimming pool.
  • 1942, Born on this day, Joe South, US singer, songwriter who had the 1969 US No.12 & UK No.6 single ‘Games People Play’. South worked with Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Aretha Franklin. South died on 5th Sept 2012 aged 72.
  • 1943, Born on this day, Donnie Iris, guitarist with Wild Cherry who had the 1976 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘Play That Funky Music’.
  • 1945, Born on this day, Ronnie Rosman, from Tommy James & The Shondells who had the 1966 US No.1 single ‘Hanky Panky’, 1968 UK No.1 single ‘Mony Mony’.
  • 1952, Born on this day, Eddie Manion, from Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes who had the 1978 album ‘Hearts Of Stone’.
  • 1957, Born on this day, Cindy Wilson, singer and founding member with American new wave rock band The B-52’s who had the 1990 UK No.2 & US No.3 single ‘Love Shack’.
  • 1957, Born on this day, Ian Stanley, keyboards, with Tears For Fears who had the 1985 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’.
  • 1957, Born on this day, Phil Gould, drummer with Level 42 who had the 1986 UK No.3 single ‘Lessons In Love’, plus 19 other UK Top 40 singles.
  • 1966, Born on this day, Ian Brown, singer with The Stone Roses, who had the 1989 UK No.8 single ‘Fool’s Gold’, from their 1989 album ‘The Stone Roses’. Had the solo, 1998 UK No.5 single ‘My Star’.
  • 1971, Born on this day, Nigel Godrich, Grammy Award-winning UK recording engineer and record producer. Best known for his work with Radiohead.
  • 1977, Born on this day, Jason Aldean, country music singer, who has scored six No.1 singles including a duet with Kelly Clarkson, and ‘Dirt Road Anthem.’
  • 1994, Born on this day, English singer and songwriter Jake Bugg, (born Jake Edwin Kennedy). His self-titled debut album, largely co-written with songwriters Iain Archer, Matt Prime and Crispin Hunt, was released in late 2012 and reached No.1 on the UK Albums Chart.


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