Almanac: February 10, 2016

Birthdays
  • 1914 - Larry Adler (d. 2001)
  • 1937 - Don Wilson (Ventures) (79)
  • 1939 - Roberta Flack (77)
  • 1940 - Jimmy Merchant (Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers) (76)
  • 1943 - Ral Donner (d. 1984)
  • 1944 - Peter Allen (d. 1992)
  • 1944 - Clifford T. Ward (d. 2001)
  • 1944 - Nathaniel Mayer (d. 2008)
  • 1947 - Norman Harris (producer (Delfonics, Trammps, MFSB)) (d. 1987)
  • 1949 - Nigel Olsson (Elton John) (70)
  • 1958 - Robbie Nevil (58)
  • 1960 - Lionel Cartwright (56)
  • 1962 - Cliff Burton (Metallica) (d. 1986)
  • 1977 - Rosanna Tavarez (Eden's Crush) (39)
  • 1978 - Don Omar (38)
  • 1979 - Daryl Palumbo (Glassjaw) (37)

Deaths
  • 1975 - Dave Alexander (Stooges) - Pulmonary Edema (27)
  • 1986 - Art Satherley (country & blues producer, member of the Country Music Hall of Fame) (96)
  • 2002 - Dave Van Ronk (65)
  • 2006 - J Dilla (born James Yancy) - TTP (32)

On This Day
  • 1942 - Glenn Miller's Chattanooga Choo-Choo became the first gold record recipient.
  • 1955 - The movie Hired Guns starring Faron Young debuted.
  • 1955 - The Louvin Brothers became members of the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1958 - The Annette series began running on the Mickey Mouse Club.
  • 1972 - David Bowie opened his Ziggy Stardust Tour in London.
  • 1974 - Phil Spector was in a serious car accident that led to his needing extensive plastic surgery.
  • 1974 - Deep Purple opened a North American tour in Los Angeles
  • 1976 - Elvis Presley became a police reserve in Memphis.
  • 1990 - Eric Clapton completed his 18-night run at London's Royal Albert Hall.
  • 1998 - Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses was charged with disorderly conduct after a fight with a baggage handler in Arizona.
  • 1999 - Musician magazine stopped publication after 21 years.
  • 2001 - Eminem was investigated for drug use after he appeared to take ecstasy during a show in Manchester.
  • 2003 - The Rolling Stones play a free show in Los Angeles with help from Bill Clinton to raise awareness of global warming.
  • 2004 - Diana Ross was given a sentence of two days in jail for a DUI charge.
  • 2005 - Roger Daltrey was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
  • 2011 - The video game series Guitar Hero was discontinued.
  • 2014 - A Seattle woman was charged with cyber stalking after sending over 100 threatening tweets to Chris Cornell. 

Marriages
  • 1966 - Bob Marley and Rita Anderson (Soulettes)
  • 2001 - Weird Al Yankovic and Suzanne Krajewski
  • 2006 - Scott Stapp (Creed) and Jaclyn Nesheiwat

Recorded
  • 1956 - Long Tall Sally - Little Richard
  • 1973 - Ring Ring - ABBA
  • 1977 - The Clash began recording their first album.

Released
  • 1958 - The Fires Burn No More - Chesters (debut single - Would become Little Anthony & the Imperials)
  • 1971 - Tapestry - Carole King
  • 1976 - Dream On - Aerosmith (single, re-release)
  • 1978 - Van Halen - Van Halen (debut album)
  • 1978 - Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits (single)
  • 1987 - Exposure - Expose (debut album)
  • 2004 - The College Dropout - Kanye West (solo debut album)

Awards
  • 2008 - Grammy Awards
    • Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Female Pop Vocal - Rehab - Amy Winehouse
    • Album of the Year - River: The Joni Letters - Herbie Hancock
    • New Artist - Amy Winehouse
    • Male Pop Vocal - What Goes Around Comes Around - Justin Timberlake
    • Pop Performance Duo or Group - Makes Me Wonder - Maroon 5
    • Rock Solo Vocal - Gravity - Radio Nowhere - Bruce Springsteen
    • Rock Performance Duo or Group, Alternative Album - Icky Thump - White Stripes
    • Hard Rock Performance - The Pretender - Foo Fighters
    • Metal Performance - Final Six - Slayer
    • Female R&B Vocal - No One - Alicia Keys
    • Male R&B Vocal - Future Baby Mama - Prince
    • R&B Performance Duo or Group - Disrespectful - Chaka Khan Featuring Mary J. Blige
    • R&B Album - Funk This - Chaka Khan
    • Rap Solo - Stronger - Kanye West
    • Rap Performance Duo or Group - Southside - Common Featuring Kanye West
    • Rap Album - Graduation - Kanye West
    • Female Country Vocal - Before He Cheats - Carrie Underwood
    • Male Country Vocal - Stupid Boy - Keith Urban
    • Duo or Group Country Performance - How Long - Eagles
    • Country Album - These Days - Vince Gill
    • Blues Traditional Album - Last of the Great Mississippi Bluesmen: Live in Dallas - Henry James Townsend, Joe Willie “Pinetop” Perkins, Robert Lockwood Jr., David Honeyboy Edwards
    • Blues Contemporary Blues Album - The Road to Escondido - J.J. Cale & Eric Clapton

Broadcasts
  • 1993 - Oprah Winfrey - Michael Jackson (first interview in 14 years)

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