Almanac: February 12, 2016

Birthdays
  • 1911 - Stephen H. Sholes (RCA Executive) (d. 1968) 
  • 1915 - Lorne Greene (d. 1987)
  • 1935 - Gene McDaniels (d. 2011)
  • 1939 - Ray Manzarek (Doors) (d. 2013)
  • 1941 - Rick Frank (Elephant's Memory) (75)
  • 1944 - Moe Bandy (72)
  • 1946 - Joe Schermie (Three Dog Night) (d. 2002)
  • 1949 - Stanley Knight (Black Oak Arkansas) (d. 2013)
  • 1950 - Steve Hackett (Genesis, GTR) (66)
  • 1952 - Michael McDonald (64)
  • 1955 - Bill Laswell (bassist) (61)
  • 1958 - Grant McLennan (Go-Betweens) (d. 2006)
  • 1959 - Omar Hakim (Dire Straits, Weather Report, Sting) (57)
  • 1959 - Neil Conti (Prefab Sprout) (57)
  • 1966 - Gary Whelan (Happy Mondays) (50)
  • 1966 - Paul Crook (Meat Loaf, Anthrax) (50)
  • 1968 - Chynna Phillips (Wilson Phillips) (48)
  • 1970 - Jim Creeggan (Barenaked Ladies) (46)
  • 1978 - Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) (38)
  • 1981 - Lisa Hannigan (35)
Deaths
  • 1976 - Sal Mineo - Murdered (37)
  • 1983 - Eubie Blake (96)
  • 1991 - Roger Patterson (Atheist) - Car accident (23)
  • 1995 - Tony Secunda (manager Moody Blues, Procol Harum, more) - Heart attack (54)
  • 2000 - Screamin' Jay Hawkins - Aneurysm (70)
  • 2000 - Oliver (born William Swofford) - Cancer (54)
  • 2005 - Sammi Smith (61)
On This Day
  • 1965 - Pye Records in the U.K. signed Donovan who they called "the British Bob Dylan."
  • 1967 - The police raided Keith Richards' home in West Sussex, England while he was throwing a party. 
  • 1968 - Jimi Hendrix returned to Seattle to receive the key to the city and perform at his High School. 
  • 1974 - The Bottom Line opened in New York City. 
  • 1976 - The Sex Pistols played their first ever London show.
  • 1981 - Debbie Harry announced she would make a solo album. 
  • 1989 - Aretha Franklin lost a $1 million court case brought by the producers of the Broadway show Sing Mahalia Sing after she failed to show up for rehearsals. 
  • 1989 - Tiny Tim announced he was running for Mayor of New York. 
  • 1997 - U2 announced their Pop Mart tour at a K-Mart store in Greenwich Village, New York. 
  • 1997 - David Bowie received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 1998 - Elton John was knighted by Queen Elizabeth. 
  • 2003 - John Densmore sued his former Doors bandmates Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger for trademark infringement when they used the Doors name for their current group. He also filed for breach of contract and unfair competition.
  • 2003 - The surviving members of the Grateful Dead change their band's name from The Other Ones to The Dead. 
  • 2007 - It was announced that the Police were reforming.
  • 2008 - Ron Isley lost his appeal of a three-year sentence for tax fraud. 
  • 2008 - Emmylou Harris, Tom T. Hall, the Statler Brothers and Ernest Stoneman were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. 
Recorded
  • 1956 - I Put a Spell on You - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
  • 1957 - Searchin'Youngblood - Coasters
  • 1963 - Act Naturally - Buck Owens 
  • 1977 - Fall Out - The Police (their first single)
Released
  • 1966 - 19th Nervous Breakdown - Rolling Stones
Awards
  • 2012 - Grammy Awards
    • Record - Rolling in the Deep - Adele
    • Album - 21 - Adele
    • Song - Rolling in the Deep - Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth
    • New Artist - Bon Iver
    • Pop Solo - Someone Like You - Adele
    • Pop Duo/Group - Body & Soul - Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse
    • Pop Vocal Album - 21 - Adele
    • Dance Recording - Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites - Scrillex
    • Electronic/Dance Album - Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites - Scrillex
    • Traditional Pop Album - Duets II - Tony Bennett
    • Rock Performance - Walk - Foo Fighters
    • Hard Rock - White Limo - Foo Fighters
    • Rock Song - Walk - Foo Fighters
    • Rock Album - Wasting Light - Foo Fighters
    • Alternative Album - Bon Iver, Bon Iver - Bon Iver
    • R&B Performance - Is This Love - Corinne Bailey Rae
    • Traditional R&B - Fool For You - Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona
    • R&B Song - Fool For You - Cee Lo Green, Melanie Fiona & Jack Splash
    • R&B Album - F.A.M.E. - Chris Brown
    • Rap Performance - Otis - Jay-Z & Kanye West Featuring Otis Redding
    • Rap/Sung Collaboration - All of the Lights - Kanye West, Rihanna, Fergie & Kid Cudi
    • Rap Song - All the Lights - Jeff Bhasker, Fergie, Really Doe, Kanye West & Malik Yusef
    • Rap Album - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West
    • Country Solo - Mean - Taylor Swift
    • Country Duo/Group - Barton Hollow - The Civil Wars
    • Country Song - Mean - Taylor Swift
    • Country Album - Own the Night - Lady Antebellum
    • Americana Album - Ramble at the Ryman - Levon Helm
    • Bluegrass Album - Paper Airplane - Alison Krauss & Union Station
    • Blues Album - Revelator - Tedeschi Trucks Band
    • Folk Album - Barton Hollow - The Civil Wars
    • Reggae Album - Revelation Pt. 1: The Root of Life - Stephen Marley
    • Short Form Music Video - Rolling in the Deep - Adele
    • Long Form Music Video - Foo Fighters: Back and Forth - Foo Fighters
Broadcasts

  • 1970 - Top of the Pops (BBC) - John Lennon
  • 1975 - Cher (CBS) - Elton John, Bette Midler (debut)

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