Almanac: February 19, 2016

Birthdays
  • 1936 - Bob Engemann (Lettermen) (d. 2013)
  • 1937 - Mandy Chaves (Jagguars)
  • 1940 - Smokey Robinson (76)
  • 1940 - Barbara Ellis (Fleetwoods) (76)
  • 1940 - Bobby Rogers (Miracles) (d. 2013)
  • 1943 - Lou Christie (73)
  • 1946 - Paul Dean (Loverboy) (70)
  • 1946 - Pierre van der Linden (Brainbox) (70)
  • 1948 - Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) (68)
  • 1948 - Mark Andes (Canned Heat, Spirit, Firefall, Heart) (68)
  • 1949 - Eddie Hardin (Spencer Davis Group) (67)
  • 1950 - Andy Powell (Wishbone Ash) (66)
  • 1954 - Francis Buchholz (Scorpions) (62)
  • 1954 - Jamie West-Oram (Fixx) (62)
  • 1956 - Dave Wakeling (English Beat, General Public) (60)
  • 1956 - Peter Holsapple (dB's, Continental Drifters) (60)
  • 1957 - Falco (born Johann Holzel) (d. 1998)
  • 1958 - William Galison (58)
  • 1963 - Seal (born Henry Samuel) (53)
  • 1964 - Doug Aldrich (Dio, Whitesnake) (52)
  • 1967 - Kate Radley (Spiritualized) (49)
  • 1968 - Prince Markie Dee (born Mark Morales) (Fat Boys) (48)
  • 1968 - Frank Watkins (Obituary) (48)
  • 1975 - Daniel Adair (Nickelback, 3 Doors Down) (41)
  • 1981 - Beth Ditto (born Mary Patterson) (Gossip) (35)
Deaths
  • 1980 - Bon Scott (AC/DC) - Acute alcohol poisoning (33)
  • 1998 - Grandpa Jones (born Louis Jones) - Stroke (84)
  • 2003 - Johnny Paycheck - Emphysema and asthma (64)
  • 2009 - Kelly Groucutt (Electric Light Orchestra) - Heart attack (63)
On This Day
  • 1958 - Carl Perkins left Sun Records for a new contract with Columbia.
  • 1976 - Rich Stevens, former lead singer of Tower of Power, was arrested for the murder of three men in San Jose, CA.
  • 1981 - Diana Ross' former accountant pleaded guilty to embezzling money from Ross. 
  • 1982 - Ozzy Osbourne was arrested in San Antonio, TX for urinating on the Alamo. 
  • 1968 - Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers opened on London's West End in Charlie Girl, a role he would keep for 3-1/2 years. 
  • 1981 - George Harrison was ordered to pay ABKCO Music $587,000 for subconsciously copying the tune of My Sweet Lord from He's So Fine
  • 1987 - The movie Red-Headed Stranger with Willie Nelson debuts in Austin, TX. 
  • 1987 - Taj Mahal is joined on stage by George Harrison, Bob Dylan and John Fogerty at the Palimino Club in Hollywood. 
  • 1995 - Roxette were the first western group to play in Beijing in eleven years. 
  • 1996 - Bjork attacked a news reporter in Bangkok, hitting her head against the floor. 
  • 1996 - Jarvis Cocker of Pulp was arrested by London Police for allegedly attacking three children who were performing with Michael Jackson at the Brit Awards. 
  • 1997 - Motley Crue was found not responsible for the hearing loss of an audience member. 
  • 1997 - Miles Davis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 
  • 1998 - The Stray Cats played a one-night reunion show at the House of Blues in Los Angeles.
  • 2000 - Garth Brooks signed a contract to join the New York Mets at spring training. 
  • 2002 - A judge found James Brown not guilty of five counts of sexual harassment. 
  • 2004 - The family of Johnny Cash blocked a hemorrhoid-cream company from using the song Ring of Fire in advertising. 
Marriages
  • 1995 - Tommy Lee (Motley Crue) and Pamela Anderson
Recorded
  • 1958 - Magic Touch - Platters
  • 1964 - The Sounds of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel
  • 1965 - You're Going to Lose That Girl - Beatles
  • 1969 - Kentucky Rain - Elvis Presley
Released
  • 1958 - Got a Job - Miracles (debut single)
  • 1971 - Another Day - Paul McCartney (U.K. release)
  • 1985 - She's the Boss - Mick Jagger (first solo album)
Awards
  • 1974 - American Music Awards (First ceremony)
    • Pop/Rock Male - Jim Croce
    • Pop/Rock Female - Helen Reddy
    • Pop/Rock Duo or Group - Carpenters
    • Pop/Rock Album - Lady Sings the Blues - Diana Ross
    • Pop/Rock Single - Tie a Yellow Ribbon (Round the Old Oak Tree) - Tony Orlando and Dawn
    • R&B Male - Stevie Wonder
    • R&B Female - Roberta Flack
    • R&B Duo or Group - Temptations
    • R&B Album - I'm Still in Love With You - Al Green
    • R&B Single - Superstition - Stevie Wonder
    • Country Male - Charley Pride
    • Country Female - Lynn Anderson
    • Country Duo or Group - Carter Family 
    • Country Album - A Sun Shiny Day - Charley Pride
    • Country Single - Behind Closed Doors - Charlie Rich
    • Award of Merit - Bing Crosby
  • 1977 - Grammy Awards
    • Record - This Masquerade - George Benson
    • Album - Songs in the Key of Life - Stevie Wonder
    • Song - I Write the Songs - Bruce Johnston
    • New Artist - Starland Vocal Band
    • Pop Female - Hasten Down the Wind - Linda Ronstadt
    • Pop Male - Songs in the Key of Life - Stevie Wonder
    • Pop Duo or Group - If You Leave Me Now - Chicago
    • R&B Female - Sophisticated Lady (She's a Different Lady) - Natalie Cole
    • R&B Male - I Wish - Stevie Wonder
    • R&B Duo or Group - You Don't Have to Be a Star (to Be in My Show) - Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. 
    • R&B Song - Lowdown - Boz Scaggs & David Paich
    • Country Female - Elite Hotel - Emmylou Harris
    • Country Male - (I'm a) Stand By My Woman Man - Ronnie Milsap
    • Country Duo or Group - The End is Not in Sight (The Cowboy Tune) - Amazing Rhythm Aces
    • Country Song - Broken Lady - Larry Gatlin
    • Producer of the Year - Stevie Wonder
  • 1996 - Brit Awards
    • British Album - What's the Story, Morning Glory? - Oasis
    • British Single - Back For Good - Take That
    • British Video - Wonderwall - Oasis
    • Soundtrack - Braveheart
    • British Male - Paul Weller
    • British Female - Annie Lennox
    • British Group - Oasis
    • British Breakthrough Act - Supergrass
    • British Dance Act - Massive Attack
    • British Producer - Brian Eno
    • International Male - Prince
    • International Female - Bjork
    • International Group - Bon Jovi
    • International Breakthrough Artist - Alanis Morissette
    • Outstanding Contribution to Music - David Bowie
    • Freddie Mercury Award - The Help Album
    • Artist of a Generation - Michael Jackson
  • 2014 - Brit Awards
    • British Male - David Bowie
    • British Female - Ellie Goulding
    • British Group - Arctic Monkeys
    • International Group - Daft Punk
    • Breakthrough Act - Bastille
    • Critic's Choice - Sam Smith
    • British Album - AM - Arctic Monkeys
    • British Single - Waiting All Night - Rudimental Featuring Ella Eyer
    • International Male - Bruno Mars
    • International Female - Lorde
    • British Producer - Flood and Alan Moulder
    • British Video - Best Song Ever - One Direction
    • Brit's Global Success - One Direction 
Broadcasts

  • 1970 - Bewitched (ABC) - Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart
  • 1974 - Don Kirshner's Rock Concert (ABC) - KISS (TV debut)
  • 2005 - CMT Crossroads (CMT) - John Fogerty and Keith Urban
  • 2014 - The Tonight Show (NBC) - Tim McGraw

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