Almanac: February 21, 2016

Birthdays
  • 1927 - Don Reno (d. 1984)
  • 1933 - Nina Simone (d. 2003)
  • 1943 - David Geffen (73)
  • 1948 - Paul Newton (Uriah Heep) (68)
  • 1949 - Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads) (67)
  • 1951 - Vince Welnick (Tubes) (d. 2006)
  • 1952 - Jean-Jacques Burnel (Stranglers) (64)
  • 1958 - Mary Chapin Carpenter (58)
  • 1960 - Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate) (56)
  • 1961 - Ranking Roger (born Roger Charlery) (English Beat) (55)
  • 1966 - Randy Blythe (Lamb of God) (50)
  • 1966 - Wendy James (Transvision Vamp) (50)
  • 1967 - Michael Ward (Wallflowers) (49)
  • 1969 - James Dean Bradfield (Manic Street Preachers) (47)
  • 1970 - Eric Wilson (Sublime) (46)
  • 1970 - Eric Heatherly (46)
  • 1975 - Wish Bone (born Charles Schruggs) (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony) (41)
  • 1985 - Zach Swon (Swon Brothers) (31)
  • 1986 - Charlotte Church (30)
Deaths
  • 1980 - Janet Vogel (Skyliners) - Suicide (37)
  • 1982 - Murray the K (DJ) - Cancer (60)
  • 2001 - Ronnie Hilton - Stroke (75)
  • 2001 - Malcolm Yelvington (82)
  • 2003 - Tom Glazer (88)
  • 2004 - Les Gray (Mud) - Heart attack (57)
On This Day
  • 1948 - Little Jimmy Dickens made his first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry. 
  • 1958 - The first Gibson Flying V Guitar was shipped.
  • 1958 - Merle Haggard was transferred to San Quentin Prison after an escape attempt from the Bakersfield jail. 
  • 1964 - Billy Joel joined the New York band The Echoes.
  • 1968 - McGraw-Hill wins the publishing rights for the book The Beatles by Hunter Davies.
  • 1981 - Boxcar Willie joined the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1987 - Sly Stone was jailed on drug charges.
  • 1995 - Bruce Springsteen performed with the E-Street Band for the first time in seven years.
  • 2001 - Robbie Williams was thrown from the stage during a concert in Stuttgart, Germany by a man who was arrested and taken to a psychiatric clinic.
  • 2001 - Tom Morello denied that Chris Cornell was the new lead singer of Rage Against the Machine (even though it turned out to be true).
  • 2002 - Elton John said the music industry was doing a disservice to young talent by using too many manufactured groups.
  • 2002 - Venezuelan actor Juan carlos Diaz, who had been accused of stalking Gloria and Emilio Estefan, was arrested for trespassing on their estate.
  • 2008 - A record collector in the U.S. sold his three-million albums, singles and CDs to an Irish man for over $3 million.
  • 2009 - Some of James Brown's personal items were put on display at South Carolina State University.
  • 2009 - Rihanna thanked her fans for their support during her recovery from the attack prior to the Grammys allegedly by Chris Brown.
  • 2011 - The Monkees announced their 45th anniversary tour featuring Mickey Dolenz, Davey Jones and Peter Tork.
  • 2012 - Pussy Riot's performance at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow was used as evidence that put three members into a Russian jail. 
  • 2014 - A crew member was killed while working on the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider
Released
  • 1964 - Not Fade Away - Rolling Stones
  • 1964 - Just One Look - Hollies
  • 1964 - Little Children - Billy J. Kramer
Awards
  • 1990 - Grammy Awards
    • Record of the Year - Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler
    • Album of the Year, Female Rock Vocal - Nick of Time - Bonnie Raitt
    • Song of the Year - Wind Beneath My Wings - Jeff Silbar & Larry Henley (Bette Midler)
    • New Artist - Milli Vanilli
    • Female Pop Vocal - Nick of Time - Bonnie Raitt
    • Male Pop Vocal - How Am I Supposed to Live Without You - Michael Bolton
    • Pop Performance Duo or Group - Don't Know Much - Aaron Neville & Linda Ronstadt
    • Male Rock Vocal - The End of the Innocence - Don Henley
    • Rock Performance Duo or Group - Traveling Wilburys, Volume 1 - Traveling Wilburys
    • Hard Rock Performance - Cult of Personality - Living Colour
    • Metal Performance - One - Metallica
    • Female R&B Vocal - Just Because - Anita Baker
    • Male R&B Vocal - Every Little Step - Bobby Brown
    • R&B Performance Duo or Group - Back to Life - Soul II Soul & Caron Wheeler
    • Rap Performance - Bust a Move - Young MC
    • Female Country Vocal - Absolute Torch & Twang - k.d. lang
    • Male Country Vocal - Lyle Lovett & His Large Band - Lyle Lovett
    • Duo or Group Country Performance - Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Volume II - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
    • Blues Traditional Album - I'm in the Mood - Bonnie Raitt & John Lee Hooker
    • Blues Contemporary Blues Album - In Step - Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
  • 2001 - Grammy Awards
    • Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Rock Performance Duo or Group - Beautiful Day - U2
    • Album of the Year - Two Against Nature - Steely Day
    • New Artist - Shelby Lynn
    • Female Pop Vocal - I Try - Macy Gray
    • Male Pop Vocal - She Walks This Earth - Sting
    • Pop Performance Duo or Group - Cousin Dupree - Steely Dan
    • Female Rock Vocal - There Goes the Neighborhood - Sheryl Crow
    • Male Rock Vocal - Again - Lenny Kravitz
    • Hard Rock Performance - Guerrilla Radio - Rage Against the Machine
    • Metal Performance - Elite - Deftones
    • Female R&B Vocal - He Wasn't Man Enough - Toni Braxton
    • Male R&B Vocal - Untitled (How Does It Feel) - D'Angelo
    • R&B Performance Duo or Group - Say My Name - Destiny's Child
    • R&B Album - Voodoo - D'Angelo
    • Rap Solo - The Real Slim Shady - Eminem
    • Rap Performance Duo or Group - Forget About Dre - Dr. Dre and Eminem
    • Rap Album - The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem
    • Female Country Vocal - Breathe - Faith Hill
    • Male Country Vocal - i - Johnny Cash
    • Duo or Group Country Performance - Cherokee Maiden - Asleep at the Wheel
    • Country Album - Breathe - Faith Hill
    • Alternative Album - Kid A - Radiohead
    • Blues Traditional Album - Riding With the King - B.B. King & Eric Clapton
    • Blues Contemporary Blues Album - Shoutin' in Key - Taj Mahal and the Phantom Blues Band
Broadcasts

  • 1970 - American Bandstand (ABC) - Jackson 5 (TV debut)
  • 1977 - Neil Diamond concert (NBC)
  • 1981 - Saturday Night Live (NBC) - Prince

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