Almanac: February 25, 2016

Birthdays
  • 1927 - Ralph Stanley (88)
  • 1932 - Faron Young (d. 1996)
  • 1942 - Roy Michaels (Cat Mother & the All Night Newsboys) (74)
  • 1943 - George Harrison (d. 2001) (Generally accepted date)
  • 1945 - Elkie Brooks (71)
  • 1950 - Emitt Rhodes (66)
  • 1954 - John Doe (X) (62)
  • 1957 - Stuart John Wood (Bay City Rollers) (59)
  • 1957 - Dennis Diken (Smithereens) (59)
  • 1959 - Mike Peters (Alarm) (57)
  • 1961 - Chris Pitman (Guns N' Roses) (55)
  • 1962 - Foster Sylvers (Sylvers) (54)
  • 1965 - Brian Baker (Minor Threat, Bad Religion) (51)
  • 1971 - Daniel Powter (45)
  • 1973 - Justin Paul Jeffre (98 Degrees) (43)
  • 1978 - Shawna McIlwain (Thompson Square) (38)
  • 1982 - Meiko (34)
  • 1982 - Bert McCracken (The Used) (34)
Deaths
  • 1993 - Toy Caldwell (Marshall Tucker Band) - Cocaine overdose (45)
  • 1998 - Rockin' Sidney (born Sidney Simien) - Throat cancer (59)
  • 2005 - Edward Patten (Gladys Knight & the Pips) - Stroke (65)
  • 2008 - Static Major (born Stephen Garrett) - Complications of myasthenia gravis (33)
  • 2010 - Michael Blosil (son of Marie Osmond) - Suicide (18)
  • 2011 - Susan Rotolo (girlfriend of Bob Dylan) - Lung cancer (67)
On This Day
  • 1961 - It was Elvis Presley Day in Memphis, TN as Presley performed his first post-service concert. 
  • 1965 - The Beatles worked on the first day of filming on Help!
  • 1970 - Jimmy Page spit on a fan after a Led Zeppelin concert in Sweden after the fan played harmonica along with one of their songs. 
  • 1972 - Led Zeppelin played their first show in New Zealand. 25,000 attended, the biggest crowd ever in the country to date. 
  • 1977 - The Jam signed with Polydor Records.
  • 1981 - Christopher Cross became the first and only artist (to date) to sweep the top four categories at the Grammy Awards. 
  • 1985 - U2 opened their first U.S. arena tour in Dallas, TX. 
  • 1995 - Frank Sinatra sang for an audience for the last time at the Frank Sinatra Desert Classic golf tournament. 
  • 1995 - Lyle Lovett broke his collarbone in a motorcycle accident. 
  • 1998 - Bo Diddley and Roy Orbison received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. 
  • 2000 - The Spice Girls lost a lawsuit over their cancelled 1998 tour. 
  • 2001 - Lil Kim was involved in a shooting outside New York radio station Hot 97. She initially claimed she was not involved. 
  • 2002 - Billy Joel was honored as MusiCares Person of the Year.
  • 2003 - 3-D of Massive Attack was arrested on suspicion of downloading child pornography. 
  • 2004 - Boy George paid $18,000 in damages to a nightclub employee that he had punched. 
  • 2004 - Sixpence None the Richer announced that they were breaking up.
  • 2005 - Whitney Houston was hospitalized for suspected food poisoning. 
  • 2006 - George Michael was arrested in London for suspicion of possessing drugs after he was found slumped over the wheel of his car in Hyde Park. 
  • 2006 - John Lydon of the Sex Pistols announced that the band would not be attending their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 
  • 2009 - Stevie Wonder received the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize from President Obama. 
  • 2010 - A judge allowed Ozzy Osbourne to move ahead with a suit against Tony Iommi over the Black Sabbath name. 
  • 2014 - Loretta Lynn received minor burns during a fire in her home. 
Recorded
  • 1957 - That'll Be the Day - Buddy Holly (2nd Version)
  • 1964 - Can't Buy Me Love - Beatles
Released
  • 1956 - Down in Mexico - Coasters
  • 1956 - Church Bells May Ring - Willows
Awards
  • 1981 - Grammy Awards
    • Record of the Year - Sailing - Christopher Cross
    • Album of the Year - Christopher Cross - Christopher Cross
    • Song of the Year - Sailing - Christopher Cross
    • New Artist - Christopher Cross
  • 1992 - Grammy Awards
    • Record of the Year - Unforgettable - Natalie Cole
    • Album of the Year - Unforgettable...With Love - Natalie Cole
    • Song of the Year - Unforgettable - Irving Gordon
    • New Artist - Marc Cohen
  • 1998 - Grammy Awards
    • Record of the Year - Sunny Came Home - Shawn Colvin
    • Album of the Year - Time Out of Mind - Bob Dylan
    • Song of the Year - Sunny Came Home - Shawn Colvin and John Leventhal
    • New Artist - Paula Cole
Broadcasts

  • 1965 - Ready! Steady! Go! - Rolling Stones
  • 1987 - Magnum, P.I. - Frank Sinatra
  • 2001 - The Simpsons (Fox) - N'Sync

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