Almanac: February 28, 2016

Birthdays
  • 1921 - Saul Zaentz (executive, Fantasy Records) (d. 2014)
  • 1923 - Audrey Williams (d. 1975)
  • 1927 - Tom Helms (Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboys) (d. 2008)
  • 1939 - John Fahey (d. 2001)
  • 1940 - Joe South (d. 2012)
  • 1941 - Marty Sanders (Jay & the Americans) (75)
  • 1942 - Brian Jones (d. 1969)
  • 1943 - Donny Iris (Wild Cherry) (73)
  • 1943 - Barbara Acklin (d. 1998)
  • 1945 - Ronnie Rosman (Tommy James & the Shondells) (71)
  • 1952 - Eddie Manion (Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes) (64)
  • 1957 - Phil Gould (Level 42) (59)
  • 1957 - Ian Stanley (Tears for Fears) (59)
  • 1957 - Cindy Wilson (B-52's) (59)
  • 1963 - Ian Brown (Stone Roses) (53)
  • 1969 - Patrick Monahan (Train) (47)
  • 1972 - Danny McCormack (Wildhearts) (44)
  • 1977 - Jason Aldean (born Jason Williams) (39)
  • 1985 - Fefe Dobson (31)
  • 1994 - Jake Bugg (born Jake Kennedy) (22)
Deaths
  • 1974 - Bobby Bloom - Suicide (28)
  • 1985 - David Byron (Uriah Heep) - Alcohol related liver disease & seizures (38)
  • 2005 - Chris Curtis (Searchers) (63)
  • 2008 - Mike Smith (Dave Clark Five) - Pneumonia (64)
  • 2010 - Tom "T-Bone" Wolk (Daryl Hall & John Oates) - Heart attack (58)
On This Day
  • 1930 - Huddie Leadbetter (Leadbelly) began his last prison sentence in Angola, LA. He was pardoned four years later.
  • 1959 - Cashbox magazine began using the red “bullet” to indicate records with the strongest upward movement.
  • 1966 - The police were called when over 100 people barricaded themselves in Liverpool's Cavern Club. The club had announced it was going to close because of debts.
  • 1970 - Matthew Fisher left Procol Harum.
  • 1972 - Patti and George Harrison were injured in a car accident with Patti being unconscious for a number of days.
  • 1977 - Ray Charles was attacked by an audience member who tried to strangle him with a rope.
  • 1982 - Scott Gorham, guitarist for Thin Lizzy, collapsed during a stop on the band's European tour from a heroin withdrawal.
  • 1986 - George Michael announce the break-up of Wham! over the coming summer.
  • 1988 - k.d. lang performed at the closing of the Winter Olympics.
  • 1991 - The Record Plant recording studios in Hollywood closed.
  • 1991 - Los Angeles declares it Curtis Mayfield Day.
  • 1994 - Eric Clapton played his 100th show at London's Royal Albert Hall.
  • 1997 - Marion “Suge” Knight was sentenced to nine years in prison for perole violation.
  • 2000 - Stan Penrige, who wrote the Kiss hit Beth, sues the group for unpaid royalties.
  • 2005 - Michael Jackson's trial for child molestation opens.
  • 2005 - A 24-year-old member of 50 Cent's entourage was shot during an interview with the rapper at a West Village radio station.
  • 2008 - Boy George plead not guilty to a charge of imprisoning a male prostitute at his home.
Recorded
  • 1989 - Oh Mercy - Bob Dylan (first session)
Released
  • 1995 - Pieces of You - Jewel (debut album)
Awards
  • 1976 - Grammy Awards
    • Record of the Year - Love Will Keep Us Together - Captain & Tennille
    • Album of the Year - Still Crazy After All These Years - Paul Simon
    • Song of the Year - Send in the Clowns - Steven Sondheim
    • New Artist - Natalie Cole
  • 1984 - Grammy Awards
    • Record of the Year, Male Pop Vocal, Male Rock Vocal - Beat It - Michael Jackson
    • Album of the Year - Thriller - Michael Jackson
    • Song of the Year - Every Breath You Take - Sting
    • New Artist - Culture Club
    • Female Pop Vocal - Flashdance...What a Feeling - Irene Cara
    • Pop Performance Duo or Group - Every Breath You Take - Police
    • Female Rock Vocal - Love is a Battlefield - Pat Benatar
    • Rock Performance Duo or Group - Synchronicity - Police
    • Female R&B Vocal - Chaka Khan - Chaka Khan
    • Male R&B Vocal - Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
    • R&B Performance Duo or Group - Ain't Nobody - Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan
    • Female Country Vocal - A Little Good News - Anne Murray
    • Male Country Vocal - I.O.U. - Lee Greenwood
    • Duo or Group Country Performance - The Closer You Get - Alabama
    • Blues Traditional Record - Blues n' Jazz - B.B. King
  • 1996 - Grammy Award
    • Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Male Pop Vocal - Kiss From a Rose - Seal
    • Album of the Year - Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morissette
    • New Artist - Hootie & the Blowfish
    • Female Pop Vocal - No More I Love Yous - Annie Lennox
    • Pop Performance Duo or Group - Let Her Cry - Hootie & the Blowfish
    • Female Rock Vocal - You Outghta Know - Alanis Morissette
    • Male Rock Vocal - You Don't Know How It Feels - Tom Petty
    • Rock Performance Duo or Group - Run-Around - Blues Traveler
    • Hard Rock Performance - Spin the Black Circle - Pearl Jam
    • Rock Album - Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morissette
    • Metal Performance - Happiness in Slavery - Nine Inch Nails
    • Female R&B Vocal - I Apologize - Anita Baker
    • Male R&B Vocal - For Your Love - Stevie Wonder
    • R&B Performance Duo or Group - Creep - TLC
    • R&B Album - CrazySexyCool - TLC
    • Rap Solo - Gangsta's Paradise - Coolio
    • Rap Duo or Group - I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need to Get By - Mary J. Blige & Method Man
    • Rap Album - Poverty's Paradise - Naughty By Nature
    • Female Country Vocal - Baby, Now That I've Found You - Alison Krauss & Union Station
    • Male Country Vocal - Go Rest High On the Mountain - Vince Gill
    • Duo or Group Country Performance - Here Comes the Rain - Mavericks
    • Country Album - Woman in Me - Shania Twain
    • Alternative Performance - MTV Unplugged in New York - Nirvana
    • Blues Traditional Album - Chill Out - John Lee Hooker
    • Blues Contemporary Album - Slippin' In - Buddy Guy
Broadcasting

  • 1993 - Rio Diablo - Travis Tritt, Naomi Judd, Kenny Rogers
  • 1998 - Saturday Night Live (NBC) - Garth Brooks (host and musical guest)

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