Almanac: February 9, 2016

Birthdays
  • 1914 - Ernest Tubb (d. 1984)
  • 1939 - Barry Mann (77)
  • 1940 - Brian Bennett (Shadows) (76)
  • 1942 - Carole King (74)
  • 1943 - Barbara Lewis (73)
  • 1947 - Major Harris (d. 2012)
  • 1947 - Joe Ely (69)
  • 1951 - Dennis Thomas (Kool & the Gang) (65)
  • 1955 - Jimmy Pursey (Sham 69) (61)
  • 1960 - Holly Johnson (Frankie Goes to Hollywood) (56)
  • 1963 - Travis Tritt (53)
  • 1963 - David Rotheray (Beautiful South) (53)
  • 1966 - Rachel Bolan (Skid Row) (50)
  • 1981 - The Rev (born James Sullivan) (Avenged Sevenfold) (35)

Deaths
  • 1967 - Percy Faith - Cancer (67)
  • 1981 - Bill Haley - Brain tumor (55)
  • 1991 - Reverend James Cleveland - Heart failure (59)
  • 1997 - Jack Owens (92)
  • 1997 - Brian Connolly (Sweet) - Kidney and liver failure (47)

On This Day
  • 1961 - The Beatles made their first appearance at Liverpool's Cavern Club using their new name.
  • 1968 - Hal Cone, the former head of Jones Records and manager of the Monkees, was found guilty of theft, forgery, receiving stolen property and conspiracy.
  • 1972 - Paul McCartney & Wings opened a U.K. college tour with an unannounced show in Nottingham.
  • 1974 - ABBA's song Waterloo was chosen to represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest.
  • 1982 - George Harrison finally presented UNICEF with $9 million from the 1972 Concert for Bangladesh.
  • 1990 - Nirvana started a short west coast U.S. tour opening for Dinosaur, Jr.
  • 1993 - Annie Lennox became the mother of a daughter, Tali.
  • 1999 - Dave Grohl and his associated companies filed suit against Disney for using the Foo Fighters' Big Me in ads for the film Rounders.
  • 2001 - Eminem was forced to get additional security while touring the U.K. because of threats from gay rights groups.
  • 2004 - The Tower Records chain filed for bankruptcy.
  • 2004 - Diana Ross was convicted of DUI.
  • 2009 - Ringo Starr received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 2010 - The White Stripes took on the U.S. Air Force over their use of the song Fell in Love With a Girl in an advertisement.

Marriages
  • 1957 - Richard Harris and Elizabeth Rees
  • 1991 - Andrew Lloyd Webber and Madeleine Gurdon

Recorded
  • 1962 - Breaking Up is Hard to Do - Neil Sedaka
  • 1975 - Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain - Willie Nelson

Released
  • 1959 - White Lightning - George Jones
  • 1983 - Little Red Corvette - Prince (single)
  • 1993 - Off the Ground - Paul McCartney
  • 1993 - Wandering Spirit - Mick Jagger
  • 2010 - Soldier of Love - Sade

Awards
  • 1987 - Brit Awards
    • British Male Solo Artist - Peter Gabriel
    • British Female Solo Artist - Kate Bush
    • British Group - Five Star
    • British Newcomer - Housemartins
    • British Single - West End Girls - Pet Shop Boys
    • British Album - Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits
    • British Producer - Dave Stewart
    • International Solo Artist - Paul Simon
    • International Group - Bangles
    • Outstanding Contribution - Eric Clapton
  • 2005 - Brit Awards
    • British Male Solo Artist - Steets
    • British Female Solo Artist, British Urban Act - Joss Stone
    • British Group, British Rock Act - Franz Ferdinand
    • British Newcomer - Keane
    • British Single - Your Game - Will Young
    • British Album - Hopes and Fears - Keane
    • British Live Act - Muse
    • Pop Act - McFly
    • International Album - Scissor Sisters - Scissor Sisters
    • International Male - Eminem
    • International Female - Gwen Stefani
    • International Group, International Breakthrough Act - Scissor Sisters
    • Outstanding Contribution - Eric Clapton

Broadcasts
  • 1964 - Ed Sullivan Show (CBS) - Beatles
  • 1967 - Top of the Pops (BBC) - Beatles (films for Penny Lane & Strawberry Fields Forever) 
  • 1975 - Cher (CBS) (debut) - Elton John, Bette Midler

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