Almanac: February 15, 2016

Birthdays
  • 1917 - Wally Fowler (Oak Ridge Quartet) (d. 1994)
  • 1918 - Hank Locklin (d. 2009)
  • 1941 - Brian Holland (Holland-Dozier-Holland) (75)
  • 1942 - Glyn Johns (audio engineer & producer) (74)
  • 1944 - Mick Avory (Kinks) (72)
  • 1945 - John Helliwell (Supertramp) (71)
  • 1950 - David Brown (Santana) (d. 2000)
  • 1951 - Melissa Manchester (65)
  • 1957 - Jake E. Lee (born Jake Williams) (Ozzy Osbourne) (59)
  • 1959 - Ali Campbell (UB40) (57)
  • 1960 - Mikey Craig (Culture Club) (56)
  • 1963 - Andy Ginn (Perfect Stranger) (53)
  • 1967 - Jane Child (49)
  • 1969 - Birdman (born Bryan Williams) (47)
  • 1974 - Stuart Richardson (Lostprophets) (45)
  • 1976 - Brandon Boyd (Incubus) (40)
  • 1976 - Ronnie Vannucci Jr. (Killers) (40)
  • 1977 - Brooks Wackerman (Bad Religion) (39)
  • 1980 - Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) (36)
  • 1981 - Matt Hoopes (Reliant K) (35)
  • 1981 - Olivia (born Olivia Longott) (35)

Deaths
  • 1965 - Nat King Cole - Lung cancer (45)
  • 1968 - Little Walter (born Marion Jacobs) - Coronary thrombosis the morning after a bar fight (37)
  • 1981 - Mike Bloomfield - Accidental heroin overdose (37)
  • 1999 - Big L (born Lamont Coleman) - Drive-by shooting (24)
On This Day
  • 1961 - Jackie Wilson was treated for a gunshot wound to the stomach after an altercation with a female fan.
  • 1964 - Meet the Beatles! became the Fab Four's first number 1 album in the U.S.
  • 1968 - John and Cynthia Lennon and George and Patti Harrison go to India to study with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
  • 1969 - Vickie Jones was arrested for impersonating Aretha Franklin at a Fort Myers, FL concert.
  • 1970 - The Daughters of the American Revolution banned rock shows from Constitution Hall in Washington after a riot at a Sly & the Family Stone concert was touched off by the group being five hours late.
  • 1976 - Bette Midler has to bail out members of her crew after they are arrested for cocaine and marijuana possession.
  • 1977 - Glen Matlock was fired from the Sex Pistols. He was replaced by Sid Vicious.
  • 1988 - Def Leppard cancelled a show in El Paso after Jo Elliott referred to the town as "the place with all those greasy Mexicans."
  • 1991 - A $25 million palimony suit was filed against Rod Stewart by ex-girlfriend Kelly Emberg.
  • 1998 - The Rolling Stones played the last show of their Bridges to Babylon tour in Las Vegas.
  • 2001 - David Lee Roth sued VanHalenStore.com to stop them from selling products that have his image.
  • 2001 - George Harrison took part in the first ever on-line chat on Yahoo Chat.
  • 2002 - Tommy Lee was sued by the parents of a child who drowned in Lee's pool.
  • 2002 - Waylon Jennings was laid to rest in Mesa, AZ.
  • 2005 - Michael Jackson was taken to the hospital suffering from the flu. His trial on child molestation charges is put on hold.
  • 2006 - The gravesite of Bon Scott of AC/DC was given heritage status.
  • 2008 - Guitar Hero: Aerosmith was announced.
Recorded
  • 1941 - Take the A Train - Duke Ellington (First version)
  • 1954 - Shake, Rattle & Roll - Big Joe Turner
  • 1961 - Blue Moon - Marcels
Released
  • 1965 -  Eight Days a Week - Beatles (U.S. release)
Awards
  • 1979 - Grammy Awards
    • Record of the Year, Song of the Year - Just the Way You Are - Billy Joel
    • Album of the Year - Saturday Night Fever soundtrack
    • New Artist - A Taste of Honey
    • Female Pop Vocal - You Needed Me - Anne Murray
    • Male Pop Vocal - Copacabana (At the Copa) - Barry Manilow
    • Pop Performance Duo or Group - Saturday Night Fever - Bee Gees
    • Female R&B Vocal - Last Dance - Donna Summer
    • Male R&B Vocal - On Broadway - George Benson
    • R&B Performance Duo or Group - All 'n All - Earth, Wind & Fire
    • Female Country Vocal - Here You Come Again - Dolly Parton
    • Male Country Vocal - Georgia On My Mind - Willie Nelson
    • Duo or Group Country Performance - Mama's Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys - Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson
  • 1995 - ASCAP
    • Voice of Music Award - Diane Warren
Broadcasts

  • 1958 - Dick Clark Show (ABC) - Jerry Lee Lewis, Pat Boone and Connie Francis
  • 1975 - Soul Train - Gino Vannelli (first time a white artist appeared on show)
  • 1983 - Murder in Coweta County - Johnny Cash
  • 1993 - The Tonight Show (NBC) - Duran Duran

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