Almanac: February 25, 2017

Birthdays 
  • 1927 - Ralph Stanley (d. 2016)
  • 1932 - Faron Young (d. 1996)
  • 1942 - Roy Michaels (Cat Mother & the All Night Newsboys) (75)
  • 1943 - George Harrison (d. 2001) (Generally accepted date)
  • 1945 - Elkie Brooks (72)
  • 1950 - Emitt Rhodes (67)
  • 1954 - John Doe (X) (63)
  • 1957 - Stuart John Wood (Bay City Rollers) (60)
  • 1957 - Dennis Diken (Smithereens) (60)
  • 1959 - Mike Peters (Alarm) (58)
  • 1961 - Chris Pitman (Guns N' Roses) (56)
  • 1962 - Foster Sylvers (Sylvers) (55)
  • 1965 - Brian Baker (Minor Threat, Bad Religion) (52)
  • 1971 - Daniel Powter (46)
  • 1973 - Justin Paul Jeffre (98 Degrees) (44)
  • 1978 - Shawna McIlwain (Thompson Square) (39)
  • 1982 - Meiko (35)
  • 1982 - Bert McCracken (The Used) (35)
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
  • 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
    • Pop Female - The Rose - Bette Midler
    • Pop Male - This is It - Kenny Loggins
    • Pop Duo or Group - Guilty - Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb
    • Rock Female - Crimes of Passion - Pat Benatar
    • Rock Male - Glass Houses - Billy Joel
    • Rock Duo or Group - Against the Wind - Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
    • R&B Female - Never Knew Love Like This Before - Stephanie Mills
    • R&B Male - Give Me the Night - George Benson
    • R&B Duo or Group - Shining Star - Manhattans
    • R&B Song - Never Knew Love Like This Before - James Mtume & Reggie Lucas
    • Country Female - Could I Have This Dance - Anne Murray
    • Country Male - He Stopped Loving Her Today - George Jones
    • Country Duo or Group - That Lovin' You Feeling Again - Emmylou Harris & Roy Orbison
    • Country Song - On the Road Again - Willie Nelson
    • Folk Recording - Rare Blues - Various Artists
    • Producer - Phil Ramone
  • 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
    • Pop Female - Something to Talk About - Bonnie Raitt
    • Pop Male - When a Man Loves a Woman - Michael Bolton
    • Pop Duo or Group - Losing My Religion - R.E.M.
    • Traditional Pop - Unforgettable...With Love - Natalie Cole
    • Rock Solo - Luck of the Draw - Bonnie Raitt
    • Rock Duo or Group - Good Man, Good Woman - Bonnie Raitt & Delbert McClinton
    • Hard Rock - For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge - Van Halen
    • Metal - Metallica - Metallica
    • Rock Song - The Soul Cages - Sting
    • Alternative Album - Out of Time - R.E.M. 
    • R&B Female - How Can I Ease the Pain - Lisa Fischer / Burnin' - Patti LaBelle
    • R&B Male - Power of Love - Luther Vandross
    • R&B Duo or Group - Cooleyhighharmony - Boyz II Men
    • R&B Song - Power of Love/Love Power - Marcus Miller, Luther Vandross & Teddy Vann
    • Rap Solo - Mama Said Knock You Out - LL Cool J
    • Rap Duo or Group - Summertime - DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince
    • Country Female - Down at the Twist and Shout - Mary Chapin Carpenter
    • Country Male - Ropin' the Wind - Garth Brooks
    • Country Duo or Group - Love Can Build a Bridge - Judds
    • Country Collaboration - Restless - Vince Gill, Ricky Scaggs & Steve Wariner
    • Country Song - Love Can Build a Bridge - John Jarvis, Naiomi Judd, Paul Overstreet
    • Bluegrass Album - Spring Training - Carl Jackson & John Starling
    • Folk Traditional - The Civil War: Original Soundtrack - Various Artists
    • Folk Contemporary - The Missing Years - John Prine
    • Blues Traditional - Live at the Apollo - B.B. King
    • Blues Contemporary - Damn Right, I've Got the Blues - Buddy Guy
    • Historical Album - The Complete Decca Recordings - Billie Holiday
    • Reggae Album - As Raw as Ever - Shabba Ranks
    • Short Form Video - Losing My Religion - R.E.M.
    • Long Form Video - Madonna: Blonde Ambition World Tour Live - Madonna
  • 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
    • Pop Female - Building a Mystery - Sarah McLachlan
    • Pop Male - Candle in the Wind 1997 - Elton John
    • Pop Duo or Group - Virtual Insanity - Jamiroquai
    • Pop Collaboration - Don't Look Back - John Lee Hooker & Van Morrison
    • Dance Recording - Carry On - Giorgio Moroder & Donna Summer
    • Pop Album - Hourglass - James Taylor
    • Traditional Pop - Tony Bennett on Holiday - Tony Bennett
    • Rock Female - Criminal - Fiona Apple
    • Rock Male - Cold Irons Bound - Bob Dylan
    • Rock Duo or Group - One Headlight - Wallflowers
    • Hard Rock - The End is the Beginning is the End - Wallflowers
    • Metal - Ænema - Tool
    • Rock Song - One Headlight - Jakob Dylan
    • Rock Album - Blue Moon Swamp - John Fogerty
    • Alternative - OK Computer - Radiohead
    • R&B Female - On & On - Erykah Badu
    • R&B Male - I Believe I Can Fly - R. Kelly
    • R&B Duo or Group - No Diggity - Blackstreet
    • R&B Song - I Believe I Can Fly - R. Kelly
    • R&B Album - Baduizm - Erykah Badu
    • Rap Solo - Men in Black - Will Smith
    • Rap Duo or Group - I'll Be Missing You - Puff Daddy, Faith Evans & 112
    • Rap Album - No Way Out - Puff Daddy & Family
    • Country Female - How Do I Live - Trisha Yearwood
    • Country Male - Pretty Little Adriana - Vince Gill
    • Country Duo or Group - Looking in the Eyes of Love - Alison Krauss & Union Station
    • Country Collaboration - In Another's Eyes - Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood
    • Country Song - Butterfly Kisses - Bob Carlisle & Randy Thomas
    • Country Album - Unchained - Johnny Cash
    • Bluesgrass Album - So Long So Wrong - Alison Krauss & Union Station
    • Folk Traditional - L'amour ou la Folie - BeauSoleil
    • Folk Contemporary - Time Out of Mind - Bob Dylan
    • Blues Traditional - Don't Look Back - John Lee Hooker
    • Blues Contemporary - Senor Blues - Taj Mahal
    • Reggae Album - Fallen is Babylon - Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers
    • Short Form Video - Got 'Til It's Gone - Janet Jackson
    • Long Form Video - Jagged Little Pill, Live - Alanis Morissette
Broadcasts
  • 1965 - Ready! Steady! Go! - Rolling Stones
  • 1987 - Magnum, P.I. - Frank Sinatra
  • 2001 - The Simpsons (Fox) - N'Sync
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1956 - Lisbon Antigua - Nelson Riddle and his Orchestra (4 weeks)
  • 1984 - Jump - Van Halen (5 weeks)
  • 1995 - Take a Bow - Madonna

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