Almanac: February 26, 2017

Birthdays 
  • 1916 - Jackie Gleason (d. 1987)
  • 1928 - Fats Domino (born Antoine Domino) (89)
  • 1930 - Chuck Harris (Playmates) (87)
  • 1932 - Johnny Cash (d. 2003)
  • 1937 - Hagood Hardy (d. 1997)
  • 1943 - Paul Cotton (Poco) (74)
  • 1943 - Bob Hite (Canned Heat) (d. 1981)
  • 1945 - Mitch Ryder (born William Levise, Jr.) (72)
  • 1946 - Don Ciccone (Critters) (71)
  • 1947 - Sandie Shaw (70)
  • 1950 - Jonathan Cain (Babys, Journey, Bad English) (67)
  • 1953 - Michael Bolton (64)
  • 1958 - Steve Grant (Tight Fit) (59)
  • 1960 - Jaz Coleman (Killing Joke) (57)
  • 1968 - Tim Commerford (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave) (49)
  • 1969 - Timothy Brown (Boo Radleys) (48)
  • 1971 - Erykah Badu (born Erykah Wright) (46)
  • 1971 - Max Martin (born Martin Sandberg) (46)
  • 1979 - Corinne Bailey Rae (38)
  • 1982 - Nate Ruess (fun.) (35)
Deaths
  • 1977 - Bukka White (born Booker T. Washington White) - Cancer (67)
  • 1977 - Sherman Garnes (Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers) - During open-heart surgery
  • 1990 - Cornell Gunter (Coasters) - Murdered (53)
  • 1997 - Ben Raleigh (songwriter) - Kitchen fire (83)
  • 2008 - Buddy Miles (born George Miles) - Congestive heart disease (60)
  • 2014 - Frank Reed (Chi-Lites) (59)
On This Day
  • 1954 - A bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representative by Ruth Thompson (MI) to outlaw the mailing or transportation of any "obscene, lewd, lascivious or filthy disc – or any other article capable of producing sound". This was seen as a way of blocking the distribution of R&B records. 
  • 1955 - According to Billboard, 45s were outselling 78's for the first time in history.
  • 1955 - Laverne Baker sought help from congress to get copyright protection of original recordings so that white artists could not cover black records note-for-note.
  • 1975 - The Night That Made America Famous, a revue using the music of Harry Chapin, opened on Broadway.
  • 1980 - U2 was offered a contract with Island Records after executives saw them in Dublin.
  • 1990 - Frank Farian, producer for Milli Vanilli, formally announced that the duo did not sing on their album. 
  • 1994 - The Desert Rose Band played their final show.
  • 1995 - Robert Plant and Jimmy Page opened their No Quarter World Tour in Pensacola, FL.
  • 1996 - Quincy Jones was named MusiCares Person of the Year. 
  • 1998 - Tommy Lee of Motley Crue was formally charged with abusing his wife, Pamela Anderson.
  • 2001 - The Darkness made their live debut in Camden, UK. 
  • 2001 - A woman who was accused of stalking Axl Rose was arrested after visiting Rose's home, violating her probation.
  • 2005 - The wife of Status Quo's Rick Parfitt attempted suicide after a British paper ran a story saying the guitarist was cheating. 
  • 2014 - Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying plead guilty to trying to hire an undercover agent to kill his estranged wife. 
Recorded
  • 1960 - Wake Me, Shake Me - Coasters
Released
  • 1965 - She Just Satisfies - Jimmy Page (debut solo single)
  • 1970 - Beatles Again - Beatles
  • 1979 - The Great Rock N' Roll Swindle - Sex Pistols
  • 1987 - The first four Beatles albums on CD.
  • 2002 - Under Rug Swept - Alanis Morissette
  • 2013 - Just Give Me a Reason - Pink Featuring Nate Ruess (single)
Awards
  • 1985 - Grammy Awards
    • Record of the Year - What's Love Got to Do With It? - Tina Turner
    • Album of the Year - Can't Slow Down - Lionel Richie
    • Song of the Year - What's Love Got to Do With It? - Terry Britten & Graham Lyle
    • New Artist - Cyndi Lauper
    • Pop Female - What's Love Got to Do With It? - Tina Turner
    • Pop Male - Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) - Phil Collins
    • Pop Duo or Group - Jump (For My Love) - Pointer Sisters
    • Rock Female - Better Be Good to Me - Tina Turner
    • Rock Male - Dancing in the Dark - Bruce Springsteen
    • Rock Duo or Group - Purple Rain - Prince & the Revolution
    • R&B Female - I Feel For You - Chaka Khan
    • R&B Male - Caribbean Queen - Billy Ocean
    • R&B Duo or Group - Yah Mo B There - James Ingram & Michael McDonald
    • R&B Song - I Feel For You - Prince
    • Country Female - In My Dreams - Emmylou Harris
    • Country Male - That's the Way Love Goes - Merle Haggard
    • Country Duo or Group - Mama He's Crazy - Judds
    • Country Song - City of New Orleans - Steve Goodman
    • Folk - Elizabeth Cotton Live! - Elizabeth Cotton
    • Blues Traditional - Blues Explosion - Sugar Blue, John P. Hammond, J.B. Hutto & the New Hawks, Luther 'Guitar Junior' Johnson, Koko Taylor & the Blues Machine & Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
    • Reggae Album - Anthem - Black Uhuru
    • Short Form Video - Jazzin' For Blue Jean - David Bowie
    • Long Form Video - Michael Jackson's Thriller - Michael Jackson
  • 1997 - Grammy Awards
    • Record of the Year - Change the World - Eric Clapton
    • Album of the Year - Falling Into You - Celine Dion
    • Song of the Year - Change the World - Gordon Kennedy, Wayne Kirkpatrick & Tommy Sims
    • New Artist - LeAnn Rimes
    • Pop Female - Un-Break My Heart - Toni Braxton
    • Pop Male - Change the World - Eric Clapton
    • Pop Duo or Group - Free As a Bird - Beatles
    • Pop Collaboration - When I Fall in Love - Natalie Cole & Nat King Cole
    • Pop Album - Falling Into You - Celine Dion
    • Traditional Pop - Here's to the Ladies - Tony Bennett
    • Rock Female - If It Makes You Happy - Sheryl Crow
    • Rock Male - Where It's At - Beck
    • Rock Duo or Group - So Much to Say - Dave Matthews Band
    • Hard Rock - Bullet With Butterfly Wings - Smashing Pumpkins
    • Metal - Tire Me - Rage Against the Machine
    • Rock Song - Give Me One Reason - Tracy Chapman
    • Rock Album - Sheryl Crow - Sheryl Crow
    • Alternative - Odelay - Beck
    • R&B Female - You're Makin' Me High - Toni Braxton
    • R&B Male - Your Secret Love - Luther Vandross
    • R&B Duo or Group - Killing Me Softly - Fugees
    • R&B Song - Exhale (Shoop Shoop) - Whitney Houston
    • R&B Album - Words - Tony Rich
    • Rap Solo - Hey Lover - LL Cool J
    • Rap Duo or Group - Tha Crossroads - Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
    • Rap Album - The Score - Fugees
    • Country Female - Blue - LeAnn Rimes
    • Country Male - Worlds Apart - Vince Gill
    • Country Duo or Group - My Maria - Brooks & Dunn
    • Country Collaboration - High Lonesome Sound - Alison Krauss & Union Station & Vince Gill
    • Country Song - Blue - Bill Mack
    • Country Album - The Road to Ensenada - Lyle Lovett
    • Bluegrass Album - True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe - Various Artists
    • Blues Traditional - Deep in the Blues - James Cotton
    • Blues Contemporary - Just Like You - Keb' Mo'
    • Folk Traditional - Pete - Pete Seeger
    • Folk Contemporary - The Ghost of Tom Joad - Bruce Springsteen
    • Reggae Album - Hall of Fame: A Tribute to Bob Marley's 50th Anniserary - Bunny Wailer
    • New Age Album - The Memory of Trees - Enya
    • Short Form Video - Free As a Bird - Beatles
    • Long Form Video - The Beatles Anthology - Beatles
  • 2001 - Brit Awards
    • British Album - Parachutes - Coldplay
    • British Single - Rock DJ - Robbie Williams
    • British Video - Rock DJ - Robbie Williams
    • Soundtrack/Cast Recording - American Beauty
    • British Male - Robbie Williams
    • British Female - Sonique
    • British Group - Coldplay
    • British Newcomer - A1
    • British Dance Act - Fatboy Slim
    • Pop Act - Westlife
    • International Male - Eminem
    • International Female - Madonna
    • International Group - U2
    • International Newcomer - Kelis
    • Outstanding Contribution to Music - U2
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1966 - These Boots Are Made For Walkin' - Nancy Sinatra (1 week)
  • 1977 - New Kid in Town - Eagles (1 week)
  • 2000 - I Knew I Loved You - Savage Garden (1 week (3 previous weeks))
  • 2011 - Born This Way - Lady Gaga (6 weeks)

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