Music Almanac: February 8, 2018

Birthdays 
  • 1899 - Lonnie Johnson (d. 1970)
  • 1932 - John Williams (86)
  • 1936 - Larry Verne (d. 2013)
  • 1937 - Joe Raposo (songwriter) (d. 1989)
  • 1938 - Ray Sharpe (80)
  • 1941 - Tom Rush (77)
  • 1942 - Terry Melcher (d. 2004)
  • 1943 - Creed Bratton (born William Schneider) (Grass Roots) (75)
  • 1946 - Adolfo 'Fito' De La Parra (Canned Heat) (72)
  • 1946 - Paul Wheatbread (Gary Puckett & the Union Gap) (72)
  • 1948 - Dan Seals (England Dan & John Ford Coley) (d. 2009)
  • 1949 - Merle Watson (d. 1975)
  • 1950 - Michael Goodroe (Motels) (68)
  • 1956 - Dave Meros (Spock's Beard) (62)
  • 1958 - Steve Scruggs (Earl Scruggs Review) (60)
  • 1961 - Vince Neil (Motley Crue) (57)
  • 1961 - Sam Llanas (BoDeans) (57)
  • 1962 - Ken McCluskey (Bluebells) (56)
  • 1963 - Joshua Kadison (55)
  • 1966 - Jim Eno (Spoon) (52)
  • 1968 - Tjinder Singh (Cornershop) (50)
  • 1974 - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (Daft Punk) (44)
  • 1977 - Dave Farrell (Linkin Park) (41)
  • 1980 - Cameron Muncey (Jet) (38)
  • 1985 - Jeremy Davis (Paramour) (33)
  • 1994 - Nikki Yanofsky (24)
Deaths
  • 1973 - Max Yasgur (on whose farm Woodstock was held) - Heart attack (53)
  • 1990 - Del Shannon - Suicide (55)
  • 2005 - Keith Knudson (Doobie Brothers) - Pneumonia (56)
  • 2005 - Jimmy Smith (79)
  • 2006 - Elton Dean (Soft Machine) (60)
On This Day
  • 1956 - Buddy Holley signed with Decca Records, dropping the e from his last name.
  • 1960 - The Payola hearings opened in the U.S. congress.
  • 1964 - The Beatles spent their first day in New York having their picture taken in Central Park and being interviewed on the radio by the Ronettes.
  • 1964 - The publisher of Louie, Louie offered $1,000 to anyone who could prove there were any suggestive lyrics in the song.
  • 1967 - Peter & Gordon split up.
  • 1969 - George Harrison had his tonsils removed.
  • 1969 - It was announced that Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Steve Winwood and Ric Grech were forming Blind Faith.
  • 1982 - Cher opened in Come Back to the Five & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean on Broadway.
  • 1988 - The Who reunited for a 25th anniversary ceremony.
  • 1994 - Oasis had to cancel their first foreign tour when they were deported from Holland after a drunken brawl.
  • 2002 - Jay Dee Daugherty of Patti Smith's band seriously injured his leg while riding his motorcycle.
  • 2006 - Sly Stone made his first major appearance in 13 years at the Grammy Awards.
  • 2009 - Chris Brown was questioned by police over the assault of Rihanna before the Grammy Awards.
Divorces
  • 1980 - David and Angie Bowie
  • 2011 - Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy)
Recorded
  • 1962 - Surfin', Surfin' Safari plus four more (demos) - Beach Boys
  • 1981 - R.E.M. had their first recording session in Smyma, GA.
Released
  • 1965 - Stop! In the Name of Love - Supremes (single)
  • 1975 - Killer Queen - Queen (single)
Awards
  • 1983 - Brit Awards
    • British Male Solo Artist - Paul McCartney
    • British Female Solo Artist - Kim Wilde
    • British Group - Dire Straits
    • British Newcomer - Yazoo
    • British Single - Come On Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners
    • Best Selling Album - Love Songs - Barbra Streisand
    • British Producer - Trevor Horn
    • International Award - Kid Creole
    • Sony Trophy - Paul McCartney
    • Lifetime Achievement Award - Pete Townshend
    • Outstanding Contribution - Beatles
  • 1998 - Brit Awards
    • British Male Solo Artist - Finley Quaye
    • British Female Solo Artist - Shola Ama
    • British Group - Verve
    • British Breakthrough Act - Stereophonics
    • British Single - Never Ever - All Saints
    • Best Album - Urban Hymns - Verve
    • British Producer - Verve, Chris Potter and Youth
    • Best Selling British Album Act - Spice Girls
    • International Male - Jon Bon Jovi
    • International Female - Bjork
    • International Group - U2
    • International Breakthrough Act - Eels
    • Freddie Mercury Award - Elton John
    • Outstanding Contribution - Fleetwood Mac
  • 2004 - Grammy Awards
    • Record of the Year - Clocks - Coldplay
    • Album of the Year - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below - OutKast
    • Song of the Year - Dance With My Father - Luther Vandross
    • New Artist - Evanescence
    • Female Pop Vocal - Beautiful - Christina Aguilera
    • Male Pop Vocal - Cry Me a River - Justin Timberlake
    • Pop Performance Duo or Group - Underneath It All - No Doubt
    • Pop Collaboration - Whenever I Say Your Name - Sting & Mary J. Blige
    • Pop Vocal Album - Justified - Justin Timberlake
    • Traditional Pop Vocal Album - A Wonderful World - k.d. lang & Tony Bennett
    • Rock Female Vocal - Trouble - Pink
    • Rock Male Vocal - Gravedigger - Dave Matthews
    • Rock Performance Duo or Group - Disorder in the House - Bruce Springsteen & Warren Zevon
    • Rock Album - One by One - Foo Fighters
    • Hard Rock Performance - Bring Me to Life - Evanescence
    • Alternative Album - Elephant - The White Stripes
    • Metal Performance - St. Anger - Metallica
    • Dance Performance - Come Into My World - Kylie Minogue
    • Female R&B Vocal - Dangerously in Love - Beyonce
    • Male R&B Vocal - Dance With My Father - Luther Vandross
    • R&B Performance Duo or Group - The Closer I Get to You - Luther Vandross & Beyonce
    • Traditional R&B Performance - Wonderful - Aretha Franklin
    • Urban/Alternative Performance - Hey Ya! - OutKast
    • R&B Album - Dance With My Father - Luther Vandross
    • Contemporary R&B Album - Dangerously in Love - Beyonce
    • Female Rap - Work It - Missy Elliott
    • Male Rap - Get Busy - Sean Paul 
    • Rap Performance Duo or Group - Shake Ya Tailfeather - Nelly, P.Diddy & Murphy Lee 
    • Rap Collaboration - Crazy in Love - Beyonce & Jay-Z
    • Rap Album - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below - OutKast
    • Female Country Vocal - Keep on the Sunny Side - June Carter Cash
    • Male Country Vocal - Next Big Thing - Vince Gill
    • Duo or Group Country Performance - A Simple Life - Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
    • Country Collaboration - How's the World Treating You - James Taylor & Alison Krauss
    • Country Album - Livin' Lovin' Losin': Songs of the Louvin Brothers - Various Artists
    • Bluegrass Album - Live - Alison Krauss & Union Station
    • Blues Traditional Album - Blues Singer - Buddy Guy
    • Blues Contemporary Blues Album - Let's Roll - Etta James
    • Traditional Folk Album - Wildwood Flower - June Carter Cash
    • Contemporary Folk Album - The Wind - Warren Zevon
    • Reggae Album - Dutty Rock - Sean Paul
    • Comedy Album - Poodle Hat - Weird Al Yankovic
    • Short Form Music Video - Hurt - Johnny Cash
    • Long Form Music Video - Legend - Sam Cooke
  • 2006 - Grammy Awards
    • Record of the Year - Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Green Day
    • Album of the Year - How to Dismantle and Atomic Bomb - U2
    • Song of the Year - Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own - U2
    • New Artist - John Legend
    • Female Pop Vocal - Since U Been Gone - Kelly Clarkson
    • Male Pop Vocal - From the Bottom of My Heart - Stevie Wonder
    • Pop Performance Duo or Group - This Love - Maroon 5
    • Rock Solo Vocal - Devils & Dust - Bruce Springsteen
    • Rock Performance Duo or Group - Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own - U2
    • Hard Rock Performance - B.Y.O.B. - System of a Down
    • Metal Performance - Before I Forget - Slipknot
    • Female R&B Vocal - We Belong Together - Mariah Carey
    • Male R&B Vocal - Ordinary People - John Legend
    • R&B Performance Duo or Group - So Amazing - Beyone and Stevie Wonder
    • R&B Album - Get Lifted - John Legend
    • Rap Solo - Gold Digger - Kanye West
    • Rap Performance Duo or Group - Don't Phunk With My Heart - Black Eyed Peas
    • Rap Album - Late Registration - Kanye West
    • Female Country Vocal - The Connection - Emmylou Harris
    • Male Country Vocal - You'll Think of Me - Keith Urban
    • Duo or Group Country Performance - Restless - Alison Krauss & Union Station
    • Country Album - Lonely Runs Both Ways - Alison Krauss & Union Station
    • Alternative Album - Get Behind Me Satin - White Stripes
    • Blues Traditional Album - 80 - B.B. King & Friends
    • Blues Contemporary Blues Album - Cost of Living - Delbert McClinton
  • 2009 - Grammy Awards
    • Record of the Year - Please Read the Letter - Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
    • Album of the Year - Raising Sand - Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
    • Song of the Year - Viva La Vida - Coldplay
    • New Artist - Adele
    • Female Pop Vocal - Chasing Pavements - Adele
    • Male Pop Vocal - Say - John Mayer
    • Pop Performance Duo or Group - Viva La Vida - Coldplay
    • Rock Solo Vocal - Gravity - John Mayer
    • Rock Performance Duo or Group - Sex on Fire - Kings of Leon
    • Hard Rock Performance - Wax Simulacra - Mars Volta
    • Metal Performance - My Apocalypse - Metallica
    • Female R&B Vocal - Superwoman - Alicia Keys
    • Male R&B Vocal - Miss Independent - Ne-Yo
    • R&B Performance Duo or Group - Stay With Me (By the Sea) - Al Green Featuring John Legend
    • R&B Album - Jennifer Hudson - Jennifer Hudson
    • Rap Solo - A Milli - Lil Wayne
    • Rap Performance Duo or Group - Sagga Like Me - Jay-Z & T.I. Featuring Kanye West & Lil Wayne
    • Rap Album - Tha Carter III - Lil Wayne
    • Female Country Vocal - Last Name - Carrie Underwood
    • Male Country Vocal - Letter to Me - Brad Paisley
    • Duo or Group Country Performance - Stay - Sugarland
    • Country Album - Troubadour - George Strait
    • Alternative Album - In Rainbows - Radiohead
    • Blues Traditional Album - One Kind Favor - B.B. King
    • Blues Contemporary Blues Album - City That Care Forgot - Dr. John & the Lower 911
  • 2015 - Grammy Awards
    • Record of the Year - Stay With Me - Sam Smith
    • Album of the Year - Morning Phase - Beck
    • Song of the Year - Stay With Me - James Napier, William Phillips and Sam Smith
    • New Artist - Sam Smith
    • Pop Solo Vocal - Happy (Live) - Pharrell Williams
    • Pop Performance Duo or Group - Say Something  - A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera
    • Pop Vocal Album - In the Lonely Hour - Sam Smith
    • Traditional Pop Album - Cheek to Cheek - Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
    • Dance Recording - Rather Be - Clean Bandit Featuring Jess Glynne
    • Dance/Electronic Album - Syro - Aphex Twin
    • Rock Performance - Lazaretto - Jack White
    • Metal Performance - The Last in Line - Tenacious D
    • Rock Album - Morning Phase - Beck
    • Alternative Album - St. Vincent - St. Vincent
    • R&B Performance - Drunk in Love - Beyonce Featuring Jay-Z
    • Traditional R&B Performance - Jesus Children - Robert Glasper Experiment Featuring Lalah Hathaway and Malcom Jamal Warner
    • Urban Contemporary Album - G I R L - Pharrell Williams
    • R&B Album - Love, Marriage & Divorce - Toni Braxton & Babyface
    • Rap Performance - i - Kendrick Lamar
    • Rap/Sung Collaboration - The Monster - Eminem Featuring Rihanna
    • Rap Album - The Marshall Mathers LP 2 - Eminem
    • Country Solo Performance - Something in the Water - Carrie Underwood
    • Country Duo or Group Performance - Gentle on My Mind - Band Perry
    • Country Album - Platinum - Miranda Lambert
    • Americana/Roots Performance - A Feather's Not a Bird - Rosanne Cash
    • Americana Album - The River & the Thread - Rosanne Cash
    • Bluegrass Album - The Earls of Leicester - Earls of Leicester
    • Blues Album - Step Back - Johnny Winter
    • Folk Album - Remedy - Old Crow Medicine Show
    • Reggae Album - Fly Rasta - Ziggy Marley
Broadcasts
  • 1993 - The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (NBC) - Tom Jones
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1960 - Teen Angel - Mark Dinning (2 weeks)
  • 1975 - Fire - Ohio Players (1 week)
  • 1992 - I'm Too Sexy - Right Said Fred (3 weeks)
  • 2003 - All I Have - Jennifer Lopez Featuring LL Cool J (4 weeks)
  • 2014 - Dark Horse - Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J (4 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Albums 
  • 1947 - Glenn Miler - Glenn Miller Orchestra (1 week (7 previous weeks))
  • 1960 - The Sound of Music - Original Cast (12 weeks)
  • 1969 - TCB - Diana Ross & the Supremes and the Temptations (1 week)
  • 1975 - Fire - Ohio Players (1 week)
  • 1992 - Ropin' the Wind - Garth Brooks (8 weeks (10 previous weeks))
  • 2014 - Frozen - Soundtrack (2 weeks (2 previous weeks))
Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1960 - Baby (You've Got What It Takes) - Brook Benton & Dinah Washington (10 weeks)
  • 1975 - Happy People - Temptations (1 week)
  • 1992 - Stay - Jodeci (2 weeks)
  • 1997 - On & On - Erykah Badu (2 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
  • 1947 - So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed - Merle Travis (14 weeks)
  • 1964 - Begging to You - Marty Robbins (1 week)
  • 1975 - Than Who Am I - Charley Pride (1 week)
  • 1986 - Hurt - Juice Newton (1 week)
  • 1997 - It's a Little Too Late - Mark Chestnutt (2 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1964 - For You - Ricky Nelson (2 weeks)
  • 1975 - Sweet Surrender - John Denver (1 week)
  • 1986 - The Sweetest Taboo - Sade (1 week)
  • 1992 - Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me - George Michael Featuring Elton John (2 weeks)
Number Ones – U.K. Singles
  • 1986 - When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going - Billy Ocean (4 weeks)
  • 1997 - Ain't Nobody - LL Cool J (1 week)
  • 2003 - All the Things She Said - t.A.T.u. (4 weeks)
Number Ones – U.K. Albums 
  • 1969 - Best of the Seekers - Seekers (1 week (1 previous week))
  • 1975 - Engelbert Humperdinck: His Greatest Hits - Engelbert Humperdinck (3 weeks)
  • 1992 - High on the Happy Side - Wet Wet Wet (2 weeks)
  • 1997 - Glow - Reef (1 week)
  • 2014 - Cavalier Youth - You Me at Six (1 week)

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