Music Almanac: February 9, 2018

Birthdays
  • 1914 - Ernest Tubb (d. 1984)
  • 1939 - Barry Mann (79)
  • 1940 - Brian Bennett (Shadows) (78)
  • 1942 - Carole King (76)
  • 1943 - Barbara Lewis (75)
  • 1947 - Major Harris (d. 2012)
  • 1947 - Joe Ely (71)
  • 1951 - Dennis Thomas (Kool & the Gang) (67)
  • 1951 - David Pomeranz (67)
  • 1955 - Jimmy Pursey (Sham 69) (63)
  • 1960 - Holly Johnson (Frankie Goes to Hollywood) (58)
  • 1963 - Travis Tritt (55)
  • 1963 - David Rotheray (Beautiful South) (55)
  • 1966 - Rachel Bolan (Skid Row) (52)
  • 1981 - The Rev (born James Sullivan) (Avenged Sevenfold) (d. 2009)
  • 1987 - Sam Coulson (Asia) (31)
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.
  • 2015 - Bob Dylan was honored as MusiCares Person of the Year. 
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
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1957 - Too Much - Elvis Presley (3 weeks)
  • 1959 - Stagger Lee - Lloyd Price (4 weeks)
  • 1963 - Hey Paula - Paul & Paula (3 weeks)
  • 1974 - Love's Theme - Love Unlimited Orchestra (1 week)
  • 1991 - Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) - C+C Music Factory Featuring Freedom Williams (2 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Albums 
  • 1985 - Like a Virgin - Madonna (3 weeks)
  • 2008 - Juno - Soundtrack (1 week)
  • 2013 - Set You Free - Gary Allan (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1959 - Stagger Lee - Lloyd Price (4 weeks)
  • 1974 - Boogie Down - Eddie Kendricks (3 weeks)
  • 1991 - You Don't Have to Worry - En Vogue (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
  • 1946 - Sioux City Sue - Dick Thomas (1 week (2 previous weeks)
  • 1974 - World of Make Believe - Bill Anderson (1 week)
  • 1980 - Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight - Oak Ridge Boys (1 weeks)
  • 1985 - Ain't She Somethin' Else - Conway Twitty (1 week)
  • 1991 - Brother Jukebox - Mark Chestnutt (2 weeks)
  • 2013 - Every Storm Runs Out of Rain - Gary Allan (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1974 - A Love Song - Anne Murray (1 week)
  • 1980 - Longer - Dan Fogelberg (1 week)
  • 1985 - Careless Whisper - Wham! Featuring George Michael (5 weeks)
Number Ones – U.K. Singles
  • 1985 - I Know Him So Well - Elaine Paige & Barbara Dickson (4 weeks)
Number Ones – U.K. Albums 
  • 1991 - Doubt - Jesus Jones (1 week)
  • 2002 - Come With Us - Chemical Brothers (1 week)
  • 2008 - 19 - Adele (1 week)
  • 2013 - Opposites - Biffy Clyro (1 week)
  • 2017 - La La Land - Motion Picture Cast Recording (1 week)

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