Almanac: February 22, 2011

OdysseyBirthdays:
  • Bobby Hendricks (Drifters, Swallows) (73)
  • Mick Green (Johnny Kidd & the Pirates, Billy J. Kramer) (68)
  • Louise Lopez (Odyssey) (68)
  • Oliver (William Oliver Swofford) (66)
  • John B. Sparks (Dr. Feelgood) (58)
  • Graham Lewis (Wire) (58)

AwbOn This Day in:
  • 1960 - Percy Faith was at number 1 in the U.S. with Theme From a Summer Place.  It would go on to become the biggest single of the year.
  • 1963 - The Beatles form Northern Music Publishing Company.
  • 1968 - Genesis released their first single, The Silent Sun.
  • 1968 - Johnny Cash proposed to June Carter on stage during a show in London, Ontario
  • 1969 - The Beatles started the Abbey Road sessions.
  • 1969 - Flatt & Scruggs made their final appearance together at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1975 - The Average White Band was at number 1 in the U.S. with Pick Up the Pieces.  At the same time in the U.K. Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel had their only U.K. number 1, Take Me Smile (Come Up and See Me).
  • 1976 - Florence Ballard of the Supremes died of cardiac arrest at the age of 32.
  • 1978 - The Police die their hair blonde for a Wrigley's chewing gum commercial.
  • 1979 - Journey became one of the first rock groups to enter a sponsorship deal with a company, in this case Budweiser.
  • 1981 - The U.K. charts were topped by the novelty song Shaddap Your Face by Joe Dolce.
  • 1986 - MTV dedicated their entire broadcast day to the Monkees, including showing all 45 episodes of their series.
  • 1987 - Andy Warhol passed away.  Not only did Warhol design the 3-D covers to The Velvet Underground and Nico and the zipper cover for the Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers, but he also produced the Velvet Underground.
  • 1988 - Stevie Wonder was given the MusiCares Person of the Year award.
  • 1993 - Bruce Dickinson leaves Iron Maiden for a solo career.  He comes back six years later.
  • 1994 - Papa John Creach died of heart failure at 76.
  • 2000 - Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder and Lauryn Hill join together at an L.A. church to salute the late Curtis Mayfield.
  • 2001 - U2 led the Grammy Awards, winning Record of the Year for Beautiful Day.  Steely Dan received Album of the Year for Two Against Nature.
  • 2001 - John Fahey passed away two days after bypass surgery at the age of 61.  
  • 2002 - Little Richard received the NAACP Image Award. He also announces his retirement.
  • 2004 - Bobby Vinton collapsed during a concert in Lancaster, PA.  He was revived backstage and refused hospitalization.

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