Almanac: February 24, 2011

Rupert Holmes - Greatest HitsBirthdays:
  • Michel Legrand (79)
  • David "Fathead" Newman (78)
  • Paul Jones (Manfred Mann) (69)
  • Rupert Holmes (64)
  • Lonnie Turner (Steve Miller Band) (64)
  • Colin Farley (Cutting Crew) (52)
  • Michele Shocked (49)


Double FantasyOn The Day in:
  • 1956 - Cleveland, OH use an ordinance from 1931 to stop people under the age of 18 from dancing in public.
  • 1965 - The first full day of filming on the Beatles' film Help!
  • 1965 - The Beach Boys recorded Help Me Rhonda.
  • 1967 - The Bee Gees signed a management deal with Robert Stigwood.
  • 1969 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience played London's Royal Albert Hall.  It was the last appearance for Hendrix in the U.K.
  • 1969 - Johnny Cash recorded At San Quentin.
  • 1973 - Robert Flack hit number 1 for the second time in the U.S. with Killing Me Softly.
  • 1973 - The Byrds performed their final show in Passaic, NJ.
  • 1975 - Led Zeppelin released Physical Graffiti.  
  • 1976 - The Eagles' Greatest Hits became the first album to be certified platinum by the RIAA.
  • 1978 - The Second Barry Manilow Special aired on ABC.
  • 1979 - The Police release the single Roxanne.
  • 1979 - The Sex Pistols released The Great Rock N' Roll Swindle.
  • 1982 - At the very first Brit Awards, the Police won Best Group, Adam & the Ants received Best Album for Kings of the World Frontier, Cliff Richard won Male Solo Artist, Randy Crawford won Female Solo Artist, the Human League was the Breakthrough Act and John Lennon was singled out for his Outstanding contribution.
  • 1982 - John Lennon & Yoko Ono won Album of the Year at the Grammys for Double Fantasy and Kim Carnes received Record of the Year for Bette Davis Eyes, Davis' songwriters, Donna Weiss & Jackie DeShannon, won Song of the Year and Sheena Easton was named Best New Artist.
  • 1988 - Alice Cooper announces he is running for governor of Arizona.
  • 1990 - Johnnie Ray died of liver failure.
  • 1990 - Bob Dylan joins Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman and David Crosby on stage at a tribute to Roy Orbison to sing Mr. Tambourine Man.
  • 1991 - Webb Pierce passed away.
  • 1993 - Eric Clapton wins Record and Song of the Year for Tears in Heaven and Album of the Year for Unplugged at the Grammys.
  • 1994 - Dinah Shore passed away from cancer at 77.
  • 1998 - Van Halen releases Van Halen III.
  • 2000 - Georgie Fame lost his driver's license for a year after being charged with drunk driving.
  • 2002 - Bon Jovi, Kiss, Christina Aguilera, N Sync and Moby perform at the closing ceremonies for the Winter Olympics.
  • 2004 - Estelle Axton, one of the founders of Stax Records, died at the age of 85.
  • 2004 - Janet Jackson was dropped from a Lena Horne biopic after the singer objected to Jackson's wardrobe malfunction at the Super Bowl.
  • 2010 - Natavia Lowry was convicted in the murder of Ramones manager Linda Stein.

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