February 15 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
February 15

1928 : Ben Selvin's "Among My Souvenirs" is the top song in America according to Variety.

1961 : Jackie Wilson is shot in Manhattan. The following issue of Melody Maker carries the front page headline Girl Fan Shoots Jackie Wilson, but controversy over the incident persists in spite of Wilson's claim that this is what really happened.

1964 : Sam Cooke announces a major reduction in his touring schedule, made so that he can concentrate on the day-to-day activities of his two new record labels, Sar and Derby.

1967 : Music students at Chicago's DePaul University form a seven-piece rock ensemble called The Big Thing. Later, they would change their name to Chicago Transit Authority, and then, simply, Chicago.

1968 : John Lennon and George Harrison of The Beatles depart for India to study with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Later joined by Paul and Ringo, they write some songs for the White Album during the retreat.

1969 : Florida hairstylist Vickie Jones is arrested for impersonating Aretha Franklin at a club in Fort Myers, Florida. Incredibly, her performance is so believable that no patrons demand a refund.

1972 : The US government's new anti-piracy laws are enacted, a response to widespread bootlegging of major artists.

1976 : Bette Midler bails out no less than seven members of her entourage from jail after their arrest on drug possession charges.

1977 : "The Best Of George Harrison" is certified gold.

1977 : Sid Vicious joins The Sex Pistols.

1978 : "Saturday Night Fever" and Billy Joel are big winners at The Grammys, with the soundtrack getting Album of the Year and "Just The Way You Are" taking Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

1979 : Donna Summer's "Last Dance" wins two Grammys: Best Female R&B Vocal and Best R&B Song.

1991 : Rod Stewart's ex-girlfriend, supermodel Kelly Emberg, files a $25 million palimony suit against the singer in Los Angeles Superior Court.

1992 : Natives of the village of Krinjabo, on Africa's Ivory Coast, name Michael Jackson "King of the Sanwis".

1995 : The Los Angeles, California, heavy metal radio station KNAC goes off the air and is replaced by the Spanish radio station KBUE on the same channel - 105.5FM. The station signs off at approximately 1:59PM after playing Metallica's "Fade to Black". Three years, later KNAC goes back on the air, this time on the internet at KNAC.com.

1995 : Songwriter Diane Warren receives the Voice of Music Award, one of the American Society of Composers and Performers' highest honors.

1999 : Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura - a former Rolling Stones concert bodyguard - declares today "Rolling Stones Day".

1999 : Hip-hop act Petter and The Cardigans sweep the 1998 Swedish Grammis awards at the Kungliga Tennishallen in Stockholm.

2003 : Local star Herbert Gronemeyer is the big winner at Germany's Echo Awards in Berlin. He wins for national rock/pop artist, and his hit "Mensch" lands the award for national rock/pop single.

2006 : Kaiser Chiefs take home three trophies to dominate the BRIT Awards 2006, held at London's Earls Court.

2006 : The gravesite of AC/DC singer Bon Scott in Fremantle Cemetery in Western Australia is classified with a heritage listing.

2009 : At the 26th Annual National Convention of the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America held in in Nashville, Tennessee, winners of the 2009 SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Award are announced. Among them are Tom T. Hall/Dixie Hall for Bluegrass Songwriter of the Year, Rhonda Vincent's "Good Thing Going" for Bluegrass Album of the Year, and Alison Krauss for Female Vocalist of the Year (Contemporary).

2011 : A stunned Laura Marling accepts the Brit Award for Best British Female at the O2 Arena in London. In an interview later that year Marling says she was "terrified" at the awards ceremony, clarifying that she’s "been around people for whom [winning a Brit] has changed things and it is uncomfortable to watch. I'm not built for that".

Texts from calendar.songfacts.com


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