February 26 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
February 26

1954 : Responding to the rising popularity of black music, the United States congress proposes a bill forbidding distribution of "obscene, lewd, lascivious, or filthy publication, picture, disc, transcription, or other article capable of producing sound." The bill fails.

1955 : LaVern Baker sends a formal appeal letter to the US Congress to appeal a 1954 decision denying black artists a revision of the 1909 Copyright Act, a move which would make it harder for white pop artists to record exact copies of R&B hits and thus steal their thunder. Her appeal is turned down.

1967 : After buying a ranch in Mississippi, Elvis Presley spends a lot of time on horses and gets saddlesores. He is referred to Dr. George Nichopoulos, who becomes his personal doctor and supplies his prescription drugs.

1985 : Bruce Springsteen wins his first Grammy, taking home the Best Male Vocal Performance award for "Dancing In The Dark".

1975 : Harry Chapin's Broadway revue, The Night That Made America Famous, opens at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

1985 : Chuck Berry wins a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys, and Tina Turner wins awards for "What's Love Got To Do With It" and "Better Be Good To Me".

1995 : Former Led Zeppelin duo Jimmy Page and Robert Plant kick off a year-long world tour in Pensacola, Florida, supporting their live No Quarter reunion album.

1996 : Quincy Jones is named MusiCares Man of the Year. Jones is the most-nominated artist in Grammy history with 76 nominations and 26 statues.

1997 : Perhaps trying to make amends for giving them just four awards when they were still together, The Grammys give The Beatles three awards: two for Free "As A Bird" and another for their "Anthology" video.

1998 : Rocker Tommy Lee of Motley Crue fame is formally charged with abusing his wife, actress Pamela Anderson Lee, and one of their sons, Dylan.

1998 : The 40th annual Grammy Awards are held at New York's Radio City Hall.

Texts from calendar.songfacts.com


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