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JD's Rock 'n' Roll Almanac

Rock 'n' Roll Almanac for Thursday, February 22, 2018

62 years ago (1956)Elvis Presley's Heartbreak Hotel becomes his first top-10 single.
62 years ago (1956)Billboard reviews James Brown's debut record Please, Please, Please: “A dynamic, religious fervor runs through the pleading solo here. Brown and the Famous Flames group let off plenty of steam.”
61 years ago (1957)In a small club in Blytheville, Arkansas, Jerry Lee Lewis plays Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On. Although Lewis did not write the tune, it was a favorite of his since he first heard it a year earlier. This is the first time Lewis adds his own words to replace those he has forgotten.
55 years ago (1963)The Beatles form their Northern Music Publishing Company. Many years later it's sold to the one-gloved wonder, Michael Jackson.
50 years ago (1968)Genesis, a group formed as a songwriters' cooperative by three English schoolboys, Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, and Mike Rutherford, release its first single, The Silent Sun.
49 years ago (1969)T-Rex leaves on a tour of England with a concert at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester. The opening act is David Bowie. He didn't perform a musical act, rather a silent, one-man mime routine telling the story of a young Tibetan Buddhist monk.
49 years ago (1969)The Foundations' Build Me Up Buttercup peaks at #3 on the pop chart.
45 years ago (1973)Roberta Flack receives a gold record for Killing Me Softly With His Song which is #1 for five weeks. It is rumored the quietly murdering artist in question is folkie Don McLean.
43 years ago (1975)John Lennon's #9 Dream peaks at #9 on the pop chart.
42 years ago (1976)Former Supreme Florence Ballard dies of coronary thrombosis in Detroit. Despite being an original member of the premiere female vocal trio (they had ten #1 pop hits in the 60's), she lived on welfare her last few years after losing an $8.7 million suit for back royalties against Motown Records in 1971. Florence Ballard was 32 years old.
40 years ago (1978)The Police star in a TV commercial for Wrigley's chewing gum. They have to dye their hair blonde which helps create the band's look.
40 years ago (1978)Ex-Sex Pistol bass player Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen are arrested by police in their room at New York's Chelsea Hotel and charged with drug possession.
39 years ago (1979)In a Rolling Stone article titled “Advertising Creeps into Rock,” it is reported that Journey has developed an advertising relationship with Budweiser Beer. Such business ventures will become commonplace over the next few years.
32 years ago (1986)The Dream Academy's Life In A Northern Town, which was produced by Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, peaks at #7 on the pop chart.
32 years ago (1986)INXS' Listen Like Thieves LP enters the Billboard chart. The LP, which contains the title track as well as What You Need will eventually hit #11.
32 years ago (1986)A Fine Young Cannibals show in Boston is delayed until 2AM because somebody lobbed tear gas into the club.
29 years ago (1989)The Grammys are awarded: Tracy Chapman wins Best New Artist; Bobby McFerrin's Don't Worry Be Happy wins Best Song and Record and Jethro Tull wins the first Hard Rock/Metal Grammy.
14 years ago (2004)The British TV show The Ultimate Pop Star dubs Cliff Richard Britain's top singles artist. The show's tally indicates Richard has sold 170,000 more records (nearly 21 million) than The Beatles (20,799,632) or Elvis Presley (19,294,118). The rest of the Top Ten by singles sales during the previous 50 years are: Madonna, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Queen, ABBA, Paul McCartney, and David Bowie.
12 years ago (2006)San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom says a free Carlos Santana concert planned for April 22 as a part of a centennial commemoration of the great San Francisco earthquake had to be postponed because organizers couldn't raise enough money to stage the show. He says the show will take place later in the year and be even bigger and better than the one planned.
12 years ago (2006)Sheryl Crow undergoes surgery for breast cancer in Los Angeles. Doctors think her prognosis is excellent. She postpones a North American concert tour that was set to start the following month.
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