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Awards and Honors (4)

  • 1968 : Detroit, MI mayor Jerome P. Cavanagh declares today "Aretha Franklin Day."
  • 1993 : The Faces reunite at the BRIT Awards, where Rod Stewart receives a lifetime achievement award. Bill Wyman replaces original Faces bass player Ronnie Lane, who has Multiple Sclerosis.
  • 1999 : Written off by some quarters of the British music industry three years ago, Robbie Williams scoops up three trophies at the annual Brit Awards. The ex-Take That member picks up the coveted awards for best male British solo artist, best British single ( Angels ) and best British video (for the single Millenium).
  • 1999: At the 19th annual BRIT Awards, hosted by English broadcaster and journalist Johnny Vaughan, The Corrs grab the award for Best International Group. The awards are held at London Arena in London, England where The Corrs also perform their songs "Runaway" and "Haste to the Wedding" live at the ceremony.

Births (10)

  • 1901 : Wayne King
  • 1916 : Bill Doggett
  • 1920 : Patty Andrews (The Andrews Sisters)
  • 1931 : Otis Blackwell
  • 1935 : Sonny Bono (Sonny & Cher)
  • 1939 : Herbie and Harold Kalin (The Kalin Twins)
  • 1949 : Lyn Paul (The New Seekers)
  • 1956 : James Ingram
  • 1958 : Ice-T
  • 1961 : Andy Taylor (Duran Duran)

Certifications and Milestones (1)

  • 1968 : Elvis Presley's album How Great Thou Art is certified gold

Charts (5)

  • 1957 : The Del Vikings' "Come Go With Me" enters the pop charts
  • 1957 : Tab Hunter's "Young Love" hits #1
  • 1963 : The Beatles' Please Please Me goes to the top of the charts in the UK, fulfilling producer George Martin's prophecy: "Gentlemen, you have just recorded your first Number One."
  • 1974 : Bob Dylan's album Planet Waves hits #1
  • 2011 : Lady GaGa's "Born This Way" makes history, becoming the Billboard Hot 100 chart's 1000th number one. "It is a tremendous honor," GaGa tells Billboard. "To be the 1000th number one on Billboard. I would be silly not to say this is the greatest honor of my career."

Concerts and Festivals (3)

  • 1955 : Elvis Presley plays at the Odessa Senior High School in Odessa, Texas. A young Roy Orbison is in the audience.
  • 1964 : The Beatles perform at the Deauville Hotel's Mau Mau Club in Miami Beach, FL.
  • 1972 : Rick Nelson begins his first British tour.

Deaths (4)

  • 1996 : Walter (Brownie) McGhee
  • 2002 : Billy Ward
  • 2004 : Doris Troy
  • 2013 : Stanley "Goober Grin" Knight (Black Oak Arkansas)

Debuts (1)

  • 1957 : The 6.5 Special, Britain's first pop music program, debuts on the BBC.

Incidents (1)

  • 1998 : At the Brit Awards, Chumbawumba drummer Danbert Nobacon dumps a bucket of ice water on U.K. Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott.

Legal Issues (4)

  • 1984 : Jerry Lee Lewis surrenders to federal authorities on charges of income tax evasion, charges of which he is eventually acquitted.
  • 1990 : Ike Turner is sentenced to four years in prison on eleven separate charges, including possession and transport of cocaine. In prison when he and ex-wife Tina are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he is released after serving eighteen months.
  • 1999 : Rap star Ol' Dirty Bastard is arrested in Hollywood for allegedly wearing body armor - a forbidden garment because of his previous arrests. ODB is initially pulled over for driving erratically.
  • 2001 : Country singer Andy Griggs is arrested just before 3 a.m. after taking a joy ride in an ambulance. Griggs and band member Kevin Weaver came upon the vehicle, with keys inside, in the parking lot of a Tallahassee, FL. area Days Inn, where they were on a tour stopover. The men took the ambulance for a short ride and returned to the lot, where police charged them with grand theft auto. Griggs and Weaver are released after posting $1,000 bail each.

Marriages and Breakups (1)

  • 1963 : Paul Anka marries Marie-Ann Alison DeZogheb in Paris.

Miscellaneous (1)

  • 1999 : Aretha Franklin issues a statement taking responsibility for a "handful of suits for a small fraction out of the 99.9% of people who (she has) paid responsibly and in a timely way." She attacks as "malicious and vicious" a story in the Detroit Free Press saying that 30 lawsuits have been filed against her since 1988 by creditors seeking payment.

Movies (1)

  • 1978 : The film Abba - The Movie has its UK premiere at Leicester Square's Warner Theatre.

Recordings (5)

  • 1942 : Shep Fields and His Orchestra, "Jersey Bounce"
  • 1965 : The Beatles: I Need You, Another Girl, Yes It Is
  • 1966: Elvis Presley: "Smorgasbord," "Stop, Look and Listen," "Am I Ready?," "Beach Shack," "Never Say Yes"
  • 1967 : The Beatles, Good Morning Good Morning
  • 1971 : Aretha Franklin, Spanish Harlem

Releases (1)

  • 1974 : Elton John, Bennie And The Jets

TV, Radio, Press (4)

  • 1964 : The Beatles's performance at the Deauville Hotel's Mau Mau Club in Miami Beach, FL, is broadcast live on CBS' Ed Sullivan Show just one week after their historic first appearance.
  • 1972 : During his week-long stint as host of the syndicated Mike Douglas Show, John Lennon performs Memphis and Johnny B. Goode with Chuck Berry, who Lennon refers to as "my hero."
  • 1975 : The music variety series Cher premieres on CBS-TV.
  • 1997 : Michael Jackson sings "Elizabeth I Love You," which he wrote for the actress Elizabeth Taylor, at her 65th birthday celebration. The event airs on ABC on February 25th.