This Day In Music: 2/24/12

– In 1957: Buddy Holly recorded a new version of ‘That’ll Be The Day’, the title being taken from a phrase used by John Wayne in the film ‘The Searchers.’

– In 1965: The first full day of filming took place for The Beatles movie ‘Help!’ with the group riding bicycles on location near London Airport, England.

– In 1969: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played their last ever-British performance when they appeared at the Royal Albert Hall.

– In 1973: Roberta Flack had her second US No.1 when ‘Killing Me Softly With His Song’, started a five-week run at the top. The song was written about US singer songwriter Don McLean.

– In 1973: The Byrds made their final live appearance when they played at The Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey. (The then-current incarnation of the Byrds, which included Roger McGuinn, Clarence White, John York and Gene Parsons).

– In 1975:  Led Zeppelin released their sixth album Physical Graffiti in the UK. Recording sessions had been disrupted when bassist and keyboard player John Paul Jones had proposed quitting the band, supposedly to become choirmaster at Winchester Cathedral, England, although in reality he just needed time to rest after Zeppelin’s demanding tour schedule. The group decided on a double album so they could feature songs left over from their previous albums Led Zeppelin III, Led Zeppelin IV and Houses Of The Holy.

– In 1976: The Eagles ‘Greatest Hits’ became the first album to be certified platinum by the R.I.A.A. New certification’s represented sales of 1 million copies for albums and two million for singles.

– In 1982: Winners at the Grammy Awards included John & Yoko Album of the year with ‘Double Fantasy, Kim Carnes for Song of the year with ‘Bette Davis Eyes’, Quincy Jones won producer of the year and Sheena Easton best new act.

– In 1992: Kurt Cobain married Courtney Love in Waikiki, Hawaii. The press reported that the couple were expecting a baby on Sept 10th of this year.

– In 2000: Carlos Santana won eight awards at this year Grammy Awards. Before the ‘Supernatural’ album, the guitarist had not had a Top 10 album since 1981. Sting won two awards, one for best pop album and another for best male pop vocalist. Sir Elton John won the legend award and Phil Collins the best soundtrack award for ‘Tarzan’.

– In 2010: 50 Cent was being sued over claims he unlawfully distributed a homemade sex video. Lastonia Leviston filed legal action in Manhattan, saying she made the private video with a lover in 2008 and alleged that 50 Cent posted the video on his website last year after blurring out the lover’s face – and editing himself into it as narrator.

– In 2011: Suze Rotolo, Bob Dylan’s girlfriend in the early-Sixties, who walked arm-in-arm with the songwriter on the iconic cover of ‘The Freehweelin’ Bob Dylan’, died aged 67 after a long illness. She inspired such Dylan songs as ‘Don’t Think Twice’, ‘It’s All Right’, ‘Boots Of Spanish Leather’ and ‘Tomorrow Is A Long Time’.

 

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