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February 24 : This Day in Music History
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Certifications and Milestones

1976 : The Eagles' Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) becomes the first "platinum" album for selling over one million copies. The platinum designation originated in 1976.
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Awards and Honors (6)

1987 : Fats Domino, Ray Charles and B.B. King win Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Grammies.
1987 : Bruce Hornsby and the Range take home the Grammy award for Best New Artist, winning over Glass Tiger, Nu Shooz, Simply Red, and Timbuk3.
1993 : Eric Clapton wins big at the Grammy Awards, taking 3 awards for Tears In Heaven, Two more for his album Unplugged, and the Best Rock Song award for his acoustic version of Layla.
1993 : Tom Waits's stripped-down, raw, nearly primeval Bone Machine wins a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Rock Album.
1998 : England's Queen Elizabeth II knights Elton John during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
2008 : A statue of departed AC/DC lead singer Bon Scott is unveiled in his hometown of Fremantle, Australia.

Band Dynamics (1)

1990 : The Byrds' David Crosby, Roger McGuinn, and Chris Hillman reunite for the first time in years at a tribute concert for the recently deceased Roy Orbison, performing "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)."

Banned (1)

1956 : Police in Cleveland shut down a Rock concert under an obscure law that prohibits people under 18 from dancing in public without a guardian.

Births (9)

1932 : Michel LeGrand
1941 : Joanie Sommers
1942 : Paul Jones (Manfred Mann)
1944 : Nicky Hopkins
1945 : Bob "Bear" Hite (Canned Heat)
1947 : Rupert Holmes (The Street People)
1947 : Lonnie Turner (The Steve Miller Band)
1950 : George Thorogood
1962 : Michelle Shocked

Certifications and Milestones (2)

1976 : The Eagles' Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) becomes the first "platinum" album for selling over one million copies. The platinum designation originated in 1976.
1976 : The Eagles, Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) is certified gold -- it is the first gold certification (sales of 500,000) issued by the RIAA.

Charts (2)

1958 : The Silhouettes' "Get A Job" hits #1.
1973 : Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly With His Song" hits #1.

Concerts and Festivals (3)

1963 : The Rolling Stones get their first steady gig at London's Station Hotel, performing on Sundays in the Crawdaddy room for a grand total of $67 a week.
1969 : Jimi Hendrix's Experience play their final UK concert, at London's Royal Albert Hall.
1973 : The Byrds play their final concert, in Passaic, NJ.

Deaths (8)

1990 : Johnnie Ray
1991 : Webb Pierce
1994 : Burt Reynolds
1994 : Papa John Creech (Jefferson Airplane/Starship)
2002 : Arthur Lyman
2004 : Estelle Axton
2008 : Larry Norman (People)
2013 : Larry Marks

Incidents (1)

2004 : Singer Lena Horne threatens to withdraw permission for a TV movie of her life after star Janet Jackson suffers her shocking "wardrobe malfunction" at Super Bowl XXXVIII. Jackson quits the project.

Legal Issues (1)

2000 : Georgie Fame is arrested for a DUI after driving home from his concert in Wales. He's fined 350 pounds and has his driver's licensed suspended for a year.

Marriages and Breakups (3)

1971 : Diana Ross files for divorce from her husband of five weeks, but they later reconcile (though they finally do divorce five years later)
1992 : Kurt Cobain of Nirvana and Courtney Love of Hole are married in Hawaii, with a non-denominational, female minister conducting the ceremony.
2014 : Robin Thicke and Paula Patton announce their separation after nine years of marriage. A few months later, Thicke releases his album Paula, where he pours his heart out over the split.

Miscellaneous (1)

1992 : The US Postal Service's infamous "Elvis stamps" are unveiled, with the institution allowing fans to vote for which of two versions -- a thin, '50s Elvis or a fat '70s one -- will make the final cut. Eventually, thin wins by 3 to 1.

Movies (1)

1965 : The Beatles begin shooting their second movie, Help!, in the Bahamas as director Richard Lester films them riding bicycles near the airport.

Music and Politics (1)

1988 : At a concert in Phoenix, Alice Cooper claims he is running for governor of Arizona, representing the "Wild Party." (A special election was being held to replace Evan Mecham, who had been impeached.) Cooper's slogan: "A troubled man for troubled times."

Recordings (5)

1940 : Frances Langford, When You Wish Upon A Star1957: Elvis Presley, "Loving You"
1965 : The Beach Boys, Help Me Rhonda
1965 : Elvis Presley, "Shake That Tambourine"
1967 : The Beatles, Lovely Rita
1969 : Johnny Cash, Johnny Cash At San Quentin

Releases (2)

1975 : Led Zeppelin, Physical Graffiti
2004 : After EMI refuses to let DJ Danger Mouse release his Grey Album, a mash-up of Jay-Z's Black Album with samples from The Beatles' White Album, the DJ makes the album available as a download, for free, on his website for one day.

TV, Radio, Press (4)

1960 : Carl Dobkins, Jr. performs in full military dress live from Ft. Dixon, Ohio, where he is serving in the national guard, on NBC-TV's Perry Como Show.
1980 : The TV movie, Harper Valley P.T.A. airs on NBC.
1981 : Peter Noone (Herman's Hermits) and singer/songwriter Stephen Bishop guest-star on tonight's "I Do, I Do" episode of ABC-TV's sitcom Laverne & Shirley.
2002 : Charlie Daniels appears as himself on tonight's "Peggy's Fan Fair" episode of Fox-TV's animated sitcom King Of The Hill.
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