14 February

Pick a Day


In Music History

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1972 Blaming burnout, Steppenwolf breaks up for the first time, saying, "We were locked into an image and style of music and there was nothing for us to look forward to." That same day, Los Angeles mayor Sam Yorty declares it "Steppenwolf Day."

1972 The '50s tribute musical Grease opens off-Broadway at New York City's Eden Theatre, featuring Barry Bostwick and Adrienne Barbeau. The play is an instant hit, moving to Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre for a record 3,388 performances, and, not incidentally, spawning one of the most popular movies of all time.

1970 Billboard Magazine reports that the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is "Mounting Total War Against Tape Pirating of Prerecorded Music."

1970 Sly and the Family Stone's "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" hits #1 in America.

1967 In New York City, Aretha Franklin r-e-c-o-r-d-s her famous cover of the Otis Redding song "Respect."

1967 The Beatles record "Only A Northern Song."

1966 Simon and Garfunkel's "Sounds Of Silence" is certified gold.

1964 The Dave Clark Five release "Bits And Pieces."

1961 The Platters sue Mercury Records for breach of contract in Chicago, citing the record label's refusal to pay royalties for songs on which leader Tony Williams does not, in fact, sing lead.

1961 The earliest color video of The Beatles is shot at their Casanova Club performance in Liverpool.

1958 CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite tells viewers that the government of Iran has banned rock and roll for being unhealthy and anti-Islamic. The "unhealthy" claim is backed by Iranian doctors who warn of hip damage due to "extreme gyrations."

1957 Jazz great Lionel Hampton debuts "King David," his only symphony, at New York's Town Hall.

1953 Teresa Brewer's "Till I Waltz Again with You" hits #1 in America.

1951 Simple Minds drummer Kenny Hyslop is born in Helensburgh, Scotland.

1950 Heart guitarist Roger Fisher is born.

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