18 February

Pick a Day


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2017 Clyde Stubblefield, the funky drummer who played on many tracks for James Brown, dies at age 73.

2006 Bill Cowsill of The Cowsills dies at age 58.

2003 The Rolling Stones bring some local flavor to the Australian leg of their Licks world tour, bringing Jet as the opening act. The first show in the country takes place at the Enmore Theater in Sydney. Jet had to fly back from Los Angeles, where they were recording their debut album, Get Born, to take advantage of the opportunity.

2001 James Taylor marries his longtime girlfriend Kim Smedvig at a small ceremony in Boston. It's Taylor's third wedding, and later in 2001 the couple have twin boys through a surrogate mother.

1999 Pop-star-turned-disc-jockey Bob Geldof, organizer of Live Aid, wins substantial but undisclosed damages from The Sun newspaper in London in a libel case over a story that falsely alleged he had "groped, fondled and kissed" a nightclub stripper.

1998 Robert Smith of The Cure battles Barbra Streisand on the show South Park.

1995 Denny Cordell, who produced Tom Petty & The Hearbreakers, The Moody Blues, and Procol Harum, dies in Dublin of lymphoma, aged 51.

1995 Bob Stinson (lead guitarist for The Replacements) dies at age 35 after years of drug and alcohol abuse takes its toll on his health.

1990 At the BRIT Awards in London, Queen collect the BPI award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music. It is Freddie Mercury's last public appearance with the band, as he dies the following year.

1980 Filming begins on Ringo Starr's new comedy Caveman.

1977 Kiss play Madison Square Garden (in their hometown, New York City) for the first time.

1977 Fela Kuti's residence is sacked by nearly a thousand soldiers, inspiring his song "Zombie."

1973 At Elvis Presley's concert in Las Vegas, four men climb on stage and try to shake his hand. They are quickly thwarted by security and Elvis' bass player Jerry Scheff. Elvis tells the crowd, "Immobilize the men using karate moves." No charges are filed. Elvis tells the audience: "I'm sorry I didn't break his goddamned neck, is what I'm sorry about."

1973 The nationally syndicated radio concert series The King Biscuit Flower Hour premieres, featuring Blood, Sweat & Tears, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

1972 Neil Young's album Harvest is certified Gold.

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Bieber Boosts "Call Me Maybe" With Lip Dub Video


"Call Me Maybe," a catchy pop song from Canadian Idol alumna Carly Rae Jepsen, goes viral via a YouTube lip dub video by Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. The attention helps send the single to #1.

The video features the dating teen pop stars and their celebrity friends - High School Musical's Ashley Tisdale and the stars of Nickelodeon's Big Time Rush - lip syncing to "Call Me Maybe." The project is part of Bieber's campaign to get Jepsen, a fellow Canadian, on the pop radar in the US. Bieber first heard the tune on the radio in December when he was visiting his native Ontario and took to Twitter to gush about it: "Call me maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen is possibly the catchiest song I've ever heard lol." Not only did his 18 million followers take notice, but so did his manager, Scooter Braun, who tracked down Jepsen and offered her a contract with his label, Schoolboy Records. When the lip dub video hits YouTube, it's an instant sensation, garnering over 39 million views in three months and inspiring other celebs to take a crack at lip dubbing the song. Katy Perry uploads her own version a couple months later. On February 22, just four days after the Bieber/Gomez video dropped, "Call Me Maybe" is released as a single in the US. It climbs to #1 in June and holds the top spot for nine weeks, making it the hit song of the summer. When the album Kiss is released in September, it features a special guest vocalist: Justin Bieber, who co-wrote and sang on the track "Beautiful."



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