Feb 20 – Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday Walter!

Musician’s Born On This Day

1898 Jimmy Yancey
1937 David Ackles (US singer/songwriter)
1937 Nancy Wilson
1940 Barbara Ellis (Fleetwoods)
1941 Buffy Sainte-Marie (wrote Up Where We Belong)
1945 Alan Hull (Lindisfarne)
1946 Jerome Geils (J Geils Band)
1950 Walter Becker (Steely Dan)
1951 Randy California (Spirit)
1954 Jon Brant (Cheap Trick)
1967 Kurt Cobain
1975 Brian Littrell (Back Street Boys)

No. 1 In The Charts On Feb 20

1959 Shirley Bassey: As I Love You UK 45
1964 Bachelors: Diane UK 45
1965 Gary Lewis: This Diamond Ring US 45
1988 Klyie Minogue: I Should Be So Lucky UK 45
1988 Expose: Seasons Change US 45
1993 Buddy Holly and the Crickets : Words of Love : UK LP

Various Music Events On Feb 20

1955 Big Joe Turner releases Flip Flop and Fly in US.

1970 Timothy Leary, international laureate of LSD and candidate for governorship for California, sentenced to ten years’ jail for possession of marijuana.

1974 Yes sell out Madison Square Gardens, New York. Nothing unusual about that, except that they didn’t advertise. Tickets sold in two days on word of mouth.

1982 Vangelis’s Chariots Of Fire hits US LP chart.

1982 ABC hit UK charts with Poison Arrow.

1982 Pat Benatar marries her guitarist, Neil Gerado, in Hawaii.

1988 Nearly seventeen years after his death, Louis Armstrong has the highest debut US single of the week when What a Wonderful World comes in at No. 67.

1988 Salt ‘n’ Pepa’s Push It peaks at No. 19 on Hot 100, yet goes on to win first gold disc of the year.

1996 Snoop Doggy Dogg and a bodyguard are found not guilty of first-degree murder.

1997 Phish are immortalised in ice-cream! Ben and Jerry’s new flavour — Phish Food, contains chocolate ice cream, marshmallows, caramel and fish-shaped fudge.

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