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Classic Hits History: February 21

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In 1968, McGraw-Hill, Inc. outbids eight other American publishers for the U.S. rights to Hunter Davies’ authorized biography of the Beatles. They paid $150,000 for the rights.

In 1977, Neil Diamond‘s in-concert TV special aired on NBC.

In 1995, For the first time in seven years, Bruce Springsteen performed live with the E Street Band. The New York City nightclub appearance was for a video for Jonathan Demme’s film “Murder Incorporated.”

Classic Hits History: February 17

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In 1967, The Beatles’ “Penny Lane” backed with “Strawberry Fields Forever” was released in the U.S.
In 1970, Maurice Gibb (Bee Gee’s) opened in the London stage musical “Sing a Rude Song.”

In 1971, James Taylor made his prime-time television debut on ABC’s the “Johnny Cash Show.”

In 1972, Pink Floyd began a 4-night stand in London. During the stand they premiered “The Dark Side of the Moon” a full year before it was released.

In 1975, John Lennon released “Rock n’ Roll.” It was his last record before he left the music business for 5 years.

In 1976, The Eagles released their album “Greatest Hits.”

In 1990, Aerosmith appeared on “Saturday Night Live”. They performed the Wayne’s World theme song while appearing in the skit as themselves.

Classic Hits History: February 14

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In 1970, The Who taped a concert at Leeds University in Leeds, England, for their forthcoming album, “Live at Leeds.”

In 1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono began a weeklong stay as co-hosts on “The Mike Douglas Show.”

In 1972, “Steppenwolf Day” was declared in Los Angeles as they announced their break-up.

In 1973, David Bowie collapsed at the end of his Valentines Day Show at New York’s Radio City Music Hall reportedly due to total exhaustion.

In 1977, The B-52’s perform their first concert together in Athens, GA.

In 1977, Jimmy Buffett’s “Margaritaville” was released.

In 1978, Dire Straits began recording their first album.

In 1981, Billy Idol left Generation X for a solo career.

In 1984, Elton John and Renata Blauel were married. The marriage lasted for four years.

 

Classic Hits History: February 9

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In 1964, The Beatles made the first of three record-breaking appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” 73 million people watched the show. It was their American TV debut.

In 1972, Wings made their concert debut at Nottingham University in England.

In 1993, Mick Jagger released a solo album called “Wandering Spirit.”

In 1993, Paul McCartney released a solo album, “Off The Ground.”

Classic Hits History: February 8

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In 1956, Buddy Holly signed a recording contract with Decca Records.

In 1964, The publisher of the song “Louie Louie” offered $1,000 to anyone would could find suggestive lyrics in the song.

In 1965, The Supremes’ “Stop in the Name Of Love” was released.

In 1972, The official Beatles Fan Club disbanded.

In 1980, In London, David Bowie and his wife Angie were divorced after almost ten years of marriage.

In 1988,  The Who performed at the British Phonographic Industry awards ceremony. They received an award for their “Outstanding Contribution to British Music. This would be the last time Kenney Jones played with the band.

Classic Hits History: February 7

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In 1959, Buddy Holly’s funeral was held in Lubbock, TX.

In 1964, The Beatles arrived in New York to begin their first U.S. tour.

In 1979, The Clash kicked off their first American tour at the Berkeley Community Theatre outside San Francisco.

In 1979, Stephen Stills became the first rock performer to record on digital equipment in Los Angeles’ Record Plant Studio. He recorded a new version of the song “Cherokee.”

In 1986, The Rolling Stones shot the video for “Harlem Shuffle” in New York City.

In 1988, The TV mini-series “Elvis and Me” (based on Priscilla Presley’s book) began on ABC.

Classic Hits History: February 6

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In 1970, John Lennon’s “Instant Karma” with Yoko Ono’s “Who Has Seen the Wind?” was released in the U.K.

In 1987, Joan Jett made her acting debut in “Light Of Day.”

In 1990, Billy Idol broke several bones in a serious motorcycle accident. As a result he could not appear in Oliver Stone’s “The Doors” in a major role.