Saturday, 25 February 2017
Today in rock history 25th February
1943 – George Harrison of the Beatles is born in Liverpool. 1957 – Buddy Holly & the Crickets record “That’ll Be the Day” in Clovis, N.M. The single sells more than 1 million copies and tops Chart Toppers’s pop chart. 1959 – Mike Peters, lead singer of the Alarm, is born. 1965 – The Rolling Stones perform their just-released single “The Last Time” on the British rock show Ready! Steady! Go!. 1965 – Filming begins on the Beatles’ film “Help!” in the Bahamas. 1970 – Led Zeppelin perform at Sweden’s Goteborg Courthouse. While Jimmy Page plays the instrumental “White Summer,” a fan in the audience decides to accompany him by tootling on a harmonica. When the song is over, the offended Page spits on him. 1981 - Rush received their first Platinum album in the U.S. for 2112 which was certified by the RIAA for sales of one million copies. The album has since gone on to sell three million copies in the U.S. 1993 - Toy Caldwell, the guitarist for The Marshall Tucker Band died of heart disease. He was 45 years old. 1998 – Bob Dylan wins three Grammys at this year’s ceremony, including Best Album for his career renaissance Time out of Mind. While performing a song from the album, he is interrupted by a rogue performance artist with the words “soy bomb” painted on his chest. The freewheelin’ one doesn’t flinch. 2002 – Riverhead Books buy the rights to publish Kurt Cobain’s journals for a six-figure sum after a fierce bidding war. 2003 – Paul McCartney and his band perform at the 50th birthday of fan Wendy Whitworth in San Diego. Whitworth’s husband paid $1 million to McCartney, who donated his fee to the Adopt-a-Minefield charity. 2004 – The Rolling Stones topped a US Rich List of music’s biggest money makers. 2010 – A Manhattan federal judge ruled Thursday (February 25) that Ozzy Osbourne can proceed with his lawsuit against guitarist Tony Iommi over use of the Black Sabbath name. Ozzy filed a lawsuit against Iommi in May 2009, claiming that Iommi illegally took sole ownership of the band’s name in a filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. 2011 – Suze Rotolo, Bob Dylan’s former girlfriend dies.! After meeting backstage at one of his gigs, Dylan was overcome by Suzi’s raw beauty.