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February 22

1956

February 22
Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" enters the Billboard Hot 100 at #68. Two weeks later it will go to #1 for 8 straight weeks and stay on the chart for over 4 months.

1957

February 22
Famed US dance instructor Arthur Murray reported that enrollment in his dance studios had increased ten percent since the "Rock and Roll craze" swept the country.

February 22
The Film Don't Knock The Rock, featuring appearances by Alan Freed, Little Richard and Bill Haley, opens at the Paramount Theatre in New York.

1958

February 22
The Silhouettes topped Cash Box Magazine's Best Sellers Chart with "Get A Job" after Dick Clark started playing it on his TV show, American Bandstand. The group got their name from the 1957 song by The Rays, (covered by Herman's Hermits in the '60s) and the inspiration for the tune came from writer Rick Lewis' mother, when she chided her son to "get up in the morning and go out and get a job."

February 22
Roy Hamilton's "Don't Let Go" becomes the first stereo single to reach the Billboard chart, where it would rise to #13 during an eleven week run.

1960

February 22
"Theme From A Summer Place" by Percy Faith began its nine week run at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. It remains the longest-running number-one instrumental in the history of the chart and brought Faith a Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1961. The song also topped the charts in Italy and reached #2 in the UK.

1974

February 22
After placing twelve albums on the Billboard Hot 200 and eight Top 40 albums in the UK, Ten Years After give their final concert in London, England.

1975

February 22
After years of barely making a living, the fortunes of Scotland's Average White Band took a sharp turn for the better when they scored a number one hit in the US with "Pick Up The Pieces". It made #6 in the UK.

1976

February 22
The Supremes' Florence Ballard died of heart attack at the age of 32. She had been replaced by Cindy Birdsong in 1967 after her constant battles with Diana Ross. At the time of her death, Ballard had separated from her husband and was planning a recording career comeback. Diana Ross attended the funeral, surrounded by several bodyguards.

1977

February 22
"Car Wash" by the L.A. based Soul and Funk band Rose Royce is certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

1986

February 22
MTV dedicated a full 22 hours to The Monkees, showing all 45 episodes of their original TV series.

1989

February 22
A category for Heavy Metal is included at the Grammys Awards for the first time. Metallica performs on stage, but the award went to Jethro Tull. Many audience members booed. Meanwhile, Bobby McFerrin won Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year for "Don't Worry, Be Happy", Tracy Chapman is named Best New Artist and Tina Turner won Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for "Tina Live in Europe".

1990


February 22
Stevie Wonder wins a plagiarism lawsuit filed against him by songwriter Lloyd Chiate, who claimed he wrote "I Just Called To Say I Love You" several years before its 1984 release.

1994

February 22
Papa John Creach died of heart failure at the age of 76. Creach was a fiddler who first came to the notice of Rock fans when he joined Jefferson Airplane from 1970 to 1972. A veteran of Jazz and Blues groups, he was in his early 50s while his fellow band members were still approaching 30.

2000

February 22
The engagement ring that The Sex Pistols' Sid Vicious gave to his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, was put up for sale. The asking price for the ring, which Sid bought in 1977, was 1,500 Pounds ($2,550). Also on sale was a pair of John Lennon's blue jeans for 2,250 Pounds ($3,825).

2004

February 22
68 year old Bobby Vinton collapsed on stage during a performance at the American Music Theatre in Lancaster, PA. He was then taken backstage where his condition seemed to improve and when an ambulance arrived, Vinton said that he was fine and refused hospitalization.

2013

February 22
Billboard.com announced that Madonna was 2013's top earning 'live' act, followed by Bruce Springsteen and Roger Waters.


 


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