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February 25

1957

February 25
Buddy Holly And The Crickets begin recording "That'll Be The Day" with producer Norman Petty at his studio in Clovis, New Mexico. Holly had recorded the song with his band The Three Tunes in Nashville in 1956, but Decca Records brass didn't like the result and refused to release it. Holly's new version would become his signature tune, rising to #1 in both the US and the UK.

1961

February 25
After being discharged from the US Army nearly a year ago, Elvis Presley makes his first concert appearance since 1958 at the Ellis Auditorium in Memphis, Tennessee. During the show, RCA Records presents The King with a plaque to commemorate 76 million records sold worldwide.

1963

February 25
The first Beatles' single is released in America by Chicago's Vee Jay Records. The 45 featured "Please Please Me" as the "A" side, but the name of band is misspelled "Beattles".

1966

February 25
Nancy Sinatra receives her first Gold record for her current Billboard #1 hit, "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'". Her second was shared with her father Frank in 1967 for "Something Stupid".

1981

February 25
At the Grammy Awards, Christopher Cross wins in four categories; Best New Artist, "Sailing" is Song of the Year and Record of the Year and his debut album "Christopher Cross" is tabbed as Album of the Year. Kenny Loggins' "This Is It" is named Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male and Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male went to Billy Joel for "Glass Houses".

1984

February 25
Van Halen enjoyed a US number one smash with "Jump", after David Lee Roth added lyrics to music that Eddie Van Halen had written two years before. The song became a #7 hit in the UK.

1986

February 25
"We Are The World" wins Grammys for Best Record and Best Song while Phil Collins "No Jacket Required" wins Best Album.

1987

February 25
London newspaper The Sun begins printing a series of articles in which Elton John's personal life comes into question. After lawyers got involved, The Sun would end up paying 1 million Pounds ($1.9 million) and issuing a printed apology which consisted of simply "Sorry, Elton."

1992

February 25
Eric Clapton wins six Grammys, including Best Record and Best Song for "Tears In Heaven" as well as Best Album for "Unplugged". James Brown is recognized for Lifetime Achievement and Michael Bolton is given a statue for Best Pop Vocal Performance for his note-for-note remake of "When a Man Loves a Woman".

1993

February 25
Toy Caldwell, lead singer for The Marshall Tucker band on their 1977 million seller, "Heard It In A Love Song", died in his sleep at the age of 45.

1997

February 25
The Bee Gees are honored with an award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music at the 16th annual BRIT awards in London, during which they perform a medley of their hits.

1998

February 25
At Radio City Music Hall, Bob Dylan is handed three Grammys, including one for Best Album for "Time Out Of Mind". Dylan's son, Jakob, also won an award, winning Best Song for "One Headlight", a tune he recorded with his band The Wallflowers. Also winning awards were John Fogerty, who picked up Best Rock Album for "Blue Moon Swamp", Elton John for Best Male Vocal for "Candle In The Wind 1997" and Van Morrison And John Lee Hooker who won for Best Pop Collaboration for "Don't Look Back". Bo Diddley and Roy Orbison were cited for Lifetime Achievement.

2006

February 25
George Michael was found slumped over in a car in London by a concerned passer-by who called police. Michael was checked by paramedics and did not need treatment, however, he was arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs and then released on bail.

2009

February 25
United States President Barack Obama honored Stevie Wonder with one of America's highest awards for Pop music, the Library of Congress' Gershwin prize at a ceremony at the White House. Obama called Wonder "the soundtrack of my youth."

2010

February 25
Marie Osmond's adopted son, 18-year-old Michael Blosil, was found dead on the ground below an apartment balcony in Los Angeles. After a life-long battle with severe depression, he left a suicide note saying he had no friends and could never fit in.

2011

February 25
Rick Coonce, drummer for The Grass Roots on their eleven Billboard Top 40 hits, died of heart failure at the age of 64.


 


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