Here’s what happened today in Rock History (Feb.15th)
1944 – Mick Avory was born. Starts out as the Stones drummer & winds up with the Kinks.
1949 – Jerry Wexler, staff writer at ‘Billboard’ magazine, coins the term “Rhythm & Blues”, which becomes Billboard’s official designation for African-American popular music.
1955 – Art Rupe of Hollywood-based Specialty Records receives a demo tape from Little Richard. Contracts are sent out to Richard’s manager on March 4th.
1964 – For the 1st time one act has 5 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart; The Beatles with I want to hold Your Hand, She Loves You, I saw Her Standing There, Please Please Me & My Bonnie
1964 – Meet The Beatles becomes their 1st No.1 album in North America
1969 – The hotly anticipated, self-titled debut album by Led Zeppelin enters the album charts, ultimately reaching #10.
1972 – With the expiration of John Lennon’s U.S. non-immigrant visa, deportation proceedings begin. Lennon will wage a four-year battle with the federal government to remain in the U.S.
1979 – “Just the Way You Are” by Billy Joel wins Grammies for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
1992 – Michael Jackson was crowned an African King in a ceremony on the Ivory Coast
1995 – Sinatra performs his last ever live show.
1995 – Moist become 1st Canadian rock band to perform live on the internet
1998 – Rolling Stones wrap up Bridges to Babylon tour with a club show in Vegas to a lucky 1,400 fans and a star studded who’s who of celebrities
2001 – George Harrison participates in his first-ever online chats via Yahoo! Chat and MSN Live.
2006 – Bon Scott’s grave-site is classified a heritage site by the Australian government
2008 – Aerosmith’s Guitar Hero game announced