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February 28

Updated: Mar 6, 2020

Music History for Friday, 2/28/20

2019 - Multiple Oscar and Grammy-winning pianist and composer Andre Previn died in New York City. He was 89.

2019 - Jazz guitarist and session player Ed Bickert died in his native Canada. He was 86.

2016 - Joined by survivors of sexual assault, Lady Gaga performed the song "Til It Happens to You" at the Grammys.  She was introduced by Vice President Joe Biden.

2014 - Gwen Stefani and then-husband Gavin Rossdale welcomed their third child, son Apollo Bowie Flynn.

2012 - John Mayer announced that after throat surgery he’s ready to go back on the road for a spring tour. Mayer’s line-up included 21 stops. Some of the proceeds from ticket sales went to a charity benefitting veterans.

2012 - The Band Perry's "If I Die Young" was certified four-times platinum.

2010 - Police officially declare the death of Michael Blosil, Marie Osmond's 18-year-old son, a suicide. He leapt to his death from his apartment building after leaving a suicide note and instructions where it could be found.

2009 - Flo Rida's "Right Round" topped the U.S. singles chart, staying there for six weeks.

2008 - Buddy Myles, drummer for Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsys, died at age 60.

2008 - Boy George pleaded not guilty to charges he chained a male escort to a wall without is consent and assaulting him.

2007 - Kenny ChesneyCarrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts were announced as the lead nominees for the CMT Music Awards.

2006 - Josh Turner's album Your Man was certified gold.

2006 - Two stewards at a Kanye West concert in Birmingham, England were shot and wounded as non-ticket-holders were escorted from the venue.

2001 - R. Kelly and Jagged Edge were both double winners at the Soul Train Music Awards.

2000 - In a Los Angeles Superior Court, Celine Dion filed a suit against the National Enquirer. The papers claimed an "intentional infliction of emotion distress, invasion of privacy, and unfair business practices." The headline that brought the suit was Celine: I'm Pregnant with Twins.

2000 - Stan Penrige, the guy that actually wrote the KISS hit “Beth,” sued the band, its publishing company and Universal Music claiming he had been cheated out of millions of dollars in publishing royalties.

1998 - Garth Brooks hosted Saturday Night Live and also served as the musical guest.

1992 - Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight was sentenced to nine years in prison stemming from a prole violation for an assault conviction two years earlier.

1996 - Alanis Morissette won Album of the Year for Jagged Little Pill, and Song of the Year for You Oughta Know at the Grammys.

1996 - The original members of KISS appeared at the Grammy Awards. It was the first time in 17 years that the band had appeared in full make-up and costumes.

1996 - Vince Gill won Grammys for "Go Rest High on That Mountain" in the Best Country Song and Best Male Country Vocal Performance category.

1995 - Jewel released her debut album, Pieces of You.

1994 - Eric Clapton gave his 100th concert at London's Royal Albert Hall.

1993 - Travis Tritt got his first acting role in the TV movie Rio Diablo alongside Naomi Judd and Kenny Rogers.

1991 - In Los Angeles, Curtis Mayfield Day was held.

1991 - The Record Plant recording studio in Los Angeles closed for good. Some of the classic albums recorded there include Hotel California by The EaglesFleetwood Mac's Rumors, and Stevie Wonder's Songs In The Key Of Life.

1988 - K.D. Lang performed at the closing ceremonies of the 1988 Winter Olympics.

1986 - George Michael announced that Wham! would break up over the summer.

1985 - David Bryon, lead singer of Uriah Heep, died at age 38 of complications from liver disease.

1984 - Michael Jackson won a then-record seven Grammy Awards for his album Thriller.

1981 - Country singer Eddie Rabbitt scored a number-one single with "I Love a Rainy Night."

1977 - Ray Charles was attacked onstage at one of his concerts by an audience member who tried to strangle him with a rope.

1976 - The number one song was “Theme from SWAT”by Rhythm Heritage.

1974 - Bobby Bloom, who had a hit with Montego Bay, died after shooting himself.

1974 - Seasons In The Sun by Terry Jacks was the number one single.

1972 - George and Patti Harrison were injured in a car crash. Patti was unconscious for several days.

1970 - Led Zeppelin played a gig in Copenhagen under the name The Nobs because Eva Von Zeppelin, a relative of the airship designer, threatened to sue if the family name was used in Denmark.

1970 - Simon & Garfunkel started a six-week run at number one on the U.S. singles chart with "Bridge Over Troubled Water."

1968 - Singer Frankie Lymon of Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers, was found dead at his grandmother's house in New York City of a heroin overdose. He was 25.

1967 - The Rolling Stones were at number one with Ruby Tuesday. It was the b-side of Let's Spend The Night Together.

1966 - The Cavern Club, where The Beatles had first risen to fame, closed. It was rebuilt years later on a different site.


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