Events that happened on this day, February 25
1956 – With ‘I Forgot to Remember To Forget’, Elvis Presley had his first national hit on this day, February 25.
1957 – With his band The Crickets, Buddy Holly began recording ‘That’ll Be The Day. Despite being recorded in February, the record hit #1 in September.
1961 – For the first time since 1958, Elvis Presley played in front of a live audience. It was a two-nights charity concert in Memphis, Tennessee.
1964 – At Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded their next single called ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’. They also recorded other songs like ‘You Can’t Do That’.
1966 – Nancy Sinatra received her first Gold record for ‘These Boots Are Made For Walkin’. Also the number one hit on the Billboard chart at the time.
1968 – At the Civic Opera House in Chicago, The Jimi Hendrix Experience played two shows. But, the interesting story is that Jimi Hendrix got his “male reproductive organ” molded between shows by a groupie named Cynthia Plaster Caster.
1972 – In front of 25 thousand fans in Auckland, New Zealand, Led Zeppelin had their first ever gig on the island. It was also the biggest concert (crowd-wise) ever held in New Zealand at the time.
1982 – American country and southern rock band – Alabama released their sixth studio album called ‘Mountain Music‘.
1984 – On this day, February 25 Van Halen topped the US singles chart with ‘Jump’.
1986 – ‘We Are The World’ won Grammys for Best Record and Best Song while Phil Collins’ ‘No Jacket Required’ won Best Album.
1987 – Frank Sinatra appeared as a retired police sergeant on the TV-show Magnum, P.I.
1989 – With ‘Belfast Child’, Simple Minds topped the UK singles chart. Also the second longest #1 after the Beatles’ ‘Hey Jude’.
1992 – Eric Clapton won six Grammys with his single ‘Tears In Heaven’ and the ‘Unplugged’ album.
Eric Clapton – Tears in Heaven
1992 – James Brown received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award.
1992 – TLC released their debut album ‘Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip’.
1993 – Due to a cocaine related cardio-respiratory failure, guitarist Toy Caldwell died on this day, February 25.
1995 – With ‘Take a Bow’, Madonna topped the Hot 100 chart where she stayed for seven weeks.
1995 – On this day, February 25 – Frank Sinatra sang for the last time in front of a live audience at a private party with selected guests.
1998 – Bo Diddley and Roy Orbison received Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Grammys.
1998 – Bob Dylan, Elton John, John Fogerty, Van Morrison and John Lee Hooker were some of the names to also win awards at the annual Grammys.
2003 – Switchfoot released their fourth studio album “The Beautiful Letdown’.
2006 – George Michael found collapsed in a car in Hyde Park, London. After being treated by the paramedics, he was arrested due to drug possession but was later released on bail.
2011 – Erik Michael Coonce also known as Rick Coonce died on this day, February 25 at the age of 64.
2012 – Iverson Minter also known as Louisiana Red died on this day, February 25 at the age of 79.
Born on this day, February 25 in music history
1937 – American keyboard player Don Randi was born on this day, February 25 in New York City.
1943 – George Harrison of The Beatles was born on this day, February 25 in Liverpool, England.
1948 – English singer Elkie Brooks was born on this day, February 25.
1957 – Drummer and co-founder of The Smithereens, Denis Diken was born on this day in New Jersey.
1957 – Scottish musician Stewart John Wood also known as Woody was born on this day in Edinburgh, Scotland.
1959 – Welsh musician Mike Peters also known as the lead singer of The Alarm was born on this day, February 25.
1971 – Canadian musician Daniel Powter was born on this day in Vernon, Canada.