On this day, February 28 In Music History

On this day, February 28 In Music History


On this day, February 28 in 1966 – The famous Cavern Club in Liverpool were The Beatles appeared more than 200 times in their early years closes because of debt. However, fans don’t want to see it closed so they protest by barricading themselves in the club. 

1970 – While in Denmark, Led Zeppelin had to change their band name to ‘The Nobs’ to avoid lawsuit from Eva von Zeppelin (relative of the airship designer) for name ownership.

1970 – With ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’Simon and Garfunkel topped the US singles chart. Also their third US number one hit at the time.

1974 – American singer-songwriter Bobby Bloom tragically lost his life after accidentally shooting himself while cleaning his gun.

1976 – At the annual Grammy Awards, Paul Simon won two awards for Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance.

1977 – While performing on stage, Ray Charles was attacked by a man from the audience who tried to strangle him with a microphone cord.

1981 – With ‘I love A Rainy Night’Eddie Rabbitt topped the US Hot 100 chart.

1983 U2 released their third studio album called War. And because of its political nature, the album didn’t receive the most positive reviews. However, that did not stop it from becoming a commercial success and even managing to beat Michael Jackson’s Thriller on the UK album chart.

1984 – Michael Jackson managed to win seven Grammy Awards with Thriller, Beat It and Billie Jean in various categories.

1985 – Bruce Springsteen won multiple Rolling Stone magazine reader’s poll and Grammy Awards including Artist of the Year.

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1985 – Uriah Heep‘s lead vocalist David Byron died at the age of 38 after a liver disease and seizures.

1986 – After selling more than 30 million records worldwide, George Michael announced that Wham! will split during the summer.

1994 – For this 100th performance, Eric Clapton played a charity concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall for the Children In Crisis.

1996 – Aged 22, Alanis Morissette became the youngest artist to win a Grammy Award for Album of the Year. However, 14 years later in 2010, 20 year old Taylor Swift dethroned her with her second studio album Fearless.

1997 – Suge Knight sentenced to nine years in prison for violating his probation from 1995. In September 2018 he was also sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter for an incident in 2015. But this time he was sentenced to 28 years.

2005 – English drummer and singer Chris Curtis died in his home at the age of 63.

2006 – Bruce Springsteen released his fourth live album Hammersmith Odeon London 1975.

2007 – The Doors were honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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2008 – English musician and producer Mike Smith died because of pneumonia at the age of 64. Eleven days after his day he was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Dave Clark Five.

2008 – Boy George pleaded not guilty to imprisoning a male escort by chaining him on the wall. However, a year later in January he was sentenced to 15 months in prison for the same crime.

2010 – American musician Tom Wolk also known as T-Bone died of heart attack at the age of 58.

2016 – With her third studio album ’25’Adele topped the US and UK album charts.


1927 – American steel guitarist Don Helms was born on this day, February 28 in New Brockton, Alabama.

1940 Joseph Alfred Souter also known as Joe South was born on this day in Atlanta, Georgia.

1942 – Founding member of The Rolling StonesBrian Jones was born on this day in music history. He was the original leader of the group and he also came up with the band’s name. Sadly however, he died young at the age of 27 after drowning in this swimming pool.

1943 – American soul singer and songwriter Barbara Acklin was born in Oakland, California.

1943 – Rock musician Dominic Ierace also known as Donnie Iris was born on this day, February 28.

1948 – Black Sabbath‘s longtime keyboardist Geoff Nicholls was born in Birmingham, England.

1952 Ed Manion also known as Eddie “Kingfish” Manion was born on this day, February 28.

1957 Cynthia Leigh Wilson also known as Cindy Wilson was born on this day in Athens, Georgia.

1957 – English musician, songwriter and record producer Ian Stanley was born on this day, February 28 in England.

1969 – Lead singer and founding member of the band TrainPatrick Monahan was born on this day in Erie, Pennsylvania.

1971 – English musician and record producer Nigel Godrich was born on this day in London, England.

1977 – American country music singer Jason Aldean was born on this day, February 28.

1994 – English singer and songwriter Jake Bugg was born on this day in Nottingham, England.

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