Rock 'n' Roll History for
February 24






1956 - ClassicBands.com

February 24
Police in Cleveland, Ohio enforce a 1931 ordinance that barred people under the age of 18 from dancing in public unless accompanied by an adult.

1962 - ClassicBands.com

February 24
Elvis Presley had his 10th UK chart topper with "Can't Help Falling In Love" / "Rock-A-Hula Baby".

1963 - ClassicBands.com

February 24
The Rolling Stones take over as the Sunday house band at the Station Hotel near London. They are paid 24 Pounds ($67) to entertain a crowd of 66 people.

1965 - ClassicBands.com

February 24
The Beatles began filming their second, as yet un-named movie, on New Providence in the Bahamas. The film would eventually be called Eight Arms to Hold You before producers finally settled on Help!. Co-starring in the movie was actor Victor Spinetti, who also appeared in A Hard Day's Night, Magical Mystery Tour and John Lennon's How I Won The War.

February 24
The Beach Boys record "Help Me Rhonda", with guitarist Al Jardine singing lead vocal. The disc will become their second Billboard #1 and stay on the chart for eleven weeks.

1969 - ClassicBands.com

February 24
The Jimi Hendrix Experience plays their last British concert at London's Royal Albert Hall before breaking up the following June.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

February 24
With Roger McGuinn remaining the only original member, The Byrds made their final live appearance when they played at The Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey.

February 24
Roberta Flack achieved her second Billboard #1 hit with "Killing Me Softly With His Song". The tune was inspired by singer Lori Lieberman after she saw Don McLean perform at The Troubadour in Los Angeles.

1976 - ClassicBands.com

February 24
The Eagles LP "Their Greatest Hits 1971 - 1975" becomes the first album in history to be certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The new certification represented sales of at least 1 million copies for albums and 2 million copies for singles. The Platinum award was originated in the early seventies because Gold status was achieved by most popular records in a very short period of time. The Eagles' greatest hits album stayed on Billboard's Hot 200 chart for two and half years.

1978 - ClassicBands.com

February 24
Barry Manilow shared the stage with Ray Charles during The Second Barry Manilow Special, dueting on "It's a Miracle". Manilow had just enjoyed a Top Ten hit with "Looks Like We Made It" and would follow with "Can't Smile Without You", "Even Now", "Copacabana" and "Ready to Take a Chance Again" during the next few months.

1979 - ClassicBands.com

February 24
The Pointer Sisters, now down to a trio after Bonnie Pointer had left for a solo career, enjoy their biggest US hit when the Bruce Springsteen written "Fire" tops out at Billboard's #2.

1982 - ClassicBands.com

February 24
John Lennon's "Double Fantasy" LP is named Album Of The Year at the Grammy Awards. Kim Carnes' "Betty Davis Eyes" wins for Record Of The Year and Sheena Easton is named Best New Artist.

1987 - ClassicBands.com

February 24
Grammy Awards are presented to: Paul Simon's "Graceland" - Best Album; Steve Winwood's "Higher Love" - Best Record and Bruce Hornsby And The Range - Best New Artist. Fats Domino is presented with a Lifetime Achievement award.

1988 - ClassicBands.com

February 24
Campaigning as a member of The Wild Party, Alice Cooper announces he is going to run for Governor of Arizona. To no one's surprise, he lost.

1990 - ClassicBands.com

February 24
Roger McGuinn, David Crosby and Chris Hillman of The Byrds reunited to play "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "Turn, Turn, Turn" at the Roy Orbison All-Star Tribute Concert. A couple of months later, the trio would record four more songs for their upcoming Boxed Set, which also included the two songs from the tribute concert.

February 24
Johnnie Ray, the 1950's teen idol, died of liver failure at the age of 63. He scored over twenty US Top 40 singles between 1952 and 1960, including the number two hit, "Just Walking In The Rain". He was even referred to in Dexys Midnight Runners' 1982 hit "Come On Eileen" as Poor old Johnnie Ray, sounded sad upon the radio, he moved a million hearts in mono.

1992 - ClassicBands.com

February 24
The US Postal Service unveils two versions of its proposed Elvis stamp for fans to vote on. The younger Elvis would win out over the Vegas Elvis and was issued on January 8, 1993.

1998 - ClassicBands.com

February 24
Elton John is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in front of his parents and his partner David Furnish.

February 24
Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee is arrested and charged with hitting his wife Pamela Anderson Lee. She had given birth to the couple's second child two months earlier.

1999 - ClassicBands.com

February 24
Madonna wins four Grammy Awards, including Best Pop Album for "Ray Of Light". Celine Dion is given the nod for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for "My Heart Will Go On" and Eric Clapton's "My Father's Eyes" is named Best Pop Vocal Performance - Male.

2006 - ClassicBands.com

February 24
The Sex Pistols gave a virtual middle finger to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when they issued an open letter on front man Johnny Rotten's Website, saying they have no intention of attending the induction ceremony at New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel. "Next to The Sex Pistols, rock and roll and that hall of fame is a piss stain. Your museum, urine in wine. We're not coming."

2010 - ClassicBands.com

February 24
Promotions company MCD launched a $2.3 million lawsuit against Prince for pulling out of a concert in Dublin, Ireland in June, 2008, just ten days before it was to take place. The singer blamed the William Morris Agency for booking the event without permission, but the agency said the star cancelled the gig and gave "no reason of substance" for deciding to pull out.

2011 - ClassicBands.com

February 24
Eddie Serrato, the drummer for Question Mark And The Mysterians on their 1966 hit "96 Tears", suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of 65.

2016 - ClassicBands.com

February 24
Elvis Presley's former personal physician, Dr. George C. Nichopoulos, passed away at the age of 88. Known as "Dr. Nick", Nichopoulos was Presley's doctor for eleven years before the singer's death from heart disease on August 16th, 1977. The Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners later suspended and ultimately revoked his medical license after it ruled he had over-prescribed potentially addictive drugs to thirteen patients, including Presley and fellow rock 'n' roller Jerry Lee Lewis.

February 24
Lennie Baker, vocalist and sax player for the '50s Tribute group Sha Na Na, passed away at the age of 69. Joining the group in 1970, he appeared with the band on their TV show, which ran from 1977 to 1981, as well as appearing in the 1978 movie Grease where he sang lead vocal on "Blue Moon".






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