Today In Oldies Music History: February 20--
Births1937: Nancy Wilson
1940: Barbara Ellis (The Fleetwoods)
1941: Buffy Sainte-Marie
1944: Lew Soloff (Blood Sweat and Tears)
1945: Alan Hull (Lindisfarne)
1946: J. Geils
1950: Walter Becker (Steely Dan)
1951: Randy California (Spirit)
Deaths1980: Bon Scott (AC/DC)
2001: Ronnie Hilton
Events1949: A nine-year old Ricky Nelson joins the cast of his parents' NBC Radio show, The Adventures Of Ozzie And Harriet, replacing a child actor who'd been portraying him.
1958: Bill Haley and his Comets, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly and the Crickets, The Everly Brothers and Jimmie Rodgers begin the "Big Gold Record Stars" tour in Florida.
1960: Jimi Hendrix makes his stage debut, playing guitar in the basement of Seattle's Temple De Hirsch synagogue. He is fired between sets for "showing off."
1962: The Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, gets the group released from its earlier contract with German producer Bert Kaempfert, agreeing to let them go for a live recording during their next Hamburg tour.
1967: Having failed to procure John Lennon the old-fashioned, steam-powered organ he wanted for the track "Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!," producer George Martin and assistant Geoff Emerick assemble a library of calliope and organ sounds, snip the tapes into little pieces, throw them into the air, and then splice them back together in the order which they fell.
1969: The ill-fated rockumentary Goodbye Cream, which documents the group's farewell Royal Albert Hall performance, opens in Baltimore, MD. On the same day, Ringo Starr attends the London premiere of his latest film, Candy.
1974: Cher files for separation from husband Sonny Bono after ten years of marriage.
1976: KISS is invited to put their feet and handprints in the famous wet cement outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
1977: At tonight's Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, Stevie Wonder cleans up with a Best Album win (Songs In The Key Of Life) and Best Vocal Performance ("I Wish"). Most infamous is the Best New Artist award for the Starland Vocal Band, of "Afternoon Delight" fame, which is sometimes cited as the beginning of that award's "curse" of quick anonymity.
1991: At tonight's Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, Bob Dylan receives the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award and gives the following puzzling speech, quoted here in its entirety: "Well, my daddy, he didn't leave me much, you know he was a very simple man, but what he did tell me was this, he did say: 'Son,' he said... (long pause) ...He say, 'You know it's possible to become so defiled in this world that your own father and mother will abandon you. And if that happens, God will always believe in your ability to mend your ways.'"
2000: The TV biopic Little Richard, directed by Robert Townshend, airs on NBC.
2004: Brian Wilson plays his aborted, reconstituted masterpiece SMiLE live for the first time at the Royal Festival Hall in London.
Releases1970: John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, "Instant Karma!"
1972: Elvis Presley, Elvis Now
Recording1964: The Beach Boys, "Don't Worry Baby"
1969: Elvis Presley: "It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin'," "Any Day Now," "If I'm A Fool"
1969: Bob Dylan, "Lay, Lady, Lay"