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Today in Oldies Music History: February 28

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Today In Oldies Music History: February 28

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Births

1934: Willie Bobo
1939: John Fahey
1940: Joe South
1940: Marty Sanders (Jay and the Americans)
1942: Brian Jones (The Rolling Stones)
1943: Donnie Iris (The Jaggerz, Wild Cherry)
1944: Barbara Acklin
1945: Ronnie Rosman (Tommy James and the Shondells)
1952: Eddie Manion (Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes)

Deaths

1968: Frankie Lymon
1974: Bobby Bloom
1985: David Byron (Uriah Heep)
2005: Chris Curtis (The Searchers)
2008: Mike Smith (The Dave Clark Five)
2008: Buddy Miles (Band of Gypsys)

Events

1962: Legendary DJ Murray the K threatens to leave New York's WINS-AM after the station considers changing from a rock and roll to an easy listening format.
1963: While on tour with Helen Shapiro, John Lennon and Paul McCartney compose the Beatles' next hit, "From Me To You," on the tour bus from York to Shrewsbury in Shropshire, England.
1966: Over 10,000 pounds in debt, the owners of Liverpool's famous Cavern Club -- where the Beatles got their start -- decide to close the rock institution. 100 fans barricade themselves in the club, but to no avail. The venue would later become a subway station, although the Cavern would eventually reopen in a different location.
1969: Ringo Starr begins filming his first non-Beatle role, as the son of an eccentric millionaire (Peter Sellers) in the farce The Magic Christian.
1970: Led Zeppelin is forced to play its gig in Copenhagen, Denmark under a different name (The Nobs) when the appalled family of the late Ferdinand von Zeppelin himself complains.
1976: At tonight's Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, Paul Simon picks up Best Pop Vocal and Best Album awards for Still Crazy After All These Years, leading him to famously remark, in his acceptance speech, "I'd like to thank Stevie Wonder for not releasing an album this year."
1977: A crazed audience member climbs onstage at a Ray Charles concert and attempts to strangle the blind pianist with a rope.
1991: Mayor of Los Angeles Tom Bradley declares today Curtis Mayfield Day.
2007: The Doors are honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6901 Hollywood Blvd.
2010: The 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver ends with, among other things, a surprise appearance by Canadian native Neil Young, who sings "Long May You Run" as the torch is put out.

Releases

1968: Elvis Presley, "U.S. Male"

Recording

1930: Ted Lewis, "On the Sunny Side of the Street"
1957: The Bobbettes, "Mr. Lee"
1968: Cilla Black, "Step Inside Love"
1969: Elvis Presley, "Suspicious Minds"

Charts

1970: Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" hits #1
1976: Rhythm Heritage's "Theme From S.W.A.T." hits #1

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