Birthdays today include Johnny Cash (1932-2003), Mitch Ryder (1943) – ‘Devil With the Blue Dress On’, Canned Heat’s Bob ‘Bear’ Hite (1945-1981) who sang lead on their hits On the Road Again and Goin’ Up the Country, Sandi Shaw (1947) who had two hits in America with ‘Always Something There To Remind Me’ and ‘Girl Don’t Come’, Jonathan Cain (1950) keyboard player for Journey, and Michael Bolton (1953).

February 26, 1964 – The Beatles finished mixing the tracks ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ and ‘You Can’t Do That’.

February 26, 1966 – Nancy Sinatra topped the Billboard Hot 100 with ‘These Boots Are Made For Walkin’.

February 26, 1966 – The Beatles topped the Billboard album chart with ‘Rubber Soul’, their seventh to do so.

February 26, 1983 – Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ topped the Billboard album chart, and went on to sell over 50 million copies.

February 26, 2011 – Queen’s “We Will rock You” was deemed the most played song at sporting events in the U.S.

And on February 26, 1928, Antoine “Fats” Domino was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Between 1955 and 1968 Fats placed 77 songs on the Billboard charts, and in 1986 he was inducted with the first class into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.  One fact about Fats you may not know:  his first language as French.  Happy 85th birthday Fats!


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