FEBRUARY 20 BIRTHDAYS
1941 – Buffy Sainte-Marie – singer/songwriter – wrote ‘Up Where We Belong’
1946 – J. Geils (Jerome Geils – J. Geils Band guitarist – ‘Centerfold’)
1950 – Walter Becker (Steely Dan – bass/guitar/vocals/songwriter)
1951 – Randy California (Spirit – guitar/vocals – died 1997 while rescuing his son from a riptide off Hawaii coast)
1954 – Jon Brant (Cheap Trick/bass 1980-1988)
ON THIS DAY
1970 – John Lennon’s ‘Instant Karma’ was released in the U.S. – three weeks after it was written, recorded, and mixed in a single day. It became Lennon’s first top 5 solo single.
1976 – All four members of Kiss had their footprints implanted in the pavement outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
1977 – Stevie Wonder was a big winner at the Grammy awards taking home a Grammy for best album (Songs In The Key Of Life) and best vocal performance for ‘I Wish’.
1991 – Bob Dylan received a lifetime achievement award at the 33rd annual grammy Awards.
2004 Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys) kicked off an eleven date tour in the U.K. at London’s Royal Festival Hall, as he performed the full suite of songs from his finally completed unreleased masterpiece ‘Smile’. In the audience opening night were co-songwriter Van Dyke Parks, Paul McCartney, and Beatles producer George Martin.
2008 – A 1976 Rolling Stones album, ‘Black and Blue’ bought at British (what we would call) a flea market for about $2.50, sold for almost $5,000 when it was discovered (and verified) the cover had been personally autographed by John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Paul and Linda McCartney, George Harrison, as well as members of the Rolling Stones. To top things off, the buyer haggled the cost of the album down from $3, making it one of the biggest yard sale bargains of all time.