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Music History On This Day the 22nd of February

On the 22nd February 1962 Elvis Presley was at No1 on the UK singles chart with 'Rock-A- Hula Baby / Can't Help Falling In Love.' The tracks were from his latest film 'Blue Hawaii' and became the singers tenth UK No1

On the 22nd February 1967 Pink Floyd continued working on their debut album The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn at Abbey Road Studios, London. The Beatles were also working at Abbey Road, recording the giant piano chord for the end of 'A Day In The Life' for their Sgt Pepper's album.

On the 22nd February 1970 Appearing at The Roundhouse Spring Festival in Camden, London, David Bowie and the Hype, (their first live performance of the new band), along with Bachdenkel, Groundhog and Caravan.

On the 22nd February 1975 Scottish group The Average White Band went to No1 on the US singles chart with 'Pick Up The Pieces', the bands album AWB also went to No1 on the US album chart.

On the 22nd February 1975 Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel had their only UK No1 single with 'Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me). Singer Steve Harley said the lyrics were vindictively directed at the former band members, whom he felt had abandoned him.

On the 22nd February 1978 The Police appeared in a Wrigley's Chewing Gum commercial for US TV, the band dyed their hair blonde for the appearance.

On the 22nd February 1981 One Hit Wonder Joe Dolce was at No1 on the UK singles chart with 'Shaddap You Face,' famously keeping the legendary Ultravox song, Vienna, off the UK No1 slot. 'Shaddap You Face' was Number 1 in 11 countries with over 35 different foreign language cover versions, selling over 4 million copies.

On the 22nd February 1986 MTV dedicated a full 22 hours broadcast to The Monkees, showing all 45 episodes of the original The Monkees TV series.

On the 22nd February 1987 Andy Warhol, pop artist and producer died after a gall bladder operation. The founder of the Pop Art movement, produced and managed the Velvet Underground, designed the 1967 Velvet Underground And Nico 'peeled banana' album cover and The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers album cover.

On the 22nd February 1989 A category for Heavy Metal was included at the Grammy Awards for the first time. Metallica performed on stage, but the award went to Jethro Tull. Many audience members booed. Meanwhile, Bobby McFerrin won Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year for 'Don't Worry, Be Happy', Tracy Chapman is named Best New Artist and Tina Turner won Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for 'Tina Live in Europe'.

On the 22nd February 1992 UK music paper the NME printed their writers all time best debut albums; at No1, Patti Smith, 'Horses', No2, Joy Division, 'Unknown Pleasures', No3, MC5, 'Kick Out The Jams, No4, The Jesus and Mary Chain, 'Psychocandy' and No5, Television, 'Marquee Moon'.

On the 22nd February 1992 Shakespears Sister started an eight-week run at No1 on the UK singles chart with 'Stay'. The duo was made up of ex Bananarama member Siobhan Fahey and singer Marcella Detroit (who co-wrote 'Lay Down Sally' with Eric Clapton). One of the longest running UK No1's in chart history and the longest by an all-female act.

On the 22nd February 1997 No Doubt went to No1 on the UK singles chart with 'Don't Speak.' The third single from the band's second album Tragic Kingdom was written by Eric Stefani and his sister Gwen Stefani.

On the 22nd February 2000 The engagement ring Sex Pistol Sid Vicious gave to his girlfriend Nancy Spungen went on sale for auction at £1,500 ($2,550). Sid bought the ring from Camden market in 1977. Also on sale was a pair of John Lennon's jeans for £2,250 
($3,825).

On the 22nd February 2001 Winners at the 43rd Grammy Awards included U2, record of the year and song of the year with 'Beautiful Day', Steely Dan won album of the year for 'Two Against Nature', Macy Gray won Female pop vocal for 'I Try', Sting won Male pop vocal for 'She Walks This Earth', Eminem won Best Rap album from 'The Marshall Mathers LP', Johnny Cash won Best Male country performance for 'Solitary Man', and Shelby Lynne won best new artist award.

On the 22nd February 2002 Drummer Ronnie Verrell died aged 76. Worked with The Ted Heath Orchestra and The Syd Lawrence Orchestra. Provided the drum licks for Animal in The Muppet Show. When American drummer Buddy Rich, (one of Verrell's heroes), guested on the show, Verrell (as Animal) had a drumming duel with Rich, and won after Animal smashed a snare drum over Rich's head.

Two middle-aged women spent the first of eight nights sleeping in a car outside Bournemouth International Centre to make sure they were first in the queue for when tickets to Cliff Richard's forthcoming concert went on sale.

On the 22nd February 2003 Sir Paul McCartney played a private show in San Diego for the 50th birthday of Wendy Whitworth, the executive producer of CNN's Larry King Show. Sir Paul donated his $1 million (£0.6 million) fee to the Adopt-a-Minefield charity.

On the 22nd February 2004 Norah Jones started a six week run at No1 on the US album chart with 'Feels Like Home', the singers second US No1. Usher feat Lil Jon and Ludacris were at No1 on the US singles chart with 'Yeah.'

The Sex Pistols 'Anarchy in the UK' was named the most influential record of the 1970s in a poll compiled by Q magazine. Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' was voted into second place and Donna Summer's 'I Feel Love' was third, T Rex 'Get It On' was fourth and Special AKA's 'Gangsters' came fifth.

On the 22nd February 2010 Johnny Marr was said to be "ecstatic" after getting back one of his guitars which had been stolen in 2000 after a gig at the Scala nightclub in Kings Cross, London. Smiths fan Stephen White told a London court he was "disgusted" with himself for taking the £30,000 cherry red 1964 Gibson SG when he went backstage after the gig at The Scala.

On the 22nd February 2012 American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger Mike Melvoin died in Burbank, California of cancer, aged 74. He worked as a prolific studio musician, recording with Frank Sinatra, John Lennon, Tom Waits, Barbra Streisand, The Jackson 5, Natalie Cole, and The Beach Boys on Pet Sounds. He worked in the early 1970s as a music director on The Partridge Family recordings and also composed for film and television including contributing scores to Fame.

American singer, songwriter, guitarist Billy Strange died aged 81. As a session musician with the famed Wrecking Crew, he appeared on hit songs for Elvis Presley, including 'A Little Less Conversation', Nancy and Frank Sinatra's 'Somethin' Stupid', played guitar on numerous Beach Boys hits, including 'Sloop John B' and the Pet Sounds album and worked with The Ventures, Willie Nelson, The Everly Brothers, Wanda Jackson, Randy Newman, and Nat King Cole, among others.

On the 22nd February 2016 American country music singer and songwriter Sonny James, best known for his 1957 hit, 'Young Love' died in Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 87. Dubbed the Southern Gentleman, James had 72 country and pop chart hits from 1953 to 1983, including 23 No1 Country hits.

Adele won four prizes including best British female solo artist and best album at this years Brit Awards, Coldplay won Best British group, making them the most successful band in the ceremony's history. The show also featured an emotional tribute to David Bowie, led by Annie Lennox and his friend Gary Oldman.

On the 22nd February 2017 David Bowie dominated the 2017 Brit awards. The star was awarded best British male and best British album, for his mournful swansong, Blackstar. Rag'n'Bone Man was the other big winner of the night taking home two awards - the critics choice award and best British breakthrough act. As well as honouring Bowie, the Brits paid tribute to George Michael, who died on Christmas day 2016.

Born On This Day

22nd February 1936 Ernie K-Doe, R&B singer who had a 1961 US No1 single with 'Mother-in-Law', which was written by Allen Toussaint. K-Doe died on 5th July 2001.


22nd February 1938 Bobby Hendricks singer with The Drifters who had the 1960 US No1 & UK No2 single 'Save The Last Dance For Me'.
22nd February 1943 Louise Lopez, from Odyssey, who had the 1980 UK No1 single 'Use It Up And Wear It Out'.
Mick Green, guitarist with Johnny Kidd & The Pirates from 1962-4 who had the 1963 UK No4 singles 'I'll Never Get Over You'. Joined Billy J Kramer in 1964.
22nd February 1953 Actor Nigel Planer, 'Neil', who had the 1984 UK No2 single with his version of the 1967 hit for Traffic, 'Hole In My Shoe'.
John Sparks, bassist with British rock band Dr Feelgood who had the 1979 UK No9 single 'Milk And Alcohol' and the hits 'She Does It Right', 'Roxette', and 'Back in the Night'.
22nd February 1962 Michael Wilton with American progressive heavy metal band Queensryche. Their 1994 album 'Promised Land' went top 3 in the US.
22nd February 1973 Scott Phillips, drummer and co-founder from American rock band Creed who had the 2001 US No1 & UK No13 single 'With Arms Wide Open' and the 2002 US No1 album Weathered.
22nd February 1974 James Blunt, (born James Hillier Blount), singer, songwriter and former Army captain. Blunt had the 2005 UK No1 single 'You're Beautiful' and the 2005 UK No1 album Back To Bedlam. He became the first British artist to top the American singles chart in nearly a decade when 'You're Beautiful' reached No1 in 2006. The last British artist to do so was Elton John in 1997 with 'Candle in the Wind'.
22nd February 1979 Tom Higgenson, singer, Plain White T's who had the 2007 UK top 10 album 'Every Second Counts'.