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Welcome To Tay Bridges Radio

Broadcasting across the internet 24/7 with much more music variety

Welcome To Tay Bridges Radio

Broadcasting around the world from the banks of the River Tay

Welcome To Tay Bridges Radio

More music variety right here on the listeners choice

Welcome to Tay Bridges Radio

Welcome to Tay Bridges Radio with Dundee's original internet station broadcasting across the internet from the banks of the River Tay.

We aim to give you the biggest and best variety of music from right across the decades along with many genres.

A big welcome also to new and old listeners we hope you enjoy the music and the station.

Playing the hits and forgotten classics from the charts of yesteryear and today.

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Music History On This Day the 27th of February

27th February 1964 The Rolling Stones made their second appearance on BBC TV show Top Of The Pops performing their latest single 'Not Fade Away'.

21 year-old former hairdresser and cloakroom attendant at The Cavern Club, Cilla Black was at No1 on the UK singles chart with 'Anyone Who Had A Heart.' Written by Bacharach and David it was Black's first UK No1. Also this week's UK Top Ten was the first ever to feature only UK acts.

27th February 1967 Pink Floyd continued working on their debut album 'The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn' at Abbey Road Studios, London. With the exception of two group-composed instrumentals and one Roger Waters song, the album was written entirely by Syd Barrett.

27th February 1968 25 year old Frankie Lymon, lead singer of The Teenagers, died of a heroin overdose in his grandmother's New York home. Lymon was on leave from a Georgia Army post at the time and was scheduled to record for Roulette Records the next day. He first hit the national charts in 1956 when he was just 13 with 'Why Do Fools Fall in Love'.

27th February 1971 Five months after her death, Janis Joplin started a nine-week run at No1 on the US album chart with her second and final solo studio album 'Pearl'. Joplin sang on all tracks except 'Buried Alive in the Blues', which remained a Full Tilt Boogie instrumental because she died before adding her vocals.

27th February 1972 Led Zeppelin appeared at Sydney Showgrounds, Sydney in Australia, over 25,000 fans attending the show. Jimmy Page appeared clean shaven having shaved off the beard he had grown since the summer of 1970.

27th February 1977 Keith Richards was arrested at Toronto’s Harbour Castle Hotel, after an ounce of heroin was found following a raid of his hotel room by 15 Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Richards, who was charged with possession with intent to traffic, faced seven years to life in prison. Bail was set at $25,000 (£14,705).

27th February 1980 Winners at the Grammy Awards included: song of the year, 'What A Fool Believes', The Doobie Brothers, album of the year, Billy Joel's '52nd St', best new artist, Rickie Lee Jones, best disco record, 'I Will Survive' Gloria Gaynor.

27th February 1988 George Michael scored his sixth No1 US single with 'Father Figure' a No11 hit in the UK - the first time Michael had failed to reach the top ten in his home country.

27th February 1991 James Brown was paroled after spending two years of a six-year prison sentence, imposed for resisting arrest after a car chase across two States.

27th February 1993 Marlena Davis of The Orlons lost a battle with lung cancer aged 48. The Orlons who formed in the late 1950's had five US Top 20 hits in the Sixties including ‘The Wah Watusi’, ‘Don't Hang Up’ and ‘South Street’. The Orlons provided back-up vocals on Dee Dee Sharp's 1962 hit ‘Mashed Potato Time’ and Dee Dee Sharp's second hit, ‘Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes)’.

After 14 weeks at No1 on the US singles chart, 'I Will Always Love You', gave Whitney Houston the longest ever US chart topper, taking over from Boyz II Men's hit 'End Of The Road', and became the second biggest selling single in the US.

27th February 1999 Britney Spears started a two-week run at No1 on the UK singles chart with '...Baby One More Time'. It became the biggest UK selling single of the year and also a No1 in the US. It was originally written for TLC but the song was submitted after completion of their third record, FanMail.

27th February 2004 A worker in a supermarket in Aspen, Colorado alerted the police-after seeing a man shopping with his face covered by a mask. Police arrived on the scene and identified the man as Michael Jackson who was in town on holiday with his children.

27th February 2007 Bobby Brown was sentenced to 30 days in jail over $19,000 (£9,670) in unpaid child support. An arrest warrant was issued in October 2006 after he failed to show up at a hearing on overdue child support for Kim Ward, the mother of two of his children.

27th February 2010 U2 raked in more money than any other music act in the US in 2009 making $109m (£71m) from touring, record sales and other royalties, almost twice as much as the second best, Bruce Springsteen who took home $58m (£38m), followed by Madonna with $47m (£31m) and AC/DC with $44m (£29m). Coldplay were the most successful British group, at number eight, with takings of $27m (£18m).

27th February 2015 Madonna said she suffered whiplash as a result of her "nightmare" accident at the 2015 Brit Awards. The 56-year-old was pulled backwards off stage by a cape, which was supposed to fall from her shoulders causing the singer to fall down a flight of steps.

27th February 2019 English drummer Doug Sandom died one day after his 89th birthday. He was the first drummer for the rock band The Who. No recordings with Sandom playing with the band were ever released.

Born On This Day

27th February 1927 Guy Mitchell, US singer who had the 1957 UK & US No1 single ‘Singing The Blues’ plus over ten other UK Top 40 singles. Mitchell died on July 1st 1999.

27th February 1947 British musical arranger and keyboard player Louis Clark. He was the conductor of the orchestra and choir hired to back Electric Light Orchestra's sound, introduced on their album 'Eldorado' in 1974. and arranged string arrangements for the studio albums 'Eldorado', 'Face the Music', 'A New World Record', 'Out of the Blue', 'Discovery' and 'Xanadu'.

27th February 1948 Eddie Gray from American rock band, Tommy James & The Shondells who had the 1966 US No1 single 'Hanky Panky', the 1968 UK No1 single 'Mony Mony' and the hit 'I Think We're Alone Now'.

27th February 1950 Robert Balderrama, from American group ? & The Mysterians who had the 1966 US No1 & UK No37 single '96 Tears'. (which was also a UK No17 hit for The Stranglers in 1990).

27th February 1951 English singer and songwriter Steve Harley best known as the frontman with Cockney Rebel who had the 1975 UK No1 single 'Make Me Smile, (Come Up And See Me') as well as hits with 'Mr Soft' and 'Judy Teen'. Harley has released over five solo albums and has also worked as a radio presenter.

27th February 1954 American rock guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist, Neal Schon with Journey who had the 1982 US No2 single 'Open Arms'. Schon was also a member of Santana, who had the 1977 UK No11 single 'She's Not There'.

27th February 1955 Gary Christian, singer with English group The Christians who had the 1988 UK No8 single 'Harvest For The World'. The name of the band refers to the surname of the three brothers that were originally in the line-up.

27th February 1957 Adrian Smith, guitarist with English heavy metal band Iron Maiden, who had the 1982 UK No1 album 'The Number Of The Beast', and the 1991 UK No1 single 'Bring Your Daughter ...To The Slaughter'. Iron Maiden have sold over 100 million copies of their albums worldwide.

27th February 1960 Paul Humphreys, keyboards and vocals with Liverpool duo Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark who released their debut single, 'Electricity, in 1979, and gained popularity throughout Europe with the 1980 anti-war song 'Enola Gay'.

27th February 1964 Derek McKenzie from British group The Shamen who had the 1992 UK No1 single 'Ebeneezer Goode'.

Ewan Venal, from Scottish group Deacon Blue who had the 1988 UK No8 single 'Real Gone Kid' plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles.

27th February 1971 Rozonda Thomas, Chilli, singer with American girl group TLC. They scored nine top-ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including four No1 singles, 'Creep', 'Waterfalls', 'No Scrubs', and 'Unpretty'. Their 1999 US No1 album 'Fanmail' spent 57 weeks on the UK chart. Having sold over 65 million records worldwide, TLC is the best-selling American girl group.

27th February 1973 Peter Andre, singer and former actor and reality TV star who had the 1996 UK No1 single 'I Feel You', and the 1996 UK No1 album 'Natural'.

27th February 1981 Josh Groban, US singer, who had the 2002 US No7 & UK No28 album ‘Josh Groban’ and the 2004 US No1 album 'Closer'. Groban was America's top selling artist of 2007.

Music History On This Day the 26th of February

26th February 1955 Billboard reported that for the first time since their introduction in 1949, 45rpm singles were outselling the old standard 78's.

26th February 1958 Perry Como was at No1 on the UK singles chart with 'Magic Moments' the second No1 in a row for writers Burt Bacharach and Hal David. It stayed at No1 for eight weeks.

26th February 1964 The Beatles worked on the final mixes for 'Can't Buy Me Love' and 'You Can't Do That' tracks. The single, which was released the following month, topped the charts all over the world and 'Can't Buy Me Love' became the Beatles' fourth UK No1 and their third single to sell over a million copies in the UK.

26th February 1965 Jimmy Page released a solo single called 'She Just Satisfies' in the UK. Page played all the instruments on it except for the drums, and produced the track, as well as singing lead vocals.

26th February 1966 Nancy Sinatra went to No1 on the US singles chart with 'These Boots Are Made For Walking'. The song which was written by Lee Hazlewood intended to record the song himself, but Sinatra talked him out of it, saying that. 

26th February 1969 Peter Sarstedt started a four week run at No1 on the UK singles chart with 'Where Do You Go To My Lovely?' Some say the song was written about the Italian star Sophia Loren, but Peter Sarstedt has stated he wrote the song about a girl he fell madly in love with in Vienna in 1965, who later died in a hotel fire.

26th February 1977 The Eagles went to No1 on the US singles chart with 'New Kid In Town', the group's third US No1, which was also a No20 hit in the UK. The single written by Don Henley, Glenn Frey and J.D. Souther was released as the first single from their fifth album 'Hotel California'.

26th February 1979 During a court case between the Sex Pistols and their manager Malcolm McLaren it was revealed that only £30,000 ($51,000) was left of the £800,000 ($1,360,000) the band had earned.

26th February 1980 After seeing U2 play at Dublin's National Boxing Stadium in front of 2,400 people; Rob Partridge and Bill Stewart from Island Records in the UK offered the band a recording contract.

26th February 1983 Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' went to No1 on the US album chart. 'Thriller' broke racial barriers in pop music, enabling Jackson's appearances on MTV and meeting with President Ronald Reagan at the White House. The album was one of the first to use music videos as successful promotional tools, and the videos for the songs 'Thriller', 'Billie Jean', and 'Beat It' all received regular rotation on MTV. 'Thriller' became the most successful album of all time with sales over 65 million copies.

26th February 1997 American songwriter Ben Raleigh died in a fire in his kitchen after setting fire to his bathrobe while cooking. He co-wrote 'Scooby Doo Where Are You' and 'Tell Laura I Love Her.'

26th February 2001 Winners at the Brit Awards included Coldplay, Best British group and Best British album for 'Parachutes', Robbie Williams, Best British Male artist and Best single for 'Rock DJ', Sonique, Best British Female artist, Best Dance act went to Fat Boy Slim, A1 won Best British Newcomer, Westlife won Best Pop act, Eminem won Best International Male solo artist and U2 won Outstanding contribution to music.

26th February 2008 Two original members of UK boy band Busted went to court, claiming an estimated £10m in unpaid royalties. Ki McPhail and Owen Doyle claimed they wrote songs with James Bourne and Matt Willis when the group formed in 2001, but said they were forced to sign away their rights after "threats" when they were sacked from the band later that year. The songs include 'Year 3000' and 'What I Go To School For', which went on to be hits for the group.

26th February 2009 A 10-minute version of The Beatles 'Revolution 1' was leaked onto the internet, giving fans a never-before-heard listen of what The White Album sessions must have been like. Only two copies of the take were made when the song was completed on June 4th, 1968. One copy left the studio with Lennon that day and the other remained behind. It was unclear which copy appeared on the bootleg, nor how anyone acquired it.

26th February 2011 It was announced that Queen's We Will Rock You was still the most played song at US sporting events, according to a new survey from BMI, the royalty-distribution service. According to its data, based off of MLB, NFL and NHL games in 2009-2010, 'We Will Rock You' was the No1 song overall, as well as for the NFL specifically.

26th February 2014 Tim Lambesis, the singer for US metal band As I Lay Dying, pleaded guilty to attempting to hire an undercover agent to murder his estranged wife. He was arrested in May 2013 after prosecutors said he met a sheriff's deputy posing as a hit man, called Red, and handed over $1,000 (£600) along with his wife's address and front door security code.

26th February 2015 The childhood home of former Beatle Paul McCartney sold for £150,000 ($231,000) at an auction in Liverpool. McCartney moved into the house, in Western Avenue, Speke, aged four with his parents Jim and Mary in 1947, and lived in the three-bedroom house for six years.

26th February 2019 English drummer Andy Anderson died of cancer aged 68. He is best known for his work with The Cure playing on the singles ‘Love Cats’ and ‘The Caterpillar’. He also worked with many other artists including Steve Hillage, Edwyn Collins, Mike Oldfield, The Gun Club and Peter Gabriel.

Born On This Day

26th February 1928 Fats Domino, (Antoine Domino), singer, pianist, bandleader, songwriter. Domino attracted national attention with his first recording, ‘The Fat Man’, made in late 1949 for Imperial Records, an early rock-and-roll record. ‘The Fat Man’ sold one million copies by 1953 and it is widely considered the first rock-and-roll record to achieve this feat. Domino had 35 records in the US Billboard Top 40. Domino died on 24 October 2017 aged 89 at his home in Harvey, Louisiana after a long-term illness.

26th February 1932 Johnny Cash US country singer, songwriter who was considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Although he is remembered as a country icon, his songs spanned other genres including rock and roll and rockabilly and blues, folk, and gospel. This crossover appeal won Cash the rare honour of induction in the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. During the last stage of his career, Cash covered songs by several late 20th-century rock artists, most notably 'Hurt' by Nine Inch Nails. Cash died of respiratory failure on September 12th 2003, aged 71.

26th February 1945 Bob The Bear Hite, vocalist and harmonica player with Canned Heat who had the 1968 US No11 single with ‘Going Up The Country’ and a 1970 UK No2 single with ‘Let’s Work Together’. He died on April 5th 1981.

26th February 1947 Sandie Shaw, British singer who had the 1964 UK No1 single 'There's Always Something There To Remind Me', plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles. Shaw was the first UK act to win the Eurovision Song Contest with her 1967 song 'Puppet On A String.'

26th February 1950 American musician, singer, and songwriter Jonathan Cain, best known for his work with The Babys, Journey, and Bad English.

26th February 1953 Michael Bolton, American singer who had the 1990 US No1 & UK No3 single 'How Am I Supposed To Live Without You'.

26th February 1958 Steve Grant, singer with Tight Fit who had the 1982 UK No1 single 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight'.

26th February 1968 Tim Commerford, bassist with Rage Against The Machine who had the 1996 US No1 album 'Evil Empire'. Also a member of Audioslave who had the 2005 US No1 album 'Out of Exile'.

26th February 1971 Erykah Badu, US female singer who had the 1997 UK No12 single 'On & On', and the 2001 UK No23 single with Macy Gray, 'Sweet Baby'.

Max Martin, Swedish music producer and songwriter. Martin has produced hits for the Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson, Adele, Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift, Ellie Goulding and Pink. In addition he has written or co-written 22 Billboard Hot 100 No1 hits, most of which he has also produced or co-produced, including Katy Perry's ‘I Kissed a Girl’, Maroon 5's ‘One More Night’, Taylor Swift's ‘Blank Space’ and The Weeknd's ‘Can't Feel My Face’. Martin is the songwriter with the third-most No1 singles on the chart, behind only Paul McCartney (32) and John Lennon (26).

26th February 1979 Corinne Bailey Rae, UK singer, songwriter who had the 2006 UK No2 single ‘Put Your Records On', and the 2006 self-titled UK No1 album. She is only the fourth female British act in history to have her first album debut at No1 on the UK chart.

26th February 1982 American singer-songwriter Nate Ruess, lead vocalist of Fun. Nate featured on Pink's 2013 US No1 hit 'Just Give Me a Reason'.

Music History On This Day the 25th of February

25th February 1956 Elvis Presley had his first national hit when 'I Forgot To Remember To Forget' went to No.1 on the Billboard Country & Western chart. The Beatles covered this song once for the BBC radio show, From Us To You, on 1 May 1964, with George Harrison on lead vocals.

25th February 1957 Buddy Holly recorded a new version of 'That'll Be The Day', at Norman Petty Recording Studio in Clovis, New Mexico. The title being taken from a phrase used by John Wayne in the film 'The Searchers.'

25th February 1964 The Beatles finished recording their next single 'Can't Buy Me Love', at Abbey Road studios, London, (they had first recorded the song on 29 January 1964 at Path Marconi Studios in Paris). They also recorded the B-side, 'You Can't Do That' and another new song 'I Should Have Known Better'.

25th February 1967 Pink Floyd appeared at the Ricky Tick Club, Hounslow, England. The Yardbirds were filmed performing in a re-creation of the club built at MGM Studios in Borehamwood for Michelangelo Antonioni's 1966 film Blowup.

25th February 1972 Led Zeppelin appeared in front of over 25,000 fans at the Western Springs Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand, the group's first ever gig in New Zealand, (and the largest crowd ever to attend a concert on the island). A special train was chartered from Wellington to bring fans to the concert. News reviews the next day reported the band could be heard over five miles from the Stadium.

25th February 1977 The Jam signed to Polydor Records UK for £6,000 ($10,200). They went on to have 18 consecutive Top 40 singles in the UK, from their debut in 1977 to their break-up in December 1982, including four No1 hits. As of 2007, 'That's Entertainment' and 'Just Who Is the 5 O'Clock Hero?' remained the best-selling import singles of all time in the UK.

25th February 1981 Winners at this year's Grammy Awards included Bob Seger who won Best Rock performance for 'Against The Wind', Pat Benatar won Best female performance for 'Crimes Of Passion' and Christopher Cross won Best new artist and Best song for 'Sailing.'

25th February 1984 'Jump', by Van Halen started a five-week run at No1 on the US singles chart, (a No7 hit in the UK). Singer David Lee Roth wrote the lyrics after seeing a television news report about a man who was threatening to commit suicide by jumping off a high building. Roth thought that one of the onlookers of such a scene would probably shout "go ahead and jump".

25th February 1989 Simple Minds were at No1 on the UK singles chart with 'Belfast Child.' At 6 minutes 39 seconds it became the second-longest running No1 after The Beatles ‘Hey Jude’.

25th February 1995 At a private party for 1,200 select guests on the closing night of the Frank Sinatra Desert Classic golf tournament, Frank Sinatra sang before a live audience for the very last time. His closing song was 'The Best is Yet to Come'.

Madonna started a seven week run at No1 on the US singles chart with 'Take A Bow', the track which was co-written with Babyface became a No16 hit in the UK.

25th February 1998 At Radio City Music Hall, Bob Dylan was handed three Grammys, including one for Best Album for 'Time Out Of Mind'. During Dylan's performance of the song, Michael Portnoy, hired as a background dancer, ripped his shirt off and jumped in amongst the band, revealing the words 'Soy Bomb' painted on his chest. Also in the evening, during Shawn Colvin's acceptance speech, Ol Dirty Bastard grabbed the microphone and made various observations such as "Puffy is good, but Wu-Tang is the best" and "Wu-Tang is for the children". He was then escorted from the stage.

25th February 2000 The five original Spice Girls were facing a bill of up to £1 million ($1.7 million) after losing a legal battle against the sponsors of their 1988 world tour. The Aprilia Scooter Company had claimed the girls knew of Geri's impending departure.

25th February 2004 The Rolling Stones topped a US Rich List of music's biggest money makers. The list was based on earnings during 2003 when the band played their 'Forty Licks' tour, which made them $212 million, (£124.7m) in ticket, CD, DVD and merchandise sales. The three million fans who went to the shows spent an average of $11 (£6.47) each on merchandise. Bruce Springsteen was listed in second place and the Eagles in third.

25th February 2006 George Michael was found slumped over in a car in Hyde Park, London. A concerned person spotted the singer and called police who after being checked by paramedics was arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs and then released on bail. Michael made a public statement about the incident and said "I was in possession of class C drugs which is an offense and I have no complaints about the police who were professional throughout." He also said that the event was "my own stupid fault, as usual."

25th February 2009 President Obama honoured Stevie Wonder his musical hero, with America's highest award for pop music, the Library of Congress' Gershwin prize at a ceremony at the White House. The president said the Motown legend had been the soundtrack to his youth and he doubted that his wife would have married him if he hadn't been a fan. Wonder's song 'Signed, Sealed, Delivered' had been the theme song during Obama's presidential campaign.

Winners at the 2009 NME Awards, held at London's O2 Academy included Oasis who won best British band, Elbow won the outstanding contribution to British music award. The Killers won best international band and Kings of Leon won best album for "Only by the Night" and The Cure won the godlike genius award.

25th February 2011 Susan 'Suze' Rotolo, died from lung cancer. She was the one time girlfriend of Bob Dylan, and the inspiration of some of his early songs. Susan appeared in one of the decade's signature images, walking with Dylan arm-in-arm for the cover photo of his breakthrough album 'Freewheelin Bob Dylan'.

25th February 2015 On what would have been George Harrison's 72nd birthday, a new tree was planted in his memory in Griffith Park Los Angeles to replace one that was earlier killed by a beetle infestation. This new yew tree had been chosen to replace the original, as it was far less susceptible to insects.

25th February 2017 British singer and songwriter Rag'n'Bone Man was at number one on the UK album chart with his debut studio album 'Human', which became the fastest-selling debut album by a male artist during the 2010s. The album also reached number one in Belgium, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Ireland and Switzerland. 

25th February 2019 Mark Hollis, English musician and singer-songwriter died age 64. He achieved commercial success and critical acclaim in the 1980s and 1990s as the co-founder, lead singer and principal songwriter of the band Talk Talk. Hollis wrote or co-wrote most of Talk Talk's music, including hits like 'It's My Life' (1984) and 'Life's What You Make It' (1986).

British publicist and talent manager Kenneth Pitt died age 96. He managed the career of musicians including David Bowie in the late 1960s (Pitt managed Bowie at the time of his first hit, ‘Space Oddity’ in 1969), and was responsible for publicising American musicians and bands touring the UK, including Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, and Jerry Lee Lewis. 

Born On This Day

25th February 1937 American keyboard player, bandleader and songwriter Don Randi. He was a member of the Wrecking Crew, as well as releasing his own jazz records. In the early 1960s, he was a major contributor, as musician and arranger, to record producer Phil Spector's Wall of Sound. He also played piano on 'These Boots Are Made For Walkin'', and every album by Nancy Sinatra. He played on The Beach Boys 'Good Vibrations' and has appeared on over three hundred hit records, working with musicians such as Linda Ronstadt, Quincy Jones, Herb Alpert, Sarah Vaughan and Frank Zappa.

25th February 1938 American musician, songwriter, and record producer, Ed Cobb, who was a member of the Four Preps. His greatest claim to fame was that he wrote the northern soul hit ‘Tainted Love’ for Gloria Jones, which Soft Cell reworked into one of the biggest pop hits of the 1980s. He died on September 19, 1999.

25th February 1943 George Harrison guitarist and vocalist with The Beatles The all-time bestselling album in the UK is The Beatles’ 'Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band', with over 4.5 million copies sold. Harrison wrote the 1969 US No1 & UK No4 Beatles single ’Something’. As a solo artist he had the 1971 US No1 album 'All Things Must Pass' and the 1970 worldwide No1 single ‘My Sweet Lord’. He was also a member of the Traveling Wilburys with Tom Petty and Bob Dylan. Harrison died of cancer on November 29th 2001.

25th February 1947 American musician and singer Doug Yule, most notable for being a member of the Velvet Underground from 1968 to 1973. Yule joined the band (then consisting of Reed, Morrison and Maureen Tucker) as John Cale's replacement.

25th February 1948 Elkie Brooks, (Elaine Bookbinder), English singer who had the 1977 UK No8 single 'Pearl's A Singer'. Brooks was also a member of Vinegar Joe with Robert Palmer.

25th February 1953 American singer, songwriter, actor John Doe who co-founded LA punk band X. In addition to X, Doe performs with the country-folk-punk band the Knitters and has released records as a solo artist.

25th February 1957 Stuart Wood from Scottish group Bay City Rollers who had the 1975 UK No1 single 'Bye Bye Baby' plus 11 other UK Top 20 singles' and the 1976 US No1 single 'Saturday Night'.

American drummer Dennis Diken who co-founded American rock band The Smithereens, (hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s, including "Only a Memory", "A Girl Like You" and "Too Much Passion"). Diken has also played drums for former Kinks guitarist Dave Davies' solo band.

25th February 1959 Mike Peters, Welsh musician who with The Alarm had a 1983 UK No17 single '68 Guns'. After the band split up in 1991, Peters wrote and released solo work and later became a member of Dead Men Walking with Kirk Brandon, (ex Spear Of Destiny), Slim Jim Phantom, (Stray Cats), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) and Bruce Watson (Big Country). Between 2011 and 2013, Peters was the vocalist for Big Country. Additionally, he is co-founder of the Love Hope Strength Foundation. Peters was awarded a MBE in the 2019 New Year Honours for services to cancer care. 

25th February 1965 American punk rock musician Brian Baker best known as one of the founding members of the hardcore punk band Minor Threat, and as a guitarist in Bad Religion since 1994. 

25th February 1971 Daniel Powter, Canadian singer, songwriter who had the 2005 UK No2 single 'Bad Day'. The song had been featured in a Coca-Cola ad campaign in Europe. In 2006, Powter won in the New Artist of the Year category at the Canadian Juno Awards. 

Music History On This Day the 24th of February

24th February 1963 The Rolling Stones started a Sunday night residency at The Station Hotel, Richmond, Surrey. The Stones were paid £24 ($41) for the gig and played on the first night to a total of 66 people. £24 from 1963 would be worth £392, adjusted for inflation.

24th February 1965 The first full day of filming took place for The Beatles movie Help! with the group riding bicycles on location near London Airport, England.

24th February 1969 The Jimi Hendrix Experience played their last ever-British performance when they appeared at the Royal Albert Hall.

24th February 1973 Roberta Flack had her second US No1 when 'Killing Me Softly With His Song', started a five-week run at the top of the charts. The song was written in collaboration with singer songwriter Lori Lieberman and was born of a poem she wrote after experiencing a strong reaction to the Don McLean song 'Empty Chairs.' Roberta Flack first heard the song during a flight. She performed it for the first time live when supporting Marvin Gaye who told her she had to record a version before playing it live again.

The Byrds made their final live appearance when they played at The Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey. (The then-current incarnation of the Byrds, which included Roger McGuinn, Clarence White, John York and Gene Parsons).

24th February 1975 Led Zeppelin released their sixth album 'Physical Graffiti' in the UK. Recording sessions had been disrupted when bassist and keyboard player John Paul Jones had proposed quitting the band, supposedly to become choirmaster at Winchester Cathedral, England, although in reality he just needed time to rest after Zeppelin's demanding tour schedule. The group decided on a double album so they could feature songs left over from their previous albums Led Zeppelin III, Led Zeppelin IV and Houses Of The Holy.

24th February 1976 The Eagles 'Greatest Hits' became the first album to be certified platinum by the R.I.A.A. New certification's represented sales of 1 million copies for albums and two million for singles.

24th February 1982 The Police won best British group at the first annual Brit Awards held in London, Adam And The Ants won best album for 'Kings Of The Wild Frontier', Cliff Richard won British Male Solo Artist, Randy Crawford won British Female Solo Artist, British Breakthrough Act went to The Human League, British Producer was Martin Rushent and Outstanding Contribution went to John Lennon.

Winners at the Grammy Awards included John & Yoko Album of the year with 'Double Fantasy', Kim Carnes for Song of the year with 'Bette Davis Eyes', Quincy Jones won producer of the year and Sheena Easton best new act.

24th February 1990 American singer, songwriter, pianist Johnnie Ray died of liver failure at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. He scored over 20 Top 40 singles between 1952 & 1960 including the 1956 UK No1 & US No2 single, 'Just Walking In The Rain'. Dexys Midnight Runners' name checked Ray in the lyrics to their 1982 hit 'Come On Eileen'.

24th February 1992 Kurt Cobain married Courtney Love in Waikiki, Hawaii. The press reported that the couple were expecting a baby on Sept 10th of this year.

24th February 1997 The Spice Girls won best single with 'Wannabe' at this year's Brit Awards held in London. Other winners included, Best Group for Manic Street Preachers, Best Dance Act went to The Prodigy, George Michael won Best Male, Best Female went to Gabrielle, Best Newcomer was won by Kula Shaker, International Male was Beck, International Female Sheryl Crow and Best International Group was The Fugees.

24th February 2000 Carlos Santana won eight awards at this year Grammy Awards. Before the 'Supernatural' album, the guitarist had not had a Top 10 album since 1981. Sting won two awards, one for best pop album and another for best male pop vocalist. Sir Elton John won the legend award and Phil Collins the best soundtrack award for Tarzan.

24th February 2004 Estelle Axton, who helped create the legendary US soul music label Stax, died in hospital in Memphis, aged 85. Stax was home to Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas, Isaac Hayes and Booker T and the MG's and the Stax studio, 'Soulsville USA', was second only to Motown in its production of soul hits during its 1960s heyday.

24th February 2009 The United States Mint launched a new coin featuring American composer, pianist and bandleader Duke Ellington.

24th February 2010 50 Cent was being sued over claims he unlawfully distributed a homemade sex video. Lastonia Leviston filed legal action in Manhattan, saying she made the private video with a lover in 2008 and alleged that 50 Cent posted the video on his website last year after blurring out the lover's face - and editing himself into it as narrator.

The personal assistant to former Ramones manager Linda Stein was convicted in a New York court of bludgeoning her boss to death at her Manhattan apartment on 30th October 2007. Prosecutors said Natavia Lowery, 28, stole more than $30,000 (£19,500) from Stein, then clubbed her with a piece of exercise equipment. Jurors spent less than a day reaching a second-degree murder verdict.

Promotions company MCD launched a $2.3 million lawsuit against Prince for pulling out of a concert in Dublin, Ireland in June, 2008, just ten days before it was to take place. The singer blamed the William Morris Agency for booking the event without permission, but the agency said the star cancelled the gig and gave "no reason of substance" for deciding to pull out.

24th February 2014 Franny Beecher the lead guitarist for Bill Haley & His Comets from 1954 to 1962 died in his sleep from natural causes. He was 92 years old. He continued to perform with surviving members of the Comets into 2006.

24th February 2016 Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan was ordered to give 6,000 euros to charity after head-butting an Irish police officer.The artist was arrested at Shannon Airport in November 2014 when she was taken off a flight from New York after an alleged air rage incident. Medical reports given to the court showed she had been suffering mania and was mentally ill when then incident happened.

Born On This Day

24th February 1942 Paul Jones, singer, harmonica player, actor, radio presenter, from British group Manfred Mann who had the 1964 UK & US No1 single 'Do Wah Diddy Diddy'. Jones is also a member of The Blues Band.

24th February 1944 Nicky Hopkins, session piano player who worked with The Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck, The Beatles, John Lennon, The Who and The Small Faces. Hopkins died on September 6th 1994.

24th February 1947 Rupert Holmes, writer, producer, singer who had the 1980 US No1 & UK No23 single 'Escape, (The Pina Colada Song)'.

Lonnie Turner, bassist with the Steve Miller Band who had the 1974 US No1 & 1990 UK No1 single 'The Joker'.

24th February 1948 Dennis Waterman, British singer, actor who had the1980 UK No3 single with the theme from UK TV show 'Minder', 'I Could Be So Good For You'.

24th February 1959 Colin Farley, bassist with Cutting Crew who had the 1987 US No1 & 1986 UK No4 single 'I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight'.

24th February 1962 Michelle Shocked, American singer songwriter, 1988 single 'Anchorage'. She had the track 'Quality of Mercy' featured on the soundtrack for the film Dead Man Walking.

24th February 1973 Chris Fehn, American musician, best known as one of the two custom percussionists of the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Slipknot.

24th February 1974 Noah "Wuv" Bernardo Jr founding member of the multi-platinum selling, San Diego based band P.O.D.

Chad Hugo, one half of the music production and writing duo The Neptunes. His partner is Pharrell Williams, who has produced numerous No1 hits for Mystikal, Jay-Z, *NSYNC, Britney Spears and Nelly.

Music History On This Day the 23rd of February

23rd February 1940 Woody Guthrie wrote the lyrics to 'This Land Is Your Land' in his room at the Hanover House Hotel in New York City. The song was brought back to life in the 1960's, when several artists of the new folk movement, including Bob Dylan, The Kingston Trio, Trini Lopez, Jay and the Americans, and The New Christy Minstrels all recorded versions, inspired by its political message.

23rd February 1961 Petula Clark had her first UK No1 single with 'Sailor'. During her career the former child actress achieved a total of 20 UK Top 40 hits and 2 US No1 singles.

23rd February 1965 Filming began on The Beatles follow up to 'A Hard Day's Night' on location in the Bahamas with the working title of 'Eight Arms To Hold You.'

23rd February 1972 After nearly five years of marriage, Priscilla Presley moved out of Elvis Presley's California home and into a two bedroom apartment near the Pacific Ocean. Their divorce would be finalized on October 9, 1973, with Priscilla being awarded an outright cash payment of $725,000 as well as spousal support, child support, 5% of Elvis' new publishing companies and half the income from the sale of their Beverly Hills home.

23rd February 1974 'Rebel Rebel' by David Bowie entered the UK chart, the single reached No5 the following month. Originally written for an aborted Ziggy Stardust musical in late 1973, 'Rebel Rebel' was Bowie's last single in the glam rock style that had been his trademark. It was also his first hit since 1969 not to feature lead guitarist Mick Ronson; Bowie himself played guitar on this track.

Suzi Quatro was at No1 on the UK singles chart with 'Devil Gate Drive', the singers second UK No1 and fourth No1 for the songs writers Chinn & Chapman.

23rd February 1976 AC/DC shot the video clip for "It's A Long Way To The Top, (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)" for the Australian music television program Countdown. It featured the band's then-current lineup, along with members of the Rats of Tobruk Pipe Band, on the back of a flat-bed truck travelling on Swanston Street in Melbourne. In May 2001, Australasian Performing Rights Association celebrated its 75th anniversary by naming the Best Australian Songs of all time, as decided by a 100-member industry panel. "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)" was ranked as the ninth song on the list.

23rd February 1978 Winners at this years Grammy Awards included Fleetwood Mac, Album of the year for 'Rumours'. The Eagles, Record of the year for 'Hotel California' and Best pop vocal performance, The Bee Gees for 'How Deep Is Your Love.'

23rd February 1980 U2 appeared at The Moonlight Club, at The Railway Hotel in London, tickets cost £2.

23rd February 1985 Stevie Wonder was arrested during an antiapartheid demonstration outside the South African Embassy in Washington; he was released after being questioned by police.

The Smiths scored their first UK No1 album with Meat Is Murder. The album's sleeve uses a 1967 photograph of Marine Cpl Michael Wynn in the Vietnam War, though with the wording on his helmet changed from "Make War Not Love" to "Meat Is Murder". The original image was used for Emile de Antonio's 1968 documentary In the Year of the Pig.

23rd February 1995 American singer Melvin Franklin of The Temptations died of a brain seizure aged 52. Had the 1971 US No1 & UK No8 single 'Just My Imagination' and re-issued 'My Girl' UK No2 in 1992. In 1978 Franklin was shot in the hand and the leg when trying to stop a man from stealing his car.

23rd February 1998 All members of Oasis were banned for life from flying Cathay Pacific Airlines after "abusive and disgusting behaviour" during a flight from Hong Kong to Perth, Australia.

23rd February 2002 The Bee Gees made their last ever concert appearance when they appeared at the Love and Hope Ball, Miami Beach, Florida.

23rd February 2003 Howie Epstein bassist with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers died of a suspected drug overdose in New Mexico. He had replaced The Heartbreakers original bassist Ron Blair, Epstein also worked with Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Stevie Nicks, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Linda Ronstadt and Del Shannon.
The News Of The World reported that Michael Jackson had undergone scores of painful operations to strip his body of black skin until he appeared white. And that surgeons at a Santa Monica clinic eventually refused him any more treatment. An insider told the paper that Jackson had been anaesthetised on a weekly basis to have his skin peeled and bleached.

Norah Jones cleaned up at the 45th Grammy Awards, held at Madison Square Garden, New York. The singer, songwriter won, Album of the year and Record of the year, with 'Don't Know Why.' Song of the year, Best new artist and Best female pop vocal for 'Don't Know Why'. Other winners included Best male pop vocal, John Mayer, 'Our Body Is A Wonderland'. Best male rock vocal, Bruce Springsteen, 'The Rising', Best female rock vocal, Sheryl Crow, 'Steve McQueen', Best rock performance by group, Coldplay 'In My Place', Best rap album, Eminem, 'The Eminem Show'.

23rd February 2010 London's Abbey Road studios was made a listed building, protecting it from plans to radically alter it. Culture Minister Margaret Hodge listed the studios on the advice of English Heritage saying it had "produced some of the very best music in the world". The Beatles used Abbey Road for 90% of their recordings. The studio was originally named EMI Studios, they changed the name to Abbey Road Studios in 1970 because of The Beatles album.

23rd February 2013 Jermaine Jackson officially changed his last Name to Jacksun. The third-oldest member of the Jackson 5, who unofficially took the name Mohammad Abdul Aziz upon his 1989 conversion to Islam, said he was making the new change for "artistic reasons."

23rd February 2017 Jay Z was set to become first rapper inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame. Previous inductees include Marvin Gaye, Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, Bruce Springsteen and Michael Jackson. But no rapper had ever made the cut before. Jay Z would be inducted as part of the hall's class of 2017 alongside Max Martin, who has written songs for Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Ariana Grande.

Born On This Day

23rd February 1944 Mike Maxfield, from Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas, who had the 1964 UK No1 & US No7 single 'Little Children'.

Johnny Winter, blues guitarist and singer who has worked with Rick Derringer and brother Edger Winter. He scored the 1969 US top 30 album, 'Johnny Winter'. Winter died at the age of 70 on 16th July 2014 in Zurich, just days after playing at the Lovely Days Festival in Austria.

23rd February 1946 Rusty Young, pedal steel guitar with American group Poco who had the 1979 US No17 single 'Crazy Love'.

23rd February 1950 Steve Priest, guitarist with English group Sweet, who had the 1973 UK No1 single 'Blockbuster', plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles. Sweet scored four top-ten hits in the US: 'Little Willy', 'Ballroom Blitz', 'Fox On The Run', and 'Love Is Like Oxygen'.

23rd February 1952 Brad Whitford, guitarist with Aerosmith who scored the 1989 UK No13 single 'Love In An Elevator', and their 1989 album 'Pump' spent 53 weeks on the US charts They had the 1993 US No1 & UK No2 album 'Get A Grip' and the 1998 US No1 & UK No4 single 'I Don't Want To Miss A Thing'. Aerosmith is the best-selling American hard rock band of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide.

23rd February 1955 Howard Jones, singer, songwriter, keyboards who had the 1983 UK No2 single 'What Is Love', plus 9 other UK Top 40 singles. His 1984 album 'Human's Lib' spent over a year on the UK chart. Scored the 1986 US No4 single 'No One Is To Blame'. Jones has also been a member of Ringo Starr's All Star Band.

Zeke Manyika, from Orange Juice, who had the 1983 UK No8 single 'Rip It Up'.

23rd February 1958 David Sylvian singer with British group Japan who had the 1982 UK No5 single 'Ghosts'. Sylvian also works as a solo artist.

23rd February 1963 Rob Collins, keyboards with British indie group The Charlatans who had the 1990 UK No9 single 'The Only One I Know'. In 1992 Collins was arrested and charged with armed robbery on an off-licence near his home and was sentenced to 8 months imprisonment. Collins was killed in a car crash 23rd July 1996.

23rd February 1967 Chris Vrenna, Grammy-winning producer, engineer, worked with Tweaker, Nine Inch Nails, Rammstein, U2, Weezer, David Bowie, The Smashing Pumpkins, Hole, Marilyn Manson and the Japanese rock band Dir en grey.

23rd February 1973 Olaf Lasse Johansson keyboards with Swedish rock band The Cardigans who had the 1997 UK No2 single 'Lovefool' which was included in the soundtrack to the 1996 film Romeo & Juliet.

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 

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'.