2023-02-26

FEBRUARY 26th
The Eagles’ “New Kid In Town” owns the #1 slot on the pop survey. 1977
Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got To Do With It” gets Best Pop Vocal Performance and Record of the Year. 1985
“Dancing In The Dark” earns Bruce Springsteen a Grammy for Best Rock Male Performance. 1985
“Some Kind Of Monster” wins the Best Documentary honor at the 20th annual Independent Spirit Awards, held in Santa Monica, CA. The Metallica film follows the recording of the album of the same name. 2005
MORE TODAY IN ROCK…
R&B and Rock and Roll singer, songwriter and pianist, Antoine Dominique ‘Fats’ Domino, is born. 1928
The Man In Black. Rockabilly and Country legend, Johnny Cash, starts his life in Kingsland, AR. 1932
Singer Mitch Ryder (William S. Levise Jr.) has a birthday. He’s the frontman for Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels (“Devil With A Blue Dress/Good Golly Miss Molly,” “Jenny Take A Ride”). Ryder is actually from Hamtramck, MI. 1945
Canned Heat’s Bob ‘Bear’ Hite enters the world. 1945
Don’t stop believin’. Jonathan Cain is born with the name Jonathan Leonard Friga. Journey’s keyboardist-songwriter is a Chicago native. 1950
The Rolling Stones issue “The Last Time” in the U.K. 1965
Breaking away from his day job as London’s leading session guitarist, Jimmy Page releases his first solo single “She Just Satisfies.” It’s not only pre-Led Zeppelin, it’s pre-Yardbirds. 1965
Rage Against The Machine bassist Tim Commerford is born.  1968
Alice Cooper and kindred spirit, artist Salvador Dali, pose for a photo session. The finished result hangs in the Knoedler Gallery in NY. 1973
The Sex Pistols and their manager, Malcolm McLaren, go to court to split up the group’s earnings. But nearly all the money is gone. The Great Rock n’ Roll swindle indeed. 1979
Judas Priest unfurl “Point Of Entry.” The follow-up to “British Steel” is often dismissed for being overly commercial. “People don’t understand how pressured we were by the label, either to do covers or make hits,” states guitarist K.K. Downing. “With that album, we gave them what they wanted.”  The set does go gold in the U.S.  1981
Thanks to heavy MTV play, Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like A Wolf,” peaks at #3 on the U.S. singles chart. 1983
“I don’t think it means anything,” says Eddie Vedder from the podium after Pearl Jam wins a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance (“Spin The Black Circle”). Despite Vedder’s dismissive comments the annual Grammy Awards continue. 1996
Concerts for Artists’ Rights take place in the L.A. area. The shows raise funds to repeal or change sections of the California Labor Code that hurts recording artists. The Eagles (drummer Don Henley is a prime mover behind the effort), Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty (CCR), No Doubt, Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) and Beck perform. 2002
Elton John earns the Best New Musical trophy at the United Kingdom’s prestigious Laurence Olivier Awards in London. The award is for his work on the stage adaptation of “Billy Elliot.” 2006
U2’s Bono receives the Pablo Neruda medal of honor, Chile’s highest award for the arts, from Chilean President Ricardo Lagos in Santiago.  2006
Ex-Jimi Hendrix drummer Buddy Miles dies at age 60 at his home in Austin, TX. Miles played on the legendary “Electric Ladyland” album and co-founded, with Hendrix, the short-lived Band Of Gypsys in ’69. 2008
White Stripes “Under Great White Northern Lights” is screened in theaters. The documentary, directed by Emmett Malloy, chronicles the band’s ’07 tour across Canada. The film made its debut at ’09’s Toronto Film Festival. 2010
Iggy Pop and Patti Smith perform at the 20th annual Tibet House U.S. Benefit Concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall. The event supports the organization’s efforts to promote and preserve Tibet’s cultural heritage. 2010
The Art of John Lennon exhibit, with drawings not previously displayed, opens at London’s Mandeville Hotel. 2011
Chuck Berry is one of the first recipients of PEN New England’s Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston. In an email read during the ceremony, Bob Dylan states that Berry is “the Shakespeare of Rock n’ Roll.” 2012
Bono gives speech on the state of global poverty at TED2013, a conference of global innovators, in Long Beach, CA. “We’re going to win because we are willing to stand up for our dreams,” says the U2 frontman. “Inertia is how we screw this up. Momentum is how we bend the arc of history down towards zero (poverty).” 2013
Blur’s Damon Albarn receives NME‘s first Award for Innovation in Austin, TX. “Damon’s enduring popularity is a testament to his unrivalled talent,” writes the magazine’s editor Mike Williams. Also, Artic Monkeys take home the Best British Group, Album (“AM”) and Live Act honors while Haim accept the Best International Group award. 2014
“For All Kings” by Anthrax is released. The album marks the debut of former Shadows Fall lead guitarist Jon Donais, who replaced Rob Caggiano, following his departure in ’13. 2016
Eugene Abdukhanov, the bassist for Ukrainian Metal band Jinjer, condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and asks for support from Metalheads worldwide, in a video message on YouTube. Russia launched a large-scale military attack on Ukraine, which is on Russia’s southern border, two days earlier. 2022
Poison’s Bret Michaels headlines “Concert with a Purpose” in Clearwater, FL. Event proceeds benefit the local Florida chapter of 50 Legs which is dedicated to securing prosthetics for amputees who cannot afford them on their own. Michaels also personally donates $10,000 to 50 Legs.  2020