This Day in History: 2023-02-15

FEBRUARY 15th
“Meet The Beatles is #1 on the Billboard album chart.  The album with “I Want To Hold Your Hand” tops the chart for fifteen consecutive weeks.  Beatlemania is underway.  1964
The Beatles record “Ticket To Ride.”  When released the song goes to #1 in both the U.S. and U.K. 1965
“Heart Like A Wheel,” Linda Ronstadt’s fifth solo studio album, is #1 on the Billboard 200.  1975
KoЯn’s 14th album “Requiem” debuts at #14 on the Billboard 200. The set also tops the Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart and is #2 on the Rock Albums survey. 2022

 

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Jake E. Lee (Jakey Lou Williams) is born in Norfolk, VA.  The guitarist’s career ranges from backing Ozzy Osbourne to leading Red Dragon Cartel.  1957
After ceding the top spot on the Billboard Album Chart to Diana Ross & The Supremes/The Temptations for a week The Beatles “White Album: returns to #1 for a three-week stay.  1969
Sly & The Family Stone’s “Everyday People” is #1 on the pop chart. 1969
The Doors’ “Touch Me” peaks at #3 on the Billboard chart. It’s the band’s last Top 10 entry and though released well before the infamous Miami concert (March ‘69), the song is suggestively linked to that ‘over-exposed’ event. 1969
Ronstadt also sits at #1 on the pop chart with “You’re No Good.” 1975
Incubus vocalist Brandon Boyd is born in Van Nuys, CA. 1976
System Of A Down film the video for “Boom” while performing at an anti-war protest (the war in Iraq). 2003
U2’s ’05 mega-tour wins the Major Tour of the Year honor, at the 17th annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards in Las Vegas. The Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers/Black Crowes joint trek is recognized in the Most Creative Tour Package category. 2006
Green Day pick up the International Group and International Album (“American Idiot”) honors at the Brit Awards in London. 2006
The gravesite of AC/DC singer Bon Scott in Fremantle, Australia, is classified as a historic site by the National Trust heritage organization. “(The grave) is the end of pilgrimage for many people around the world,” says Trust official Kim Haynes. 2006
L.A. Heavy Metal radio station KNAC, 105.5 FM, signs off the air (replaced by a Spanish language station).  Metallica’s James Hatfield and Lars Ulrich are there to play the last song, “Fade To Black,” which was one of the first songs broadcast when the station signed on twenty years earlier.  2006
A group headed by former Vice President Al Gore announces plans for a series of concerts on July 7th to promote awareness of global warming. More than 100 performers, including Bon Jovi, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters and Fall Out Boy are slated for Live Earth shows in London, Shanghai, Sydney, Johannesburg, Brazil, Japan and the U.S. 2007
Singer Chris Cornell leaves Audioslave, effectively ending the supergroup. The recent decision by other bandmembers to participate in a Rage Against The Machine (their former band) reunion tour is listed among the reasons. “Due to irresolvable personality conflicts as well as musical differences, I am permanently leaving the band,” says Cornell, who first split from Audioslave before their debut album was recorded but decided to rejoin. 2007
North Dakota’s House of Representatives rejects a resolution to formally honor Bono for his Third World advocacy following complaints that the U2 singer has no connection with the state. “This is something that does matter to us as citizens of North Dakota, the United States and the world at large,” responds state Representative Scot Kelsh, who proposed the legislation. 2007
Richard Moore, who is running for governor of North Carolina holds a press conference saying his ‘team’ made a mistake using The Eagles “Life In The Fast Lane” in campaign commercials without authorization. The song is pulled at the request of The Eagles’ management. Moore apologizes but Don Henley and his wife donate $4,000 apiece (the maximum allowable amount) to Moore’s rival, Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue. 2008
Deftones fans at the Thunder Dome in Bangkok, Thailand, riot after the band cancels a scheduled performance. The venue reportedly experiences a power failure leaving the band without the use of the P.A. system. 2011
Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil begins serving a two-week sentence following a Las Vegas DUI conviction – not his first.  2011
The Foo Fighters host a fundraising concert for President Obama’s re-election campaign at the home of soap opera writer/producer Bradley Bell in Holmby Hills, CA. “I would hate to hand the administration over to another party that is just focused on corporations, greed and money,” says the Foo Fighters’ David Grohl. “You know, I’m a fun, peace-loving guy, but sometimes the right wing gets a little too selfish.” 1,000 supporters attend. 2012
Fall Out Boy (with Atlanta Rapper 2 Chainz) perform “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)” live on the State Farm All-Star Saturday Night during the NBA All-Star Weekend. 2013
Paul McCartney appears during the three-hour-plus Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special. He and Paul Simon (Simon & Garfunkel) perform The Beatles’ “I’ve Just Seen A Face.” Later in the show, after being introduced by the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards, McCartney does “Maybe I’m Amazed.” 2015
Alabama Shakes win four Grammys for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance (“Don’t Wanna Fight”) which they play during the ceremony, plus Best Alternative Music Album and Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical) for “Sound & Color.” The Best Rock Album honor goes to Muse for “Drones.” Ghost get the Best Metal Performance statue.  The L.A. show also has musical tributes for the late Glenn Frey (The Eagles) and Lemmy Kilmister (Mötörhead). 2016
Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil raises a record $200,000 for the Keep Memory Alive charity while competing on The Celebrity Apprentice, NBC’s long-running business reality show. 2016
Metallica is named “Best International Band” at the NME Awards held in London. The band is unable to attend the ceremony due to other commitments.  2017
Marilyn Manson’s onstage meltdown at The Paramount in Huntington, NY, drives fans to vent on social media demanding a refund.  The concert is a make-up date for a show that was cancelled after Manson broke his right leg (also while onstage).  2018
Ten days after his State of the Union speech, President Donald Trump retweets a parody video, created by supporter CarpeDonktum, mocking Democrats who have sullen expressions during the speech, by playing R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts.” Bassist Mike Mills blasts CarpeDonktum and Trump and demands the clip be taken down due to copyright infringement. The video is removed but soon reappears with Country singer Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless The USA” replacing “Everybody Hurts.”  2019