This Day in History: 2023-02-21

 

FEBRUARY 21st
The Beatles “Nowhere Man” is released in the U.S. Though credited to John Lennon/Paul McCartney, it was predominately written by John after he’d fruitlessly spent the night trying to come up with a song and decided to take a break. “Then ‘Nowhere Man’ came, words and music, the whole damn thing as I lay down,” recalled Lennon. 1966
The song appears on the “Yesterday And Today” album and the “Yellow Submarine” soundtrack.
Bonnie Raitt has a big night at the 32nd Grammy Awards in L.A. She wins Album of the Year (“Nick Of Time”), Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female (“Nick Of Time”) and Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female (“Nick Of Time”). Also, Paul McCartney receives a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as a solo artist.  1990
Disarm,” by the Smashing Pumpkins, is released. Written by Billy Corgan, who considers it the most personally important song on the album “Siamese Dream,” is banned by the U.K.’s Top of the Pops T.V. show because of the lyric “cut that little child.” In the U.S., the track peaks at #5 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. 1994
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Jerry Harrison of the Talking Heads has a birthday. The Milwaukee native  is the oldest member of the original line-up. 1949
Keyboardist Vince Welnick has a birthday. He’s with the Grateful Dead from ’90 to ’95. 1951
Sublime bassist (’88-’96) Eric Wilson enters the world. 1970
Randy Blythe (David Randall Blythe), lead vocalist and lyricist for Lamb Of God, is born.  1971
Nightwish vocalist Floor Jansen has a birthday. 1981
Featuring “Keep On Loving You” and “Take It On The Run” REO Speedwagon’s “Hi Infidelity” begins a six-week run at #1 on the Billboard 200.  1981
New Years Day vocalist Ash Costello is born in Anaheim, CA.   1985
Neil Young’s “Keep On Rockin’ In The Free World” is performed live in Seattle for the first time without the band having rehearsed it.  The song is released a month-and-a half later.  1989
Steely Dan’s “Two Against Nature,” the group’s first studio album in nearly 20 years, wins Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album Grammys. It’s the first time the group, long passed its prime, gets a Grammy. On a more relevant note, U2’s “Beautiful Day” picks up Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Rock Performance while Foo Fighters get the Best Rock Album nod for “There Is Nothing Left To Lose” and Best Short Form Music Video for “Learn To Fly.”  2001
Bawitdaba or just Cocky? Kid Rock files a lawsuit in Detroit seeking to halt the sale and distribution of a ’99 videotape featuring him and ex-Creed singer Scott Stapp engaging in sex acts with four women. “We don’t deny the authenticity of the tape,” says an attorney for Rock. “But they’re using this without his permission.”  Rock wins the case. 2006
Tool drummer Danny Carey undergoes surgery for a torn bicep. The operation is a success but Tool is forced to postpone their North American tour that was scheduled to begin in three weeks. Carey suffered the injury a few days earlier. 2007
Kid Rock is the Grand Marshal of New Orleans’ Endymion Parade during Mardi Gras. Rock later performs at the Superdome. 2009
A fine use of tax dollars. After receiving $1.5 billion in federal bank bailout money (and laying off 450 employees), Northern Trust of Chicago throws a huge L.A. party for clients and employees, paying $50,000 to have the House of Blues shut down for a private Sheryl Crow concert. 2009
Econoline Crush sue Nickelback because they feel “Figured You Out” is a knock-off of their single “All That You Are.” 2011
Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) performs in Madison, WN in support of protesters railing against a bill proposed by Republican governor Scott Walker that would effectively exclude state employees from collective bargaining. 2011
To protest the Russian Orthodox Church’s endorsement of a third term for President Vladimir Putin, the female Punk band Pussy Riot perform “Mother Of God, Chase Putin Away!” on the altar of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow, the holiest site in Russian Orthodoxy. The performance lasts a little over a minute before Church security drag the band out. A couple weeks later, the group is arrested on charges of ‘hooliganism motivated by religious hatred’, which has nothing to do with their political protest. 2012
Blur is presented with the Outstanding Contribution To Music honor at the Brit Awards at London’s O2 Arena. Foo Fighters are named Best International Group while Coldplay nab the Best British Group honor. Blur closes out the evening giving their first performance in three years. 2012
President Barack Obama joins Mick Jagger (Rolling Stones) and B.B. King for a performance of “Sweet Home Chicago” at a White House Black History Month Blues concert. 2012
Paul McCartney takes the Major Tour of the Year Prize at the 26th annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards. The award for the Out There world tour is the third time McCartney has won the honor (’90 and ’02 were the other two). 2015
Foo Fighters make their debut appearance at the Brit Awards, the U.K.’s equivalent of the Grammys. They perform “The Sky Is A Neighborhood.” The Foos, who are already four-time BRIT winners take home the International Group award (again).  2018
Founding Monkees bassist/vocalist Peter Tork dies at age 77. Tork, along with Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz and Mike Nesmith became famous when The Monkees TV show debuted in ’66. The comedy program about a struggling band featured a song in every segment. Tork left the group in ‘68 but participated in subsequent tours.  2019