This Day in History: 2023-02-24

Janis Joplin’s “Pearl,” released posthumously, goes gold. 1971
Led Zeppelin release Physical Graffiti,” a double album with over a half-dozen new songs along with left over tracks from previous albums. The group’s sixth album goes on to sell more than 8-million copies in the U.S.  1975
“First Kiss,” is Kid Rock’s debut release on Warner Brothers Records. The set includes the songs “Johnny Cash,” “Ain’t Enough Whiskey,” “Drinking Beer With Dad” and “One More Song.” It debuts at #2 on the Billboard 200 with first week sales of 137,000 copies. 2015
Manfred Mann singer Paul Jones is born Paul Pond in Portsmouth, England. 1942
Late session great, Nicky Hopkins, is born in Perivale, Middlesex, England.  He plays keyboards for the Rolling Stones, John Lennon, the Jeff Beck Group and The Who. A shining example of his piano work is the Stones’ “Sympathy For The Devil.” 1944
Bad to the bone. Guitarists/singer, George Thorogood, is born in Wilmington, DE. 1952
Ex-Slipknot percussionist Chris Fehn (known as number #3 in the band) is born in Des Moines, IA.  1973
Matthew Thomas “Matt” Skiba has a birthday. He is known for his role as the co-lead vocalist and guitarist for Alkaline Trio and Blink 182. 1976
The Eagles’ “Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975” goes platinum (over one million sales). The album becomes the all-time best seller. 1976
The Police earn a Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance (“Don’t Stand So Close To Me”). 1982
“Higher Love” earns Steve Winwood Record of the Year and Best Pop Performance trophies at the 29th Grammy Awards in L.A. 1987
The Roy Orbison Concert Tribute To Benefit The Homeless features Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Hornsby, Dwight Yoakam and Bob Dylan. The show takes place in Universal City, CA. 1990
Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) and Courtney Love (Hole) tie the knot in Hawaii. 1992
Eric Clapton’s touching “Tears In Heaven” is a big winner at the Grammy Awards (Song of the Year, Best Pop Vocal, Male, etc.). The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Give It Away” earns a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Song. Also, Melissa Etheridge’s “Ain’t It Heavy” takes Best Rock Performance, Female. 1993
Virgin Records sues the Smashing Pumpkins claiming non-compliance with their contact. The label contends an album was due three months earlier. Meanwhile, the group is trying to get out of the deal. 1998
Elton John receives a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his contributions to music and charity.  1998
The record industry certifies that “Garbage” and “Version 2.0” (both by Garbage) have sold one million and two million copies, respectively. 1999
Some musicians get a street named after them but all KoЯn can manage is an access road. The side street behind Rabobank Arena in the group’s hometown of Bakersfield, CA, is officially designated ‘Korn Row’. Clever. The group gets a bronze plaque honoring their musical achievements during a ceremony outside the arena before the band kicks off its tour with Mudvayne. 2006
“Every Day Is Exactly The Same” is the third consecutive single from Nine Inch Nail’s “With Teeth” album to reach #1 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Chart. The other two are “The Hand That Feeds” and “Only.” 2006
U2’s Bono is one of a 191 nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize. The singer’s efforts to cancel Third World debt make him a contender for the $1.3 million honor which is awarded later in the year. No, he doesn’t win – but it’s an honor just to be nominated. 2006
The 16th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party happens in L.A. Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Harrison Ford and Sean Penn attend. Hosted by Elton and his partner, David Furnish, the dinner and auction raises $5.1 million for the nonprofit foundation. Taped earlier, Elton also appears on the CBS program 60 Minutes. He claims that his ’80s drug use and promiscuous behavior led him to make amends by starting the Elton John AIDS Foundation. 2008
Comcast and U2 announce an agreement to present high-definition performances to subscribers. There’s HD footage from concert and promotional clips spanning the band’s career. 2009
Stevie Wonder and Sheryl Crow are among the performers at the White House tribute to Motown. Motown was ‘the soundtrack of the civil rights era’, says President Obama. 2011
Kim Gordon’s memoir “Girl In A Band” is out. The book, by the former Sonic Youth bassist, focuses on “the examination of what partnership means-and what happens when it dissolves.” That includes the demise of Sonic Youth and Gordon’s divorce from the band’s frontman, Thurston Moore. 2015
Australia’s Tame Impala take home the Best International Group honor at the Brit Awards in London. 2016
“Scott Weiland: Memories of a Rock Star” is published. The book contains exclusive interviews regarding the late singer’s contributions to Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver. 2016
Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf presents a letter of recognition to Code Orange for their Best Metal Performance Grammy nomination (even though they lost to Mastodon). “Through your passion, you have cultivated the important characteristics of determination and discipline that are necessary for success,” writes Wolf. The group is from Pittsburgh.   2018
Moscow based feminist Punk collective Pussy Riot, long time critics of Russian President Putin, team up with several cryptocurrency companies and Ukrainian humanitarian activists to launch an NFT campaign aimed at aiding the Ukraine following Russian military attacks on multiple fronts. 2022
David Coverdale (Whitesnake), David Draiman (Disturbed), Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman (The Offspring), Michael Sweet (Stryper) are among the musicians around the world who condemn the Russian invasion of the Ukraine. “Why do I hate Russian president Vladimir Putin,” Draiman asks rhetorically. “Because he’s an anti LGBTQ+, war mongering/fear mongering, communist dictator, who always seizes any opportunity to further enrich and empower himself. 2022
How should bands promote themselves? Foo Fighters David Grohl, in a YouTube interview, has some thoughts.  “I still believe that the most important way to promote yourself as an artist is to f*cking play live. That’s it. Because when a human being sees another human being onstage ripping, there is this sort of connection. And it’s inspiring.”  2022