Music history and highlights that have happened on February 10th… from the birthplace of the blues… and rock n’ roll.
1878: Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony in F opens.
1927: Opera soprano Leontyne Price born in Laurel, Mississippi.
1932: Zydeco singer Rockin Dopsie (Alton Jay Rubin) born in Carencro, Louisiana.
1937: The Ventures’ guitarist Don Wilson born in Tacoma, Washington.
1939: 4-time Grammy Award winner Roberta Flack born in Black Mountain, North Carolina (“The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face”, “Where is the Love”, “Killing Me Softly with His Song”)
1940: Glenn Miller and His Orchestra hits No. 1 with “In the Mood”.
1942: Glenn Miller awared first ever gold record for “Chattanooga Choo Choo”.
1949: Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” opens at the Morosco Theater in New York City.
1960: “Unsinkable Molly Brown” closes at Winter Garden Theater in New York after 532 broadway shows.
1966: Bob Marley marries Rita Anderson.
1967: The Beatles and George Martin record the middle and end orchestra sections to “A Day in the Life” (to their request the orchestra performed in evening dress with novelty items: some had clown’s noses, funny hats, a stuffed gorilla’s paw and more).
1968: The Four Tops Greatest Hits is No. 1 on the Great Britain album charts, the first for the Motown label there.
1971: Carol King releases her album “Tapestry”, which becomes one of the greatest selling albums of all time.
1975: German rap artist Kool Savas born in Aachen, Germany.
1976: Rapper and hip hop producer Kev Brown born in Landover, Maryland.
1979: Rod Stewart’s “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” hits No. 1.
1993: Michael Jackson’s appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show from his Neverland Ranch is watched by 90 million people (a remarkable 39.3 rating/56% audience share.
2002: Folk singer Dave Von Ronk passes on.
2004: Kanye West releases his fist album “The College Dropout”, which became the 200 Grammy Award winner for Best Rap Album.
2005: Roger Daltrey of The Who is knighted with the CBE Award by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace for his service to the music industry.
2006: Producer and MC J Dilla (James Dewitt Yancey) passes away.
2008: Amy Winehouse‘s “Rehab” wins big at the 50th Grammy Awards (she wins 5 awards, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year).
2017: Universal Records comes to a deal to release Prince’s private archive, and the rights to 25 Prince albums previously released by NPG Records.