FEBRUARY 15: The Daily Flashback

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1842: Adhesive postage stamps were used for the first time by the City Dispatch Post Office in New York City.
1903: Russian immigrants Morris and Rose Michtom introduced the first teddy bear in America.
1941: Duke Ellington and his orchestra recorded “Take the “A” Train.”
1954: Big Joe Turner recorded the original “Shake, Rattle & Roll” at Atlantic Records studios in New York.
1958: Hoping to duplicate the success of “American Bandstand,” ABC-TV debuted “The Dick Clark Show.” Connie Francis, Pat Boone and Jerry Lee Lewis performed on them first episode of the show.
1967::Music students at Chicago’s DePaul University formed a seven-piece rock band called The Big Thing. Later, they changed their name to Chicago Transit Authority, and then, simply, Chicago.
1969: Florida hairstylist Vickie Jones was arrested for impersonating Aretha Franklin at a club performance in Fort Myers, Florida. Her performance was so good that no patrons demanded a refund.
1971: The Who debuted a new rock opera called Lifehouse at the Young Vic Theatre in London. The project was shelved after a short run of shows, but some of the songs – “Baba O’ Riley,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again” and “Behind Blue Eyes” – were later included on the album Who’s Next.
1975: Performing “People Gotta Move,” Gino Vannelli became the first white artist to appear on “Soul Train.”
1977: Sid Vicious joined the Sex Pistols, replacing bassist Glen Matlock.
1987: Ben and Jerry’s introduced a new ice cream flavor: Cherry Garcia.
2002: The movie “Cross Roads,” starring Britney Spears, opened in theaters.

BIRTHDAYS
1905: Harold Arlen
1918: Hank Locklin
1944: Mick Avory
1947: John Adams
1949: Christopher Rouse
1951: Melissa Manchester
1954: Matt Groening
1976: Brandon Boyd
1980: Conor Oberst

DEATHS
1965: Nat King Cole
1968: Little Walter
1981: Mike Bloomfield
1984: Ethel Merman
1988: Frederick Loewe
2016: Vanity

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1 Comment
  1. Fred says

    You missed a major one: Gary Clark, Jr. born on February 15, 1984. He’s on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE tonight (Feb. 16), the first blues musician to be on the show since Stevie Ray Vaughan back in 1986, if memory serves me right.

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