Today In Music, February 21


This day in 1964 sees New York band The Echoes hire a new keyboardist by the name of Billy Joel. The band would then change their name to the Emeralds, and then to the Lost Souls.

On this day in 1976, Supremes singer Florence Ballard dies of cardiac arrest.

In 1977, Fleetwood Mac release their eleventh studio album, "Rumours". The album would ultimatelky go on to sell over 15 million copies and spend 31 weeks at the #1 spot in the US.

On this day in 1981, REO Speedwagon hit #1 on the Top 200 Albums chart with their ninth studio album, "Hi-Infidelity". Phil Collins hits #1 in the UK with his debut solo album, "Face Value".

In 1982, legendary DJ Murray The K, who often referred to himself as "the fifth Beatle" due to his distinction of being the first DJ in America to have played The Beatles, dies of cancer at the age of 60.

BORN ON THIS DAY

Nina Simone, 1933.

Record executive David Geffen, 1943

Jerry Harrison, Talking Heads 1949

Vince Welnick, The Tubes and Grateful Dead keyboardist, 1951

Superior St. Rehearsal Facility

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