Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Music History Today: February 11, 2021

February 11, 2012: Whitney Houston was found dead in the bathtub of her suite at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles.

Whitney Houston died at the age of 48 on February 11, 2012, in Los Angeles at a Beverly Hilton hotel where a Grammy party was being held by Davis.

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Whitney Houston

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Houston had been seen out in the days before her death, including at one of the pre-Grammy parties. According to a report released by the Los Angeles County coroner's office on March 22, 2012, the official cause of her death was an accidental drowning. The effects of heart disease and cocaine found in her system were contributing factors as well. 
Read more: Biography

February 11, 1957: Patsy Cline released "Walking After Midnight."

"Walking After Midnight" is the very first hit from Patsy Cline. It was because it became a successful track both on the country charts and the pop charts.

Patsy Cline black and white publicity headshot portrait
Patsy Cline

Of course, the success may also be attributed to the major label company that helped produce the song. This was the introduction of Patsy to the country fans and what an amazing debut it was for her. 
Read more: Country Thang Daily


February 11, 1962: Sheryl Crow was born in Kennett, Missouri.

Sheryl Crow began her career by recording jingles for advertising clients, before becoming a backup singer for stars like Michael Jackson and Rod Stewart. 

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Sheryl Crow

She hit the big time with her 1993 debut album Tuesday Night Music Club, and continued to rack up accolades and massive sales with follow-up efforts like Sheryl Crow and The Globe Sessions. With nine Grammy Awards under her belt, Crow announced that her 2019 album, Threads, would be her last. 
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February 11, 1966: Cher recorded "Bang Bang."

Sonny Bono wrote “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” for his wife Cher for her second album The Sonny Side of Cher. 

Sonny Bono and Cher black and white picture in the recording studio
Sonny Bono & Cher

Released as a single in 1966, the track was successful and reached in the top 3 of Billboard Charts. This also became Cher’s first million-selling song. The song is about recalling childhood memories like playing toy guns.

Specifically “Bang Bang” is about a boy and a girl who played toy guns as children and grew up to marry. In the song the bride is left by her groom. Allegorically, it means that she has been “shot down” by him again. 

Read more: I Love Classic Rock

February 11, 1989: Future American Idol judge Paula Abdul had the first of her six US Number 1 hits with "Straight Up."

On November 22, 1988, “Straight Up” by Paula Abdul was released and it went on to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. 

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Paula Abdul

As the third single from her debut album “Forever Your Girl,” the popularity of “Straight Up” propelled the album to multi-platinum success, selling 12 million copies worldwide and spending 10 weeks as a No. 1 album. “Straight Up” also earned Abdul a 1989 Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. 
Read more: My Lifetime


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Whitney Houston

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