Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Music History Today: February 25, 2021

February 25, 1943: George Harrison was born in Liverpool, England. 

George Harrison was the lead guitarist of the Beatles as well as a singer-songwriter on many of their most memorable tracks.

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George Harrison
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George Harrison formed a band with schoolmates to play clubs around Liverpool and in Hamburg, Germany. The Beatles became the biggest rock band in the world, and Harrison's diverse musical interests took them in many directions. Post-Beatles, Harrison made acclaimed solo records and started a film production company. He died of cancer in November 2001. 

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February 25, 1981: At the Grammy Awards, Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female was Pat Benatar for "Crimes Of Passion."

When Pat Benatar signed her first record deal, there was no roadmap for a female singer looking to compete in rock music as if it were a level playing field. 

Pat Benatar kneeling in a purple striped jumpsuit color

She had an artistic vision but no ability to articulate it in a studio environment, and that made the recording of her debut a struggle. Initial sessions were professional but without spark, and she later reflected that she feared at the time, “I was finished before I’d even started.” 

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February 25, 1981: Kenny Loggins' "This Is It" was named Best Pop Vocal Performance Male at the Grammy Awards.

"This Is It" features additional vocals by Michael McDonald, who co-wrote the song with Loggins.  

Kenny Loggins

At one point in the song's evolution, its melody was underway, but the lyrics were incomplete. Loggins moved it forward after a visit to his ailing father, who had undergone a series of surgeries for vascular problems stemming from small strokes and was discouraged at the prospect of another. His perspective on the lyrics then changed: "'I've got it,' I announced to Michael, it's not a love song. It's a life song." 

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February 25, 1986: Phil Collins won the Grammy for Best Album with "No Jacket Required." 

Phil Collins   Album "No Jacket Required" cover

Phil Collins was perhaps the biggest pop musician in the world thanks to the release of his third solo album, "No Jacket Required", which sent the squat, balding-yet-mulleted, hairy-chested former Genesis drummer skyrocketing to the top of the charts. He stayed there for some time, too, becoming of the decade's most defining voices. 
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February 25, 1998: A shirtless dude with "Soy Bomb" written on his chest intruded on Bob Dylan's performance at the Grammy Awards. 

If there was one star created by the Grammys in 1998, it was the "Soy Bomb guy.”

Grammys in 1998 Bob Dylan performing while a shirtless guy with "Soy Bomb" painted on his chest dances behind Bob
Grammy Award program 1998

Michael Portnoy was the New York-based performance artist who jumped onstage with Bob Dylan while he was singing “Love Sick.” Portnoy had removed his shirt, and the words “Soy Bomb” were painted on his chest as he began dancing with his eyes closed in a contorted/robotic manner. He later said he used those words because soy represents dense nutritional life and he wanted art to represent “dense, transformational, explosive life.” 

Read more: Hollywood Reporter


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