Sunday, February 27, 2022

Music History Today: February 28, 2022

February 28, 1985: Uriah Heep, lead singer David Byron, died at 38 years old from liver disease and seizures caused by excessive consumption of alcohol. 
David Byron is probably one of the greatest voices hard rock ever had, being Uriah Heep’s front-man from 1969 to 1976, but unfortunately he is not remembered often.

Uriah Heep lead singer David Byron
Uriah Heep lead
singer David Byron 

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Byron sang on ten Uriah Heep albums which included Heep’s greatest hits like: “The Wizard”, “Gypsy”, “Lady In Black”, “Easy Livin’”,  and “Stealin.’” 
Read more: Rock & Roll Garage
February 28, 1966: The Mamas & the Papas released the album If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears. 
If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears represented a genuinely new sound, as fresh to listeners as the songs on Meet the Beatles had seemed two years earlier.

The Mamas and the Papas album If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears

Released just as "California Dreaming" was ascending the charts by leaps and bounds, it was the product of months of rehearsal in the Virgin Islands and John Phillips' discovery of what one could do to build a polished recorded sound in the studio. It embraced folk-rock, pop/rock, pop, and soul. 
Read more: Allmusic

February 28, 1972: The Stampeders' "Sweet City Woman" won numerous Juno Awards.
"Sweet City Woman" was released in 1971 by a Canadian Band out of Calgary, Alberta, the Stampeders.

The Stampeders
The Stampeders

The song won a Juno award for Best Single in 1972. Guitarist Rich Dodson, who wrote the song, won Songwriter of the Year, and the band’s producer, Mel Shaw, won Record Producer of the Year. The song was unusual for featuring the banjo as the lead instrument. 
Read more: Songs From Memory

February 28, 1981: Steve Winwood moved into the American Top 40 with "While You See a Chance."
Though it was on his second solo album, “While You See A Chance” was Steve Winwood's first solo hit following the disbanding of Traffic in 1974. Winwood composed the music for the song, while collaborator Will Jennings penned the optimistic lyrics. 
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February 28, 2009: Flo Rida's "Right Round" hit Number 1 on the Hot 100 for the first of six weeks.
"Right Round" by American rapper Flo Rida featuring guest vocals from American singer Kesha was released as the lead single from his second studio album, R.O.O.T.S. The song heavily interpolates the chorus of the Dead or Alive song "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" in its hook. According to one of the song's writers, the chorus refers to a stripper. 
Read more: Wikipedia

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