Sunday, February 19, 2023

Music History Today: February 20, 2023

February 20, 2003: In West Warwick, Rhode Island, 100 people were killed, and more than 230 were injured when fire destroyed the nightclub The Station.
When the fire during Great White's concert at The Station nightclub in Rhode Island began, most of the audience thought this was part of the act. The blaze quickly engulfed the entire ceiling, sending billows of black smoke across the venue. 

Great White fire at The Station
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Despite the fact that The Station had four functioning exits, in their haste to get out, most of the audience chose to leave through the narrow hallway through which they had arrived. The passage soon filled up and became impassable. One hundred people lost their lives, either through being trampled or as a result of smoke inhalation and severe burns. 
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February 20, 1942: The Abbott and Costello film Ride 'Em Cowboy was released. It featured Ella Fitzgerald performing "A Tisket, A Tasket." 

Abbott and Costello Ride 'Em Cowboy movie poster

February 20, 1965: The Four Tops had another Top 40 hit when "Ask the Lonely" moved from Number  53 on Billboard to 39. The song peaked at 14 on the Hot 100 and 9 on the R&B chart.

 "Ask the Lonely" was notable for being co-written by longtime Motown staffer Mickey Stevenson, as most of the group's hits on Motown were written and produced by Holland-Dozier-Holland. Levi Stubbs sang the lead, the music was performed by The Funk Brothers, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra provided the instrumentation. 
Read more: Wikipedia

February 20, 1977: Starland Vocal Band won the Grammy's Best New Artist award. The group's "Afternoon Delight" reached the top of the charts in 1976. They were signed to Windsong Records, a label founded by John Denver.

Starland Vocal Band
Starland Vocal Band

February 20, 1999: TLC entered Billboard's Hot 100, at Number 67, with "No Scrubs."
"No Scrubs" by TLC is about men who have nothing going for them but hit on women just the same, even resorting to hopeless tactics like hollering at them from the passenger seat of their friend's car. The song vaulted the term "scrub" into the popular lexicon, becoming a well-used word to describe a worthless man. 
Read more: Songfacts

Station Nightclub Fire Tragedy
Great White

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