Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Music History Today: February 23, 2023

February 23, 2017: A live-action movie adaptation of Disney's 1991 animated film Beauty and the Beast premiered at Spencer House in London with a new version of the title song, performed by Ariana Grande and John Legend. 

Beauty and the Beast 2017 movie poster
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February 23, 1685: George Frideric Handel was born in Germany.
In 1705, Handel made his debut as an opera composer with Almira. When Italian operas fell out of fashion, he started composing oratorios, including his most famous, Messiah. The album Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration won the 1992 Grammy for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album.

Produced by Quincy Jones, featured artists included Patti Austin, Andra√© Crouch, Sandra Crouch, Edwin Hawkins, Tramaine Hawkins, Al Jarreau, Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Johnny Mathis, Marilyn McCoo, Stephanie Mills, and Jeffrey Osborne. 
Read more: Biography


February 23, 1978: The Bee Gees won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance with "How Deep Is Your Love." The song was written for the soundtrack of the film "Saturday Night Fever." 

Bee Gees  How Deep Is Your Love single cover

February 23, 1983: Toto won six Grammys, including Album Of The Year for Toto IV, a record that included the hit singles "Africa" and "Rosanna."

February 23, 2000: Santana won nine Grammys, breaking Michael Jackson's record for the number of Grammys taken in one night. Santana's awards included Album Of The Year for Supernatural, while "Smooth" won the Song Of The Year and Record Of The Year prizes.

Santana Supernatural album cover art

Beauty & the Beast
Ariana Grande and John Legend

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