Music History for

February 23


1648 - Composer John Blow was born.

1685 - Composer George Frideric Handel was born.

1730 - Composer Christian Joseph Lidarti was born.

1811 - Composer George Washington Hewitt was born.

1848 - Composer Thomas Paine Westendorf was born.

1876 - Composer Wadi' Sabra was born.

1876 - Composer Edgar Istel was born.

1886 - Composer Albert Edward Sammons was born.

1887 - Composer Oskar Fredrik Lindberg was born.

1924 - Composer Lejaren Hiller was born.

1927 - Composer Ivan Hrusovsky was born.

1937 - Bing Crosby sang with Lani McIntyre and his band. They recorded "Sweet Leilani."

1970 - Ringo Starr guest starred on "Laugh-In." It was his first solo TV appearance.
Today in Beatles History

1979 - Dire Straits began their first U.S./Canada tour in Boston.

1993 - Little Richard received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy.

1994 - The ground breaking ceremony for the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas occurred.

1995 - Melvin Franklin (Temptations) died of heart failure.

1998 - Nine people were killed and more than 40 injured when a truck veered out of control during the annual carnival in Port-au-Prince. The Haitian band Ram was performing on the truck. None of the band members were hurt.

1998 - The Metallica single "The Unforgiven II" was released.

1999 - Eminem's second album, "The Slim Shady LP," was released.

1999 - Garth Brooks attended spring training camp with the San Diego Padres as a non-roster player. The Padres Foundation agreed to contribute to the Touch 'Em All Foundation in lieu of a salary to Brooks.

1999 - Plastic People Of The Universe began their first North American tour in Boston.

2000 - Sean "Puffy" Combs was indicted on charges of bribing a witness. According to the Manhattan District Attorney's office, Combs offered money and jewelry to his driver, and asked him to claim ownership of a gun that police recovered from the Comb's car following a Dec. 27, 1999, shooting at a New York nightclub.

2000 - At the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Carlos Santana received a record-tying eight Grammy's. Michael Jackson set the record back in 1984 when he won awards for "Thriller."
Today in Michael Jackson History

2000 - A cover of the Led Zeppelin classic "What Is And What Should Never Be" by Jimmy Page and the Black Crowes became available for free download exclusively from

2003 - Norah Jones won five Grammy Awards for the album "Come Away With Me."

2006 - The iTunes Music Store reached 1 billion songs sold.

2006 - The iTunes Music Store reached 15 million videos sold.

2015 - The expanded reissue of Led Zeppelin's album "Physical Graffiti" was released in the U.K.