Rock 'n' Roll Almanac for Sunday, February 16, 2020

85 years ago (1935)The late Sonny Bono is born in Detroit.
69 years ago (1951)Andy Taylor, guitarist for Duran Duran, is born.
57 years ago (1963)The Beatles score their first #1 hit as Please Please Me reaches the top of the British chart.
56 years ago (1964)The Beatles perform for the second time on The Ed Sullivan Show, one week after their debut. This time they're live from the Deauville Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida. 70 million people watch.
52 years ago (1968)George and Patti Harrison and John and Cynthia Lennon meet Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in India and do two months of transcendental meditation. Ringo and Maureen Starr, Paul McCartney, Jane Asher, Mia Farrow, and Donovan join them three days later. The spicy food doesn't agree with the Starrs, though, and they return to England after less than two weeks.
52 years ago (1968)Elvis Presley's How Great Thou Art album is certified gold. His fourth gospel album, it includes his 1965 #3 hit, Crying in the Chapel.
52 years ago (1968)“Aretha Franklin Day” is declared in Detroit.
49 years ago (1971)Alan David Pasaro sues the Rolling Stones, alleging an invasion of privacy because the Maysles brothers' film of the event, Gimme Shelter, showed the stabbing. Pasaro was the Hell's Angel who was tried and acquitted for the stabbing death of Meredith Hunter at the Altamont Speedway in 1969.
48 years ago (1972)Taylor Hawkins of Foofighters is born.
46 years ago (1974)Elton John releases Bennie and the Jets. The song eventually tops the chart.
40 years ago (1980)Led Zeppelin's Fool in the Rain from In Through The Out Door tops out at #21 on Billboard's Hot 100.
35 years ago (1985)Pat Benatar gives birth to daughter Haley. Her guitarist, Neil Geraldo, is the dad.
35 years ago (1985)Foolish Heart, a single by Journey lead singer Steve Perry, peaks at #18 on the chart.
35 years ago (1985)Hall & Oates' Method Of Modern Love peaks at #5 on the chart.
32 years ago (1988)The Hollywood Walk Of Fame adds a star for Los Angeles band leader Billy Vera.
30 years ago (1990)Ike Turner is sentenced to 4 years in prison on cocaine charge.
29 years ago (1991)INXS' Disappear peaks at #8 on the chart.
28 years ago (1992)Japanese Immigration officials make Mick Jagger spend the night in a Tokyo Airport hotel when he shows up lacking the needed papers to enter Japan. Eventually, he gets his visa.
27 years ago (1993)The Faces reunite at the Brit Awards in London. Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood, Ian McLagan, Kenny Jones and the Rolling Stone's Bill Wyman (for the ailing Ronnie Lane) perform Stay With Me and Sweet Little Rock 'n Roller.
13 years ago (2007)A bald Britney Spears shows up at a tattoo parlor in San Fernando Valley and gets a pair of red and pink lips added to her inventory of body art. The Kentwood, Louisiana native enters rehab a few days later.
12 years ago (2008)The Spice Girl’s tour bus driver helps police arrest a man suspected in a carjacking on I-75 in Michigan. He calls 911 after spotting the car weaving in and out of traffic. The Spice Girls do a show that night at The Palace of Auburn Hills northwest of Detroit.
5 years ago (2015)Lung cancer claims singer Lesley Gore in a New York City hospital at the age of 68.
3 years ago (2017)Walter “Junie” Morrison, the Dayton, Ohio producer, writer, keyboardist, vocalist and founder of the legendary funk band, The Ohio Players, dies at the age of 62.

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