February 23 is a crowded day in the history of music. On this day in 1940, Woody Guthrie wrote the lyrics to “This Land Is Your Land” in his New York City hotel room. In later year, several other artists would record covers of the song including legend Bob Dylan.
In 1965, The Beatles began filming on their follow-up to “A Hard Days Night” in the Bahamas. The working title for the project was “Eight Arms to Hold You.”
1978 saw Fleetwood Mac win the Grammy for Album of the Year for “Rumors”, while The Eagles won the Grammy for Record of the Year with “Hotel California.” It was also the day that Whitesnake made their live debut at the Sky Bird Club in London.
Stevie Wonder was arrested on February 23rd 1985 outside of the South African embassy in Washington DC. He was arrested during an anti-apartheid demonstration.
In 1991, today was the day that Whitney Houston’s “All The Man I Need” hit #1 on the singles chart. It was amazingly her ninth #1 hit in just over five years.
Today in 1995 Melvin Franklin of “The Temptations” passed away abruptly of a brain seizure. Unrelated, in 1978 Franklin was shot in the hand and leg while trying to stop a man from stealing his car.
February 23rd 2002 saw The Bee Gees give their final live performance in Miami Beach Florida.
Don’t forget, The Temptations will be at the Music Circus live on August 15th, make sure to reserve your tickets today!