Today in Rock & Roll History: February 24th

1959: James Brown and the Famous Flames began recording their debut album Please Please Please for King Records.

1963: The Rolling Stones got their first steady gig at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, England performing on Sundays for the British equivalent of $67 a week.

1969: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played their final British concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Select performances from the show were later released as part of the album “Hendrix in the West” in 1972.

1969: “ABC,” the title track from the Jackson 5’s second album, was released. It later became the group’s second #1 on both the Billboard R&B chart and Hot 100 pop chart.

1973: The Byrds made their final live appearance when they played at the Capitol Theater in Passaic, New Jersey. The group’s lineup consisted of Gene Parsons, Clarence White, John York, and the only original member, Roger McGuinn.

1973: Roberta Flack achieved her second #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Killing Me Softly With His Song.”

1975: Elton John went to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for the fourth time with “Philadelphia Freedom,” his tribute to his friend Billie Jean King and her Philadelphia Freedom professional tennis team.

1975: Led Zeppelin released their sixth studio album and double LP Physical Graffiti in the UK on their newly founded imprint label Swan Song Records.

1976: The Eagles’ first compilation album Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 became the first album to receive the RIAA Platinum certification, which was introduced in 1976 to recognize albums that shipped one million copies in the US.

1979: The Police debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Roxanne.”

1981: Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe announced the breakup of their collaborative group Rockpile.

1985: Phil Collins started a five-week run at #1 on the UK chart with his third solo LP No Jacket Required.

1990: A little over a year after Roy Orbison’s death, an all-star tribute concert was held in his honor at the Universal Ampitheather in Los Angeles, featuring performances by acts that included John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, k.d. lang, Joe Ely, John Hiatt, Levon Helm, Chris Isaak, Emmylou Harris, John Fogerty, Rodney Crowell, Al Kooper, Bonnie Raitt, Pete Townshend, and Bob Dylan, who joined David Crosby, Roger McGuinn, and Chris Hillman as a reunited Byrds in singing “Mr. Tambourine Man.”

1996: Alanis Morissette’s third studio LP Jagged Little Pill became her first #1 album when it started the first of seven non-consecutive weeks at the top of the Billboard pop album chart. Three months later, the album went to #1 in the UK.

1998: Elton John was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London.

Birthdays Today

David “Fathead” Newman, jazz and rhythm and blues saxophonist, session musician, and bandleader best know for his work as a sideman in the 1950s and 1960s on recordings by Ray Charles and as a member of Bluesiana Trianagle, was born in Corsicana, TX in 1933.

Paul Jones, singer, harmonica player, actor, radio personality, who sang duets with future Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones at London’s Ealing Club before becoming the lead singer and harmonica player for Manfred Mann and The Blues Band, was born Paul Pond—Porstmouth, Hampshire, England in 1942.

Nicky Hopkins, one of the most in-demand keyboardist of his time, who recorded and performed on many notable British and American pop and rock recordings from the 1960s through the 1990s by acts that include Quicksilver Messenger Service, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, the Who, the Kinks, the Pretty Things, the Move, Jefferson Airplane, Harry Nilsson, and the Jerry Garcia Band, was born in Perivale, Middlesex, England in 1944.

Lonnie Turner, bass player and guitarist for the Steve Miller Band, was born in Berkeley, CA in 1947.

George Thorogood, guitarist, singer, and songwriter, was born in Wilmington, DE in 1950.

Michelle Shocked, singer-songwriter, was born Karen Michelle Johnston in Dallas, TX in 1962.