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This Day in Music History: February 22nd
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2001: U.K. newspaper Sunday Mirror reported that The Beatles were the highest grossing musicians in the year of 2000 earning $50 million.

1993: Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson announced that he would be leaving the band at the end of their forthcoming live commitments to pursue a solo career. Dickinson would rejoin Iron Maiden in 1999 & is still with the band to this day.

1989: At the 31st Grammy Awards held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Jethro Tull won the Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental for their album Crest of a Knave, beating Metallica who were widely expected to win.

1987: Andy Warhol, the artist who painted the album cover of The Velvet Underground’s debut album & designed the cover of The Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers died after a gall bladder operation in New York City. He was 58 years old.

1978: The Police appeared as blondes in a chewing gum commercial in the U.K. The group decided to keep the look.

1975: Grand Funk Railroad peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their cover of “Some Kind of Wonderful” which was their third top ten single in the U.S.

1969: The Beatles recorded the basic track & John Lennon’s vocal of “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” at Trident Studios in London. 

1969: T. Rex kicked off their tour of the U.K. at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester. Their opening act on this night was David Bowie performing a one-man mime act.

1968: Genesis released their debut single, “The Silent Sun”. The song was a fusion of folk & pop, a far cry from the progressive rock they would later be known for.

1963: The Beatles formed their Northern Songs Ltd. publishing company. The company would later be purchased by Michael Jackson in 1985 for $47 million.


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