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This Day in Music History: February 23rd
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2003: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ bassist Howie Epstein died of complications due to drug use at St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe, NM. He was 47 years old.

2000: Carlos Santana tied Michael Jackson’s record of eight Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for his album Supernatural, Record of the Year & Song of the Year for “Smooth”, Santana’s collaboration with Matchbox Twenty singer Rob Thomas.

1994: Eddie Van Halen, B.B. King and Chris Issak were among those in attendance for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas that opened the following year.

1980: Queen reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the first time with “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, which began a four week run on top of the chart.

1980: Iron Maiden released their debut single “Running Free” on EMI Records in the U.K. where it peaked at number 34.

1979: Dire Straits kicked off their first tour of North America at the Paradise Club in Boston.

1978: David Coverdale’s Whitesnake made their live debut at the Sky Bird Club in Nottingham, U.K.

1970: Ringo Starr made a guest appearance on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. This was Starr’s first solo television appearance.

1970: The Doors received their fifth Gold album for Morrison Hotel which went on to sell one million copies in the U.S.

Johnny Winter born in 1944
Brad Whitford-guitarist for Aerosmith born in 1952
Michael Wilton-guitarist for Queensryche born in 1962


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