On This Day: Rockin Things That Happened on This Day
On This Day: February 23rd
In 1944 Johnny Winter, the blues guitarist and singer was born. Rockins Hero: ‘I think Blues will always be around. People need it’
In 1950 guitarist Steve Priest of British Glam Rock group Sweet was born. The band gained much success over the years accumulating 15 UK Top 40 singles, including the 1973 no.1 single “Blockbuster” Rockins Hero: Steve Priest Guitarist
In 1952 guitarist Brad Whitford of Aerosmith was born. The band had a no.13 hit “Love in an Elevator” 1989 UK Top 20. In the same year, their album “Pump” spent 53 weeks in the US charts.
In 1957 Elvis Presley recorded the following tracks; “Don’t Leave Me Now,” “I Beg Of You,” “One Night,” “True Love,” “I Need You So".Rockins Hero: The King of Rock n Roll
In 1965 filming began on location in the Bahamas for The Beatles film; a follow up to “A Hard Day’s Night”. The working title was “Eight Arms To Hold You” but was called “Help!”
In 1966 The Rolling Stones played the first of four nights at the of their 11-date tour of Australia and New Zealand at the Palais Theatre, St Kida, Melbourne.
In 1967 The Beatles recorded “Lovely Rita”
In 1970 The Doors’ LP “Morrison Hotel” was certified as gold.
In 1972 Priscilla Presley left Elvis after nine years of marriage and moved out of Graceland. Elvis and Priscilla in happier times at Graceland.
In 1974 Led Zeppelin settle on the name “Swan Dog” of their artist-owned record label.
In 1974 David Bowie’s record “Rebel Rebel” entered the UK chart, placing at no.5 before the end of the month. Originally, the track had been written for a Ziggy Stradust Musical late in 1973 but was then abandoned. The song was the last of Bowie;’s singles in the glam rock style.
In 1976 AC/DC shot the video for “It’s A Long Way To The Top, (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll)” for Australian television. The video featured the band’s line up circa 1976, alongside members of Rats of Tobruk Pipe Band, on the back of a flat-bed truck travelling on Swanston Street in Melbourne. Later, in 2001 the song would be named one of the best Australian Songs of all time, by the Australian Performing Rights Association’s 100-member panel; ranking no. 9.
The 1978 Grammy Awards were held. Fleetwood Mac won Album of the Year for “Rumors”, while The Eagles won the Grammy for Record of the Year with “Hotel California” and Best Vocal Arrangement (“New Kid In Town") Stevie Nicks of Fleetwoood Mac is one of our top icons we look to for inspiration; check out Rockins’ inspirational mood board.