Our friends at This Day in Music are bringing us some of the most relevant events that happened this week, along with a playlist for each day. Read along and enjoy these musical flashbacks.
22nd February, Andy Warhol, pop artist and producer, dies after a gall bladder operation. A leading light of the Pop Art movement, he produced and managed The Velvet Underground, and designed the 1967 Velvet Underground and Nico ‘peeled banana’ album cover as well as The Rolling Stones’ 1971 Sticky Fingers album cover.
Warhol worked in a range of mediums, including painting, sculpture, film, and music. He founded Interview Magazine and was the author of numerous books, including The Philosophy of Andy Warhol and Popism: The Warhol Sixties.
February 23rd. In 1998 all the members of Oasis were banned for life from flying Cathay Pacific Airlines after “abusive and disgusting behaviour” during a flight from Hong Kong to Perth, Australia. One report stated that Liam had threatened the pilot with a scone. Yes a scone?
And in 2001, British Airways staff complained about Oasis singer Liam Gallagher after he had grabbed a stewardess’ bottom, refused to stop smoking and had thrown objects around the cabin during a flight from London to Rio De Janeiro.
February 24th, 1973. Roberta Flack had her second US No.1 when “Killing Me Softly With His Song”, started a five-week run at the top. The song was written about US singer songwriter Don McLean.
The song has been remade by numerous artists, most notably the Fugees whose rendition charted at number two, contributing to their Grammy Award-winning album, The Score.
February 25th, 2006. George Michael was found slumped over in a car in Hyde Park, London. A concerned person spotted the singer and called police who after being checked by paramedics was arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs and then released on bail. Michael made a public statement about the incident and said “I was in possession of class C drugs which is an offense and I have no complaints about the police who were professional throughout.” He also said that the event was “my own stupid fault, as usual.”
Feb 26th, 1990. Sinead O’Connor was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with “Nothing Compares 2 U.” Her version of the Prince penned song was also a No.1 hit in 18 other countries.
Taken from the Irish singers album I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got the track was written by Prince for one of his side-projects, The Family.
Feb 27th, 2007. pictures appeared in UK papers of Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty making a trip to a zoo in Burford Oxfordshire with his model girlfriend Kate Moss. He was blasted by vets after pictures showed Pete throwing a left over cannabis joint into a group of penguins.
Feb 28th, 1970. In an interview with the New Musical Express, Fleetwood Mac’s Peter Green talked about his plans to give all his money away. The following year Green confronted his accountant with a gun after he sent him an unwanted royalty check. The guitarist went to jail briefly before being transferred to an asylum and was committed to a mental hospital in 1973. He re-launched his career in the 90’s.