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February 15th, 1991Rod Stewart learns of a $25 million palimony suit which has been filed by ex-girlfriend Kelly Emberg in L.A. They had lived together for 5 years in the late 80′s. Rod Stewart was later quoted saying “Instead of getting married again, I’m going to find a woman I don’t like and just give her a house.”

February 16th, 1985Bruce Springsteen went to No.1 in the UK with his ‘Born In The USA’ album, his seventh studio album. It would be the best-selling album of 1985 in the United States (and also Springsteen’s most successful album ever). The album produced a record-tying string of seven Top 10 singles.

February 17th, 1971 – Tonight on The Johnny Cash Show, James Taylor is unveiled to prime-time audiences. He performs “Fire and Rain” and “Carolina on My Mind.”

February 18th, 1966The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson recorded the future classic ‘Good Vibrations’, which would go on to become the band’s third No.1 hit. As a child, his mother told him that dogs could pick up “vibrations” from people, so that the dog would bark at “bad vibrations.” Wilson turned the general idea into one of the most recognizable Beach Boys tunes.

February 19th, 1977 – No. 1 on the American pop singles chart today is Manfred Mann’s Earth Band’s cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Blinded by the Light.” Ironically, Springsteen himself hasn’t even had a top 20 single yet.

February 20th, 1968John Lennon, George Harrison and their wives are in India studying meditation under Yogi, Maharishi Mahesh. Ringo and Paul would later join them however Ringo’s visit was short lived as he would leave because of boredom. Much of The Beatles‘ ‘White Album’ was written during their stay there in India.

February 21st, 1976Florence Ballard of The Supremes dies of cardiac arrest at the young age of 32. Ballard left The Supremes in 1967, and had lost an $8 million lawsuit against Motown records and was living on welfare when she died.

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