This Weekend in Music History
February 15th, 1968 – John Lennon and George Harrison, joined by their wives, flew to India to study meditation under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. 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 15th, 1991 – Rod 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, 1974 – During their American tour, the members of Emerson, Lake & Palmer were arrested in Salt Lake City after skinny dipping in the hotel pool. They were each fined $75.
February 16th, 1985 – Bruce 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 17th, 2004 – Don Henley of The Eagles attacks the music industry in a Washington Post editorial. “When I started in the music business, music was important and vital to our culture,” he grumbles. “Record labels signed cutting-edge artists, and FM radio offered an incredible variety of music. Music touched fans in a unique and personal way. Our culture was enriched and the music business was healthy and strong. That’s all changed.”