Give us this day, February 29, our daily Elvis
Humes High School, Memphis, Tennessee
February 29th 1960
From the Life Archives
All Photographs by James Whitmore
Location : 14 Goethestrasse, Bad Nauheim, West Germany.
Date : Monday February 29th 1960.
Elvis packs away his military uniform
Elvis begins the mustering out process.
Elvis Presley holding the certificate of achievement that the Army presented to him upon his honorable discharge in February of 1960.
The Temptations hit the pop charts for the first time with “The Way You Do The Things You Do,” reaching #11. They would be regular residents of the Top 100 for twenty-seven years, amassing fifty-five hits
Betty Everett charted with “The Shoop Shoop Song,” which rose to #6.
Feb. 29, 1968
At the 10th Annual Grammy Awards Elvis Presley won the Best Sacred Performance of 1967 for the album “How Great Thou Art.”
The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” is named Album Of The Year. The LP had spent a total of 27 weeks at the top of the UK album chart and 15 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 200. “Sgt. Pepper” is considered to be one of the most influential and most famous Rock album of all time, having shipped over 32 million copies.
The Fifth Dimension’s “Up, Up and Away” demolished the competition at the tenth annual Grammy Awards, grabbing record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Contemporary Single, Best Performance by a Vocal Duo or Group, and Best Contemporary Group Performance Vocal or Instrumental award categories.
Aretha Franklin held her own when she won Best R&B Recording (for “Respect”) and Best R&B Solo Vocal Performance, Female. Sam & Dave’s “Soul Man” won Best R&B Group Performance Vocal.
John Lennon’s US immigration visa expires, starting a three-and-a-half year battle to remain in the country.
Elvis sacred album “He Touched Me” released, & eventually earned him his second of three Grammy Awards. The album his third and final studio gospel album, and the most contemporary of the three.
Elvis and The Imperials, Stamps and JD Sumner would record many of the same songs in the gospel category, using similar arrangements.
He Touched Me was certified Gold on March 27, 1992 and Platinum on July 15, 1999 by the RIAA.
Mason City Police discovered a file containing Buddy Holly‘s glasses and a watch owned by The Big Bopper, that were found in the wreckage of their plane crash in 1959. Holly’s cuff links worn during the crash had already been presented to Paul McCartney back in 1976 when the first Buddy Holly Week was held. Holly’s widow would eventually launch a lawsuit to recover his glasses.
The LP “Sports” by Huey Lewis And The News is certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. It will go on to top the Billboard album chart in June and become the second largest selling album of the year, behind Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. The collection also spawned four Billboard Top Ten singles, “Heart and Soul” (#8), “I Want a New Drug” (#6), “The Heart of Rock & Roll” (#6) and “If This Is It” (#6).
U2 kicked off their north American leg of the ‘Zoo TV Tour’, at The Lakeland Civic Centre Arena, Florida. Many acts have appeared here, including Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, Rush and Bob Dylan. It was here where KISS guitarist Ace Frehley was nearly electrocuted, during a concert on December 11, 1976.
The Chantels were inducted into the Rhythm & Blues Foundation at its seventh annual awards dinner.
Also honored was Bo Diddley with a Lifetime Achievement Award. A man who never won a Grammy, he used the occasion to state: “It’s about time I won something.”
Sir Elton John stormed out of the opening of his new Broadway musical show, ‘Aida’, after 15 minutes complaining that his songs had been ruined.
Mike Smith, the lead singer of 1960s British group The Dave Clark Five, died from pneumonia at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire, England at the age of 64. The Dave Clark Five had 19 UK Top 40 hits, including ‘Bits and Pieces’ and the number one single ‘Glad All Over’. The band, which broke up in the 1970s, sold more than 100 million records and recorded 23 albums.
64-year-old Davy Jones, of the made-for-TV group The Monkees, suffered chest pains while riding one of his fourteen horses at a farm near Indiantown, Florida. He was rushed to Martin Memorial South Hospital in Stuart, Florida, where he was pronounced dead of a severe heart attack due to coronary artery disease.
The Rolling Stones announced that they would play a landmark concert in Havana, Cuba on March 25th. Rock music was marginalised in Cuba for political reasons after the Cuban revolution in the 1950s which saw Fidel Castro come to power.
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