On February 28, 2008, George Allen Miles aka Buddy Miles died aged 60. He was musician (drums, percussion), singer, songwriter and producer, worked with Jimmy Hendrix, The Delfonics, The Ink Spots, Wilson Pickett, Electric Flag, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, Muddy Waters and Barry White.
On February 28, 1985, David Garrick aka David Byron died aged 38. He was singer and songwriter, best known as member and the lead vocalist of Uriah Heep.
On February 21, 2015, Clark Terry died aged 94. He was musician (trumpet, flugehorn) and composer, pioneer of the flugehorn in Jazz, educator, and “NEA Jazz Masters” inductee. His career spanned more than seventy years and in which he played with Charlie Barnet (1947), Count Basie (1948–1951), Duke Ellington (1951–1959) and Quincy Jones (1960). He is among the most recorded Jazz musicians ever.
On February 22, 1987, Andrew Warhola aka Andy Warhol died aged 58. He was the main figure in the art movement known as “Pop art” he explored the relation between artistic expression, celebrity culture and advertisement that flourished by the 1960s. He founded “Interview Magazine” and managed and produced the “Velvet Underground”, one of the most influential bands in the history of the modern music. His studio, “The Factory”, was gathering place for distinguished intellectuals, drag queens, playwrights,Bohemian street people, Hollywood celebrities, and wealthy patrons. After a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol became a renowned and sometimes controversial artist. The “Andy Warhol Museum” in his native city, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, holds hige collection of art and archives. It is the largest museum in the United States dedicated to a single artist.
On February 19, 1980, Ronald Belford “Bon” Scott died aged 34. He was musician (drums), singer and songwriter, gained greatest success as the lead singer and lyricist of AC/DC. In 1964 Scott formed his first band, The Spektors, in 1964 and became the band’s drummer and singer, he performed in few other bands including The Valentines and Fraternity, before replacing Dave Evans as the lead singer of AC/DC in 1974.
On February 18, 1959, Ray Charles recorded the song “What’d I Say”. The recording was made in the late evening improvisation when Charles, his orchestra and backup singers had played their entire set list at a show. “Atlantic” label released the 7” single in July 1959 and it divided the song in two parts (A side and B side) with total length of 6:30 minutes. The song was produced by Jerry Wax. This was Ray Charles first gold record and it is one of the most influential songs in the history of modern music. In 2002 “What’d I say” was added to the “National Recording Registry” and ranked at number 10 in Rolling Stone ’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of all Time”.
On February 16, 1957, the first episode of “The Six-Five Special” show was broadcasted on BBC. This was the first British television programme dealing with Rock ’n’ Roll music. The name “Six-Five Special” came from the time it was broadcast – it went out live at five past six on Saturday evening. The show producer was Jack Good , Josephine Douglas and disc jockey Pete Murray were its presenters and Don Lang and his Frantic Five were the resident band. The show was 55 minutes long and total number of 96 episodes was broadcasted.
On February 15, 1981, Michael Bernard “Mike” Bloomfield died aged 38. He was musician (guitar) and songwriter, member of the “Paul Butterfield Band” and “Electric Flag” and played on Dylan’s album “Highway 61 revisited: In 2003 he was ranked at number 22 on “Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”
On February 15, 1968, Marion Walter Jacobs alias Little Walter died aged 38. He was musician (harmonica), the first to amplify harp giving it a distorted echoing sound which innovation brought him comparisons to Charlie Parker and Jimi Hendrix. Walter was member of Muddy Waters band since 1948.
On February 15, 1965, Nathaniel Adams Coles alias Nat King Cole died aged 46. He was musician (piano), singer and songwriter, became widely popular for his soft, baritone voice and had more then 20 US and UK Top 40 singles. In 1956, he became the first black American to host a television variety show “The Nat King Cole Show”. Father of singer Natalie Cole.