From the release of Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti to the birth of George Harrison to the sad passing of AC/DC's Bon Scott, this week is jam-packed with music nostalgia, both good and tragic. Read on for some major events, historic record releases and births and deaths taking place Feb. 19 through 25.


1964 - A young Billy Joel joins his first rock group, a U.K. cover band called the Echoes.

1969 - The Beatles start recording "I Want You (She's So Heavy)."

1973 - The Byrds perform their final concert in Passaic, New Jersey.

1974 - Kiss appear on TV for the first time on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert.

1974 - The first annual American Music Awards is broadcast on ABC.

1975 - "Johnny Cash Day" is officially declared for February 20 in Los Angeles.

1989 - Jethro Tull win the first Grammy for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance over Metallica. For real.

1990 - Paul McCartney is honored at the 32nd annual Grammy Awards with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

1992 – Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love of Hole are married at a ceremony in Hawaii.

1995 –  Pamela Anderson of "Baywatch" marries Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee.

1998 - Elton John is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.



John Lennon, Instant Karma!, 1970

Led Zeppelin, Physical Graffiti, 1975

Led Zeppelin

George Harrison, Self-titled album, 1979

Alabama, Mountain Music, 1982

Mick Jagger, She's the Boss, 1985

Radiohead, Pablo Honey, 1993


Joey Ramone, Don't Worry About Me, 2002

Joey Ramone



Smokey Robinson is born William Robinson Jr., February 19, 1940

Tony Iommi, February 19, 1948

Francis Buchholz (Scorpions), February 19, 1954

Jeff Daniels, February 19, 1955

Seal, real name Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel, February 19, 1963

John Geils (The J. Geils Band), February 20, 1946

Walter Becker (Steely Dan), February 20, 1950

Randy California (Spirit), February 20, 1951

Jon Brant (Cheap Trick), February 20, 1955

Ian Brown (The Stone Roses), February 20, 1963

Kurt Cobain (Nirvana), February 20, 1967

David Geffen, February 21, 1943

Vince Welnick (The Tubes, Grateful Dead), February 21, 1951

Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads), February 21, 1949

Mark McLaughlin (Mark Arm), February 21, 1962

James Blunt, February 22, 1974

Rusty Young (Poco, Buffalo Springfield), February 23, 1946

Steve Priest (Sweet), February 23, 1950

Brad Whitford (Aerosmith), February 23, 1952

Howard Jones, February 23, 1955

Michael Wilton (Queensryche), February 23, 1962

George Thorogood, February 24, 1950

Dennis Diken (The Smithereens), February 24, 1957

George Harrison, February 25, 1943


Bon Scott (AC/DC), February 19, 1980

Grandpa Jones, February 19, 1988

Kelly Groucutt of (Electric Light Orchestra), February 19, 2009

Papa John Creach (Jefferson Airplane/Starship), February 21, 1994

Andy Warhol (former manager of The Velvet Underground and designer for The Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers album cover), February 21, 1987

Howie Epstein (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), February 23, 2003

Melvin "Blue" Franklin (The Temptations), February 23, 1995

Johnnie Ray, February 24, 1990