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FEB 10: Happy Birthday to Roberta Flack born today in 1937!🎂🎶 She is the only solo artist to win the Grammy for Record of the Year two consecutive years - 1973 & 1974.
FEB 11: Happy Birthday to Sheryl Crow, born today in 1962!🎂🎶🎸 She has sold over 50 million records and has won 9 Grammys. Crow began her career as a music teacher playing her own music on the weekends. She wrote a few jingles before becoming a backup singer, most notably on Michael Jackson’s Bad Tour.
FEB 12: Born today in 1939, Ray Manzarek of The Doors. He co-founded the group with Jim Morrison in 1965. Manzarek was a talented basketball player in high school but quit after a dispute about his playing position. He said if not for quitting basketball he might never had ended up in The Doors. Manzarek passed away in 2014.😢
FEB 13: On this day in 2002, Waylon Jennings passed away from complications of diabetes. He was only 64. In 1958, Buddy Holly hired Jennings to play bass and arranged his first recording session. Jennings gave up his seat on the ill-fated flight of Holly, The Big Bopper, Richie Valens, and their pilot. During the 1970s, Jennings helped bring about the Outlaw movement in country music. He enjoyed solo success, as well as success with the country supergroup The Highwaymen.😢
FEB 14: Today in 1986, Frank Zappa appeared on the television show "Miami Vice." He played a crime boss named "Mr. Frankie." Does anyone remember this appearance? Pretty crazy!
FEB 15: On this day in 1962, Ray Charles recorded his hit "I Can't Stop Loving You." The song was first recorded in 1957 by Don Gibson. It has been recorded by more than 700 artists. The Charles version went to #1 in the U.S.
FEB 16: Sonny Bono was born today in 1935. He began his career in music as a songwriter. Bono achieved commercial success with Cher, his wife at the time, in the 1970s. Bono also dabbled in acting and had small parts in many 1970s television series and of course the Sonny & Cher series. In the 1980s, Bono embarked on a political career by becoming mayor of Palm Springs, California in 1988. In 1994, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives representing California's 44th District. Bono was killed in 1998 in a skiing accident.😢