This Day in History: 2022-02-14

Feb 14
1935: Jazz great Rob McConnell is born in London, Ontario. He would go on to record over 30 albums with The Boss Brass.

1965: The Royal Family play their first gig, at the Muk Luk Mardi Gras in Edmonton.

1970: Andy Kim peaks at #90 on Billboard’s chart with “A Friend In The City.”

1971: The Guess Who are in Honolulu for a show at the International Centre Arena.

1972: Neil Young‘s HARVEST album is released Stateside. With “Old Man” and “Heart of Gold” as singles, it would become the best selling album that year in the US.

1972: LA Mayor Sam Yorty declares the day ” Steppenwolf Day,” on the occasion of the group’s anounced retirement, which actually is nothing more than a brief hiatus, as the group returns a few years later with a new lineup, still featuring John Kay.

1974: Bob Dylan and The Band do two shows at the Los Angeles Forum, which includes cameos by Neil Young, among others. Audience member Ringo Starr says the evening show is the best concert he’s ever attended. The show is partially used for Dylan’s BEFORE THE FLOOD lp.

1976: Ronnie Prophet peaks at #36 on Billboard’s country chart with “Shine On.”

1976: Dan Hill makes it to Billboard’s list for the first time, peaking at #67 with “Growin’ Up.”

1978: Garnett Ford releases the single, “Mama Two-Step.”

1979: April Wine is in St Louis, Missouri, opening for Toto at the Checkerdome.

1980: Rush in St Louis for a show at the Kiel Auditorium.

1982: Saga sell out a 12,000 seat concert hall in Budapest as part of their tour which makes it to their live lp later that year, IN TRANSIT.

1984: Aldo Nova opens for Blue Oyster Cult at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, England in the first of two sold-out shows.

1986: Honeymoon Suite releases THE BIG PRIZE album.

1998: Celine Dion‘s “My Heart Will Go On” sets a new record for the most radio plays in the US with 116 million plays in one week.

2001: Doug & The Slugs play The Millennium Club in Red Deer, AB. Doug greets the tardy photographer with, “Hey asshole… you’re late.”

2008: Dan Hill‘s article “Every Parent’s Nightmare”, about his son’s choice of friends and his gang lifestyle appears in Maclean’s magazine.

2009: Brett Kissel is in Glendon, Alberta for a Valentine’s Day show at the local community hall.

2011: Cowboy Junkies release their new album, DEMONS.

2012: Nickelback release the single, “This Means War.”

2012: Simple Plan and Marianas Trench rock Edmonton’s Rexall Place.

2013: Tragically Hip are in Toronto for a show at Air Canada Centre. Sarah Harmer joins them onstage for “Now For Plan A.”

2015: Spoons are in Kitchener, Ontario for a show at Edelweiss Tavern.

2015: Dahlia Wakefield is at Palace Casino in Edmonton for the second night of a two-night stand.

2016: Spoons and My Affected Reality are in Oshawa, Ontario for a show at Excuses Bar & Grill.

2016: Nelly Furtado comes under fire for her rather unique (and some would call it ‘butchered\ version of the Canadian national anthem at the NBA All Star Game in Toronto.

2018: Hedley is dropped from performing at the Junos in a month amid sexual abuse allegations.

2018: Fu Manchu release their new album, CLONE OF THE UNIVERSE, which features a cameo by Rush‘s Alex Lifeson.

2018: The Gays release their debut album, THE AGENDA.

2018: Danko Jones enters The Farm in Vancouver to record what would become his A ROCK SUPREME album the following year.

2019: Lisa LeBlanc releases her new album, WHY YOU WANNA LEAVE ME? and its first single, a cover of Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades.

2020: Anvil release their new album, LEGAL AT LAST.

2020: Honeymoon Suite is in Winnipeg for a show at Nashville’s.

2020: Blueswinder are in Burlington, Ont for a show at Pier 53.

2020: Justin Beiber releases his new single and video, “Intentions.”

2020: Rebel Priest release their new single and video, “Sleeping Like A Hangman.”