This Day in History: 2022-02-21

Feb 21
1948: Offenbach bassist MIchel Lamothe is born in Sainte Hyacinthe, Quebec.

1960: Former Annihilator frontman and DOA bassist Randy Rampage is born in Vancouver as Randall Desmond Archibald.

1965: The Esquires open for The Beach Boys at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens. Backstage after the show, the band is awarded the first ever RPM Maple Leaf Award for Vocal Instrumental Group of the Year.

1966: “Come Home Newfoundlander” by Tom Jim Garth enters the Canadian country chart at #3.

1966: Terry Black enters the Canadian pop chart at #32 with “Rainbow.”

1966: Ray Hutchinson enters the Canadian contemporary chart at #25 with “Rose Marie.”

1967: The Paupers begin a two-week gig at New York’s Cafe Au Go Go, opening for Jefferson Airplane.

1975: Rush opens for ZZ Top in Mount Pleasant, Michigan during a show at Finch Fieldhouse.

1975: Steppenwolf hosts “Midnight Special,” where they perform “Born to Be Wild,” “Gang War Blues,” “Smokey Factory Blues,” “Straight Shootin’ Woman,” and “Children of the Night.”

1981: Loverboy appear on “American Bandstand” for the first time, performing “Turn Me Loose” and “The Kid Is Hot Tonite.”

1986: Leonard Cohen has a bit part in an episode of “Miami Vice.”

1987: Doug & The Slugs are in Owen Sound, Ontario for a show at Harbour Inn.

1987: Corey Hart peaks at #24 on Billboard’s chart with “Can’t Help Falling In Love.”

1989: Rush release A SHOW OF HANDS, the live video that further proves they are Gods of all Gods.

1994: One Horse Blue peaks at #10 on the Canadian country chart with “Love’s Been Looking For Me.”

1994: Celine Dion tops Canada’s RPM singles chart with “The Power Of Love” the first of two weeks.

1998: Celine Dion went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with “My Heart Will Go On” the Titanic theme song and the world’s best selling single of the year.

2002: In Ireland, Alanis Morissette‘s sixth album UNDER RUG SWEPT is released. Oddly, JAGGED LITTLE PILL from seven years earlier re-enters their chart at #72.

2002: “Hands Clean” by Alanis Morissette begins a three-week stay at the top of singles in Canada.

2004: Terri Clark peaks at #38 on Billboard’s country chart with “I Wanna Do It All.”

2005: Diana Krall peaks on the Billboard jazz chart at #10 with “Wallflower.”

2005: Colin James and The Tragically Hip both have cameos on Corner Gas.

2006: Edsel Records releases a pair of early David Clayton Thomas solo albums together in one package, his self titled debut and TEQUILA.

2006: Danko Jones releases his new album to the Canadian masses, SLEEP IS THE ENEMY. It was released in Europe a few days earlier.

2006: The Wackers‘ three albums from the early 70s are re-released on CD by Collectors Choice Records.

2008: Corb Lund plays the first of a two-night stop in Edmonton at the Commodore Ballroom.

2009: Billy Talent kick off their world tour in support of the upcoming BILLY TALENT III album with a concert in Brisbane, Australia.

2010: Trooper and Loverboy rock Vancouver’s BC Place following the day’s Olympic events.

2012: Pierre Juneau, architect of Can Con regulations and father of the Juno Awards, dies at the age of 89.

2015: Nickelback is in London, Ontario for a show at Budweiser Place.

2019: Jackie Shane dies peacefully in her sleep in her Nashville home at the age of 78.

2019: Big Wreck release their new single, “Locomotive.”