This Day in History: 2022-02-28

Feb 28
1947: Denny Gerrard, bassist for The Paupers is born in Scarborough, Ontario.

1952: Frank Soda is born Francesco Soda in Mangone, Calabria, Italy.

1961: Canadian Sweethearts release the single, “No Help Wanted.”

1961: ’70s French heart throb Rene Simard is born as Rene Claude Simard in Chicoutimi, Quebec.

1967: The Paupers are at New York’s Cafe Au Go Go, opening for Jefferson Airplane.

1969: The Band makes its live debut at the Winterland in San Francisco.

1970: Ronnie Hawkins peaks on Billboard’s chart at #75 with “Down In The Alley.”

1970: The Guess Who‘s “No Time” tops Canada’s RPM singles chart, and peaks at #5 on Billboard.

1970: Steppenwolf are in Portland for a show at the University of Maine Campus Gym.

1972: The Juno Awards are held in Toronto, at The Inn In The Park. Gordon Lightfoot wins the Top Male Vocalist for the second straight year.

1975: Willie P Bennett releases his debut album, TRYIN’ TO START OUT CLEAN.

1978: Joey Shithead (real name (Joe Keithley), Randy Rampage (real name Randall Archibald and Chuck Biscuits officially form DOA.

1978: Nash The Slash makes his first live television performance since leaving FM, when he appears on “Nightmusic Concert.”

1981: Doug & The Slugs end a two-night run in Ottawa at Barrymore’s Music Hall.

1984: Sentinel is in CFRN TV studios, taping their performance for “Rocklight.”

1987: Hank Snow, Wilf Carter, Tommy Hunter, Papa Joe Brown, Don Messer, Orval Prophet and music publisher William Harold Moon are the first inductees into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Edmonton.

1987: Anne Murray peaks at #23 on Billboard’s country chart with “On and On.”

1994: Celine Dion ends a two-week run atop Canada’s RPM singles chart with “The Power Of Love.”

1995: Jann Arden releases LIVING UNDER JUNE.

1996: TURBULENT INDIGO wins Joni Mitchell a Grammy for Best Pop Album at the 38th annual ceremony. Alanis Morissette wins four – album of the year and rock album of the year for JAGGED LITTLE PILL, best rock song and best female rock vocal performance, for the single “You Oughta Know.”

2006: Hawksley Workman releases the album, TREEFUL OF STARLING.

2007: Sum 41 release the single, “With Me.”

2008: She’s been concentrating on jazz the last six years, but Lee Aaron returns to her rock roots (other than a couple of shows in ’06) when she plays in Redcliff, Alberta.

2010: Neil Young, Avril Lavigne, and Nickelback perform during the closing ceremonies at the Olympics in Vancouver.

2011: Nelly Furtado announces she was paid $1 million to do a private concert for Momar Ghadafi in 2007, and will donate the money to charity.

2011: Emerson Drive release their new single, “Let Your Love Speak.”

2011: Sam Roberts releases the single, “I Feel You.”

2014: Winnie Brave release their self-titled debut album.

2015: Trooper is in Hamilton for a show at The Health Sciences Foundation.

2016: A fundraiser is held at Bay City Music Hall in Hamilton. All money raised went to support the Brian Lee Griffith Guitar Bursary, a well-known staple of the local music scene, and also worked with Daniel Lanois on albums by Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris. The show featured The Russ Wilson Band, Sublimatus, Julianna La Chance, Martin Verrall and The Ravens Request, and Raphael Keelan.

2017: Dolly Dunn releases her new single, “Ain’t Waistin’ Good Whiskey.”

2017: Punch Drunk Cabaret releases their new single, “Sweet Dreams.”

2018: Hedley announce their ‘indefinite hiaturs’ following their current tour, amid mounting numerous sexual inproprieties allegations.

2019: Danny Hooper is in St Albert, Alberta for a show at the Arden Theatre.

2019: Jazz guitar great Ed Bickert dies peacefully at the age of 86.

2019: Dave Gunning releases his new single and video, “In The Time I Was Away.”

2020: Whiskey Band is live in Port Colbourne, Ontario at Moe’s Tap & Grill.

2020: Shady Animal are live in Hamilton at Stonewalls.

2020: Witchazel reunite, and are in Edmonton at Boot Scootin’ Boogie Dance Hall.

2020: Pat Savage releases his new single and video, “Chasing The Clouds.”