February 14 – Who at Leeds, Grease!, Whitney Houston

1970


1975

Brit rockers The Who perform live at the University of Leeds.
 
On May 16 they release first and only live album Live at Leeds, which makes UK#3,US#4. Among many fine tracks: a cover of Eddie Cochran hit Summertime Blues; two Townsend songs, Magic Bus (UK#26,US#25) and a 14-minute rendition of UK#2 My Generation (written for the Mods), Rolling Stone’s #11 of the Top 500 songs and a Grammy HoF inductee. ▷Songfacts▹

People try to put us d-down (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)
Just because we get around
Things they do look awful c-c-cold
I hope I die before I get old

It’s widely regarded as one of the best live rock albums; Rolling Stone ranks it #170 of their Top 500.
 
The Who appearances at 1967’s Monterey Pop Festival and 1969’s Woodstock really helped their US sales. They have charted 17 top-ten albums and 27 top-40 singles.  ( Website

1972

Started as a play in Chicago, the musical version of Grease opens in off-Broadway in NYC at the Eden Theatre.
 
The story of ten 50s greasers moves to Broadway on June 7. Over seven years later it closes with a (then) record run of 3,388 performances.
 
The hit 1978 movie stars the odd couple of John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. The musical sees Broadway revivals in 1994 and 2007. A 2007 London revival runs for 4 years.
Summer Nights  Magic Changes 

See also: The Wild One (1953), Rebel Without a Cause (1955), The Outsiders (1983), Sha Na Na (band), Rocker (UK)

1985

US singer Whitney Houston‘s eponymous first album is released. (*)
 
A slow climber, in 1986 it tops the album charts for 14 weeks (UK#2). Three of its songs climb to US#1!! … Saving All My Love For You , How Will I Know, and Greatest Love Of All.
 
Houston releases six more albums, selling over 200M worldwide — all but one are international top-10 hits — before her untimely death in 2012. Guiness calls her the most awarded female artist of all time.
 
 ( Website ▷MCMS:Whitney albums▹

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