Feb 23 in Music History: The Police sign with A&M, Meat Is Murder becomes The Smiths' first #1 - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart

1940 – Woody Guthrie writes the lyrics for “This Land Is Your Land” in his Hanover House Hotel room in New York City.

1978 – The Police sign with A&M Records.

1979 – Dire Straits begin their first North American tour in Boston.

1985 – The Smiths score their first number one album in the UK with Meat Is Murder.

2002 – The Bee Gees perform their last ever concert, at the Love and Hope Ball in Miami Beach, Florida.

2003 – Norah Jones wins all five Grammy Awards for which she is nominated. They are Best New Artist, Album of the Year for Come Away With Me; and Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal for “Don’t Know Why.”


Also at the Grammys in 2003, Simon & Garfunkel sing together for the first time in ten years as they receive a Lifetime Achievement award.

Information for this post was gathered from This Day in Music, The Music History Calendar, On This Day, and Wikipedia.

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