On this day in music history: February 22, 1965 - The Beatles begin principal photography on their second film “Help!” in Nassau, The Bahamas. Working once again with director Richard Lester (“A Hard Day’s Night”), the films plot (working title “Eight Arms To Hold You”) centers around a sacrificial ring that is sent to Ringo with the band being pursued by an evil eastern cult bent on either retrieving it or sacrificing the hapless drummer. Additional location shooting for the film takes place in Austria, as well as in the UK on Salisbury Plain, with the interiors being shot at Twickenham Studios in London. The comedic spoof is a huge success upon its opening in July along with its accompanying soundtrack album.
On this day in music history: February 22, 1983 - “Frontiers”, the eighth studio album by Journey is released. Produced by Kevin Elson and Mike Stone, it is recorded at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA from September - November 1982. Right on the heels of the hugely successful “Escape” album and tour, the San Francisco, CA based band re-enter the studio in the Fall of 1982 to record the follow up. Like the previous album, most of the material is written by keyboardist Jonathan Cain and lead singer Steve Perry (with contributions from guitarist Neal Schon and drummer Steve Smith). In spite of the usual negative reaction from most rock critics, it will also be a huge success upon its release, spinning off four top 40 singles including “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)” (#8 Pop), “Faithfully” (#12 Pop) and “Send Her My Love” (#23 Pop). The albums’ striking cover art is designed by Jim Welch and Simon, with the back cover featuring a photo of the band skydiving in freefall with their hands joined. This image is also used for the original vinyl LP’s custom labels. The album is remastered and reissued on CD in 2006, in a limited digi-pak packaging and in a standard jewel case. “Frontiers” spends nine weeks at number two on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 6x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
On this day in music history: February 22, 1986 - “The Ultimate Sin”, the fourth solo album by Ozzy Osbourne is released. Produced by Ron Nevison, it is recorded at Studio Davout in Paris, France, AIR Studios and The Townhouse Studios in London from Mid - Late 1985. Coming over two years after his last studio album “Bark At The Moon”, it is the first to feature new bassist Phil Soussan (replacing original Osbourne band bassist Bob Daisley) who also writes the albums biggest hit “Shot In The Dark” (#4 Mainstream Rock, #68 Pop). However a business disagreement with Osbourne over publishing royalties leads to Soussan leaving the band. Because of these issues, the album has been out of print throughout most of the world since 2002, though at the present time it remains available on CD as an Australian import and digital download. “The Ultimate Sin” peaks at number six on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
Born on this day: November 27, 1942 - Rock guitar icon Jimi Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix, legally changed to James Marshall Hendrix). Happy Birthday to this legendary musician on what would have been his 74th Birthday.