This Month in Music History – February

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February 1
•    1952: Rick James is born (bitch!)
•    1949: RCA Victor introduces the 45 RPM record
February 2
•    1979: Ex-Sex Pistol Sid Vicious dies of a heroin overdose in New York City

•    1942: Graham Nash, co-founder of The Hollies and later of Crosby, Stills, & Nash, is born (not on Jan. 2, like we inadvertently reported last month)
February 3
•    1959: Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, and Buddy Holly are killed in an Iowa plane crash
February 4
•    1983: Karen Carpenter dies of heart failure as a complication of anorexia
•    1948: Alice Cooper is born
February 6
•    1962: Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses is born William Bruce Rose Jr.
•    1945: Bob Marley is born Robert Nesta Marley
February 7
•    1964: The Beatles land at Kennedy Airport and set foot on American soil for the first time
February 9
•    1964: The Beatles set new records for television ratings when appearing on “The Ed Sullivan Show”
February 11
•    1972: David Bowie debuts his alter ego, Ziggy Stardust, at a concert in Tollworth, England
February 13
•    1981: Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon finishes 402 consecutive weeks (more than seven years) on the Billboard charts
February 17
•    1982: Jazz legend Thelonious Monk dies
February 19
•    1980: Bon Scott, vocalist of AC/DC, dies in London after choking on his own vomit
•    1963: Seal is born Sealhenry Olusegun Olumide Samuel
•    1948: Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath is born
•    1940: Smokey Robinson, founding member of The Miracles, is born
February 20
•    1996: Snoop Doggy Dogg and his bodyguard McKinley Lee are found not guilty of murder in a shooting death case
•    1967: Kurt Cobain of Nirvana is born
February 22
•    1989: Jethro Tull is selected over Metallica to win the first Hard Rock/Metal Grammy
February 24
•    1969: Johnny Cash performs at San Quentin Prison, spawning the legendary Live at San Quentin album
February 25
•    1943: George Harrison of The Beatles is born
February 26
•    1932: Johnny Cash is born
February 28
•  1984: Michael Jackson wins eight Grammy Awards for his album Thriller
•    1942: Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones is born

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