This Month in music history- February


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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