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

•    1993: Willie Nelson and the IRS settle their longstanding tax feud. The U.S. government kept $3.6 million in assets it had already seized and Nelson would have to pay $5.4 million of the $13.1 million balance

February 3

•    1959: Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, and Buddy Holly are killed in an Iowa plane crash

February 4

•    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 8

1960: The House of Representatives Special Subcommittee on Legislative Oversight opens hearings on disc jockey “payola.”

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 14

1958: On CBS television Walter Cronkite reports that the Iranian government has banned rock and roll because it is against the concepts of Islam and also a hazard to health.

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

•    1948: Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath is born

•   2003: In West Warwick, RI, 99 people are killed when fire destroys the nightclub The Station. The fire started with sparks from a pyrotechnic display being used by Great White. Ty Longley, guitarist for Great White, is one of the victims in the fire.

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

•    1969: The Jimi Hendrix Experience plays its last British concert before breaking up

February 25

•    1943: George Harrison of The Beatles is born

February 26

•    1932: Johnny Cash is born

•   1987: Capitol Records releases the first four Beatles albums on CD

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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