This Month in Music History-February


February 1

•   1949: RCA Victor introduces the 45 RPM record

•   1963: Neil Young, at age 17, performs his first professional date at a country club in Winnipeg

February 2

•   1979: Ex-Sex Pistol Sid Vicious dies of a heroin overdose in New York City

•   1993: Willie Nelson and the IRS settle their longstanding tax feud

February 3

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

February 6

•   1945: Bob Marley is born Robert Nesta Marley

•   1962: Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses is born William Bruce Rose Jr.

February 7

•   1964: The Beatles land at Kennedy Airport and set foot on American soil for the first time

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•   1979: Stephen Stills becomes the first performer to record on digital equipment in L.A.’s Record Plant Studio

February 8

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

•   1999: Universal Music, Warner Music, BMG, Sony Music and EMI officially unveil Project Madison, a system developed by IBM to permit fast, secure distribution of full-length, CD-quality albums on the internet

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 12

•   2001: The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals orders Napster to stop its users from trading copyrighted material without charge

February 13

•   1972: Led Zeppelin is forced to cancel a concert in Singapore when officials wouldn’t let them off the plane because of their long hair

•   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

• 2003: In West Warwick, R.I., 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

•   1967: Kurt Cobain of Nirvana is born

•   1996: Snoop Doggy Dogg and his bodyguard McKinley Lee are found not guilty of murder in a shooting death case

•   1997: Ben and Jerry’s introduce the flavor Phish Food.

February 22

•   1989: Jethro Tull is selected over Metallica to win the first Hard Rock/Metal Grammy

February 24

•   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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