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
  • 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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