Almanac: February 1
- 1934 - Bob Shane (Kingston Trio) (79)
- 1937 - Don Everly (Everly Brothers) (76)
- 1937 - Ray Sawyer (Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show) (76)
- 1938 - Jimmy Carl Black (Frank Zappa drummer) (d. 2008 )
- 1939 - Del McCoury (74)
- 1939 - Joe Sample (Crusaders) (74)
- 1948 - Rick James (d. 2004)
- 1950 - Mike Campbell (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) (59)
- 1956 - Chuck Dukowski (Black Flag) (57)
- 1956 - Exene Cervenka (X) (57)
- 1957 - Dennis Brown (d. 1999)
- 1964 - Jani Lane (born John Oswald) (Warrant) (d. 2011)
- 1964 - Dwayne Goettel (Skinny Puppy) (d. 1995)
- 1965 - Dwayne Dupuy (Ricochet) (48)
- 1968 - Lisa Marie Presley (45)
- 1969 - Patrick Wilson (Weezer) (44)
- 1971 - Ron Welty (Offspring) (42)
- 1975 - Big Boi (born Antwan Patton) (OutKast) (38)
- 1979 - Julie Roberts (34)
- 1990 - Laura Marling (22)
- 1994 - Harry Styles (One Direction) (19)
- 1986 - Dick James (publisher, Beatles, Elton John & Bernie Taupin) - Heart attack (65)
- 1989 - Paul Robi (Platters) - Pancreatic cancer
- 1994 - John Littlejohn (born John Funchess) - Renal failure (62)
- 2003 - Ramon "Mongo" Santamaria - Stroke (85)
- 1949 - RCA Records issued the first vinyl 45.
- 1962 - Owen Bradley's Music Row recording studio was purchased by Columbia Records.
- 1963 - Neil Young made his first professional appearance at a Winnipeg country club.
- 1964 - The governor of Indiana declares the Kingsmen's Louie Louie pornographic.
- 1965 - P.J. Proby split his pants while performing in Luton, England. Proby was banned from playing in U.K. halls or TV.
- 1968 - The Who started their third U.S. tour in San Jose, CA.
- 1969 - Joni Mitchell made her Carnegie Hall debut.
- 1977 - Led Zeppelin postponed their U.S. tour to June after Robert Plant contracted tonsillitis.
- 1977 - The film Genesis in Concert debuts in London.
- 1982 - It was Bar-Kays day in Memphis, TN.
- 1988 - After twelve years together, the Cars announced they were breaking up.
- 1995 - Richey Edwards of the Manic Street Preachers disappeared and has never been found. He was declared officially dead in 2008.
- 1997 - Boy George was beaten up by two bouncers outside a London club when he tried jumping the line.
- 1999 - Marilyn Manson left the stage at a Perth, Australia concert after having objects thrown at him. A riot ensued where 400 were injured.
- 2000 - C.C. DeVille announced he was leaving Poison (although he would rejoin).
- 2001 - A showing of photography by Elton John was pulled from an Atlanta, GA museum when they were deemed too explicit.
- 2001 - LeAnn Rimes publicly apologized to fans for her recent problems and for her latest album that was released by Curb without any input from the singer.
- 2002 - Kirk Hammett of Metallica received the first Guitar World magazine Hall of Fame Award.
- 2002 - Nick Carter agreed to counseling and community service to avoid a sentence for resisting an officer.
- 2004 - The infamous nipplegate occurred at the Super Bowl when one of Janet Jackson's breasts are exposed by Justin Timberlake during a half-time performance.
- 2006 - Split Enz announce they would reform for an Australian tour.
- 2008 - NASA announced they would beam the Beatles song Across the Universe at the North Star, Polaris, 431 light-years from Earth. The honor was for the songs 40th anniversary.
- 1986 - Diana Ross married Arne Naess. They divorced fourteen years later.
- 1940 - Too Romantic & The Sky Fell Down - Frank Sinatra (first session with the Tommy Dorsey Band)
- 1967 - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Beatles (began recording the song)
- 1967 - Arnold Layne & Candy and a Current Bun - Pink Floyd
- 1968 - Today I Started Loving You Again - Merle Haggard
- 2010 - We Are the World 2010 - Over 80 artists
- 2005 - Lonely No More - Rob Thomas
- 1976 - Sonny & Cher (CBS) (first airing since their divorce)
- 1985 - Miami Vice (NBC) - Glen Frey