Almanac: February 4, 2016

Birthdays
  • 1929 - Paul Burlison (Rock and Roll Trio) (d. 2003)
  • 1930 - Bernie West (Five Keys) (86)
  • 1941 - John Steel (Animals) (75)
  • 1942 - Kenny Wertz (Flying Burrito Brothers) (74)
  • 1942 - John Gambale (Classics) (74)
  • 1943 - Barry Beckett (Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section) (d. 2009)
  • 1944 - Florence LaRue (Fifth Dimension) (72)
  • 1947 - Spyder Turner (69)
  • 1948 - Marguerite Ganser (Shangri-Las) (d. 1996)
  • 1948 - Mary Ann Ganser (Shangri-Las) (d. 1970)
  • 1948 - Alice Cooper (born Vincent Furnier) (68)
  • 1949 - Roy Yeager (Atlanta Rhythm Section) (67)
  • 1950 - Phil Ehart (Kansas) (66)
  • 1950 - James Dunn (Stylistics) (66)
  • 1952 - Jerry Shirley (Humble Pie) (64)
  • 1960 - Tim Booth (James) (56)
  • 1962 - Clint Black (54)
  • 1963 - Noodles (born Kevin Wasserman) (Offspring) (53)
  • 1965 - Chris McDaniel (Confederate Railway) (51)
  • 1968 - Steve Queralt (Ride) (48)
  • 1969 - Duncan Coutts (Our Lady Mercy) (47)
  • 1975 - Natalie Imbruglia (41)
  • 1975 - Rick Burch (Jimmy Eat World) (41)
  • 1976 - Cam'ron (born Cameron Giles) (40)
  • 1977 - Gavin DeGraw (39)
  • 1980 - Cameron Muncey (Jet) (36)
  • 1982 - Kimberly Wyatt (Pussycat Dolls) (34)

Deaths
  • 1975 - Louis Jordan - Heart attack (66)
  • 1982 - Alex Harvey - Heart attack (46)
  • 1983 - Karen Carpenter (Carpenters) - Cardiac arrest attributed to her eating disorder (32)
  • 1984 - Paul Gardiner (Gary Numan, Tubeway Army) - Heroin overdose (25)
  • 1987 - Liberace - AIDS (67)
  • 1989 - Kenneth "Jethro" Burns (Homer & Jethro) - Prostate cancer (65)
  • 1999 - Gwen Guthrie - Uterine cancer (48)
  • 2000 - Doris Coley (Shirelles) - Breast cancer (58)
  • 2007 - Barbara McNair - Throat cancer (72)
  • 2009 - Lux Interior (Cramps) - Aortic disection (62)
  • 2013 - Reg Presley (Troggs) - Lung cancer (71)

On This Day
  • 1959 - Frankie Avalon and Jimmy Clanton were brought on to the Winter Dance Party after the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Vallens and the Big Bopper.
  • 1960 - Billy Walker joined the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1961 - Johnny Burnette is rushed to the hospital for an emergency appendectomy.
  • 1966 - Bob Dylan opened a world tour in Louisville, KY. It was his first with electric instruments.
  • 1969 - Jackson, TN declared it Carl Perkins Day.
  • 1970 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono donated their hair to the Black Power movement.
  • 1972 - Senator Strom Thurmond sent a note to Attorney General John Mitchell recommending that John Lennon be deported.
  • 1974 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono temporarily separated.
  • 1975 - The movie W.W. & the Dixie Dancekings, who counted among its stars Jerry Reed, Mel Tillis and Don Williams, premiered.
  • 1984 - Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble opened their Couldn't Stand the Weather tour in Nashville, TN.
  • 1996 - Rob Pilatus of Milli Vanilli tried to steal a car and was hit with a baseball bat by the owner, requiring hospitalization.
  • 1999 - Rykodisc became the first label to OK the use of the MP3 format.
  • 1999 - Freddy Fender received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 2000 - Bjorn Ulvaeus said that ABBA had, indeed, turned down an offer of $1 billion to reform the group.
  • 2001 - Jimmy Buffett was tossed from a NY Knicks-Miami Heat basketball game for verbally abusing a referee.
  • 2002 - Stevie Wonder sang Happy Birthday to Rosa Parks on her 89th birthday.
  • 2003 - Courtney Love was charged with endangering an aircraft after abusing the flight crew on a transatlantic flight.
  • 2004 - Art Garfunkel plead guilty to marijuana possession and was fined $200.
  • 2004 - Janet Jackson was dropped from the Grammy Awards show after her costume malfunction at the Super Bowl.

Marriages
  • 1939 - Frank Sinatra and Nancy Barbato
  • 2006 - Carlene Carter and Joe Breen

Recorded
  • 1940 - Willie Dixon recorded his first sides for Bluebird Records.
  • 1954 - Honey Love, Bells of St. Mary's, White Christmas - Drifters
  • 1955 - Please, Please, Please - James Brown
  • 1963 - Faded Love - Patsy Cline
  • 1968 - Across the Universe - Beatles
  • 1976 - Moody Blue - Elvis Presley

Released
  • 1977 - Rumors - Fleetwood Mac

Broadcasts
  • 1962 - Thank Your Lucky Stars (ITV U.K.) - Gene Pitney
  • 1971 - Make Room For Granddaddy - Diana Ross
  • 1977 - American Bandstand 25th Anniversary (ABC)
  • 1991 - Cher at the Mirage (CBS)
  • 2012 - CMT Crossroads (CMT) - Steven Tyler and Carrie Underwood (live)

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