Music Almanac - February 1

Birthdays
  • 1934 - Bob Shane (Kingston Trio)
  • 1937 - Don Everly (Everly Brothers)
  • 1937 - Ray Sawyer (Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show) (d. 2018)
  • 1938 - Jimmy Carl Black (Frank Zappa drummer) (d. 2008 )
  • 1939 - Del McCoury
  • 1939 - Joe Sample (Crusaders) (d. 2014)
  • 1948 - Rick James (d. 2004)
  • 1950 - Mike Campbell (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers)
  • 1950 - Rich Williams (Kansas)
  • 1951 - Sonny Landreth
  • 1954 - Bill Mumy (Barnes & Barnes)
  • 1956 - Chuck Dukowski (Black Flag)
  • 1956 - Exene Cervenka (X)
  • 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)
  • 1968 - Lisa Marie Presley
  • 1969 - Patrick Wilson (Weezer)
  • 1971 - Ron Welty (Offspring)
  • 1975 - Big Boi (born Antwan Patton) (OutKast)
  • 1979 - Jason Isbell (Drive-By Truckers)
  • 1979 - Julie Roberts
  • 1983 - Andrew VanWyngarden (MGMT)
  • 1985 - Shellback (born Johan Schuster)
  • 1990 - Laura Marling
  • 1994 - Harry Styles (One Direction)

Deaths
  • 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)
  • 2012 - Don Cornelius - Suicide (75)
  • 2013 - Cecil Womack (65)

On This Day
  • 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.
  • 1984 – Footloose opened in theaters.
  • 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.
  • 2007 - Wayne Fontana poured gasoline on a baliff's car who was sent to collect a debt and set it on fire.
  • 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.
  • 2017 - Beyonce announced on Instagram that she was pregnant with twins.

Marriages
  • 1986 - Diana Ross and Arne Naess

Recorded
  • 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

Released
  • 1972 - Harvest – Neil Young
  • 1994 - Dookie - Green Day
  • 2005 - Lonely No More - Rob Thomas

Broadcasts
  • 1976 - Sonny & Cher (CBS) (first airing since their divorce)
  • 1985 - Miami Vice (NBC) - Glen Frey
  • 2009 - Superbowl XLIII – Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band

Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1964 - I Want to Hold Your Hand - Beatles (7 weeks)
  • 1969 - Crimson and Clover - Tommy James & the Shondells (2 weeks)
  • 1975 - Laughter in the Rain - Neil Sedaka (1 week)
  • 1992 - Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me - George Michael and Elton John (1 week)
  • 2003 - Bump, Bump, Bump - B2K Featuring P. Diddy (1 week)

Number Ones – U.S. Albums
  • 1947 - Al Jolson, Vol. 1 - Al Jolson (1 week)
  • 1992 - Nevermind - Nirvana (1 week (1 previous week))
  • 2014 - High Hopes - Bruce Springsteen (1 week)

Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1969 - Can I Change My Mind - Tyrone Davis (3 weeks)
  • 1997 - I Believe I Can Fly - R. Kelly (1 week (5 previous weeks))

Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
  • 1947 - Rainbow at Midnight - Ernest Tubb (1 week (1 previous week))
  • 1975 - City Lights - Mickey Gilley (1 week)
  • 1986 - Just in Case - Forester Sisters (1 week)
  • 1992 - A Jukebox With a Country Song - Doug Stone (2 weeks)

Number Ones – U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1975 - Best of My Love - Eagles (1 week)
  • 1986 - My Hometown - Bruce Springsteen (1 week)

Number Ones – U.K. Singles
  • 1957 - Singing the Blues - Guy Mitchell (1 week (2 previous weeks))
  • 1975 - January - Pilot (3 weeks)
  • 1997 - Beetlebum - Blur (1 week)
  • 2014 - Rather Be - Clean Bandit Featuring Jess Glynee (4 weeks)

Number Ones – U.K. Albums
  • 1958 - Pal Joey - Original Soundtrack (7 weeks)
  • 1969 - The Beatles (White Album) - Beatles (1 week (7 previous weeks))
  • 1997 - Evita - Original Soundtrack (1 week)
  • 2003 - Justified - Justin Timberlake (2 weeks)
  • 2014 - Halcyon - Ellie Goulding (1 week (2 previous weeks))

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