Music History: February 4
1900 : Jacques Prévert
1941 : John Steel (The Animals)
1944 : Florence LaRue (The 5th Dimension)
1948 : Vincent Furnier, who will become better known as Alice Cooper, is born in Detroit.
1951 : Phil Ehart (Kansas)
1952 : Jerry Shirley (Humble Pie)
1962 : Clint Black
1963 : Kevin "Noodles" Wasserman (The Offspring)
1975 : Rick Burch (Jimmy Eat World)
1975 : Natalie Imbruglia is born in Sydney, Australia.
1976 : Cam'ron
1975 : Louis Jordan
1982 : Alex Harvey (The Sensational Alex Harvey Band)
1983 : Karen Carpenter of the Carpenters dies at age 32 from complications from anorexia.
1987 : Liberace
2009 : Lux Interior (The Cramps)
2013 : Reg Presley (The Troggs)
2013 : Darlene McCrea (The Cookies)
2013 : Donald Byrd (The Blackbyrds)
1999 : In a daring move, Rykodisc becomes the first music label to give its stamp of approval to MP3, the controversial Internet-based music distribution format that struck fear into the hearts of many music industry executives.
2008 : Laura Marling releases her much-anticipated debut album Alas, I Cannot Swim on Astralwerks, a division of Virgin Records. The initial release comes in a unique “songbox” format, containing a CD copy of the album, a code redeemable for a free concert ticket and a memento for each song.
1978 : The Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive," which features in the opening scene of Saturday Night Fever, hits #1 in the US and stays there for six weeks.
Certifications and Milestones (2)
1971 : The Osmonds' "One Bad Apple" is certified gold.
2012 : Adele becomes the first female British artist to have 3 #1 songs from the same album on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with "Set Fire to the Rain" from the album 21.
1937 : Glen Gray and His Casa Loma Orchestra, "A Study in Brown"
1954 : The Drifters: “Bells Of Saint Mary's,” White Christmas, “Honey Love,” “What'cha Gonna Do”
1955 : James Brown: "Please, Please, Please"
1968 : The Beatles: "Across The Universe"
1976 : Elvis Presley: "Moody Blue," "I'll Never Fall In Love Again"
1966 : The Rolling Stones: "19th Nervous Breakdown" (UK)
1977 : Fleetwood Mac release their album Rumours. Featuring the songs "Go Your Own Way," "Don't Stop" and "The Chain," it goes on to set a record for most weeks at #1 with 31.
1997 : The Offspring return with their fourth studio album Ixnay on the Hombre - the follow-up to their 1994 breakthrough album Smash and the band's first after signing to Columbia Records in 1996.