Thursday, February 1, 2018

Today in Music History...February 1, 2018 (Now with more info)

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Music History: February 1st:


2009 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform at the Bridgestone halftime show during Super Bowl XLIII between the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

2007 Italian-American composer Gian Carlo Menotti, who twice won the Pulitzer Prize for the '50s operas The Consul and The Saint of Bleecker Street, dies at age 95.

2007 Wayne Fontana, famous for fronting Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, pours gasoline on the car of a bailiff sent to collect a debt, and sets the vehicle on fire. At his hearing in November, Fontana shows up dressed as Lady Justice, complete with sword and scales. The judge is not amused, sentencing him to 11 months in prison, and stating: "He has come dressed as a fool and he wants to act like a fool - I hope they give him a prison uniform at Nottingham Prison to keep him warm."

2003 Latin-jazz percussionist Mongo Santamaria dies after suffering a stroke at age 85.

1994 Green Day release their third album (their first on a major label), Dookie. That night, they play a gig at Slim's in San Francisco with The Dead Milkmen.

1994 Harry Styles of One Direction is born in Cheshire, England.

1989 Paul Robi (of The Platters) dies of cancer at age 57 in Los Angeles, California.

1988 The Cars disband.

1987 Journey wrap up their Raised on Radio tour with a show in Anchorage, Alaska. It's their last tour with Steve Perry, who makes one more album with the band, Trial by Fire, in 1996.

1986 Dick James, co-founder of DJM Records and the Beatles' publishing company Northern Songs, dies of a heart attack at age 65.

1986 Diana Ross weds Norwegian businessman Arne Naess in Geneva, Switzerland.

1985 The Eagles' Glenn Frey makes his acting debut in an episode of NBC's Miami Vice that is based on his song "Smuggler's Blues."

1984 The musical drama Footloose opens in theaters. Footloose's soundtrack features Kenny Loggins, Deniece Williams, and Sammy Hagar, among others. Two #1 hits result: "Footloose" and "Let's Hear it For the Boy."

1979 Blondie hits #1 in the UK with "Heart Of Glass," the first of their six #1 hits in Britain. Three months later, the song tops the US chart.

1976 Despite the very public divorce of its two stars and two ill-fated solo variety shows in the interim, the Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour reappears on CBS as The Sonny and Cher Show.

1975 Big Boi (of the hip-hop duo OutKast) is born Antwan André Patton in Savannah, Georgia.

1975 On her seventh birthday, Lisa Marie Presley gets to meet her favorite singer, Elton John (a meeting arranged by her father).

1975 Neil Sedaka's "Laughter In The Rain" hits #1.

1974 Guitarist Eric Bell leaves Thin Lizzy due to ill health brought on by alcohol abuse.

1973 Gladys Knight & the Pips leave Motown's Soul label for a new career at Buddah.

1971 The Love Story soundtrack album, featuring the popular title theme from Francis Lai & His Orchestra, is certified gold.

1969 Patrick Wilson (drummer for Weezer) is born in Buffalo, New York. He starts drum lessons at age 15 after seeing Van Halen in concert.

1969 Tommy Roe's "Dizzy" enters the pop charts.

1969 Tommy James & the Shondells' "Crimson and Clover" hits #1 for the first of two weeks.

1968 Lisa Marie Presley is born in Memphis, Tennessee. She is the first and only child of Elvis and Priscilla Presley.

1967 Frank Sinatra and daughter Nancy Sinatra record "Somethin' Stupid."

1966 The Young Rascals record "Good Lovin'."

1965 The Beatles release 4-By The Beatles (EP).

1965 James Brown records "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" at the Arthur Smith Studios in Charlotte, North Carolina. It is Brown's first recording to feature Jimmy Nolen on guitar, who would become known for his distinctive "chicken scratch" lead guitar playing.

1964 Jani Lane of Warrant ("Cherry Pie") is born in Akron, Ohio.

1964 The Beatles' "Please Please Me" enters the pop charts.

1963 Paul Simon graduates from New York City's Queens College.

1963 Linda Scott appears on Arthur Godfrey's Sounds Of New York TV special on CBS.

1962 Shelley Fabares debuts her hit single "Johnny Angel" on The Donna Reed Show episode "Donna's Prima Donna." Fabares plays daughter Mary Stone on the sitcom.

1962 Brian Epstein's managerial contract with The Beatles officially goes into effect.

1962 Elvis Presley releases "Good Luck Charm" b/w "Anything That's Part Of You."

1958 Elvis Presley records "My Wish Came True," "Doncha' Think It's Time," "Your Cheatin' Heart," and "Wear My Ring Around Your Neck."

1956 The Roxy Theater in New York City presents The Rock and Roll Ice Revue, billed as "the hottest production ever staged on ice."

1955 Elvis Presley records "Baby, Let's Play House."

1951 Rich Williams (guitarist for Kansas) is born in Topeka, Kansas.

1951 Fran Christina (drummer for The Fabulous Thunderbirds) is born in Texas.

1950 Mike Campbell (lead guitarist for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) is born in Panama City, Florida.

1949 RCA introduces the 45 RPM record. It's 7 inches wide and plays at a faster speed than the traditional 33-1/3, providing better sound quality. The format takes off, and 45s become known as "singles."

1948 R&B performer Rick James is born James Ambrose Johnson Jr. in Buffalo, New York.

1944 Tommy Duffy (bass guitarist for Lindisfarne) is born in England.

1940 Frank Sinatra with Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra records "Too Romantic" and "The Sky Fell Down."

1939 Bluegrass musician Del McCoury is born in York, Pennsylvania.

1939 Jazz pianist Joe Sample (of The Crusaders) is born in Houston, Texas.

1938 Jimmy Carl Black (drummer, vocalist for Mothers of Invention) is born James Carl Inkanish, Jr. in El Paso, Texas.

1937 Don Everly (of The Everly Brothers) is born Isaac Donald Everly in Brownie, Kentucky. Two years later, brother Phil is born.

1937 Ray "Eye Patch" Sawyer (of Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show) is born in Chickasaw, Alabama.

1934 Bob Shane (of The Kingston Trio) is born Robert Castle Schoen in Hilo, Hawaii.

1825 Francis Child, publisher of The Child Ballads, is born in Boston.

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