Friday, February 2, 2018

Today in Music History...February 2, 2018 (Now with more info)

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Music History: February 2nd:


2011 Leonard Cohen's first grandchild is born to proud parents Lorca Cohen, Rufus Wainwright and "deputy dad" Jorn Weisbrodt. Little Viva Katherine, named after Wainwright's mother, the folk singer Kate McGarrigle, is born only a year after Cohen reportedly remarked on childhood to both Lorca and Rufus: "You know, it's pretty much the only amazing thing there is."

2007 The Spinners founding member Billy Henderson dies of complications from diabetes at age 67 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

2007 Joe Hunter, who played piano in the Motown house band The Funk Brothers, dies at age 79.

2004 Exodus return after a 12-year hiatus with their sixth studio album, Tempo of the Damned.

2002 Paul Baloff, who sang on Exodus' 1985 debut album, Bonded Blood, dies of a heart attack at age 41.

1999 Freddy Fender is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1993 Willie Nelson settles his $17 million tax debt with the US Internal Revenue Service by paying them nine million dollars in cash and assets already seized.

1992 Todd Rundgren has his third child, a son named Rebop.

1985 "I Want To Know What Love Is" by Foreigner begins a two-week run at #1.

1976 Lynyrd Skynyrd releases Gimme Back My Bullets. It's their fourth album, following Nuthin' Fancy and preceding Street Survivors, which is their last release before a fatal plane crash ends the original lineup.

1975 Stevie Wonder's daughter Aisha (heard crying at the beginning of "Isn't She Lovely") is born. Aisha is Wonder's first child, born to Yolanda Simmons.

1975 Billy Mohler, best known as a member of The Calling, is born in Laguna Beach, California.

1973 NBC debuts The Midnight Special rock variety show, its response to ABC's popular In Concert series. The first host: Helen Reddy.

1973 Emerson, Lake and Palmer keyboard player Keith Emerson injures his hands when a rigged piano explodes prematurely during a San Francisco gig, leaving him with minor cuts and a broken fingernail.

1971 The Point!, an animated fable written by pop star Nilsson, makes its debut on ABC's Movie of the Week.

1966 Robert DeLeo, who will form Stone Temple Pilots along with his brother Dean and lead singer Scott Weiland, is born in Montclair, New Jersey.

1963 Eva Cassidy is born in Washington, D.C. She is raised in Maryland.

1963 The Beatles begin their first British tour at the Gaumont in Bradford. They're listed last on the bill, which includes The Honeys, The Kestrals, The Red Price Orchestra and 16-year-old Helen Shapiro.

1959 Frankie Avalon releases "Venus."

1957 Fats Domino makes an appearance on The Perry Como Show, singing his hits "Blue Monday" and "Blueberry Hill."

1957 Dale Hawkins records "Susie Q."

1956 The Coasters sign with Atlantic Records.

1949 Ross Valory, bass player with Journey and the Steve Miller Band, is born in San Francisco.

1948 Al McKay (of Earth, Wind & Fire) is born in New Orleans, Louisiana.

1947 Peter Lucia (of Tommy James & the Shondells) is born in Morristown, New Jersey.

1946 Howard Bellamy (of the country duo The Bellamy Brothers) is born in Darby, Florida.

1942 Graham Nash (of The Hollies, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young) is born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England.

1940 Alan Caddy (guitarist of The Tornados, Johnny Kidd & the Pirates) is born in Chelsea, London, England.

1937 Guy Lombardo and His Orchestra record "Boo Hoo."

1932 Jazz musician Arthur Lyman, known as "The King of Lounge Music," is born in Kauai, Hawaii.

1927 Jazz saxophonist Stan Getz is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1912 Burton Lane, known for composing the music for the Broadway productions of Finian's Rainbow (1947) and On A Clear Day You Can See Forever (1965), is born Morris Hyman Kushner in New York City.

1900 The opera Louise by Gustave Charpentiers (his most famous composition) premieres in Paris.

1525 Italian Renaissance composer Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina is born in the town of Palestrina near Rome.

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Bill Murray can't stop waking up to the Sonny and Cher song "I Got You Babe" in the movie Groundhog Day.

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2011 The White Stripes split up after six albums, ending their run as one of the most successful rock duos.More

1996 Gene Kelly, one of the most famous dancers of his time, dies at age 83. Kelly was also an accomplished singer, known for crooning the title track of Singin' In The Rain.

1979 Sid Vicious of The Sex Pistols, out on bail after being accused of killing his girlfriend Nancy Spungen, dies of a heroin overdose at age 21.

1977 Shakira is born Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll in Barranquilla, Colombia.

1974 Barbra Streisand scores her first #1 when "The Way We Were" hits the top spot.More

1973 Elvis Presley meets Muhammad Ali in Las Vegas. The two exchange gifts, and Ali later says, "I felt sorry for him because he didn't enjoy life the way he should. He stayed indoors all the time. I told him he should go out and see people."

1959 Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper play their last show as part of the "Winter Dance Party" tour, stopping this night at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. Admission: $1.25. The last song of the night: The Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace."

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