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Today in Music History...February 3, 2018 (Now with more info)

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Music History: February 3rd:


2015 Former Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight is rushed to the hospital after pleading not guilty in his connection with a fatal hit-and-run just days before. His friend Terry Carter was killed in the incident and actor Cle Denyale Sloan was injured during an altercation over the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton. Knight faces charges of murder and attempted murder, along with two counts of hit-and-run.

1990 Sean Kingston is born in Miami.

1986 The Firm release Mean Business, their second and final album.

1980 Studio 54 throws one last bash with A-list regulars Diana Ross, Andy Warhol and Richard Gere before the owners, Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager go to jail for tax evasion.

1979 The Blues Brothers' album Briefcase Full of Blues hits #1 in the US - not bad for two comedians (John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd) who formed the duo for Saturday Night Live.

1979 20 years after the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Del Shannon and The Drifters perform a tribute show in Clear Lake, Iowa, where Holly's last concert took place.

1978 Harry Chapin, who has started an organization to fight hunger called World Hunger Year, meets with US President Jimmy Carter to discuss the project.

1978 The TV-movie Dead Man's Curve, the first to deal with the tragic Jan & Dean story, premieres on ABC.

1977 Elton John resumes live performing in Sweden a mere fifteen months after announcing his "retirement" from the stage.

1973 Elton John's reptile rocker "Crocodile Rock" hits #1 for the first of three weeks.

1971 Lynn Anderson's "(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden" is certified Gold.

1969 Beatles John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr hire Allen Klein as the group's new manager, against the express wishes of Paul McCartney, who preferred his father-in-law Lee Eastman. The dissension would prove to be the deciding factor in the group's breakup a year later.

1968 The Lemon Pipers' "Green Tambourine" hits #1.

1967 The Beatles record "A Day In The Life."

1967 Joe Meek, an experimental pop pioneer who wrote and produced the Tornados' "Telstar," fatally shoots his landlady before turning the gun on himself.

1966 Paul McCartney meets Stevie Wonder for the first time after Wonder's show at London's Scotch Of St. James nightclub.

1964 The Beach Boys release "Fun, Fun, Fun," which stalls at #5 in the US, thanks to Beatlemania.

1961 Bob Dylan makes his first recordings, versions of "San Francisco Bay Blues" and "Jesus Met the Woman at the Well," at the home of friends Sid and Bob Gleason in East Orange, New Jersey.

1960 Frank Sinatra launches the first fully artist-owned label, Reprise Records (pronounced "repreeze"), so he can own his own masters. Some of his cohorts, including Dean Martin and Rosemary Clooney, join the label, which is sold to Warner Brothers in 1963, where it becomes home to a number of famous acts, including Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell and Green Day.

1959 Laurence "Lol" Tolhurst (drummer/keyboardist of The Cure) is born in Horley, Surrey, England.

1956 Elvis Presley records "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" and "Shake, Rattle And Roll."

1956 Lee Ranaldo (guitarist for Sonic Youth) is born in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York.

1950 The Ames Brothers' "Rag Mop" hits #1.

1949 Arthur Kane (bass guitarist for New York Dolls) is born in The Bronx, New York City.

1947 Dave Davies (lead guitarist for The Kinks) is born in Fortis Green, London, England.

1947 Folk/country singer Melanie is born Melanie Anne Safka in Astoria, Queens, New York.

1945 Johnny Cymbal is born John Hendry Blair in Ochiltree, Ayrshire, Scotland.

1943 Dennis Edwards (of The Temptations) is born in Fairfield, Alabama. He replaces lead singer David Ruffin in 1968.

1943 Eric Haydock (original bass guitarist for The Hollies) is born in Stockport, Cheshire, England.

1943 Folk rocker Shawn Phillips is born in Fort Worth, Texas. He starts his music career as a session musician for Donovan.

1941 Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra records "Amapola."

1940 Angelo D'Aleo (of Dion & The Belmonts) is born in the Belmont neighborhood of The Bronx, New York City.

1935 Blues rocker Johnny "Guitar" Watson is born in Houston, Texas.

1928 Pop singer Frankie Vaughan is born Frank Ableson in Liverpool, England.

1920 Actor/singer Russell Arms is born in Berkeley, California. In the '50s, he becomes a popular vocalist on the NBC series Your Hit Parade.

1809 German composer Felix Mendelssohn is born in Hamburg.

The Day The Music Died

Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson are killed in a plane crash. Don McLean would call it "The Day the Music Died" in his 1971 hit "American Pie."

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2013 Beyoncé invigorates the 2013 Super Bowl halftime show with a performance that reunites Destiny's Child.More

2003 Phil Spector is charged with murder after police are called to his 33-room mansion in Alhambra, California, and discover the actress Lana Clarkson dead from a gunshot wound.More

1989 "Wild Thing" by Tone Loc becomes the first rap single certified Platinum, with over a million sales.

1976 David Bowie opens his US tour with a new persona: The Thin White Duke. He's dressed in a black-vested suit with slicked-back hair. Bowie later described the persona as "a nasty character indeed."

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