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February 1st:
1904 - The musical extravaganza Whoop-dee-doo
starts a run of 165 performances at Weber and Fields' Broadway Music Hall, New York City, USA.
1940 - Frank Sinatra sang "Too Romantic" and "The Sky Fell Down" in his first recording session with the Tommy Dorsey Band. Frank replaced Jack Leonard as lead singer with the band.
1941 - Downbeat magazine reports that Glenn Miller has signed a new three year contract with RCA Victor... for the phenomenal sum of $750 per side.
1949 -
RCA Records issued the first ever 45rpm single, the invention of this size record made jukeboxes possible.
1956 - Billed as "the hottest production ever staged on ice",The Rock and Roll Ice Revue opened at the Roxy Theater in New York City.
1958 - In Australia, a review of Buddy Holly & the Crickets' performance in Newcastle appears in the local newspaper under the headline, "Rock Show Quiet", an apparent comparative reference to the wild audience behavior at the Little Richard concert the year before.
1959 - The fatal Winter Dance Party is stranded en route to Appleton, Wis., when the bus breaks down. With temperatures at 30 degrees below zero and no source of heat, the passengers burn newspapers in the aisles to keep warm. Sheriffs' cars pick up the freezing entertainers and Carl Bunch is admitted to the hospital suffering from frostbite. With one performance cancelled, the Winter Dance Party continues and performs at the Riverside Ballroom in Green Bay, Wis.
1962 - Brian Epstein's managerial contract with The Beatles officially goes into effect.
1963 - Linda Scott appears on Arthur Godfrey's Sounds Of New York TV special on CBS.
1963 - Neil Young, at age 17, performed his first professional date at a country club in Winnipeg.
1964 - The governor of Indiana declared that the song "Louie Louie" by the Kingsmen was pornographic. He requested that the state's radio stations not play the song. Eventually, the FBI investigates and finds the lyrics "unintelligible at any speed."
1964 - While the Beatles were in their suite at the Hotel George V in Paris, France, their manager Brian Epstein informs then that they have secured their first No.1 in the USA with "I Want To Hold Your Hand".
1965 -
James Brown recorded 'Papa's Got A Brand New Bag', at the Arthur Smith Studios in Charlotte, North Carolina; it reached No.8 on the Billboard Pop chart and No.1 on the R&B chart the following August and later won a Grammy Award for Best Rhythm and Blues Recording.
1967 - Jimi Hendrix performed at The Cedar Club, South Sheilds, UK.
1965 - P.J. Proby split his pants (again) during his first number at the ABC, Luton, the manager stopped the show and gave everyone in the audience a refund. The incident caused a ban on Proby's performance in UK halls and TV.
1967 - Today Pink Floyd
turned professional signing a deal with EMI Records and spent the day recording parts for the Syd Barrett songs 'Arnold Layne' and 'Candy And A Current Bun' at Sound Techniques Studios, Chelsea, London.
1968 - The Who kicked off their third North American tour at the Civic Auditorium San Jose, CA.
1969 - Eric Clapton revealed in Melody Maker that he is considering the formation of a group with Steve Winwood. (which turned out to be Blind Faith)
1969 - Joni Mitchell made her Carnegie Hall debut.
1970 - Spirit performed at the The Lyceum Ballroom, London, supported by Joe Cocker and the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band. Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin attended the show, but unfortunately received head and face injuries when his Jaguar is involved in a crash on the way home.
1971 - The Love Story soundtrack album is certified gold.
1972 - Chuck Berry had his first UK No.1 single with a live recording of a song he'd been playing live for over 20 years 'My Ding-a-Ling'. UK public morality campaigner Mary Whitehouse attempted to have the song banned due to its innuendo laden lyrics. The Average White Band members guitarist Onnie McIntyre and drummer Robbie McIntosh played on the single.
1972 - 13 Irish citizens died when British troops open fire on a march in Dublin protesting about imprisonment without trial. This event inspired the U2 song Sunday Bloody Sunday.
1973 - Gladys Knight and the Pips leave Motown's Soul label for a new career at Buddah.
1974 - Guitarist Eric Bell leaves Thin Lizzy due to ill health brought on by alcohol abuse. The band was due to tour the UK.
1975 - Lisa Marie Presley met her favorite singer, Elton John, for her seventh birthday. The event was arranged by Elvis Presley.
1977 - The film "Genesis in Concert" premiered in London.
1978 - Bob Dylan's Renaldo and Clara, a semi-documentary of his famous Rolling Thunder Revue tour, premieres in Los Angeles.
1978 - Amstrad were advertising their new ranges of hi- fi in the UK, the 8000 system complete with 40 watt amp, speakers and amp, £86 and the executive system with 140 watt amp, record deck, tuner, tape deck and speakers priced at £365.
1980 - Blondie released 'Call Me',
it peaked at No. 1 for six consecutive weeks. The main theme song of the film American Gigolo, it became the top-selling single of 1980 in the US of A in 1980.
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."
1985 - Glenn Frey of the Eagles appeared on an episode of "Miami Vice" on NBC-TV.
1986 - Diana Ross and Arne Naess were married in Geneva, Switzerland
1988 - The Cars announced they were breaking up after 12 years of working together.
1992 - George Michael and Elton John already a UK No.1, went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me'. All proceeds from the single went to Aids charities.
1995 -
Manic Street Preachers' guitarist Richey James vanished leaving no clues to his whereabouts. He left The Embassy Hotel in London at 7am, leaving behind his packed suitcase. His car was found on the Severn Bridge sixteen days later.
1997 -
Two bouncers beat up Boy George outside The Ministry Of Sound in London after he tried to jump the queue where George had been a guest DJ.
1999 - 400 people were injured at an Australian concert by Marilyn Manson when he stormed off stage after being bombarded with missiles and abuse his show in Perth. One of Manson's guitar technicians needed treatment for cuts to his head.
1999 - The Lycos Web site began a new search service that offered easy access to a half-million high quality recordings that use MP3.
2000 - C.C. DeVille announced that he was leaving Poison. The band later convinced him to come back.
2001 - Sir Elton John's collection of private photos on display at a museum in Atlanta, US, were withdrawn. The exhibition, included photos of nude men, which were said to be too explicit, some school trips to the museum had been cancelled.
2002 -
Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter agreed to enter a counseling program and perform community service in order to get a charge of resisting/opposing a law enforcement officer without violence dropped. He had been arrested at a nightclub a month earlier on January 2nd 2002.
2002 - The father of S Club 7's Paul Cattermole was jailed for nearly 3 years for sex acts with two 14 year-old girl fans of the group. Gerald Cattermole, aged 50 had been warned by police not to get involved with fans who often visited his house.
2002 - Winona Ryder was charged with four felony counts that stemmed from her shoplifting arrest on December 12, 2001. She was charged with theft, burglary, vandalism and possession of a controlled substance.
2002 - Kirk Hammett of Metallica was the first recipient of the annual Hall of Fame Award in "Guitar World" magazine.
2005 - Elvis Presley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'It's Now Or Never', the singers 21st No.1; it was first released in 1960.
2007 -
60s pop star Wayne Fontana, was arrested at his UK home in Glossop, Derbyshire,and charged with arson with intent to endanger life. The 61 year-old, who was already set to appear in court in March on traffic offenses, was accused of pouring gasoline over a bailiff's car and setting it on fire when they came to collect £527.12 of a £1,221.46 debt which spiralled from a disputed parking fine. . The following November, he was sentenced to 11 months in jail, but was allowed to walk free from court immediately after already serving the equivalent of his term while held under the Mental Health Act.
2008 - Nasa announced that The Beatles'
"Across the Universe"was to become the first song ever to be beamed directly into space. The track would be transmitted through the Deep Space Network - a network of antennas - on the 40th anniversary of the song being recorded, being aimed at the North Star, Polaris, 431 light-years from Earth. In a message to NASA, Paul McCartney said the project was an "amazing" feat. "Well done, Nasa," he added. "Send my love to the aliens. All the best, Paul."
2009 - A helicopter belonging to Tommy Lee of Motley Crue is ordered to land at Los Angeles' Van Nuys airport after reports claim it is flying erratically. Tommy, who was not at the controls, was told to land after Los Angeles Police Department alert airport officials.
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.
2010 - More than 80 artists gathered to record the remake of "We Are The World". The next day Janet Jackson laid down her version of Michael Jackson's part. The song was premiered at the opening of the Winter Olympics on February 12.
2011 . . Melissa Etheridge performed the role of St. Jimmy in Green Day's hit Broadway musical, American Idiot from February 1–6.
2013 - Coldplay's 'Clocks' topped a list by BBC Radio 6 Music's top 100 tracks of the past 10 years. More than 100,000 votes were cast in the poll which looked back over the 10 years since the station began in 2002. Arctic Monkeys' 'I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor' was voted into second place, and Elbow's 'One Day Like This' in third.
2014 - A new report found that about two-thirds of people were left with ringing in their ears after a night out at a club, gig or pub. Campaign group "Action on Hearing Loss" said the poll of 1,000 adults also showed a third would ignore the "safe level" on their music players.

February 2nd:
1950 - Frank Sinatra performs "I've Got A Crush On You", "A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes", "What Is This Thing Called Love?", and "The Very Thought Of You", backed by the Jeff Alexander Orchestra, on the NBC radio show Light Up Time, sponsored by Lucky Strike cigarettes in the USA.
1956 - The Coasters signed with Atlantic Records.
1957 - Fats Domino appears on The Perry Como Show singing Blue Monday and Blueberry Hill.
1959 -
Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper made, what would be their last ever appearances, at Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake, Iowa. Due to illnesses among the musicians Buddy Holly, Tommy Allsup, and Waylon Jennings serve as back-up band to the other artists.
1962 - The Beatles played their first professionally organised gig outside of Liverpool at The Oasis Club, Manchester. The groups set started with their version of 'Hippy Hippy Shake'. [Feb 02]
1963 - The Beatles began their first British tour supporting Helen Shapiro; they performed at the Gaumont in Bradford. The Beatles were at the bottom of the 6 act bill playing four songs, 'Please Please Me’, ‘Chains’, ‘Keep Your Hands Off My Baby’ and ‘A Taste of Honey'
1966 ... The Rolling Stones released '19th Nervous Breakdown' it peaked at No.2 on the UK singles chart.
1967 ... The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at the Blue Pad Club in Darlington, England. The show was advertised as "Don't miss this man who is Dylan, Clapton, and James Brown all in one". After the show, as the roadies were loading up a van, one of Hendrix's Fender guitars was stolen.
1969 ... Yoko Ono divorced her husband Tony Cox, Yoko was granted custody of their daughter Kyoko. John Lennon married Yoko the following month on 30th March.
1971 - The Point!, an animated fable written by pop star Nilsson, makes its debut on ABC's Movie of the Week.
1971 - It is announced that music business entrepreneur Jim Simpson of Birmingham, UK, has won a settlement of £35,000 in his legal suit against Black Sabbath, which dates back to 1970 when the group was, in Simpson's words, "enticed' away from him by the management duo of Patrick Meehand and Wilfred Pine.
1973 - NBC debuts The Midnight Special rock variety show, its response to ABC's popular In Concert series. The first host: Helen Reddy.
1973 - Elvis Presley meets Muhammed 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".
1973 - Keith Emerson injured his hands when a rigged piano prematurely explodes during a concert in San Francisco.
1976 ... Genesis released 'A Trick Of The Tail', their seventh studio album and the first to feature drummer Phil Collins as full-time lead vocalist following the departure of original vocalist Peter Gabriel. (After auditioning over 400 vocalists, which saw Collins teaching the potential lead singers the songs, the band decided that Collins should be the new vocalist).
1978 - Van Halen signed with Warner Brothers Records.
1979 - Sex Pistols' bass player Sid Vicious died of a heroin overdose in New York. There had been a party in the flat that night to celebrate Vicious' release on $50,000 bail pending his trial for the murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen
1980 - The Specials were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Special A.K.A. Live E.P'. The lead track 'Too Much Too Young' was the shortest song to reach No.1 on the UK singles chart in the 1980s at 2'04".
1989 - George Michael received undisclosed damages in excess of £100,000 from The Sun newspaper over articles printed which stated Michael had gate-crashed a party given by Andrew Lloyd Weber and was drunk and abusive.
1990 - Bob Dylan met Leonard Cohen in a café in the 14th Arrondissment, Paris, France. During their conversation, Dylan claims to have written the song "I And I" in fifteen minutes.
1992 - Todd Rundgren has his third child, a son named Rebop.
1993 - Willie Nelson and the IRS settle their longstanding tax feud. The U.S. government kept $3.6 million in assets it had already seized and Willie would have to pay $5.4 million of the $13.1 million balance.
1996 - Bob Dylan and Crosby, Stills & Nash play in a private event, sponsored by Japan’s largest brokerage house, Nomura Securities, at the Biltmore Hotel, Phoenix, Arizona.
1999 - Prince released "1999 New Master." It was a re-release and re-done version of the 1982 version of the song "1999."
1999 - Freddy Fender was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2001 - Bad Manners singer Buster Bloodvessel collapsed on stage during a show in Italy. He was
was told he was 'too fat' to survive an urgently needed operation, doctors thought with his huge 30 stone frame he might not make it through surgery.
2002 - The Phonographic Performance Ltd launched performersmoney.com for artists to check if they were owed any of the £10 million ($17 million) in unclaimed money. It showed that Michael Jackson was owed over £100,000 ($170,000) for 'Say, Say, Say', Stevie Wonder had money owing for 'Ebony And Ivory' and Ray Davies of The Kinks was owed a six-figure fee for 'You Really Got Me'. Director Dominic McGonigal said "If anyone has seen Rick Astley please let him know, he is still earning money for his hits."
2002 - Britney Spears was the host and musical guest on NBC's "Saturday Night Live."
2003 - Tatu became the first Russian act ever to top the UK singles chart when the faux-lesbian duo started a four-week run at No.1 on the w/e Feb 02 UK singles chart with 'All The Things She Said'. The song had been a hit on the Russian charts three years earlier. [w/e Feb 02]
2003 - Phil Spector left his Alhambra mansion at 7pm to meet a date at The Grill On The Alley in Beverly Hills. After taking her home, he met a second date and went too Dan Tana's in West Hollywood. After his driver took her home, Phil continued the night his third date actress Lana Clarkson.
2004 - CBS apologised for its TV broadcast of the American Super Bowl after Janet Jackson was left exposed when Justin Timberlake accidently ripped her top. The pair had been performing a raunchy half-time duet when one of Jackson's breasts was exposed as Timberlake pulled at her top. CBS quickly cut from the scene but was still flooded with calls from angry viewers. Justin insisted it had been an accident saying "I am sorry that anyone was offended by the wardrobe malfunction during the half-time performance of the Super Bowl".
2005 - It was announced that Debbie Rowe, the ex-wife of Michael Jackson and the mother of his children, Prince and Paris, had been added to the list of witnesses lined up by prosecution lawyers to testify against him in a California court, where he is on trial on ten charges of child molestation and one charge of conspiracy.
2005 - Pete Doherty was arrested on suspicion of theft and assault. He was held in custody at a north London police station after an alleged incident at a hotel in Clerkenwell, central London.
2007 - After running a red light, DMX is arrested in Yonkers, New York for driving on an expired license. He’s released on bond but fails to show up for his initial court date.
2008 - The Spice Girls managment announced they were cutting short their reunion world tour, blaming "family and personal commitments". The band said they would end their tour in Toronto on February 26th, and shows in Beijing, Sydney, Cape Town and Buenos Aires were being axed.
2009 - Dolly Parton was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, in a ceremony held at the Richland Country Club in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
2011 - Leonard Cohen's first grandchild is born to Lorca Cohen, Rufus Wainwright and "deputy dad" Jorn Weisbrodt. Little Viva Katherine, named after Wainwright's mother, the folk singer Kate McGarrigle.
2011 - Rapper Juelz Santana is arrested in New Jersey, USA, on four counts of narcotic and weapon offenses.
2011 - The White Stripes break up. In a statement on the group's website, frontman Jack White and drummer Meg White write, "The reason is not due to artistic differences or lack of wanting to continue, nor any health issues as both Meg and Jack are feeling fine and in good health. It's for a myriad of reasons, but mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band and have it stay that way."
2012 - Ericka Lee files a lawsuit in California federal court against rapper Drake, claiming that she has not received royalties for the use of her voice on Drake's hit single Marvin's Room.
2013 - A 1960’s Beatles Record Player, produced for fans as a commercial Beatles memorabilia item, fetched $12,100 in an online auction. The Record Player, which was highly-sought by Beatles collectors worldwide, was manufactured in a limited quantity.
2014 - Skinny Puppy sent the US government an invoice after finding out their music was used as torture device in Guantanamo Bay. Despite the band's aggressive sound, they said they had never envisioned their music being used in such a way.

February 3rd:
1956 - Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash held a recording session at Sun Studios in Memphis. The sessions were later named the "Million Dollar Quartet" and released.

1959 - Shortly after their performances in Clear Lake, Buddy Holly aged 22, J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson aged 28, and Ritchie Valens aged only 17 board a small aircraft chartered to take them to their next performance. Soon after take-off, the plane crashes, killing all aboard.
1960 - Reprise Records was formed by Frank Sinatra in order to allow more artistic freedom for his own recordings.
1961 - Bob Dylan made his first recording
in New York,"San Francisco Bay Blues" and Jesus Met the Woman at the Well..
1964 - The Beatles' "I Want To Hold Your Hand" b/w "I Saw Her Standing There" and their Meet The Beatles! album are both certified gold.
1967 - Producer Joe Meek shot his landlady Violet Shenton and then shot himself at his flat in London. Meek was interested in spirituality and often attended séances . At one such meeting in 1958 he was warned that Buddy Holly would die on February 3rd. Meek tried his best to find Holly when he was in London to warn him but failed in his mission.
1969 - Three of The Beatles, John, George and Ringo hire Allen Klein as business manager of Apple.
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"..
1977 - Elton John resumed live performing in Sweden just 15 months after he had announced that he would not perform live anymore.
1978 - "Dead Man's Curve" premiered on ABC-TV; the first to deal with the tragic Jan & Dean story..
1978 - American singer, songwriter, humanitarian
and founder of the organization World Hunger Year, Harry Chapin, met with U.S. President Carter to discuss hunger.
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.
1980 - New York nightclub, Studio 54 throws one last bash with A-list regulars Diana Ross, Andy Warhol, Richard Gere, Ryan O'Neal, Jack Nicholson,
Farrah Fawcett and Sylvester Stallone before the owners, Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager go to jail 13 months, for tax evasion. It was the first time anyone had ever been prosecuted for a one-year tax evasion.
1989 -
"Wild Thing" by Tone Loc becomes the first rap single certified Platinum..

1990 - For the first time ever, the UK Top 3 singles featured non-British and non-American acts. Ireland's Sinead O'Connor, Australia's Kylie Minogue and Belgium's Technotronic. It was Sinead O'Connor first No.1 single "Nothing Compares To U", written by Prince.
1990 - Bob Dylan started a six night residency at London's Hammersmith Odeon, as part of his
European tour.
1991 - Sinead O'Connor announced that she wouldn't accept any Grammy Awards or attend the ceremony because the show reflects "false and destructive materialistic values."
1992 - On their first Europe tour Pearl Jam played at The Esplanade Club in Southend, England to 300 people, the bands first ever UK show. The tour also took Pearl Jam to Norway, Sweden, Holland, France, Spain and Italy.
1993 - Gloria Estefan received the 1,974th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1993 - Harry Connick Jr. entered a plea bargain with New York authorities stemming from his arrest in December for having a gun in his carry-on luggage at New York's Kennedy Airport. Under the deal, Connick did not have to plead guilty to the crime, avoided going to jail and had to make public service announcements about carrying guns.
1993 - Radiohead appeared at The Wheatsheaf, Stoke On Trent,
during a UK tour, tickets cost £3.50/$5.95.
1996 - The Ramones claimed to have played their last gig in the UK, at The Brixton Academy, after being together for 22 years.
1996 - B.B. King guest starred on CBS-TV's "Touched by an Angel".
1996 - Singer Queen Latifah was stopped by police for speeding, they found a concealed weapon and marijuana in he car; she was given two years probation.
1999 - Country music singer Trace Adkins
dislocated and fractured his ankle while trying to get his truck out of mud.
1999 - Ice-T spoke to the students of the University of Toledo about a life of crime not being all it is cracked up to be.
1999 - Tony Hadley singer with Spandau Ballet told a High Court in London of his "desperate" financial situation after his solo career failed. Hadley and band members Steve Norman and drummer John Keeble, were suing Spandau Ballet songwriter Gary Kemp for hundreds of thousands of pounds of allegedly unpaid publishing royalties. Hadley earned £120,000 a year during the band's heyday in the early 1980s, but the court heard that when he fell on hard times he was forced him to sell his home to pay off a £50,000 overdraft in 1993.
2002 - Britney Spears performed the national anthem at Super Bowl XXXVI. A Pepsi commercial featuring Britney Spears was premiered during the game.
2003 - The body of actress Lana Clarkson is discovered at Phil Spector's faux castle outside Los Angeles. Spector is arrested. Prosecutors said Spector shot Clarkson in a foyer of the residence. Investigators said the body was found in a pool of blood outside the entrance to the Alhambra mansion.
2003 - The exclusive documentary 'Living With Michael Jackson was shown on UK television. Reporter Martin Bashir had spent eight months with the star, the shows editor said, 'viewers will not believe what they're seeing'.
2004 - P. Diddy settled a $3 million court case filed by his former driver after an incident in 1999. Wardell Fenderson had driven P Diddy and his then-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez away from a New York nightclub where 3 people had been wounded in a shooting. Mr Fenderson said he was traumatized by having guns in the car and being ordered to ignore police orders to stop, for which he was arrested.
2004 - R. Kelly appeared in the Cook County Criminal Courthouse pleading not guilty to 21 charges of child pornography. Kelly, who was free on bond, did not talk during the brief hearing. He had been arrested in Florida after he was indicted by a grand jury in Chicago on 21 counts of child pornography, stemming from a videotape that allegedly shows him performing sexual acts with a 14-year-old girl.
2006 - Former Dynasty star Heather Locklear filed for divorce from Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora after 11 years of marriage. Locklear who had been previously married to Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee and Sambora were married in 1994 and have an eight-year-old daughter called Ava.
2007 - Daughtry were at No.1 on the US album chart with their self-titled debut. Lead singer Chris Daughtry was the fourth-place finalist on the fifth season of American Idol. The album sold over a 1m copies after just five weeks of release, becoming at that date the fastest selling debut rock album of all time.
2010 - AC/DC singer Brian Johnson, joined a growing group of critics of Bob Geldof and U2 singer Bono over their very public charity work, saying they should stop lecturing audiences about charity work and instead do their good deeds in private. Johnson said "When I was a working man I didn't want to go to a concert for some bastard to talk down to me that I should be thinking of some kid in Africa. I'm sorry mate, do it yourself, spend some of your own money and get it done. It just makes me angry".
2015 - Former Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight was 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 hip hop group N.W.A's biopic film "Straight Outta Compton". Suge Knight faces charges of murder and attempted murder, along with 2 counts of hit-and-run.

February 4th:
1955 - Elvis Presley played two shows (7.30pm and 9.30pm) at Jesuit High School in New Orleans, Louisiana. Hank Snow was also on the bill.
1957 - NME published a one-off magazine entitled Rock-and-Roll Personality Parade, thought to be first UK pop magazine.
1956 - Elvis Presley appears again on CBS' Dorsey Brothers Stage Show, performing Baby, Let's Play House and Tutti Frutti.
1959 - Frankie Avalon, Fabian and Jimmy Clanton took over headlining the Winter Dance Party in Sioux City, Iowa, the day after the death of Buddy Holly.
1961 - Johnny Burnette is rushed to Hollywood's Cedars of Lebanon Hospital to undergo an emergency appendectomy. The medical crisis forces Burnette, then on the charts with "You're Sixteen," to cancel $10,000 worth of domestic engagements and postpone a European tour.
1965 - The Righteous Brothers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Phil Spector song 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'. Also a US No.1 at the same time. In 1999 the PRS announced that it was the most played song of the 20th Century.
1966 - The Who play their first show as headliners, at the Astoria in Finsbury Park, England. Also appearing are The Fortunes and The Merseys..
1966 - Bob Dylan and The Band played at the Convention Center in Louisville, Kentucky. This was the first date on a world tour which would become noted as Dylan's first that used electric instruments, after he had ‘gone electric’ at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival.
1968 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at the Winterland in San Francisco as part of his
'Tour 60 cities in 66 Days'
1968 - US Attorney General John Mitchell receives a secret memo from Senator Strom Thurmond, in which Thurmond suggests deporting John Lennon due to his antiwar stance.
1968 - At Abbey Road studios, The Beatles recorded 'Across The Universe'. John and Paul decided the song needed some falsetto harmonies so they invited two girl fans into the studio to sing on the song. The two were Lizzie Bravo, a 16-year-old Brazilian living near Abbey Road and 17-year-old Londoner Gayleen Pease.
1969 - "Carl Perkins Day" was celebrated in Jackson, TN.
1969 - In response to the other Beatles hiring Allen Klein as manager the day before, Paul McCartney hires his father-in-law's firm, Eastman & Eastman, as general legal counsel for Apple Corps.
1966 - The Who play their first show as headliners, at the Astoria in Finsbury Park, England. Also appearing are The Fortunes and The Merseys..
1970 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono donated their hair for an auction in aid of the Black Power movement.
1971 - Diana Ross guest stars on ABC's TV show, Make Room For Granddaddy.
1974 - John Lennon began his "Lost Weekend," which lasted 18 months. Separating from Yoko, he went on an extended bender, often joined by his friend Nilsson.
1977 - US TV show American Bandstand celebrates its 25th anniversary with a bumper show featuring Chuck Berry, Greg Allman, Booker T. and the MGs, Pointer Sisters and John Rivers.
1977 - Fleetwood Mac's album Rumours is released; it goes on to become one of the best-selling albums of all time.
1979 - Save The Whales organizes a month-long rock memorabilia auction in San Francisco.
1984 - Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble kicked off their 114-date 'Couldn't Stand the Weather tour' at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
1989 - Guns N'Roses become the first act for fifteen years to place two LPs in US Top 5 - Appetite for Destruction in at No.2 and Guns N'Roses Lies at No 5.
1991 - "Cher at the Mirage" aired on CBS-TV.
1996 - Rob Pilatus, formerly of Milli-Vanilli, was hospitalized when he was hit over the head with a baseball bat in Hollywood. Pilatus was attempting to steal a car. The owner was the person who hit him.
1998 -
Brian Harvey, the former lead singer of East 17, was fined £1,000, plus costs of £2,852, after being convicted of kicking a press photographer who was curled up on the ground in a ball.
1999 - Rykodisc became the first music label to give its stamp of approval to MP3, the controversial Internet-based music distribution format.
1999 - Freddy Fender received the 2,129th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2000 - Bjorn Ulvaeus confirmed that the members of ABBA had turned down a $1 billion offer by American and British consortium to reform the group. "It is a hell of a lot of money to say no to, but we decided it wasn't for us," band member Benny Andersson told the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.
2001 - Jimmy Buffet was ordered by NBA referee Joe Forte to give up his courtside seat due to the use of profanity. After a several-minute delay, the game between the Miami Heat and the visiting New York Knicks continued.
2002 - On the occasion of civil-rights activist Rosa Parks' 89th birthday, Stevie Wonder sings his song "Happy Birthday" to her at the premiere of her TV-movie biography The Rosa Parks Story. The song had originally been written by Wonder to help bring about a national Martin Luther King holiday.
2002 - Britney Spears performed the national anthem at Super Bowl XXXVI. A Pepsi commercial featuring Britney Spears was premiered during the game.
2003 - Courtney Love was arrested at Heathrow airport for 'endangering an aircraft' on a transatlantic flight. The singer was said to have hurled abuse at the cabin crew on the flight from L.A. to London after her nurse who was in an economy seat was barred access to sit with Love in the upper class cabin.
2004 - Police questioned Noel Gallagher after a photograph of him trespassing on a railway line appeared in a newspaper. The Oasis guitarist was in a studio in Cornwall recording the bands new album when he took a walk along the railway line.
2009 - the Official Charts Company launches the Specialist Classical Albums Chart, developed in consultation with the British Phonographic Industry (BPI)
2008 - Phil Lesh, Bob Weir and Mickey Hart resurrect Grateful Dead for a benefit concert in support of presidential hopeful Barack Obama in San Francisco.
2008 - John Mellencamp becomes the first of many artists to accuse soon-to-be-Republican presidential nominee John McCain of using their music without authorization. McCain also issues the first of many apologies to rockers.
2007 - A Razorlight's gig in Lyon was halted mid-set because of an altercation between singer Johnny Borrell and bassist Carl Dalemo. The pair exchanged insults before they came to blows onstage, Borrell then stormed off leaving the French crowd amazed and unsure what was going on. He did come back to finish his set.
2009 - Robert Plant said he felt Led Zeppelin couldn't reunite for a full tour because the band feels incomplete without drummer John Bonham. In an interview on Absolute Radio Plant stated, "The reason that it stopped was because we were incomplete, and we've been incomplete now for 29 years".
2012 - Adele becomes the first female British artist to have three No.1 songs from the same album on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with "Set Fire to the Rain" from the album '21'.
2012 - About 100 dancers take place in a Soul Train-style line dance in Times Square as a tribute to the recently deceased founder of the show, Don Cornelius.

February 5th:
1887 - Verdi's opera "Otello" premiered at La Scala.
1929 - Hal Blaine, the famous session drummer coined the term "Wrecking Crew".
1931 - Eddie Cantor makes his debut radio appearance, singing on Rudy Vallee’s Fleischmann Hour.
1957 - Over 5,000 fans greeted Bill Haley when he arrived from New York on the liner Queen Elizabeth at Southampton, for his debut UK concert tour. Billy Haley was the first American rock artist to tour the UK.
1958 - The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences formed a New York chapter. NARAS is better known as the Grammy Awards organization.
1962 - The Beatles played two shows, one at The Cavern Club at lunchtime and in the evening at the Kingsway Club in Southport. This was the first time Ringo Starr appeared live with the group after drummer Pete Best became ill.
1965 - Screaming Jay Hawkins arrives in UK for tour. Stage props include a coffin.
1966 - Petula Clark had her second No.1 in the US singles chart with 'My Love', making her the first British female to have two US No.1 hits. 'My Love' peaked at No. 4 in the UK.
1967 - The News Of The World reported that Mick Jagger had taken LSD at the Moody Blues' home in the UK. Jagger sued the paper for libel in an on-going feud between The Stones and
the sunday paper, News Of The World. 7 days later police raid Keith Richards' home, busting The Stones on drug charges.
1967 - Due to a Musicians' Union ban, the Rolling Stones were not allowed to play their hit "Let's Spend the Night Together" when they appeared on an ITV show.
1967 - The Beatles filmed part of the promo clip for 'Penny Lane' around the Royal Theatre, Stratford, London and walking up and down Angel Lane in London. Together with the video for 'Strawberry Fields Forever', this was one of the first examples of what later became known as a music video.
1970 - David Bowie recorded 4 songs at the BBC Paris Cinema, London, for the John Peel Sunday Concert radio show. This was guitarists Mick Ronson's first appearance with Bowie who went on to work with Bowie as one of the Spiders from Mars.
1971 -
Black Sabbath started recording what would be their third album, 'Master Of Reality' at Island Studios. It is sometimes noted as the first stoner rock album. Guitarist Tony Iommi, decided to down tune his guitar down three semi-tones, Geezer Butler also down tuned his bass guitar to match Iommi. The result was a noticeably 'darker' sound that almost two decades later would prove hugely influential on at least three of the biggest grunge acts, Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden, and Nirvana.
1972 - Paul Simon released his first new song without Art Garfunkel, 'Mother and Child Reunion', which peaked at No.4 in the US. Simon got the idea for the song's title from a chicken-and-egg dish called Mother and Child Reunion that he saw on a Chinese restaurant's menu.
1972 - T Rex were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Telegram Sam', the group's third UK No.1 which was taken from their album The Slider. The song is also known for bringing the term "main man" into popular culture.
1977 - Iggy Pop signed to RCA.
1989 - Metallica's concert at Reunion Arena in Dallas, TX, was broadcast nationally via the Z-Rock radio network.
1991 - Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty of KLF were arrested in Battersea, London after painting a logo on a Sunday Times billboard ad.
1992 -
Nirvana appeared at the ANU Bar in Canberra, while on tour in Australia and New Zealand .
1998 - Elton John and Stevie Wonder performed at the White House.
2001 - Juliet Peters appeared in a London court accused of making death threat's to singer Billie Piper. Peter's had made threatening telephone calls to the singer threatening to decapitate her and burn her body.
2003 - Courtney Love blamed her bad language for the alleged air rage incident that led to her arrest at London's Heathrow Airport. As she left Heathrow's police station the singer said: "I cussed at a lady, my daughter always said I had a potty mouth". When asked what it had been like inside the police station, the singer said: "It was fine. They were wonderful in there. It was like being on Prime Suspect".
2004 - Janet Jackson's right breast became the most searched-for image in net history, Jackson's breast was seen by millions on TV after Justin Timberlake pulled at her bodice during a duet. Search engines reported a big jump in searches for Janet Jackson and Super Bowl, as people turned to the web for images of the event. Wardrobe Malfunction.
2006 - A 29-year-old man is shot to death near a video shoot for rapper Busta Rhymes in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, New York. The man worked as a bodyguard at Kiss the Cactus Productions, where the video for Rhymes's "Touch It" was being filmed.
2006 - The Rolling Stones played three songs during the half-time show of The Super Bowl in Detroit. After the event, the Stones expressed their displeasure over having Mick Jagger's microphone turned down during the song "Start Me Up". Also the line "you make a dead man come" was cut short and a barnyard reference to "cocks" in the new song "Rough Justice" also disappeared.
2007 - Producer Phil Spector won $900,000 after settling an embezzlement claim. Spector said former assistant Michelle Blaine removed $425,000 from his pension and did not repay a $635,000 loan. Ms Blaine claimed the loan was a gift, and the pension funds were for a film aimed at improving Spector's image. As part of the settlement, she dropped a counter-claim of sexual harassment.
2007 - Apple Computers settles a long standing legal battle with Apple Records, which is the label set up by The Beatles. The companies has disputed the rights of the computer maker to sell music under the Apple name.
2008 - Amy Winehouse was questioned by police in connection with a video showing her smoking a crack-cocaine pipe. She was interviewed under caution after the video was posted online by the Sun newspaper.
2008 - Long before he was the Democratic Presidential nominee, music stars from across all genres voice their enthusiastic support of Barack Obama. This Super Tuesday sees a wave of artists as disparate as Grateful Dead, will.i.am, OK Go and members of Pearl Jam rallying behind Obama's bid for the presidency. As the year goes on and Obama's campaign gathers momentum, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Jay-Z, Common, Nas, Patti Smith, Young Jeezy, Coldplay, Usher and countless others endorse or even play concerts in support of the man who would be the 44th US President-elect.
2012 - The Super Bowl XLVI halftime show becomes the most-watched television event in history, at 118 million views. Performing artists included Madonna, LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, and Cee Lo Green.
2012 - The Cult's "She Sells Sanctuary" is mashed with Flo Rida's "Good Feeling" for a special Budweiser commercial that airs during Super Bowl XLVI.
2015 - INXS guitarist Tim Farriss said he may never play the guitar properly again after severing his finger in a boating accident. He caught his left hand while operating a winch on his boat in Sydney, severing his ring finger. He had surgery twice to try to reattach the finger but has been left with permanent hand damage.

February 6th:
1943 - Frank Sinatra made his debut as vocalist on radio's "Your Hit Parade".
1958 - George Harrison joined Liverpool group The Quarrymen. The group who were named after Lennon's school featured John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Len Garry, Eric Griffiths and John Lowe.
1960 - 27-year-old Jesse Belvin, who had a 1956 hit with 'Goodnight, My Love', was killed in a car accident in Hope, Arkansas. His wife and the car's driver also died of their injuries. The three were trying to make a fast get-a-way from the first ever mixed race audience concert in the town of Little Rock, after threats had been made against Belvin's life.
1962 - Decca Records turn down The Beatles.
1964 - Tickets for the first Beatles appearance on CBS' Ed Sullivan Show sell out.
1964 - Pan Am flight 101 was greeted by over 5,000 Beatles fans as it arrived at New York's JFK airport, bringing The Beatles to the US for the first time and causing riotous scenes as they touched down.
1967 - Pink Floyd were photographed for the weekly British girls magazine Jackie. The magazine was the best-selling teen magazine in Britain for ten years. The best-ever selling issue was the 1972 special edition to coincide with the UK tour of American singer David Cassidy.
1971 - Guitarist Richard Thompson leaves Fairport Convention.
1971 - Led Zeppelin announced a small UK club tour which would see the group playing Universities and small venues with ticket prices at 12 shillings /60p.
1981 - Former Beatles, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison teamed up to record a musical tribute to John Lennon. The song "All Those Years Ago" was the result.
1986 - Undertones singer Feargal Sharkey's mother and sister were held at gunpoint by terrorists in Londonderry.
1987 - Sonny Bono declared his candidacy for mayor of Palm Springs.
1987 - Featuring a title song written by Bruce Springsteen, the movie Light of Day hits theatres. The film stars Joan Jett making her acting debut, and Michael J. Fox as leaders of a struggling band called The Barbusters.
1988 - Dusty Springfield
returns to US Hot 100 Top 10 with Pet Shop Boys, singing "What Have I Done To Deserve This", nineteen years after her last Top 10 hit, Son of a Preacher Man.
1988 - Tiffany started a 2 week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with '"Could've Been", a No.4 hit in the UK. Tiffany had recorded the song 5 years ago when she was 13.
1989 - Jamaican sound engineer and producer King Tubby was shot dead in the street outside his home.
1990 - Over 200 women filed court actions against Chuck Berry after it was alleged that he had been secretly filming them in the toilets of the restaurant he owned.
1990 - Billy Idol broke several bones in a serious motorcycle accident. As a result he could not appear in Oliver Stone's "The Doors" in a major role.
1996 - Ex Jam members Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler reached a high court settlement with Paul Weller after suing him for more than £100,000, claiming they were owed royalties and group assets.
1998 - The movie Blues Brothers 2000 opens, featuring Wilson Pickett, Jonny Lang and Eddie Floyd.
1999 - Blondie went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Maria', giving the group their 6th UK No.1 single, 20 years after their first. At the age of 54, lead singer Debbie Harry became the oldest female to make No.1.
2001 - Guitarist Don Felder was fired from The Eagles. He would later launch a $50 million law suit against drummer Don Henley and guitarist Glen Frey, alleging wrongful termination and breach of implied-in-fact contract. Henley and Frey then countersued Felder for breach of contract, alleging that Felder had written and attempted to sell the rights to a "tell-all" book. Both parties settled out-of-court.
2003 - ABC's 20/20 airs the British documentary Living With Michael Jackson, where we see him climb a tree, go shopping, and talk about sharing his bed with kids.
2004 - American singer Faith Evans and her husband Todd Russaw agreed to enrol in a rehabilitation programme after facing drugs charges. Prosecutors said the charges for alleged possession of cocaine and marijuana would be dropped if they successfully completed the 13-week rehab scheme.
2007 - An exhibition of Kylie Minogue's stage costumes, awards and accessories was launched in London at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The display showed her image changes from 1987 onwards, from the dungarees as Charlene in the Australian soap Neighbours to the gold hot pants she wore in her Spinning Around video.
2008 - A Los Angeles judge issued a restraining order against Britney Spears' manager, after her mother made the request to the court. Lynne Spears claimed Sam Lutfi, 33, had drugged the troubled pop star and interfered with her finances. In a six-page declaration, Lynne Spears said Mr Lutfi "moved into Britney's home and has purported to take control of her life, home and finances". Her declaration focused on the night of 28 January, a few days before the Grammy-winning superstar was admitted to hospital for a mental evaluation.
2008 -
Canadian singer-songwriter Feist won the seventh annual Shortlist Music Prize, American's version of the Mercury Prize, for her album The Reminder, which included the song 1234 used in an Apple iPod advert.
2011 - Christina Aguilera fluffs a line of the US national anthem singing it at the Super Bowl. Instead of "O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming" Aguilera sang: "What so proudly we watched at the twilight’s last gleaming". She later said of the mistake: "I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and that the true spirit of its anthem still came through"
2013 -
Apple's iTunes Music Store anounced it has sold 25 billion songs worldwide, since it opened on April 28th 2003.
2013 - It was announced that Warner Music was set to buy the record label Parlophone which was formerly a part of EMI Music from Universal Music for £487m /$765m
, but The Beatles part of Parlophone, was exempted from the sale.
2014 - Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' was named as the greatest song of all time by NME. 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' was one of the last songs written for Nirvana's breakthrough album, 'Nevermind', which was released in 1991.

February 7th:
1959 . . Buddy Holly was buried in Lubbock, Texas. His tombstone reads "Holley", the correct spelling of his given surname and includes pictures of a guitar.
1963 . . The Beatles released their first U.S. single "Please Please Me." on Vee-Jay Records: VJ 498 MONO. The flip side was "Ask Me Why". It flopped and didn't enter the billboard charts.
1964 . . Pan Am flight 101 was greeted by over 5,000 Beatles fans as it arrived at New York's JFK airport at 1:20 pm. bringing The Beatles to the US for the first time and causing riotous scenes as they touched down.
1965 - George Harrison is admitted to London's University College Hospital with an infected back molar which has also infected his tonsils, necessitating their removal. The tonsils are destroyed so that they can't be sold to fans.
1966 - The first "Crawdaddy!", was published by Paul Williams in NYC, the first magazine dedicated specifically to rock and roll music in the USA. Preceding both Rolling Stone and Creem, Crawdaddy! was named after the legendary Crawdaddy Club in the UK where the Rolling Stones played their 1st gig. [Feb 07]
1967 . . Robin, Maurice and Barry Gibb of The Bee Gees returned to the UK after living in Australia for nine years.
1967 - The Monkees announce during an appearance on the British TV show Top of the Pops that they will play on their own records from now on instead of using session players.
1969 . . Doors singer Jim Morrison was arrested for drunk driving and driving with no license in Los Angeles, California.
1969 . . "This Is Tom Jones" premiered on ABC-TV.
1969 . . The Who recorded 'Pinball Wizard' at Morgan Studio's, London, UK.
1969 . . John Lennon and Yoko Ono were featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35c. John was named as Rolling Stone's Man Of The Year.
1970 . . Led Zeppelin scored their first UK No.1 album with Led Zeppelin II, it went on to stay on the UK chart for 136 weeks. Also reaching No. 1 in the US, the RIAA in the US has now certified it as having sold over 12 million copies in the US alone.
1979 . . The Clash kick off their first American tour at the Berkeley Community Theatre outside San Francisco.
1979 . . Stephen Stills became the first rock performer to record on digital equipment in Los Angeles' Record Plant Studio.
1980 . . AC/DC appear on Top of the Pops, where they perform A Touch Too Much. It would be lead singer Bon Scott's last appearance with the band.
1981 . . . ABC begins airing the first installment of the mini-series Elvis and Me, based on ex-wife Priscilla Presley's book of the same name.
1985 . . Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York" became the official anthem of New York City.
1986 . . The Rolling Stones shot the video for "Harlem Shuffle" in New York City.
1988 . . The TV mini-series "Elvis and Me", based on Priscilla Presley's bookm began on ABC.
1989 . . Pink Floyd played the first of seven sold out nights at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California.
1989 . . Georgia state representative Billy Randall introduced an unsuccessful bill to make Little Richard's 'Tutti Frutti', the state's official rock song.
1994 . . Shannon Hoon of the Blind Melon's was ejected from the American Music Awards for loud and disruptive behavior. He was eventually charged with battery, assault, resisting arrest and destroying a police station phone.
1995 . . Tupac Shakur was sentenced to 1 to 4 1/2 years in jail for first-degree sexual assault.
1997 - Sarah McLachlan marries her drummer, Ashwin Sood, in Negril, Jamaica.
2001 - U2 played a secret show at London's Astoria. Stars attending the show included actor John Hurt, Queen's Roger Taylor, Mick Jagger, Bob Geldof, Chris Evans and members of Toploader.
2003 - Courtney Love arrived at a benefit concert at London's Old Vic Theatre dressed as Donald Duck. Courtney joined Elton John on stage for a version of 'The Bitch Is Back'.
2004 - Queen's single 'We Will Rock You' topped a poll of music fans to find the greatest rock anthem of all time. The 1977 song beat the band's classic 'Bohemian Rhapsody' into second place in a survey of 1,000 people carried out for the UCI cinema chain. The poll was carried out to mark the release of new Jack Black comedy 'School of Rock'.
2005 - Michael Jackson's Thriller was named the top pop video in a poll of Channel 4 viewers in the UK. The 1983 video, which depicts the singer as a werewolf and a zombie, beat videos by Madonna and Robbie Williams. Animated videos for Peter Gabriel's Sledgehammer and A-Ha's Take On Me were in second and third place respectively. 4th was Queen with Bohemian Rhapsody, 5th, Madonna Like a Prayer, 6th, Robbie Williams, Rock DJ, 7th, Michael Jackson, Billie Jean, 8th, The Verve, Bittersweet Symphony, 9th, Madonna Vogue and 10th Nirvana,
2008 - Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots and the supergroup Velvet Revolver checked into rehab; he left in early March.
2008 - Amy Winehouse was told she could not perform at this year's Grammy awards ceremony because her US visa application had been rejected by the embassy in London. The singer was arrested for marijuana possession in Norway last year. Winehouse had been nominated for six Grammy awards ahead of the ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday.
2012 - Alicia Keys and Nas join Jay-Z at the second of two charity concerts he holds at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The concerts raise $3.5 million for the United Way and the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation.
2013 . . Music venues and fans criticised "heartless" touts and agencies selling tickets for guitarist Wilko Johnson's farewell tour at inflated prices. The former Dr Feelgood guitarist, was suffering from terminal cancer and was playing a series of farewell dates in February and March. Originally tickets sold for £20, but were now being offered online at prices of £225.

February 8th:
1956 . . Charles Hardin Holley receives Decca's contract from Jim Denny of Cedarwood Publishing. Holley's name has been misspelled, inadvertently dropping the 'e' in Holley. As a result, Holley adopts the Holly spelling for his last name.
1958 . .
The first Nichigeki Western Carnival kicks off; 45,000 people watch performances of "rokabiri" music by Japanese singers at the week long festival.
1958 . . The Quarrymen perform at the Wilson Hall in the Garston section of Liverpool, England. Afterwards, member Paul McCartney introduces his friend George Harrison to John Lennon.
1960 . . The House of Representatives Special Subcommittee on Legislative Oversight opened hearings on disc jockey "payola."
1960 . . Hank Williams' star was placed at 6400 Hollywood Boulevard on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1964 . . John Leyton, Mike Berry, The Innocents, Jet Harris, Don Spencer, The Leroys and The Rolling Stones appeared at the Regal, Edmonton, on the first night of a UK tour.
1964 . . The publisher of the song "Louie Louie" offered $1,000 to anyone would could find suggestive lyrics in the song.
1964 . . On their first full day in New York, The Beatles
, minus George who had a sore throat, went for a walk around Central Park, where over 400 girl fans followed The Beatles and extra police were called in to control them. Later in the day The Ronettes interviewed The Beatles for radio.
1967 . . The duo Peter and Gordon announce their split.
1969 . . Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker of Cream announce that they are forming a new group with Steve Winwood of Traffic. Ric Grech later joins on bass, and the group is called Blind Faith.
1969 . . George Harrison's tonsils were removed at London's University College Hospital. The tonsils were destroyed so they could not be sold.
1971 . . Bob Dylan's documentary Eat the Document, chronicling his 1966 tour of the UK, premieres at New York's Academy of Music. The ABC television network went on to buy the rights to the film, although they refuse to air it after deciding it doesn't contain enough concert footage.
1972 . . The official Beatles Fan Club disbanded.
1973 . . Carly Simon's You're So Vain is certified gold
1973 . . Max Yasgur,
the owner of the dairy farm in Bethel, New York at which the legendary Woodstock Music and Art Fair was held in 1969, died of a heart attack aged 53.
1980 . . In London, David Bowie and his wife Angie were divorced after nearly ten years of marriage. David got custody of their nine-year old son, Zowie.
1981 . . R.E.M. made their first ever-recording sessions at Bombay Studios Smyrna, Georgia. Tracks included 'Gardening At Night', 'Radio Free Europe' and '(Don't Go Back To) Rockville'.
1982 . . Cher makes her Broadway debut in "Come Back To The Five And Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean".
1988 . . In London, The Who performed at the British Phonographic Industry awards ceremony. They received an award for their "Outstanding Contribution to British Music. This would be the last time Kenney Jones played with the band.
1990 . . Del Shannon died of a self-inflicted gun shot wound.
1993 . . Julian Cope raised over £2,500 for anti-fur campaigners Lynx after selling raffle tickets to win his trade-mark microphone stand.
1993 . . Tom Jones guested on Will Smith's TV show The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air.
1994 . . Oasis were forced to cancel their first foreign tour after they were deported from Holland. The band were involved in a drunken brawl on a cross-channel ferry resulting in members of the band being arrested and locked in the brig on the ferry.
1998 . . Chumbawamba singer Danbert Nobacon threw a plastic bucket full of cold water over UK Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott during the Brit Awards, London.
1999 . . Universal Music, Warner Music, BMG, Sony Music and EMI officially
unveiled Project Madison. The system was developed by International Business Machines Corp. to permit fast, secure distribution of full-length, CD-quality albums on the Internet.

2000 . . It was announced that Stan "the Man" Lee would create a comic book of the Backstreet Boys.
2001 . . Eminem made his live UK concert debut when he appeared at The Manchester Arena.
2005 . . Pete Doherty was released from jail on bail after four nights when his manager paid the remaining £100,000 bail to Highbury Corner Magistrates Court, London. The ex-Libertines star had been charged with robbery and blackmail after a fracas at a London hotel. His bail arrangements stated he would not be able to leave his house between 22.00pm and 07.00am every night and must be accompanied by a security guard or his manager if he goes out at any other time.
2005 . . Kylie Minogue was voted the world's sexiest woman in her 30's by UK magazine Good Housekeeping. Sade was voted No.4 in the over 40's with Madonna coming in at No.7 and Jerry Hall at No.8. And Sharon Osbourne was voted into 3rd place in the over 50's section.
2006 . . David Bowie is awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
2004 . . OutKast became the first hip-hop act to win a Grammy for 'Album of the Year' when their album "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" gets the award.
2009 . .
During the 51st Grammy Awards Blink-182 announced that they are getting back together, they had been on haitus for about A 4 months after the plane crash that nearly killed their drummer Travis Barker.
2009 . .
Chris Brown was arrested
at the 51st Grammy Awards, and held on suspicion of making criminal threats on his girlfriend Rihanna who suffered visible injuries and identified him as her attacker. The incident leads Rihanna to postpone concerts scheduled in Indonesia and in Malaysia. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Lil Wayne and Coldplay are the big winners that night.
2010 . . MTV dropped the "Music Television" moniker from its logo.
2013 . . A report on the the rise of digital music showed that one in five consumers (19.6%) bought all their music as downloads. The report said that 27.7% of UK music fans purchased downloads from stores such as iTunes or Amazon; or streamed songs on services like Spotify or YouTube and that the streaming market was now worth £49m to record labels.
2013 . . LA Superior Court Judge Charles Palmer threw out a claim by Axl Rose of fraud and misrepresentation against Guitar Hero 3. He claimed that his deal with them to license the song 'Welcome to the Jungle' for use in the game included a promise from Activision that no images of Slash would be used in the game.
2015 . . Sam Smith a quadruple winner at the Grammy Awards, was honored with the Best New Artist; Record of the Year; Best Pop Vocal Album
; and Song of the Year with "Stay With Me".

February 9th:
1966 - Liza Minnelli brought her night club act to New York City. She opened at the Persian Room of the Plaza Hotel.
1968 - Hal Cone former manager of The Monkees and Head of Jones Records was found guilty of theft, forgery, receiving stolen property and conspiracy.
1972 - Paul McCartney's new band, Wings, make their live debut at the University of Nottingham. It is McCartney's first public concert since The Beatles' 1966 US tour.
1975 - Cher's TV show premiered with guests Elton John and Bette Midler.
1997 - The Simpsons, which has featured such guest stars as Aerosmith, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Peter Frampton. becomes the longest-running prime-time animated series. The record was previously held by "The Flintstones."
1998 - Oprah Winfrey announced that Garth Brooks had agreed to donate his earnings from sales from his album "Sevens" for a seven-day period. The money went to "Oprah's Angel Network."
1999 - Dave Grohl (Foo Fighter), his Roswell Records label, EMI Entertainment World and EMI Virgin Songs filed a suit against Miramax in California, accusing them unauthorized use of the Foo Fighters' song "Big Me" in trailers for the film "Rounders."
2012 . . Whitney Houston visited singers Brandy and Monica, together with Clive Davis, at their rehearsals for Davis' pre-Grammy Awards party at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills. That same day, she
2012 . . Whitney Houston made her last public performance, when she joined Kelly Price on stage in Hollywood, California, and sang "Jesus Loves Me"

February 10th:
1919 - Orchestra leader Ben Selvin recorded the first known million-seller, and it was also a two sided hit, featuring "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles" and "Darandella".
1942 - Glen Miller became the first person to be awarded a Gold Disc, for his 'Chattanooga Choo Choo', single.
1956 - Elvis Presley recorded his 'million-seller' "Heartbreak Hotel" on the RCA label . The 'flip' side was "I Was the One". The record received two gold records, one for each side.
1968 - The Beatles turned all of their business affairs over to the newly formed Apple record company.
1974 - Producer Phil Spector was injured in a car crash. He needed extensive plastic surgery that dramatically altered his looks.
1976 - Elvis Presley was made a police reserve for the Memphis police.
1977 - The Clash started recording their debut album at CBS studio's in London.
1985 - Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings appeared at the Radio City Music Hall in New York.
1993 - Michael Jackson said that he had had very little plastic surgery when he granted his first interview in 15 years to Oprah Winfrey. In the interview, Jackson claimed that he has a disorder that destroys the pigmentation of the skin.
1994 - Snoop Doggy Dog made his UK live debut at London's Leicester Square Equinox
1998 - Axl Rose was charged with disorderly conduct following a row with a baggage handler at Arizona Airport, Rose was later released on bail.
2004 - Diana Ross was sentenced to two days in jail after pleading 'no contest' to a drink driving charge. She was allowed to enter her plea over the telephone from New York

February 11th:
1956 - Michael Holliday was at No.1 on the UK Top Twenty chart with 'The Story Of My Life.'
1963 - In less then ten hours, The Beatles record ten new songs for their first album plus four other tracks which would be the next two singles.
1964 - The Beatles played their first U.S. concert at the Collisseum in Washington, DC.
1965 - Ringo Starr and Maureen Cox were married. They divorced in 1975.
1969 - The Monkees set a new record when their second album, 'More Of The Monkees' jumped from No.122 to the top of the US chart. Staying in pole position for eighteen weeks.
1970 - The film The Magic Christian, starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr, is premiered in New York City. The film's soundtrack album, including Badfinger's "Come and Get It" written and produced by Paul McCartney, was released on Apple Records.
1970 - John Lennon paid £1,344 in fines for protesting the South African rugby team playing in Scotland.
1972 - David Bowie performed as "Ziggy Stardust" for the first time.
1973 - A local charity raised over £500 ($850) selling bedsheets and pillowcases used by the Rolling Stones after a show at Western Springs Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

1985 - The Police won Outstanding Contribution to British music at the fourth annual Brit Awards held in London. British Male Solo Artist was won by Paul Young, British Female Solo Artist, Alison Moyet and Best British Group went to Wham! Prince won best International Act and Best Soundtrack for Purple Rain.
1986 - Boy George guest-stared on an episode of "The A-Team."
1989 - 'As Nasty As They Wanna Be', the Miami bass group 2 Live Crew's 3rd album is released. Federal district judge Jose Gonzalez ruled that the album was obscene, making it illegal in certain counties of Florida.
1998 - The hand-written lyrics to ‘Candle in the Wind’ by Bernie Taupin's were auctioned off at Christie's in LA for £278,512.

February 12th:
1956 - Dean Martin was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Memories Are Made Of This.
1965 - Pye Records announced that they'd signed 'the British Bob Dylan', when they added Donovan to the label.
1967 - 15 police officers raided a party at 'Redlands' the home of Rolling Stone Keith Richards and took away various substances for forensic tests. The Sussex police, were tipped off by the News of the World, who in turn were tipped off by Keith Richards' chauffeur.
1968 - Jimi Hendrix returned home to Seattle where he received a key to the city and an honorary high school diploma. He also played for the students of Garfield High School from which he had dropped out.
1970 -
For the first time in 4 years, a Beatle appeared on BBC TV's 'Top Of The Pops' when John Lennon performed 'Instant Karma'.
1976 - Sal Mineo was murdered.
1977 - The Police recorded their debut single, ‘Fall Out' for £150 ($255) at Pathway Studios, London.
1981 - Blondie's Deborah Harry announced that she would be making a solo album.
1989 - Tiny Tim, born Herbert B. Khaury, declared himself a New York City mayoral candidate, but did not win in the election.
1997 - David Bowie received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2001 - The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered Napster to stop its users from trading copyrighted material without charge.
2005 - At a ceremony in Bristol, a train was named after Clash frontman Joe Strummer. The diesel train owned by Cotswold Rail, was named after the singer, guitarist who died aged 50 in 2002.
2010 - Sarah McLachlan performed her song "Ordinary Miracle" at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

February 13th:
1914 - ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, was formed in New York City.
1940 - Earl 'Fatha' Hines and his orchestra recorded the classic "Boogie Woogie on St. Louis Blues".
1955 -
Buddy Holly & Bob Montgomery as "Buddy and Bob" open for Elvis Presley at the Fair Park Coliseum in Lubbock.
1957 -
The filming of UK's first rock and roll movie, 'Rock You Sinners' is completed
1961 - Frank Sinatra launched his own record label. 'Reprise Records', later the home of Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman & The Beach Boys.
1966 - The Rolling Stones appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show", but the appearance was taped the day before.
1969 - A launch party was held for Mary Hopkin at the Post Office Tower in London, guests included Jimi Hendrix, Donovan and Paul McCartney with his new girlfriend Linda Eastman.
1970 - Black Sabbath releases their debut album. The marketers make sure that it comes out on Friday the 13th. To add mystique to the band's image, new manager Patrick Meehan asked the band to stop giving interviews.
1972 - Led Zeppelin was forced to cancel a concert in Singapore, when government officials will not let them off the airplane because of their long hair. Their is a law men cannot have long hair.
1972 - The Greasy Truckers concert took place at the Roundhouse in London, featuring
Hawkwind, Man, and Brinsley Schwarz. The eveining was recorded and released as a double vinyl album, in a limited edition of 20,000 which sold at £1.50. It rapidly sold out, becoming a collector's item.
1973 - After becoming ill during a concert in Las Vegas Elvis Presley presented Doctor Sidney Bowers with a Lincoln Continental to show his appreciation for all his work.
1974 - David Bowie turned down an offer from the Gay Liberation group to compose 'the world's first Gay National Anthem'
1975 - The film Slade In Flame, starring the members of Slade, premieres at the Metropole Theatre in London.
1976 - DP Costello/Elvis Costello performed at The Half Moon, Putney, London supporting Vivian Stanshall.
1976 - The 101'ers ft. Joe Strummer played at The Town Hall, Hampstead, London.
1978 - "Al Green Day" was declared in Los Angeles, CA.
1978 - Dire Straits began recording their first album at Basing Street Studios, London. The whole project cost £12,500/$21,250 to produce. The album which featured their breakthrough single 'Sultans of Swing' went on to spend a 132 week run on the UK chart.
1980 - Police raided the home of former Sex Pistol John Lydon who greeted them waving a ceremonial sword, the only illegal item they found was a canister of tear gas, claimed to be for defence against intruders.
1981 - At week number 402 on the Billboard Album charts Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon sets the record for most consecutive weeks on the chart - if debuted in March 1973 and didn't leave until April 1988, after 724 weeks.
1981 - Island Records launched 'One Plus One' cassettes, one side had one of their artist's albums and the other was blank so you could record on it!
1982 - The gravestone on the grave of Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zant, weighing 300 ponds was stolen from an Orange Park, FL, cemetery. Police found it two weeks later in a dry river bed.
1982 - The Jam became the first band since The Beatles to play two numbers on the same edition of Top Of The Pops when they performed 'A Town Called Malice', and 'Precious', their latest double A sided No.1.
1983 - Marvin Gaye sang the U.S. national anthem at the NBA All-Star game. It was an early example of an artist putting his own spin on the song, which would become commonplace in the following years.
1988 - Michael Jackson bought a ranch in Santa Ynez, California that he called "Neverland"

1989 - The Brit Awards show was hosted by Sam Fox and Mick Fleetwood and just about everything went wrong - lines were fluffed and bands mis-cued onto the stage. This was the last year the show was broadcast live.
1989 - Michael Jackson fired his manager, Dileo, who reportedly sought a $60 million settlement to prevent him revealing Jackson's lifestyle to the press.
1992 - Motley Crue announces Vince Neil is leaving the heavy metal group
, he wanted to get more involved with racing cars.
1993 - Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" from the soundtrack to The Bodyguard tops Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart for the 13th week.
1996 - Tupac Shakur's All Eyez on Me is released. The first rap double-album on a major label, it will sell over 10 million copies in the United States.
1996 -
In front of the world's press at The Hilton Hotel in Manchester, UK, the group, Take That, announce their split up; the band, at this date, had achieved 7 No.1 singles & 2 No.1 albums.
1997 - Michael Jackson became a father when Debbie Rowe gave birth to his first child , a baby boy, Prince Michael Jackson Jr.
1997 - Aged 30, Michael Menson of Rebel MC died from burns sustained in a racial attack 16 days previous when he was lost on a street in North London. He was attacked twice, his tormentors were determined to burn him alive, throwing fuel at him and setting him on fire; he suffered horrendous burns.
1998 - Police at Manchester Airport arrested former Stone Roses singer, Ian Brown after an incident during a flight from Paris. Later that year in August Ian was found guilty
of using threatening behaviour towards an airline stewardess and captain and jailed for four months; British Airways banned him from flying with their airline.
2000 - Pop singer and songwriter Richard Marx makes a surprise appearance at the 2000 edition of Joe Diffie's annual "Country Steps in for First Steps" concert at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Marx performs his hit "Don't Mean Nothing."
2001 - Rock guitarist Peter Frampton receives the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award, considered the Oscar for the guitar industry. Frampton gets the award during ceremonies at L.A.'s Petersen Automotive Museum.
2002 - Two sons of the late reggae star Bob Marley are arrested in North Florida after officers find marijuana in their car. Julian and Stephen Marley, also reggae musicians are released on $500 bail each.
2004 - Led Zeppelin was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's Grammys. Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham all attended. Robert Plant did not, since he was working on a new album and tour.
2005 - Ray Charles won eight posthumous Grammy awards for his final album, "Genius Loves Company".
2005 - Readers of the UK newspaper The Sun voted George Michael’s ‘Careless Whisper’ as the greatest British pop single of the past 25 years. Oasis came second with ‘Wonderwall’ and Kate Bush third with ‘Wuthering Heights’. The rest of the Top 10: No.4, Robbie Williams, ‘Angels’, No.5, The Jam, ‘Going Underground’, in equal 6th, Sex Pistols, ‘God Save The Queen’ and Joy Division, ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’, 7th was Queen, ‘We Are The Champions’, 9th, The Stone Roses, ‘Fool’s Gold’ and 10th The Undertones ‘Teenage Kicks’.
2007 - Rod Stewart was paid $1million when he performed at a billionaire's birthday bash. Stewart was booked to play a one-hour gig to help Steve Schwarzman celebrate his 60th birthday held at New York's Park Avenue Armory.
2007 - Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty was fined £300 and disqualified from driving for two months after admitting to two charges of driving without insurance or a licence at Thames Magistrates Court in London.
2007 - Robbie Williams checked into rehab on his birthday to deal with an addiction to prescription drugs. The singer, who was 33 today, was admitted into an unnamed clinic in the US.
2008 -
Lee Ryan, former Blue singer, was charged with an attack on a taxi driver in Surrey. The 24-year-old was accused of assaulting the man following a minor traffic accident in Oxted on New Year's Eve
2008 - A fan paid $3,000 for a jewelled bra, which Shakira wore on her Oral Fixation world tour in 2007, in an auction for the pop star's children's charity. So far over $60,000 had been raised, with one fan paying $14,100 to meet Shakira. Other items in the auction included a purple wig and Gibson guitar used in the video for Las De La Intuicion, a shiny lavender skirt with turquoise and coral beading that Shakira wore while singing Hips Don't Lie on tour..
2013 - Lady Gaga was forced to postponed her world tour after an injury which left her unable to walk. She had severe inflammation of the joints, known as synovitis.

February 14th:
1847 - A saxophone school is created in Paris, France. It is set up at "Gymnase Musical," a military band school.
1955 - Ruby Murray went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Softly, Softly'. She was the first act to score five simultaneous Top 20 hits.

1957 - Jazz icon Lionel Hampton debuts "King David," his only symphony, at New York's Town Hall.
1958 - The Iranian government bans rock & roll, claiming that this form of music is against the concepts of Islam and is a health hazard. Iranian doctors warn of the risk of injuries to the hips from the "extreme gyrations" of rock & roll dances.
1959 - Cliff Richard was voted the best new singer in the annual NME awards.
1961 - The Platters sue Mercury Records for breach of contract in Chicago, citing the record label's refusal to pay royalties for songs on which leader Tony Williams does not, in fact, sing lead.
1961 - The earliest video footage of The Beatles as a band was taken during their performance at the Casanova Club in Liverpool.
1964 - Chad & Jeremy were guests on the "Patty Duke Show".
1967 - Pink Floyd appeared at the Miss Teenage Brighton Contest, Top Rank Suite, Brighton, England, playing the musical interlude during the contest.
1968 - Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention announce that work has begun on the band's quasi-documentary Uncle Meat.
1969 - 300 plus fans were injured
at an ice rink in Glasgow, Scotland, during a concert by Love Affair and Amen Corner
1970 - The Who taped a concert at Leeds University in Leeds, England, for their album, "Live at Leeds."

1972 - "Grease" opened off-Broadway, where it ran for the next decade for a total of 3,388 performances.
1972 - Mayor Sam Yorty declared "Steppenwolf Day" in Los Angeles as sadly they announced their first break-up that same day.
1972 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono started a week long run as co-hosts on 'Mike Douglas' US TV show.
1973 - David Bowie collapsed toward the end of the encore, at the end of his Valentine's Day Show at New York's Radio City Music Hall. A bodyguard, dressed all in black rushed out of the wings and picked Bowie up like a limp broken doll and carrying him off stage with the lights going black.
1974 - Daryl Dragon and Toni Tennille married in Virginia City, while on a promotion tour of the States.
1974 - Ringo Starr, Neil Young and Warren Beatty are in attendance for the last stop on Bob Dylan's tour with The Band a
t the Forum in L.A.
1977 - The B-52's made their first live performance appearing in a Greenhouse at a Valentines day party in Athens.
1977 - US singer songwriter Janis Ian received 461 Valentine's day cards after indicating in the lyrics of her song 'At Seventeen', she had never received any.
1978 - Husband and wife, singer-songwriters Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge, appeared on The Muppet Show to perform "Song I Like to Sing" from their first album of duets, Full Moon.
1980 - Lou Reed married Sylvia Morales at a ceremony in his New York apartment.
1981 - Billy Idol left Generation X for a solo career.
1981 - The Funky 4 plus One More perform their classic hit, “That's The Joint” on NBC's Saturday Night Live becoming the first hip hop group to appear on national television.
1984 - Elton John and Renata Blauel were married in Darling Point, Sydney, Australia, but the couple divorced in 1988.
1986 - Frank Zappa appeared on "Miami Vice" playing a crime boss named "Mr. Frankie"
1990 - The Rolling Stones played the first of ten nights at the Korakuen Dome, Tokyo, Japan. The shows were seen by over 500,000 fans, making the band $20 million/£11.76 million.
1992 - The film 'Waynes World', which featured appearances from Meat Loaf and Alice Cooper premiered in the US. The use of Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' in the film propelled the song to the top of the UK singles chart for a second time and to No.2 on the US singles charts nearly 20 years after its first release.
1993 - Huggy Bear performed "Her Jazz" on the British TV programme, 'The Word'. After their set, the band stayed in the studio to watch a report on two American models who called themselves "The Barbi Twins". Huggy Bear and their fans became upset at this and started shouting at the show's presenter Terry Christian. The band was ejected from the studio.
1994 - Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia married his third wife moviemaker Deborah Koons, in Sausalito, California.
1995 - Rapper Tupac Shakur was sentenced to one-and-a-half to four-and-a-half years in prison on a sexual abuse charge. He was later released on appeal.
1996 - T.A.F.K.A.P. aka Prince, married Mayte Garcia in a Minneapolis church, he had composed a special song for his wife, 'Friend, Lover, Sister, Mother, Wife', which she heard for the first time when they had their first wedding dance.
1997 - Country artist Ty England and wife Shanna welcome their third child into the world, Levi Wyatt.
1998 - Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds is honored as "Entertainer of the Year" at the 29th NAACP Image Awards, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, CA.
1998 - Madonna performed her first club performance in more than 10 years at the Roxy in New York.

1998 - Marilyn Manson began an short book signing tour at Tower Records in New York. He was supporting his autobiography "It's A Long Hard Road Out of Hell".
1998 - Celine Dion's 'My Heart Will Go On' set a new record for the most radio plays in the US with 116 million plays in one week.
1998 - Country crooner T.G. Sheppard was best man for 35 different bridegrooms at a hotel in Las Vegas, all winners of a national radio promotion for Sheppard's song "She's Gettin' the Rock".
1999 - The Deftones, on the final stop of their tour opening for Black Sabbath, find that their truck have been broken into on the parking lot of the Holiday Inn in Dearborn, Michigan. All of the band's backline equipment and instruments, including several of Chi Chings' Precision Fender Bass guitars, and Stephen Carpenter's custom-made guitars and racks had been stolen.
1999 - Elton John appeared as himself in the "I'm With Cupid" special Valentine's Day episode of The Simpsons.
2000 - KISS announced that they were going to do a farewell tour in makeup and then sell off the stage props in an auction.

2001 - Prince launched a subscription service whereby fans were asked to pay as much as $100 a year for online access to the rock impresario's songs and videos as well as VIP passes to Prince concerts and after-show parties.
2001 - "Barbra Streisand: Timeless" aired on FOX. The show was a farewell-tour concert.
2003 - Stolen reel-to-reel studio recordings by The Beatles were found in Australia. Police recovered the tapes of the bands 1968 The White Album and the Abbey Road album after they were advertised for sale in a Sydney newspaper. Ozzie police had been tipped off by British detectives from Operation Acetone, an investigation into thefts of original Beatles music from Abbey Road studios in London in the 60's.
2004 - Former drummer with Judas Priest, Dave Holland, was jailed for 8 years for indecent assault and the attempted rape of a 17 year old boy. The youth, who had learning difficulties, had been taking drum lessons from Holland.
2006 - While on a Europen tour, former Guns 'n' Roses drummer, Steve Adler, dined out at The Cross Keys, Hoyland, Nr Sheffield with Beverley Russell for a Valentines lunch on his last day in the UK.
2005 - Kerrang! magazine announced the results of its readers’ poll for the best British rock albums ever. The Top 10 were: No.1, Black Sabbath’s Black Sabbath; No.2, Iron Maiden’s Number Of The Beast; No.3 Sex Pistols’ Never Mind The Bollock's, Here's The Sex Pistols; No. 4, Led Zeppelin IV; No.5, Black Sabbath’s Paranoid; No.6, Muse’s Absolution; No.7, The Clash's London Calling; No.8, Queen’s Sheer Heart Attack; No.9, Iron Maiden’s Iron Maiden and No.10, Manic Street Preachers’ The Holy Bible.
2007 - Universal Pictures announced it was developing a film based on the story of the pop/dance music project formed by Frank Farian in Germany in 1988, fronted by Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus... Milli Vanilli's rise and fall in the music industry.
2008 - Oasis singer Liam Gallagher married his long-term partner, singer Nicole Appleton at a civil ceremony in London, at Westminster Register Office, where he married his first wife, Patsy Kensit, in 1997.
2010 - "Everybody Hurts", recorded to help Haiti's earthquake victims went to No.1 on the UK singles chart. The REM cover featured Leona Lewis, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams and Take That sold over 453,000 copies in its first week.
2011 - Mötley Crüe's Vince Neil surrendered to Nevada authorities to start serving 15 days behind bars for a DUI charge.
2012 - SOCA, a branch of UK law enforcement, closed down the illegal music download site RnBXclusive.com. Visitors to the page were told that "the individuals behind this website have been arrested for fraud" and also cautioned those who may have downloaded music, "you may be liable for prosecution..."
2014 - It was announced that Sam Bailey has parted ways with Simon Cowell's record label Syco just over a year since winning The X Factor.
2015 - Lady Gaga became engaged to actor Taylor Kinney.

February 15th:
1954 - Big Joe Turner recorded the original "Shake, Rattle & Roll".
1958 - "The Dick Clark Show" debuted on ABC-TV. Connie Francis, Pat Boone and Jerry Lee Lewis were the first performers to appear on the show.
1961 - Jackie Wilson was injured in a shooting, when he was shot in the stomach. It was said that one of his girlfriends, Juanita Jones, shot and wounded him in a jealous rage when he returned to his Manhattan flat with fashion model Harlean Harris, an ex-girlfriend of Sam Cooke's. However, in early 1975, in an interview with author Arnold Shaw, Wilson maintained it was
actually a zealous fan whom he did not know that shot him.
1968 - John Lennon & George Harrison arrived in India to study meditation with the Maharishi, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr arrived four days later. Ringo returned before the others comparing the experience to be like a Butlins holiday camp.
1969 - Singer Vickie Jones was arrested on fraud charges for impersonating Aretha Franklin in concert at Fort Myers, Florida, no- one in the audience asked for their money back.
1965 - Nat "King" Cole died of complications following surgery for lung cancer at the age of 48.
1971 - The Who first perform "Lifehouse", their new rock opera. It failed, although some songs were recorded for The Who's next LP.
1972 - Anti-bootlegging law comes into effect in US.
1976 - Bette Midler bailed seven members of her entourage out of jail. They were arrested on cocaine and marijuana possession charges.
1977 - Sid Vicious joined the Sex Pistols replacing bassist Glen Matlock.
1998 - The Tokyo area phone system went down due to high activity attributable to people trying to reserve tickets for an upcoming Glay concert.
2002 - Kerrang! Magazine overtook the New Musical Express for the first time to become the best selling UK weekly music publication. It claimed new bands such as Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park had given them a new teenage audience.

February 16th:
1963 - Paul Anka and Marie-Ann DeZogheb were married in Paris.
1968 - In Detroit, MI, Aretha Franklin day was declared.
1971 - Alan David Pasaro sued the Rolling Stones charging them with invasion of privacy. The charge stemmed from the footage of a stabbing in the film "Gimme Shelter." Pasaro was tried and acquitted for the stabbing death.
1972 - Charlie Watt's wife Shirley was arrested at Nice Airport for swearing and hitting custom's officials.
1975 - Cher started her own weekly hour of a music and comedy show on CBS-TV. Her new show featured a female guest each week.
1984 - Jerry Lee Lewis surrendered to federal authorities to answer income tax evasion charges. He was later acquitted.
1988 - After singer Jo Elliot had referred to El Paso as 'the place with all those greasy Mexicans', Def Leppard were forced to cancel a concert in El Paso, after they received threats that the gig would be disrupted.
1993 - At the Brit Awards in London. Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood, Ian McLagan, Kenny Jones and Bill Wyman (who was filling in for the sick Ronnie Lane) play together in what turns out to be a Faces reunion.
1999 - Rap star Ol' Dirty Bastard was arrested in Hollywood for allegedly wearing body armor, a forbidden garment because of his previous arrests. ODB was initially pulled over for driving eratically.
2000 - The Silver Tassie, an opera by Mark-Anthony Turnage, receives its première at the London Coliseum, performed by the English National Opera.
2002 - Thieves broke into George Michael's London home and stole over £100,000 ($170,000) worth of paintings, jewellery and designer clothes and drove off in his £80,000 ($136,000) Aston Martin DB7. They also caused £200,000 ($340,000) worth of damage to his home.
2005 - Kid Rock was arrested for allegedly punching a DJ at a strip club in Nashville, Tennessee. Police were called to the incident but Rock escaped from the club. The star was eventually arrested a few hours later, taken to the night court and released on $3,000 (£1,600) bail.

February 17th:
1904 - The opera "Madama Butterfly" by Giacomo Puccini had its world premiere at La Scala in Milan.
1955 . . Little Richard sent his first audition tape to Specialty Records.
1960 . .
The Everly Brothers signed a million dollar contract with Warner Brothers records.
1960 - Elvis Presley won his first Gold record for the album 'Elvis.'
1969 - Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan had a recording session in Nashville, TN. "Girl from the North Country" was the only duet released from the session. The track appeared on Dylan's 'Nashville Skyline' album.
1971 - James Taylor made his TV debut on The Johnny Cash Show. Other guests included Neil Young, Linda Ronstadt and Tony Joe White.
1972 - Pink Floyd began a 4-night stand in London. During the stand they premiered "The Dark Side of the Moon" a full year before it was released.
1975 -
Johnny O'Keefe married for the second time to Maureen Joan Maricic, a 29-year-old fashion consultant. at the Masonic Hall, Waverley, Australia.
1976 - Bette Midler was awarded the "Woman of the Year" award from Harvard's University's Hasty Pudding Theatrical Society.
1988 - A 12-year old fan of Motley Crue set his legs on fire while trying to imitate a stunt in the band's "Live Wire" video. The boy suffered burns over ten percent of his body.
1996 - A Platinum American Express card which once belonged to Bruce Springsteen was sold for $4,500 (£2,650) at a New York memorabilia sale. The singer had given the expired card to a waiter in a LA restaurant by mistake and let them keep it as a souvenir.

2002 . . It was reported that George Michael's in Hamstead was burglarized. The theft included his $114,000 Aston Martin sports car and $140,000 in paintings, jewelry and clothing.
2005 -
Jimi Hendrix's 1965 Fender Stratocaster guitar was sold for £100,000 at an auction in London. Other Hendrix items sold included a poem written two weeks after his appearance at the Monterey Festival which went for £10,000.
2013 . . Family Guy devoted the "Chris Cross" episode to Anne Murray. In the episode, Stewie and Brian become obsessed with Murray's music. Anne also appears in animated form contributing her voice.

February 18th:
1959 - Elvis Presley appeard after hours at the Lido Club in Paris while on leave from the U.S. Army.
1962 - The Everly Brothers appeared on the US Ed Sullivan show,
while on weekend leave from marine training; they were in full uniform, with regulation cropped hair, singing their new single, 'Crying In The Rain'.
1968 - David Gilmour replaces Syd Barrett in Pink Floyd. Barret had checked himself into a psychiatric hospital and then went into seclusion.
1969 -
Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees and Lulu were married in England.
- Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band made their New York debut at Unganos.
1972 - Opportunity Knocks winner, 12 year-old Neil Reid started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with his debut album. It made Reid the youngest person ever to score a UK No.1.
1975 - Paco de Lucía became the first-ever flamenco performer to perform at the Teatro Real of Madrid. He played a set with his brother Ramón, in front of a relatively young audience without the use of effects.
1978 - Britain's first punk magazine,
Sniffin' Glue, ceases publication.
1980 - During an interview,
Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones said that he intended to leave the band in 1982 on the group's 20th anniversary, but he didn't leave the band until 1993.
1989 - An impostor
caused havoc when he phoned Radio 1 claiming that he was the Madness vocalist Suggs and asked them to advertise a one-off gig in Newcastle.
1992 - Vince Neil quit as lead singer of Motley Crue. After 11 years with the group he says he wants to spend more time on his career as a race car driver. The band reunited on the "American Music Awards" 5 years later.
1998 - Rob Smith of The Cure did battle with the forces of musical evil, Barbara Streisand, on the TV show South Park.
1998 - Oasis' Noel Gallagher's Epiphone Supernova guitar raised £4,600 ($7,820) in aid of Children In Need at a Bonhams auction held in London, England.
2006 - In Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, the Rolling Stones gave a free concert before a crowd of over 2 million people at Copacabana Beach.
2012 . . An invitation-only memorial for Whitney Houston was held at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey. The service was scheduled for two hours, but lasted four. Among those who performed at the funeral were Stevie Wonder, CeCe Winans, Alicia Keys, Kim Burrell and R. Kelly.

February 19th:
1954 -
Buddy Holly & Bob Montgomery and Larry Welborn perform "Flower Of My Heart," a song written by Bob, for a contest at Lubbock High School. The song wins the competition and is chosen as the 1954 Senior Class Song.
1968 - Gerry Marsden (Gerry & the Pacemakers) began a 3-1/2 year run in the London stage production of "Charlie's Girl."
1970 - Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart guest starred onn ABC-TV's "Bewitched".
1972 - Paul McCartney's 'Give Ireland Back to the Irish' (which was inspired by the "Bloody Sunday" massacre in Ireland on 30 January 1972) was banned by the BBC.
1974 - KISS made thier TV debut on "Don Kirshner's Rock Concert."
1976 - Former lead singer with Tower Of Power, Rich Stevens was arrested in connection with the drug related murders of three men in San Jose, California. Stevens was found guilty of the charges in November 1976.
1979 - Dire Straits begin their first American tour, in Boston.
1981 - George Harrison was ordered to pay ABKCO Music the sum of $587,000 for "subconscious plagiarism" between his song, "My Sweet Lord" and the Chiffons "He's So Fine."
1982 - Ozzy Osbourne was arrested in San Antonio, Texas for pissing on the Alamo. Osbourne was wearing a dress at the time of his arrest.
1991 - Public Enemy boycotted the 1991 Grammy Awards because the rap award was not going to be presented during the live TV ceremony. Sinead O'Connor also boycotted the event.
1995 - "Baywatch's" Pamela Anderson marries Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee on a Cancun beach. The same day
Jon Bon Jovi and his wife Dorothea give birth to son Jesse James Louis.
1995 - Roxette performed in Beijing when they played a concert celebrating the Chinese New Year. It was the first concert for a western artist in China since 1984 when George Michael performed.
1996 - Bjork was shown on UK breakfast TV attacking a news reporter as she arrived at Thailand Airport. The footage showed the singer pulling the female reporter to the floor and banging her head on the ground. Bjork later apologised for the attack.

February 20th:
1958 - The Big Gold Records Stars tour, informally known as The Florida Tour takes to the road. The tour stars the Everly Brothers,
Buddy Holly & The Crickets, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bill Haley and The Comets, and The Royalteens.
1960 - Jimi Hendrix made his stage debut when he played a show at a High School in Seattle.
1969 - "Goodbye Cream" opened in Baltimore. The film was of Cream's November 26th 1968 farewell concert performed at London's Royal Albert Hall.
1970 - Timothy Leary, international laureate of LSD and candidate for governorship for California, sentenced to ten years' jail for possession of marijuana.
1974 - Yes sell out Madison Square Gardens, the gig was not advertised, all the tickets sold in two days by word of mouth.
1976 - Four sets of Kiss footprints are placed in the sidewalk outside of Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

1982 - Singer Pat Benatar married musician-producer Neil Geraldo in Hawaii. It was Benatar's second marriage.
1988 - Nearly seventeen years after his death, Louis Armstrong has the highest debut US single of the week when 'What a Wonderful World' comes in at No. 67.
1991 - Bob Dylan was awarded a lifetime achievement award at the 33rd annual Grammy' Awards.
1996 - Snoop Doggy Dogg and a bodyguard are found not guilty of first-degree murder.
1997 - Ben and Jerry's introduced a new flavour their ice cream, Phish, named after the rock group Phish. The ice cream treat contains chocolate ice cream, marshmallows, caramel and fish-shaped fudge.

2003 - In West Warwick, RI, 99 people were killed when fire destroyed the nightclub The Station. The fire started with sparks from a pyrotechnic display being used by Great White. Ty Longley, guitarist for Great White, was one of the victims in the fire.
Foam soundproofing material at the edge of the stage set alight and the blaze spread quickly in the one-storey wooden building as fans all tried to escape through the same exit.
2008 -
Ozzy, Sharon, Kelly and Jack Osbourne host the 2008 BRIT Awards at Earls Court in London.

February 21st
1958 - The very first Gibson model Flying V guitar is shipped from a factory in Kalamazoo, Mich. USA
1964 -
The Echoes, a band from New York recruited a new young unknown piano player, named Billy Joel.
1968 - McGraw-Hill, Inc. outbids eight other American publishers for the U.S. rights to Hunter Davies' authorized biography of the Beatles. They paid $150,000 for the rights.
1970 - Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water LP enters UK chart at No. 1, staying in top 10 for 126 weeks.
1970 - The Jackson 5 made their TV debut on "American Bandstand".
1976 - Patti Smith was featured on the front cover of the New Musical Express.
1980 - Bon Scott (AC/DC) fell unconscious and died in a friend's car after a drinking bout that lasted all night.
1987 - Sly Stone was jailed on drug charges.

1990 -
The Academy created the categories Best Hard Rock Performance and Best Metal Performance, separating the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance genres at the 32nd Grammy Awards.
1990 -
Living Colour was the first band to win the Best Hard Rock Performance Grammy Award for "Cult of Personality". They were also first all African-American band to win the Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance
1990 -
Metallica was the 1st band to win the Best Heavy Metal Performance Grammy Award. Metallica won it the first 3 years for the song "One"; a cover version of Queen's "Stone Cold Crazy"; and the album Metallica.

1995 - For the first time in seven years, Bruce Springsteen performed live with the E Street Band. The New York City nightclub appearance was for a video for Jonathan Demme's film "Murder Incorporated."
2001 - Robbie Williams was attacked and thrown from the stage during a concert in Stuttgart, Germany after a man got onto the stage and pushed Williams into the security pit. The attacker was arrested and taken to a secure psychiatric clinic.
2002 - Elton John accused the music industry of exploiting young singers and dumping talented artists for manufactured groups. He said 'There are too many average and mediocre acts; it damages real talent getting airplay. It's just fodder.'

February 22nd:
1956 - Billboard review debut single by James Brown, Please Please Please, by describing it as having 'a dynamic religious fervour running through the pleading solo'.
1963 - The Beatles formed their Northern Music Publishing Company. Michael Jackson eventually purchased it.
1965 - The Beatles begin filming their second movie, Help.
1969 - David Bowie, performing a one-man mime act, opens for T. Rex as they start UK tour in Manchester.
1977 - The Sex Pistols won 'Turkey Of The Year' in this years NME readers poll.
1978 - Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen were arrested in New York and charged with drug possession.
1980 - The original Ants split up with Adam. Malcolm McLaren fires Adam Ant from the group which goes on to become Bow Wow Wow.
1985 -
With the young frail French pianist, Michel Petrucciani cradled in his arms, Charles Lloyd walked onto the stage at Town Hall in New York City and sat him on his piano stool for what would be an historic evening in jazz history: the filming of One Night with Blue Note.
1986 - MTV celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Monkees by airing a 22-hour broadcast of Monkees TV episodes.

1986 - A Fine Young Cannibals concert in Boston was delayed until 2AM because somebody had thrown tear gas into the club.
1989 - The Academy recognized hard rock music artists for the first time at the 31st Grammy Awards, presented as Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental, combining two of the most popular music genres of the 1980s. Jethro Tull won that award for the album Crest of a Knave. It led to widespread criticism as journalists suggested Jethro Tull did not belong in the hard rock or heavy metal genres. So the Academy created the categories Best Hard Rock Performance and Best Metal Performance, separating the genres in 1990.
1992 - UK music paper the NME printed their writers all time best debut albums; at No.1, Patti Smith, 'Horses', No.2, Joy Division, 'Unknown Pleasures', No.3, MC5, 'Kick Out The Jams, No.4, The Jesus and Mary Chain, 'Psychocandy' and No.5, Television, 'Marquee Moon'.
2002 - Two middle-aged women spent the first of eight nights sleeping in a car outside Bournemouth International Centre to make sure they were first in the queue for when tickets to Cliff Richard's forthcoming concert went on sale.
2006 . . The one billionth song is downloaded on iTunes; the song is "Speed of Sound" by Coldplay.
2008 . . Welsh singing star Duffy appeared on 'Later with Jools Holland' and performed "Rockferry", "Mercy", and "Stepping Stone".

February 23rd:
1955 - Jimmy Reed releases debut single, You Don't Have to Go.
1961 - First French International Rock Festival begins with Bobby Rydell, Emile Ford and Johnny Halliday.
1970 - Ringo Starr guest starred on "Laugh-In." It was his first solo TV appearance.
1972 - Elvis and Priscilla Presley seperated.
1978 - David Coverdale's Whitesnake made their debut at the Sky Bird Club, Nottingham, England.
1979 - The first tour of the U.S. and Canada by Dire Straits opens at the Paradise Club in Boston. The group logs 51 sold-out shows in 38 days.
1985 - Stevie Wonder was arrested during an antiapartheid demonstration outside the South African Embassy in Washington; he was released after being questioned by police.
1989 - Isaac Hayes was jailed by an Atlanta judge for owing $346,300 (£203,705) in child support and alimony.
1993 - Little Richard received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy.
1998 - Nine people were killed and more than 40 injured when a truck veered out of control during the annual carnival in Port-au-Prince. The Haitian band Ram was performing on the truck. None of the band members were hurt.

2000 - At the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Carlos Santana received a record-tying eight Grammy's. Michael Jackson set the record back in 1984 when he won awards for "Thriller."
2003 - An insider told the The News Of The World that Jackson had been anaesthetised on a weekly basis to have his skin peeled and bleached. The paper reported that Michael Jackson had undergone scores of painful operations to strip his body of black skin until he appeared white. The surgeons at a Santa Monica clinic eventually refused him any more treatment.
2008 - Welsh singing star Duffy appeared on BBC Two TV's show 'The Culture Show' on performing "Mercy".

February 24th:
1956 - In Cleveland, OH, police invoked a 1931 ordinance barring people under the age of 18 from dancing in public unless accompanied by an adult.
1957 - Buddy Holly travels to the Norman Petty Studio in Clovis, N.M., and records "I'm Looking For Someone To Love" and the hit version of "That'll Be The Day". Holly sings and plays lead guitar; Larry Welborn plays bass; Allison plays drums; and Niki Sullivan, Gary Tollett, and Ramona Tollett sing backing vocals on "That'll Be The Day". Holly is restricted from recording any of the songs that were done under his contract with Decca. So eventually they come up with the name The Crickets with Holly, vocals and lead guitar; Allison, drums; Mauldin, bass; and Sullivan, rhythm guitar.
1969 - Performing at the Royal Albert Hall, The Jimi Hendrix Experience played its last British concert before breaking up.
1973 - Byrds play there farewell concert at Capital Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey.
1976 - The Eagles' "Greatest Hits" album became the first album in the U.S. to be certified platinum by the RIAA.
- Fire and Ice wins Pat Benatar a Grammy for best rock performance of 1981 & Kim Carnes is awarded a Grammy for record of year for Bette Davis Eyes.
1987 - Fats Domino received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy.
1988 - Alice Cooper announced he would run for Governor of Arizona as a member of the "Wild Party".
1990 - Bob Dylan unexpectedly joins Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman and David Crosby to sing "Mr. Tambourine Man" at a Los Angeles tribute to the late Roy Orbison. It is the first time in 25 years that the three former Byrds perform together onstage.
1993 - Eric Clapton wins six Grammy's
1998 - Tommy Lee (Motley Crue) was arrested and charged with hitting his wife Pamela Anderson Lee.
2000 - Italian motorcycle manufacturing company Aprilia wins a lawsuit filed against the Spice Girls over a sponsorship deal that fell apart when Geri Halliwell left the group.
2005 - Former Orange Juice singer, guitarist and producer Edwyn Collins was rushed to hospital after suffering a brain haemorrhage.

February 25th:
1925 . . Columbia Records began recording with the new electric recording process licensed from Western Electric. The new "Viva-tonal" records set a benchmark in tone and clarity unequaled on commercial discs during the "78-rpm" era.
1952 - Cole Porter's "Kiss Me Kate", was today, the first musical to have its choreography score copyrighted.
1953 - The musical "Wonderful Town" opened. It ran for 559 performances.
1964 - Cassius Clay becomes world heavyweight boxing champion. Within months he records cover version of Stand by Me.
1965 - Filming begins on the Beatles' film "Help!" in the Bahamas.

- The Jam sign up with Polydor UK.
1983 - Peter, Paul and Mary
reunite after sixteen years for a European tour.
1987 - Frank Sinatra guest starred on CBS-TV's "Magnum P.I."
1995 - Lyle Lovett broke his collarbone riding a motorcycle in Mexico.
1999 - Prince filed a copyright and trademark infringement lawsuit against nine Web sites, with allegations that included selling bootlegged recordings and offering unauthorized song downloads.
2000 - An announcement was made that Britney Spears would be releasing her own brand of bubble gum,
in March of 2000, "Britney Spears CD Bubble Gum".
2004 - The Rolling Stones topped a US Rich List of music's biggest money makers. The list was based on earnings during 2003 when the band played their "Forty Licks" tour, which made them $212 million, (£124.7m) in ticket, CD, DVD and merchandise sales. Bruce Springsteen came in second place and The Eagles, third.

February 26th:
1954 - A U.S. Congresswoman, Republican Ruth Thompson of Michigan introduced a bill to prohibit the distribution of "obscene, lewd, lascivious or filthy" recordings, a thinly disguised attempt to stop the growth of R&B.
1955 - Lavern Baker appeals to Congress in the hope of revising 1909 Copyright Act so that artists can be protected against note-for-note cover versions of black hits by white acts.
1955 - Billboard reported that the 45rpm single format was outselling the 78s for the first time.
1965 - Guitarist Jimmy Page released a solo single called 'She Just Satisfies', but it didn't chart.
1978 - Russian pianist, Vladimir Horowitz marked the 50th anniversary of his U.S. debut with a performance at the White House.
1978 - During a court case between The Sex Pistols and their manager Malcolm McLaren it was revealed that only £30,000 ($51,000) was left of the £800,000 ($1,360,000) the band had earned.
1980 -
Rob Partridge and Bill Stewart from Island Records in the UK offered the band U2 a recording contract after seeing them play at Dublin's National Boxing Stadium in front of 2,400 people.
1983 - Michael Jackson's Thriller begins 37-week run as US No. 1 LP.
1990 - Cornell Gunter, former lead tenor for the Coasters, is murdered in Las Vegas, Nev. He is 53. "Yakety Yak," the group's only No. 1 hit, was released during Gunter's four years with the Coasters

1998 - Tommy Lee of Motley Crue was formally charged with abusing his wife Pamela Anderson Lee, and one of their sons, Dylan.
2005 - Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt
's wife was rushed to hospital after slashing her wrists in a suicide attempt after a Sunday newspaper ran a story claiming that Rick had been cheating on his wife.
2008 - The Return of the Spice Girls tour comes to a close in Toronto.

February 27th:
1967 - Pink Floyd recorded their first single, "Arnold Layne."
1970 - Jefferson Airplane is fined for using profanity during a show in Oklahoma City. The fine is $1,000.

1971 - Paul McCartney debuts with his single solo 'Another Day' on UK chart.
1974 - Cher filed for divorce from Sonny Bono.
1976 - Mick Jagger started a short stay in a New York hospital with a respiratory infection.
1977 - Keith Richards' Toronto hotel suite was raided by Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Richards was arrested and charged possession of heroin with the intent to traffic and possession of cocaine. He was release on $25,000 bail.
1984 - A Pepsi commercial featuring the Jackson's premiered on MTV.
1990 - Milli Vanilli's Rob Pilatus shared his perspective on life with Time magazine. In the interview he said, "Musically, we're more talented than any Bob Dylan or Paul McCartney. Mick Jagger can't produce a sound. I'm the new Elvis."
1997 - James Brown asked talk show hostess Rolanda White to marry him during the taping of one of her shows, but she didn't marry him.
1998 - Motley Crue's Vince Neil announced an agreement he had made with Internet Entertainment Group and Vivid Video to distribute a 60-minute home video of him having sex with two adult film models in Hawaii.
2004 - A supermarket worker in Aspen, Colorado called the police after seeing a
masked man shopping. Police arrived on the scene and identified the man as Michael Jackson who was in town on holiday with his children.
2013 - Stone Temple Pilots announced on their website that "...they had officially terminated Scott Weiland...". Weiland criticized the band after they hired Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington as his replacement, claiming he was still a member and they shouldn't be calling themselves Stone Temple Pilots without him.

February 28th:
1958 - Six O'Clock Rock premiered on Australian TV hosted by Ricki Merriman, but after six episodes the legendary Johnny O'Keefe took over as host.
1966 - The famous Cavern Club, in Liverpool, England, which, at its peak was known as home to The Beatles, closed from financial difficulties; police were called after over a 100 music fans had barricaded themselves inside the club to protest at the clubs closer.

1970 - Led Zeppelin performed under the pseudonym "The Nobs" in Denmark after the family of Ferdinand von Zeppelin threatened a lawsuit.
1970 - In an interview with the New Musical Express, Pete Green
of Fleetwood Mac talked of his plans to give all his money away. The following year Green threatened his accountant with a gun after he sent him an unwanted royalty check. The virtuoso guitarist went to jail before being transferred to an asylum and later in 1973 he was committed to a mental hospital.
1970 - Matthew Fisher leaves Procol Harum.
1972 - George and Patti Harrison were injured in a car crash; Patti was unconscious for several days.
1977 - Ray Charles was attacked by an audience member onstage, by a man who tries to strangle him with a rope.
1982 - Guitarist Scott Gorham of the Thin Lizzy band collapsed during the bands European tour suffering from heroin withdrawal.
1984 - Michael Jackson won a record eight Grammy awards most connected to the album "Thriller."; including: Album of the year for 'Thriller'; Record of the year and Best rock vocal performance for 'Beat It'; Best pop vocal performance, Best R&B performance and Best R&B song for 'Billie Jean', and Best Recording For Children for E.T The Extra Terrestrial.
1886 - George Michael announced that Wham! would officially split during the summer.
1994 - Eric Clapton played his 100th performance at London's Royal Albert Hall, in aid of the 'Children In Crisis', charity.
1996 - The original members of Kiss appeared at the Grammy Awards. It was the first time in 17 years that the band had appeared in full make-up and costumes.

2000 - In a Los Angeles Superior Court, Celine Dion filed a suit against the "National Enquirer". The papers claimed an "intentional infliction of emotion distress, invasion of privacy, and unfair business practices." The headline that brought the suit was "Celine: I'm Pregnant With Twins".

February 29th:
1932 - Bing Crosby and the Mills Brothers teamed up to record "Shine."
1964 - Dora Bryan, Jane Asher, Brian Epstein and Gerry Marsden appear on Uk music show, Juke Box Jury.
1968 - The Beatles 'Sgt Pepper' won album of the year, best cover and best-engineered and recorded album at this years Grammy Awards.
1972 - John Lennon's U.S. immigration visa expired. It was the beginning of a 3 1/2 year fight for Lennon to stay in the U.S.
1976 - Two members of Lynyrd Skynyrd were knocked unconscious after a scuffle broke out- between the band and members of the metropolitan police boxing team, who were holding a dinner at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.
1980 - After 21 years, Buddy Holly's glasses and the Big Bopper's wristwatch were found in old police files by the Mason City Sheriff. The items were worn by the musicians when their plane crashed, February 3, 1959.
1996 - Status Quo sued Radio 1 for £250,000 on the grounds that the BBC station was breaking the law by not including their new record on their playlist.
2000 -
In Guilford, Surrey, Eric Clapton was baned from driving for six months and was fined about $570 dollars for speeding.
2000 - Sir Elton John stormed out of the opening of his new Broadway musical show, 'Aida', after 15 minutes complaining that his songs had been ruined.
2000 - The city of Autlan de Navarro, Mexico announced plans to build a public monument to tribute Carlos Santana.


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