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February 2 : This Day in Music History
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2003 : Phil Spector is charged with murder after police are called to his home in Alhambra, California and discover Lana Clarkson dead from a gunshot wound. He was convicted of the crime in 2009.
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Awards and Honors (1)

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

Band Dynamics (1)

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."

Births (17)

1912 : Burton Lane
1927 : Stan Getz
1932 : Arthur Lyman
1934 : Clyde "Skip" Battin (Skip and Flip)
1940 : Alan Caddy (the Tornados, Johnny Kidd and the Pirates)
1942 : Graham Nash (The Hollies, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young)
1946 : Howard Bellamy (The Bellamy Brothers)
1947 : Peter Lucia (Tommy James and The Shondells)
1948 : Alan McKay (Earth, Wind & Fire)
1950 : Ross Valory ( Journey, The Steve Miller Band)
1957 : Tony Butler (Big Country)
1966 : Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots)
1971 : Ben Mize (Counting Crows)
1975 : Billy Mohler (The Calling)
1977 : Shakira
1992 : Todd Rundgren has his third child, a son named Rebop.
2011 : Leonard Cohen's first grandchild is born to proud parents Lorca Cohen, Rufus Wainwright and "deputy dad" Jorn Weisbrodt. Little Viva Katherine, named after Wainwright's mother, the folk singer Kate McGarrigle, is born only a year after Cohen reportedly remarked on childhood to both Lorca and Rufus: "You know, it's pretty much the only amazing thing there is."

Charts (2)

1974 : Barbra Streisand's The Way We Were hits #1
1985 : "I Want To Know What Love Is" by Foreigner begins a two week run at #1.

Concerts and Festivals (2)

1959 : Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper play their last show as part of the "Winter Dance Party" tour, stopping this night at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, IA. Admission: $1.25. The last song of the night: The Big Bopper's Chantilly Lace.
1963 : The Beatles begin their first British tour at the Gaumont in Bradford, opening up for singer Helen Shapiro.

Deaths (6)

1594 : Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
1979 : Sid Vicious of The Sex Pistols, out on bail after being accused of killing his girlfriend Nancy Spungen, dies of a heroin overdose.
1996 : Gene Kelly
2002 : Paul Baloff, who sang on Exodus' 1985 debut album Bonded Blood
2007 : Soul singer Billy Henderson (founder of The Spinners) dies of complications from diabetes at age 67 in Daytona Beach, Florida.
2007 : Joe Hunter

Incidents (1)

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

Legal Issues (2)

1993 : Willie Nelson settles his $17 million tax debt with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service by paying them nine million dollars in cash and assets already seized.
2003 : Phil Spector is charged with murder after police are called to his home in Alhambra, California and discover Lana Clarkson dead from a gunshot wound. He was convicted of the crime in 2009.

Miscellaneous (2)

1956 : The Coasters sign with Atlantic Records.
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."

Recordings (4)

1937 : Guy Lombardo and His Orchestra, "Boo Hoo"
1957 : Dale Hawkins, Susie Q
1967 : The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
1976 : Elvis Presley: "Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall," "She Thinks I Still Care," The Last Farewell

Releases (2)

1959 : The Coasters, Charlie Brown
1959 : Frankie Avalon, Venus

TV, Radio, Press (3)

1957 : Fats Domino makes an appearance on The Perry Como Show, singing his hits "Blue Monday" and Blueberry Hill.
1971 : The Point!, an animated fable written by pop star Nilsson, makes its debut on ABC's Movie of the Week.
1973 : NBC debuts The Midnight Special rock variety show, its response to ABC's popular In Concert series. The first host: Helen Reddy.
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