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February 3 : This Day in Music History
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Deaths

1959 : Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson are killed in a plane crash. Don McLean would call it "The Day the Music Died" in his 1971 hit "American Pie."
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Band Dynamics (1)

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

Births (15)

1809 : Felix Mendelssohn
1922 : Russell Arms
1928 : Frankie Vaughan
1935 : Johnny "Guitar" Watson
1940 : Angelo D'Aleo (Dion & The Belmonts)
1943 : Dennis Edwards (The Temptations)
1943 : Eric Haydock (The Hollies)
1943 : Shawn Phillips
1945 : Johnny Cymbal
1947 : Dave Davies (The Kinks)
1947 : Melanie
1949 : Arthur Kane (New York Dolls)
1956 : Lee Renaldo (Sonic Youth)
1959 : Laurence Tolhurst (The Cure)
1990 : Sean Kingston

Certifications and Milestones (4)

1960 : Frank Sinatra forms his own label, Reprise Records.
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.
1971 : Lynn Anderson's "Rose Garden" is certified gold.
1989 : "Wild Thing" by Tone Loc becomes the first rap single certified Platinum.

Charts (4)

1950 : The Ames Brothers' "Rag Mop" hits #1.
1968 : The Lemon Pipers' "Green Tambourine" hits #1.
1973 : Elton John's reptile rocker "Crocodile Rock" hits #1 for the first of three weeks.
1979 : The Blues Brothers' album Briefcase Full of Blues hits #1.

Concerts and Festivals (3)

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

Deaths (2)

1959 : Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson are killed in a plane crash. Don McLean would call it "The Day the Music Died" in his 1971 hit "American Pie."
1967 : Joe Meek

Legal Issues (3)

1980 : Studio 54 throws one last bash with A-list regulars Diana Ross, Andy Warhol and Richard Gere before the owners, Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager go to jail for tax evasion.
2003 : Phil Spector is arrested for allegedly murdering actress Lana Clarkson in his Alhambra, California, home.
2015 : Former Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight is rushed to the hospital after pleading not guilty in his connection with a fatal hit-and-run just days before. His friend Terry Carter was killed in the incident and actor Cle Denyale Sloan was injured during an altercation over the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton. Knight faces charges of murder and attempted murder, along with two counts of hit-and-run.

Miscellaneous (1)

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

Music and Politics (1)

1978 : Harry Chapin meets with US President Jimmy Carter to discuss the world hunger situation.

Recordings (6)

1941 : Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra: "Amapola"
1956 : Elvis Presley: "Lawdy Miss Clawdy," "Shake, Rattle And Roll"
1961 : Bob Dylan makes his first recordings, versions of "San Francisco Bay Blues" and "Jesus Met the Woman at the Well," at the home of friends Sid and Bob Gleason in East Orange, New Jersey.
1967 : The Beatles: "A Day In The Life"
1969 : The Steve Miller Band: "My Dark Hour"
1976 : Elvis Presley: "Solitaire"

Releases (1)

2006 : Nick Lachey: "What's Left Of Me"

TV, Radio, Press (1)

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