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February 4 : This Day in Music History
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1983 : Karen Carpenter of the Carpenters dies at age 32 from complications from anorexia.
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Awards and Honors (1)

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.

Band Dynamics (1)

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.

Births (11)

1900 : Jacques Prévert
1941 : John Steel (The Animals)
1944 : Florence LaRue (The 5th Dimension)
1948 : Vincent Furnier, who will become better known as Alice Cooper, is born in Detroit.
1951 : Phil Ehart (Kansas)
1952 : Jerry Shirley (Humble Pie)
1962 : Clint Black
1963 : Kevin "Noodles" Wasserman (The Offspring)
1975 : Rick Burch (Jimmy Eat World)
1975 : Natalie Imbruglia is born in Sydney, Australia.
1976 : Cam'ron

Certifications and Milestones (2)

1971 : The Osmonds' "One Bad Apple" is certified gold.
2012 : Adele becomes the first female British artist to have 3 #1 songs from the same album on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with "Set Fire to the Rain" from the album 21.

Charts (1)

1978 : The Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive," which features in the opening scene of Saturday Night Fever, hits #1 in the US and stays there for six weeks.

Concerts and Festivals (3)

1959 : A day after the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper, the Winter Dance Party tour continues in Sioux City, Iowa, with Fabian, Frankie Avalon and Jimmy Clanton as the new headliners.
1966 : The Who play their first show as headliners, at the Astoria in Finsbury Park, England. Also appearing are The Fortunes and The Merseys.
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.

Deaths (8)

1975 : Louis Jordan
1982 : Alex Harvey (The Sensational Alex Harvey Band)
1983 : Karen Carpenter of the Carpenters dies at age 32 from complications from anorexia.
1987 : Liberace
2009 : Lux Interior (The Cramps)
2013 : Reg Presley (The Troggs)
2013 : Darlene McCrea (The Cookies)
2013 : Donald Byrd (The Blackbyrds)

Debuts (2)

1999 : In a daring move, Rykodisc becomes the first music label to give its stamp of approval to MP3, the controversial Internet-based music distribution format that struck fear into the hearts of many music industry executives.
2008 : Laura Marling releases her much-anticipated debut album Alas, I Cannot Swim on Astralwerks, a division of Virgin Records. The initial release comes in a unique “songbox” format, containing a CD copy of the album, a code redeemable for a free concert ticket and a memento for each song.

Good Deeds (1)

1979 : Save The Whales organizes a month-long rock memorabilia auction in San Francisco.

Health Issues (1)

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.

Legal Issues (1)

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.

Marriages and Breakups (1)

1974 : John Lennon begins his "Lost Weekend," which lasts 18 months. Separating from Yoko, he goes on an extended bender, often joined by his friend Nilsson.

Music and Politics (2)

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.
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.

Recordings (5)

1937 : Glen Gray and His Casa Loma Orchestra, "A Study in Brown"
1954 : The Drifters: “Bells Of Saint Mary's,” White Christmas, “Honey Love,” “What'cha Gonna Do”
1955 : James Brown: "Please, Please, Please"
1968 : The Beatles: "Across The Universe"
1976 : Elvis Presley: "Moody Blue," "I'll Never Fall In Love Again"

Releases (3)

1966 : The Rolling Stones: "19th Nervous Breakdown" (UK)
1977 : Fleetwood Mac release their album Rumours. Featuring the songs "Go Your Own Way," "Don't Stop" and "The Chain," it goes on to set a record for most weeks at #1 with 31.
1997 : The Offspring return with their fourth studio album Ixnay on the Hombre - the follow-up to their 1994 breakthrough album Smash and the band's first after signing to Columbia Records in 1996.

TV, Radio, Press (3)

1956 : Elvis Presley appears again on CBS' Dorsey Brothers Stage Show, performing Baby, Let's Play House and Tutti Frutti.
1971 : Diana Ross guest stars on ABC's Make Room For Granddaddy, a spin-off of sorts of Danny Thomas' Make Room For Daddy series.
1977 : American Bandstand gets a primetime special in honor of the show's 25th anniversary. The show features one of the first "all-star jams," as Chuck Berry is joined by Greg Allman, Junior Walker, The Pointer Sisters, Charlie Daniels and several others on a performance of "Roll Over Beethoven."
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