7 February

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2016 Coldplay and football (the American kind) come together when the band headlines the halftime show of Super Bowl 50 between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers. It is an odd pairing, but after a set that includes "Viva La Vida" and "Paradise," Bruno Mars appears, followed by halftime show savior Beyoncé, who blasts out her new song, "Formation."

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.

2009 Jazz singer Blossom Dearie dies in her sleep at age 84.

2000 Dave Peverett (original lead vocalist for Foghat, guitarist for Savoy Brown) dies of cancer at age 56.

2000 Rapper Big Pun, real name Christopher Lee Rios, dies at age 28 of a heart attack and respiratory failure.

1997 Sarah McLachlan marries her drummer, Ashwin Sood, in Negril, Jamaica.

1994 Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski dies of cancer at age 81.

1989 The Georgia State Representative Billy Randall introduces a bill to make Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti" the official state rock song. It doesn't pass.

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.

1980 Twelve days before his death, Bon Scott goes to the UFO concert at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.

1976 Elvis Presley records "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain."

1976 Paul Simon's "Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover" begins its three-week run at #1.

1976 Bob Dylan's album Desire hits #1.

1974 Barry White's "Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up" and his album Stone Gon' are certified gold.

1974 The Love Unlimited Orchestra's "Love's Theme" and their album Under the Influence of Love Unlimited are certified gold.

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Beatlemania Comes To America


Thanks to media coverage and a publicity campaign by Capitol Records, thousands of screaming fans greet The Beatles when their plane lands in New York at 1:20 p.m. The scenes become iconic images of Beatlemania.

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