12 February

Pick a Day


In Music History

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1992 Richard D. James releases Selected Ambient Works 85-92, under the alias Aphex Twin. It is James' first full-length album, and is a step away from his previous dance-focused work, containing lush ambient pads, soft acid-esque synth melodies, samples of conversations and distant techno percussion. The album contains some tracks started when James was only 14 years old.

1989 Tiny Tim declares his candidacy for mayor of New York City.

1974 The legendary rock club The Bottom Line opens in Greenwich Village, New York City.

1970 Jim Creeggan (bassist for Barenaked Ladies) is born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada.

1968 Jimi Hendrix's tour stops in his hometown of Seattle, Washington, where he sees his family for the first time in seven years. His father, Al, meets him at the airport.

1968 John and Michelle Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas welcome daughter Chynna, their only child. She forms Wilson Phillips with Brian Wilson's daughters Carnie and Wendy.

1964 The Beatles conclude their triumphant first American visit with two 25-minute shows at Carnegie Hall. The shows aren't recorded due to a dispute with the American Federation of Musicians union.

1961 The Miracles' "Shop Around" is certified gold.

1959 Composer George Antheil dies of a heart attack at 58.

1958 Weather Report drummer Omar Hakim is born in New York City.

1958 The Monotones release "Book Of Love."

1956 "Screamin'" Jay Hawkins records "I Put A Spell On You."

1955 The McGuire Sisters' "Sincerely" hits #1 in America.

1952 Michael McDonald is born outside of St. Louis. As a solo artist, his hits include "I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)" and "Sweet Freedom," but his voice is also heard on songs he records with The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan, as well as hundreds of other appearances as a backup singer.

1950 Steve Hackett (guitarist for Genesis) is born in Pimlico, London, England.

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Jagger And Richards Busted In Raid


Police raid Keith Richards' Redlands estate, where they discover "various substances of a suspicious nature" and arrest him along with Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull. The whole thing is a setup.

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