3 February

Pick a Day


In Music History

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1968 The Lemon Pipers' "Green Tambourine" hits #1.

1967 The Beatles record "A Day In The Life."

1967 Joe Meek, an experimental pop pioneer who wrote and produced the Tornados' "Telstar," fatally shoots his landlady before turning the gun on himself.

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

1964 The Beach Boys release "Fun, Fun, Fun," which stalls at #5 in the US, thanks to Beatlemania.

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.

1959 Laurence "Lol" Tolhurst of The Cure) is born in Horley, Surrey, England. A founding member, he starts out on drums, then moves to keyboards before he is sacked by Robert Smith in 1989.

1956 Elvis Presley records "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" and "Shake, Rattle And Roll."

1956 Lee Ranaldo (guitarist for Sonic Youth) is born in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York.

1950 The Ames Brothers' "Rag Mop" hits #1.

1949 Arthur Kane (bass guitarist for New York Dolls) is born in The Bronx, New York City.

1947 Dave Davies (lead guitarist for The Kinks) is born in Fortis Green, London, England.

1947 Folk/country singer Melanie is born Melanie Anne Safka in Astoria, Queens, New York.

1945 Johnny Cymbal is born John Hendry Blair in Ochiltree, Ayrshire, Scotland.

1943 Dennis Edwards (of The Temptations) is born in Fairfield, Alabama. He replaces lead singer David Ruffin in 1968.

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The Day The Music Died


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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