February 3rd

  • 1935. Johnny "Guitar" Watson born in Houston, Texas.

  • 1940. Angelo D'Aleo (Dion & The Belmonts) born in the Bronx, New York.

  • 1943. Dennis Edwards (The Temptations) born in Birmingham, Alabama.

    1943. Eric Haydock (The Hollies) born in Burnley, Lancashire.

  • 1945. Johnny Cymbal ("Mr. Bass Man") born in Scotland.

  • 1947. Dave Davies (The Kinks) born David Russell Gordon Davies in London, England.

    1947. Melanie born Melanie Safka in New York.

  • 1956. Lee Renaldo (Sonic Youth) born in Glen Cove, New York State.

  • 1959. Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper die when their plane crashes shortly after taking off from Mason City, Iowa. Buddy Holly's death certificate and Ritchie Valens' death certificate

    1959. Laurence "Lol" Tothurst (The Cure) born.

  • 1961. Beatles, The St. John's Hall, Bootle. For this show The Beatles receive a larger fee from the promoter than usual--7.5 pounds (7 pounds, 10 shillings).

  • 1962. Cavern Club (night): The Beatles, headlining an eight-hour, eight band "Rhythm and Blues Marathon".

  • 1964. The Beatles perform two shows at the Olympia Theatre in Paris, France. Earlier in the day they had gone to the US embassy in Paris to obtain visas and permits to visit and work in the United States.

    1964. Country singer Matraca Berg born in Nashville, Tennessee.

    1964. Beatles, The US release of LP "The Beatles With Tony Sheridan and Their Guests" (MGM). Includes "Why", "Cry For a Shadow", "My Bonnie", "The Saints", and non-Beatles material. 14 weeks on Billboard chart; highest position #68.

    1964. The Beatles' single, "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and their album, "Meet The Beatles" are certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1965. Nick Hawkins (Bog Audio Dynamite) born in Luton, Bedfordshire.

    1965. Ruby Murray gives birth to a son in Northampton Hospital. The proud father is Bernard Burgess who is also her manager. The couple already have a four year old daughter, Julie

    1965. On television: (U.S.A.) Shindig featuring The Kingsmen, Hondells, Peter & Gordon, Clara Ward Singers.

  • 1966. Alun Gwynne Jones (The Dentists) born in Chatham, Kent, England.

    1966. Carl Wilson (The Beach Boys) marries 16 year old Annie Hinsche. Annie was at the well-to-do Catholic girls school, Martmount in Beverly Hills when they met last October. When Carl gave her an engagement ring last month, she was given a choice by the nuns - school or Carl. She chose Carl.

    1966. On Television: (U.K.) Top Of The Pops. Presented by Jimmy Saville. Featuring Crispian St. Peters - "You Were On My Mind"; Eddy Arnold - "Make The World Go Away"; Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass - "Spanish Flea" (Promo film); Nancy Sinatra - "These Boots Are Made For Walkin" (on disc, danced by The Gojos); Petula Clark - "My Love"; St. Louis Union - "Girl"; The Overlanders - "Michelle"; The Rolling Stones - "19th Nervous Breakdown'; The Spencer Davis Group - "Keep On Running.

    1966. Marquee Club: David Jones And The Lower Third.

  • 1967. Grant Barry (Reel Big Fish) born.

    1967. Producer Joe Meek shoots the landlady of his studio in London's Holloway Road and then turns the gun on himself. Both are dead on arrival at hospital, a mere 400 yards away. The shotgun used was owned by Heinz but how it came to be in Meek's hands is a mystery

    1967. Cream Queens Hall, Leeds, West Yorkshire: Cream.
    Pink Floyd Queen's Hall, Leeds, Yorkshire, England (All Night Rave)

    1967. Jimi Hendrix starts to record his second single, 'Purple Haze', and work on its follow-up, 'The Wind Cries Mary'.

    1967. The Beatles are recording in Studio Two at EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London. Paul re-records his vocal part for "A Day in the Life", as well as a bass part. In an effort to get a different sound, Ringo re-records his drum part for the same song.

  • 1968. The Beatles are recording in Studio Three at EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London. Recording "Lady Madonna". The Beatles' planned trip to India is near, so they decide to record a single to be released during their absence from England. After three piano/drum takes are taped, The Beatles overdub bass, fuzz guitars, drums, and vocals.

  • 1969. American Allen Klein is hired by John, George, and Ringo to handle The Beatles' financial affairs. Paul refuses to be represented by Klein; he wants John Eastman to continue to represent him. This split is a key moment in the disintegration of The Beatles. As a compromise with Paul, the other Beatles agree to let Eastman and Eastman serve as The Beatles' general counsel. But the antagonism between the brash Klein and the refined Eastmans leaves everyone miserable and unhappy with the situation. Klein's abrasiveness toward Clive Epstein leads Epstein to sell Nemperor to Triumph Investment instead of to The Beatles.

    1969. Ringo Starr begins 13 weeks of filming for a major role in the movie "The Magic Christian". Peter Sellers is the film's main star, but Ringo has a very significant part. The movie is to be a satire, based upon a Terry Southern novel, about greed and the things that people will do for money.

    1969. Dean Martin's album, "Dean Martin's Greatest Hits, Volume 1" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

    1970. Marquee Club: David Bowie.

    1970. On television: (Germany) Bremen TV, Germany: Deep Purple.

  • 1971. Deep Purple are at studios in London, recording "No One Came" for Fireball LP

    1971. Great Hall, University of Exeter, Devon: Pink Floyd.

    1971. Lynn Anderson's single, "Rose Garden" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1972. Locarno Ballroom, Coventry, Warwickshire (Lanchester Polytechnic Arts Festival): David Bowie and Pink Floyd.

    1972. Leon Russell's album, "Leon Russell & The Shelter People" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1973. A full page advert in Melody Maker announces the formation of The Rocket Record Company by Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Gus Dudgeon, Steve Brown and John Reid.

    1973. Farmer Max Yasgur dies from a heart attack in the Fisherman's Hospital, Marathon, Florida aged 53. Remembered for having played host to the 1969 Woodstock festival, for which he was paid $ 40,000. In 1971, having been sued by his neighbours for damage caused to their property, he sold his farm and retired to Florida.

    1973. On television: (U.S.A.) Soul Train featuring The Dramatics; Sly Johnson; The Smith Connection

  • 1973. Palais des Sports de la Porte de Versailles, Paris France (Roland Petit Ballet) (two shows): Pink Floyd.

    1973. Thin Lizzy's new single, "Whiskey In The Jar" is released in the US.

  • 1974. New Theatre, Oxford East Wind. Support: Hatfield And The North.

  • 1975. Madison Square Garden, New York, New York: Led Zeppelin.

  • 1976. Atlanta, Georgia, USA: Deep Purple.

  • 1977. On television: (Germany) Rockpalast featuring Kate & Anna McGarrigle live from WDR Studio-L Köln.

    1977. Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland: Pink Floyd.

  • 1978. On television: (U.S.A.) The Midnight Special. No. 231. Host: Shaun Cassidy. Guests: Peter Allen, Tom Dressen, George Duke, Paul McCartney (music video) Bob Welch, Abba (Tribute)

    1978. Kiss' Alive II Tour ends in Providence, RI.

    1978. Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson's album, "Waylon & Willie" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1979. On television: (U.S.A.) Soul Train featuring Joe Simon; Cheryl Lynn.

  • 1981. Marquee Club: More. Support: Limelight.

    1981. The Commodores' album, "Heroes" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Diana Ross' album, "Diana" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Stevie Wonder's album, "Hotter Than July" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1982. Alex Harvey (The Sensational Alex Harvey Band) dies of a heart attack in Belgium.

    1982. Marquee Club: Funhouse.

  • 1983. Marquee Club: Twelfth Night.

    1983. Lionel Richie's eponymous album is certified gold by the B.P.I.

  • 1984. Marquee Club: Rock Goddess - 'Live' Satellite TV Show.

    1984. The Pretenders album, "Learning To Crawl" is certified silver by the B.P.I.
    Simple Minds album, "Sparkle In The Rain" is certified gold by the B.P.I.

  • 1985. Marquee Club: One O'Clock Gang.

  • 1986. Marquee Club: Bolshoi.

    1986. Sting's album, "The Dream Of The Blue Turtles" is certified 2 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1987. Marquee Club: Box.

    1987. Deutschlandhalle, Berlin, Germany: Deep Purple.

    1987. Madonna's album, "True Blue" is certified 4 X PDio's album, "The Last In Line" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1988. Marquee Club: Robert Plant. Support: John Shuttleworth.
    The Entertainment Center, Sydney, Australia: Pink Floyd.

    1988. Bananarama's album, "Wow" is certified gold by the B.P.I.

    1988. The soundtrack album for the movie, "Dirty Dancing" is certified 4 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1989. Marquee Club: Win. Support: Pola.

    1989. Town Hall, Wellington, New Zealand: R.E.M. Support: Let's Planet.

    1989. Debbie Gibson's album, "Electric Youth" is certified silver by the B.P.I.
    New Order's album, "technique" is certified gold by the B.P.I. and their album, "Substance" is certified platinum.

    1989. Tone Loc's single, "Wild Thing" is certified 2 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1990. Marquee Club: Panama. Support: Torino.

  • 1991. Marquee Club: Man.

  • 1992. US and UK re-releases of George Harrison albums "Living in the Material World", "Dark Horse", and "Extra Texture (Read All About It)" on CD (EMI). Same song listings as the original vinyl releases.

    1992. Nirvana's album, "Nevermind" is certified 3 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Joe Satriani's album, "Surfing With The Alien" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1993. Eric Clapton's album, "Unplugged" is certified 4 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Prince & The New Power Gereration's video single, "Sexy MF" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    George Strait's album, "Pure Country" (Soundtrack) is certified 2 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Neil Young's album, "Harvest Moon" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1994. On television: (Germany) Rockpalast featuring Paul Rodgers and Company live from Alter Wartesaal, Koln.

    1994. Ricky Van Shelton's album, "Don't Overlook Salvation" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    George Jones' album, "Super Hits" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1995. On television: (France) Taratata No. 73. Recorded 10 janvier 1995. Solos: TONTON DAVID; Mano Solo; Lenny Mc Daniel. Duos: Tonton David & Dominique Faruggia; Tonton David & Native.

    1995. Kiss returns to Australia after 15-year absence. First ever "official" Kiss Convention takes place at Hyatt Hotel in Perth, WA. Highlighs of the tour include a live performance of "Shandi" in Perth.

    1995. The Beatles' album, "Live At The BBC" is certified 4 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Tony Bennett's album, "MTV Unplugged" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Rush's album, "Archives" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Veruca Salt's album, "American Thighs" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1996. On television: (Germany) Rockpalast featuring Runrig live from Philipshalle, Düsseldorf.
    (U.S.A.) Soul Train featuring Jodeci; Faith; Jesse & Trina.

  • 1998. Johnny Lang's album, "Lie To Me" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1999. Country singer Trace Adkins breaks his ankle, dislocates it and rips several tendons when his truck gets stuck in mud. Adkins, gets out to give the vehicle a push but his foot gets caught in a pot-hole and the damage is done.

    1999. "Playboy" magazine's "Girls Of Kiss" issue is published.

    1999. Harvey Danger's album, "Where Have All The Merrymakers Gone?" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Eurythmics' album, "Greatest Hits" is certified 3 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Third Eye Blind's eponymous is certified 4 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.

  • 2000. Bob Dylan & The Band's album, "The Basement Tapes" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Simon & Garfunkel's album, "Greatest Hits" is certified 10 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    The soundtrack album for the movie, "Titanic" is certified 11 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.

  • 2001. On television: (U.S.A.) Soul Train featuring K-Ci & Jojo; Musiq; Xzibit.

    2001. Peter Criss releases a statement blaming Paul and Gene for his disassociation from Kiss.

  • 2002. James Blackwood, the last surviving founder member of The Blackwood Brothers Quartet, dies from complications after a stroke in Memphis, aged 82. James was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall Of Fame in 1974 for his solo work and again in 1998 as part of the Blackwood Brothers Quartet. In recent years he'd suffered from a variety of health problems, including cancer of the colon.

    2002. 3,000 aspiring hopefulls turn up to audition for a place in Hear'Say at Brixton Rehearsal Studios. The search for a replacement for Kym Marsh, who left last year was initially done on looks with 500 being chosen on that basis. They were then given 40 seconds to show their talent. The replacement is still to be announced.

    2002. The new French singles chart is announced. There are 3 new entries in the Top 20. They are:
    "Gimme, Gimme, Gimme" by Star Academy which goes straight in at No. 1.
    "Paid My Dues" by Anastacia: No. 11.
    "L'air Du Temps" by Florent Pagny & Cecilia Cara: No. 20.
    Highest climbers are:
    "Cindy" by Multi-interpretes which rises 9 places from last week's No. 22 to No. 13.
    "Eternal Flame" by Atomic Kitten which rises 8 places from last week's No. 14 to No. 8.

  • 2003. On television: (U.K.) "Living With Michael Jackson". Despite being made with the singer's full co-operation, Martin Bashir's documentary shows Jackson openly talking about sharing his bed with young children. Jackson will later brand the programme a "gross distortion of the truth".

    2003. At 5 a.m., Phil Spector's chauffeur hears a single gunshot come from his boss' mansion. Shortly afterwards, he sees the legendary record producer walk out with a gun in his hand, saying, "I think I just shot her". Not long after, Spector is arrested for the murder of actress Lana Charkson.

  • 2003. Trace Adkins' album, "Chrome" is The Dixie Chicks' album, "Home" is certified 5 X Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Cake's album, "Comfort Eagle" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 2003. Los Invasores de Neuvo Leon's album, "Esto Es Lo Nuestro - 20 Exitos"is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

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