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Today's Birthdays, 2/5…
  • Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante is 45.
  • Dire Straits keyboardist Alan Clark is 63.
  • Eddy Grant is 67.
  • Singer-songwriter Paul Evans is 77.  His biggest hit was 1959's "Seven Little Girls (Sitting in the Back Seat)," while also wrote Bobby Vinton's chart-topper "Roses Are Red (My Love)."  Elvis Presley, Pat Boone, Jackie Wilson, and The Coasters are some of the other stars who recorded his songs.

Today in History…
In 1960
  • Elvis Presley was discharged from the Army.

In 1963
  • The Beatles were in the studio working on the songs "From Me To You" and "Thank You Girl."

In 1965
  • The Yardbirds released the single "For Your Love" in the UK.
  • The Rolling Stones went on a tour of Europe.  The Hollies were also on the bill.
  • The Mannish Boys, including David Bowie, released its debut single "I Pity The Fool."

In 1966
  • Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler's "The Ballad of the Green Berets" hit number one on the pop singles chart.
  • The Four Seasons' "Working My Way Back To You" peaked at number nine on the pop singles chart.
  • The Beatles' "Nowhere Man" and the Rolling Stones' "19th Nervous Breakdown" broke into the Top 40.
  • The Hollies' "I Can't Let Go" hit number one on the UK pop singles chart.

In 1968
  • A musical production of "Othello," featuring Jerry Lee Lewis as Iago, opened in Hollywood.

In 1971
  • Badfinger kicked off its first North American tour with a show in Toledo, Ohio.
  • Aretha Franklin began a three-night stand at San Francisco's Fillmore West, which became the album "Aretha Franklin at the Fillmore West."  Ray Charles, who made a guest appearance at Aretha's concert, is featured on the album.

In 1975
  • Rod Stewart met Britt Ekland at a party in Los Angeles.  It sparked a five-year romance.

In 1977
  • Barbra Streisand's "Love Theme from A Star Is Born (Evergreen)" hit number one on the pop singles chart.
  • Al Stewart's "Year of the Cat" peaked at number eight on the pop singles chart.

In 1981
  • REO Speedwagon released the single "Take It On The Run."

In 1983
  • After The Fire's "Der Kommissar" and Greg Kihn's "Jeopardy" broke into the Top 40.

In 1988
  • Cher's "I Found Someone" peaked at number ten on the pop singles chart.

In 1993
  • Paul McCartney kicked off his "New World tour" with a show in Perth, Australia.

In 1994
  • Grace Slick was charged with felony assault in connection with an incident in which she pointed a gun at police officers at her home.

In 1998
  • Ozzy Osbourne's daughter Aimee had the highest bit at a charity auction.  She spent 16-thousand-dollars for a day with Hanson, which she purchased for her then-13-year-old sister Kelly.

In 2001
  • Kiss frontman Paul Stanley received divorce papers from his wife Pamela.  She claimed irreconcilable differences as she sought to end their nine-year marriage.

In 2002
  • "The Osbournes" made its debut on MTV.

In 2003
  • James Taylor and Carole King were among those taking part in an effort to get Congress to reintroduce an environmental bill for consideration.  The bill called for the protection of 26-million acres of federal land across five states in the western U.S., and it would create thousands of new jobs.

In 2004
  • The British newspaper "The Mail on Sunday" reported that Paul McCartney's estimated worth was one-point-three-billion-dollars -- which was more than Elton John, Mick Jagger, and Madonna's wealth combined.
  • A traveling exhibit of the late John Lennon's artwork opened in Winter Park, Florida.

In 2005
  • Elton John cancelled a concert in New Orleans because he was ill.

In 2006
  • Elton John hosted his annual Academy Award Viewing Dinner and After-Party fundraiser in West Hollywood, California in support of his AIDS foundation.  The event raised two-point-nine-million dollars for the charity.

In 2007
  • Crowded House named Matt Sherrod as the reunited band's new drummer.

In 2010
  • "Anvil! The Story of Anvil" got the nod for Best Documentary at the Independent Spirit Awards in Los Angeles.
  • Barry Manilow was forced to postpone the launch of his new show at the Paris Las Vegas by a day after a power surge during a rehearsal fried the computer that controlled the lights and sound for the show.

In 2012
  • Peter Gabriel demanded that his music no longer be incorporated into Rush Limbaugh's shows, after he learned that the radio personality had played the 1986 hit "Sledgehammer" during his rant about a Georgetown law student's congressional testimony supporting the Obama administration's contraception coverage policy.

In 2013
  • New releases included the Jimi Hendrix album "People, Hell, and Angels," is a new collection of previously unreleased songs recorded in 1968 and '69 that the guitar great intended for the follow up to "Electric Ladyland


Today's Birthdays, 2/4…
  • Yes bassist Chris Squire is 67.
  • Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted is 52.  He now fronts his own band, Newsted.
  • Chris Rea is 64.  He's perhaps best known for the 1978 hit "Fool (If You Think It's Over)."
  • Gloria Estefan's husband, producer, and backing musician Emilio Estefan is 62.

Today in History
In 1961

  • Bobby Darin's best-of collection "The Bobby Darin Story" was released.

In 1966

  • The Beatles released the EP "Yesterday" in the UK.
  • John Lennon's controversial comment about the Beatles being, quote, "more popular than Jesus right now" was published in the London "Evening Standard" newspaper.

In 1967

  • The "New Musical Express" reported that Steve Winwood was leaving the Spencer Davis Group.
  • The Marvin Gaye-Tammi Terrell duet "It Takes Two" peaked at number 14 on the pop singles chart.
  • The Beatles' "Penny Lane," The Mamas and the Papas' "Dedicated to the One I Love," The Turtles' "Happy Together," and Herman's Hermits' "There's A Kind of Hush" broke into the Top 40.

In 1968

  • The Temptations' Eddie Kendricks and Otis Williams were injured in a car accident in Somerset, Pennsylvania.
  • The Bee Gees were a guest on "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In."

In 1969

  • Sonny and Cher became parents with the birth of their daughter, Chastity.

In 1970

  • Janis Joplin was fined 200-dollars for obscenity relating to an on-stage incident in Tampa, Florida.

In 1972

  • The Rolling Stones kicked off a "farewell" tour of Britain before going into tax exile in France.
  • The Osmonds' "Down By The Lazy River" peaked at number four on the pop singles chart, while Donny Osmond's solo single "Puppy Love" broke into the Top 40.
  • Bread's "Everything I Own" peaked at number five on the pop singles chart.
  • Carole King's "Sweet Seasons" peaked at number nine on the pop singles chart.
  • T. Rex's "Bang A Gong (Get It On)" peaked at number ten on the pop singles chart.
  • America's "A Horse With No Name" broke into the Top 40.

In 1973

  • Pink Floyd kicked off its tour in support of "Dark Side Of The Moon" with a show in Madison, Wisconsin.

In 1977

  • The Rolling Stones played the first of two club gigs at the El Mocambo in Toronto, Canada.   The show was recorded for the Stones' album "Love You Live."

In 1979

  • Poco released the album "Legend," featuring the hit "Crazy Love."

In 1982

  • The Rolling Stones released the single "Neighbors" backed with "Hang Fire."
  • In 1986
  • The Band's Richard Manuel committed suicide by hanging.  He was 41.

In 1991

  • The Rolling Stones released the single "Highwire" backed with a live version of "2000 Light Years From Home."

In 1992

  • Sonny Bono officially filed for the Republican primary to run for the U.S. Senate in California.

In 1993

  • Patti LaBelle received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 1996

  • The Beatles single "Real Love" was released.

In 1997

  • Crosby Stills and Nash performed a benefit concert for the UCLA Division of Digestive Diseases, which is where David Crosby received his lifesaving liver transplant a couple years earlier.

In 2001
  • Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, and Bruce Cockburn [[COH-burn]] were among the winners at the Juno Awards ceremony, Canada's equivalent to the Grammys.

In 2003
  • Former Supreme Mary Wilson began an eight show run of "The Vagina Monologues" in Detroit.  Proceeds from her appearances were earmarked for local organizations that support women's health, security, and welfare.
  • Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed "Let's Go, Let's Go Let's Go" during a concert in Jacksonville, Florida, in tribute to Hank Ballard, who died a couple days earlier.
  • An expanded, two-disc deluxe CD edition of blues great Howlin' Wolf's "London Sessions" was released.  The set includes guest appearances from Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, and Charlie Watts.

In 2005
  • Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts was named one of "Vanity Fair's" best dressed men in the publication's annual list of the most fashionable celebrities.
  • Elton John cancelled a concert in Bossier City, Louisiana because he was ill.

In 2008
  • Keith Richards was revealed as the new model for Louis Vuitton ads.  Company executives explained they chose the rocker for the campaign because the whole point was to feature, quote, "someone unexpected."
  • Charlie Daniels was presented with a Career Achievement Award during the Deejay Hall of Fame ceremony at the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville.

In 2010
  • Jon Bon Jovi officially began his efforts to promote President Obama's United We Serve initiative to promote volunteerism by showing a special video he made for the project at Bon Jovi's concert in Los Angeles.
  • Redbone co-founder Lolly Vegas died in Los Angeles following a long battle with cancer.  He was 70.
  • The Dramatics' Ron Banks died of a heart attack in Detroit.  He was 58.

In 2011
  • Phil Collins announced that he was retiring from the music business.  He explained his decision, saying he was suffering from a number of health problems including a dislocated vertebra, hearing loss, and nerve damage as a result of his many years of performing.
  • Prince took part in the 42nd Annual NAACP Image Awards, presenting the award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture to Halle Berry for "Frankie & Alice."

Today's Birthdays, March 2nd
  • Bon Jovi frontman Jon Bon Jovi is 53.
  • Former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans is 59.
  • The Cowsills' John Cowsill is 59.
  • The Osmonds' Jay Osmond is 60.
  • Guitarist Larry Carlton is 67.  In addition to his solo career, he's worked with Donald Fagen and Joni Mitchell.
  • Mick Jagger's daughter, model Elizabeth Jagger, is 31.

Today in History
In 1960

  • Elvis Presley made his only appearance in the UK.  He was leaving Germany after finishing his time in the Army, and the plane he was on stopped in Prestwich, Scotland, for refueling.  Presley got off the plane and greeted fans through a fence.

In 1963

  • Chubby Checker hosted a Limbo Party at the Cow Palace in San Francisco.  Other performers included Marvin Gaye, the Four Seasons, The Crystals, Lou Christie, Paul and Paula, and Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass.

In 1964

  • The Beatles began work in London on their first movie, "A Hard Day's Night," where George Harrison met his future wife, Pattie Boyd.  In the U.S., the group's single "Twist and Shout" was released.

In 1967

  • John Lennon and Paul McCartney took the Song of the Year Grammy for The Beatles' tune "Michelle."
  • The Supremes recorded the song "Reflections."

In 1968

  • Blue Cheer released the single "Summertime Blues."

In 1969

  • John Lennon became the first Beatle to play a concert outside the band when he and Yoko Ono performed at a jazz festival in Cambridge, England.

In 1973

  • The Doobie Brothers released the album "The Captain & Me."

In 1974

  • Stevie Wonder took five Grammy Awards for his album "Innervisions" and the hit "Superstition."  Roberta Flack won three Grammy for the song "Killing Me Softly," and Bette Midler was named the Best New Artist.

In 1975

  • Linda McCartney was arrested for possession of marijuana during a traffic stop in Los Angeles after Paul McCartney -- who was driving the vehicle -- had allegedly run a red light.  Paul wasn't included in the pot bust.
In 1978
  • Steely Dan's album "Countdown To Ecstasy" was certified Gold.
In 1979
  • Stephen Stills and Billy Joel were among the artists to perform at Havana Jam, a three day music festival in Cuba.

In 1980

  • Diana Ross performed at a fundraiser in Los Angeles for President Jimmy Carter.

In 1981

  • Diana Ross' third TV special aired on CBS.  Michael Jackson was one of her guests.
  • AC/DC's album "High Voltage" was certified Gold.

In 1982

  • David Bowie made his acting debut in the BBC production of "Baal."

In 1984

  • Gold Star Recording Studios in Hollywood, where Phil Spector developed his famous "Wall of Sound," closed.
  • Mick Jagger celebrated the birth of his daughter Elizabeth.

In 1985

  • David Lee Roth's "California Girls" peaked at number three on the pop singles chart.
  • Bruce Springsteen's single "I'm On Fire" broke into the Top 40 chart.

In 1988

  • U2's "The Joshua Tree" and Paul Simon's "Graceland" were among the winners at the Grammy Awards.

In 1989

  • Ray Charles received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys.

In 1992

  • AC/DC's album "The Razor's Edge was certified triple Platinum.

In 1999

  • Dusty Springfield died of breast cancer.  She was 59.
  • Bob Dylan performed at the opening of the House of Blues in Las Vegas.

In 2002

  • Jerry Lee Lewis refused to attend his induction ceremony into the Delta Music Hall of Fame because he didn't like the plane that was sent to pick him up.

In 2003

  • R&B legend Hank Ballard, who's perhaps best remembered as the writer of the Chubby Checker hit "The Twist," died at his home in Los Angeles of throat cancer.

In 2005

  • Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, and Brian May took part in a reception at Buckingham Palace celebrating the UK's music industry.  However, the Queen apparently hadn't followed the careers of the rock superstars, and upon meeting them asked them what they did.

In 2006

  • Gary Glitter underwent a one-day trial in Vietnam on charges of child molestation stemming from his November 2005 arrest.
  • Paul McCartney and wife Heather Mills McCartney spent the first of two days on ice floes off the northeastern coast of Canada to watch newborn harp seal pups in the wild and to draw attention to the animal in the weeks leading up to the annual seal hunt.
  • Aerosmith launched an ill-fated tour with Cheap Trick in Hollywood, Florida.  The trek was ultimately cut short after numerous cancellations because frontman Steven Tyler was suffering from a vocal cord ailment.
In 2007
  • U2 frontman Bono was honored with the Chairman's Award at the 38th annual NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles.  Prince and Gladys Knight were among the winners at the awards event.  Earlier in the day Bono spoke at AllenTempleBaptistChurch in Oakland, California about HIV and AIDS, and praised community members who were active in the fight to eradicate the illness and were helping those living with the disease.
  • Jackson Browne was the honoree at the Orcutt Children's Arts Foundation's annual Gala, which took place in Santa Maria, California.
  • Fabian, his daughter Julia, and his manager Oscar Arslanian were driving through California when their car was sideswiped, which caused it to roll several times.  Arslanian was injured severely enough to be hospitalized, while Fabian and Julia were treated and released.

In 2008
  • Britain's "Sunday Telegraph" reported that the Hells Angels hatched a plot to kill Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger after the Stones' notorious 1969 Altamont concert.  Hells Angels had allegedly planned to launch their assault from the sea off Jagger's home in the Hamptons, but hit foul weather which squashed their attempt and they never made a second assassination attempt.

In 2010
  • Stevie Wonder became a member of Junior Blind of America's Board of Directors.

In 2011
  • James Taylor was among the recipients of the National Medal of Arts.  He received his award from President Obama during a ceremony at the White House.

In 2014
  • U2 performed their Oscar nominated song "Ordinary Love," from the film "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom," at the 86th Academy Awards.  But the band fell short of the award, which went to "Let It Go" from "Frozen."  Meanwhile, the film "20 Feet From Stardom" got the nod for best feature-length documentary.  The movie tells the story of Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, and other powerful voices who have backed up some of the biggest names in music but never had the spotlight themselves.