Music history and highlights that have happened on February 2nd… from the birthplace of the blues… and rock n’ roll.
1731: George Frederic Handel’s opera “Poro” opens in London.
1926: Three men dance the Charleston for 22 hours in a dance marathon.
1927: Jazz saxophonist Stan Getz (Bennie Goodman, Tommy Dorsey) born in Philadelphia.
1937: Tommy Smothers of the Smothers Brothers born in New York City.
1940: Frank Sinatra singing debut in Indianapolis with The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.
1942: The Hollies and Crosby, Stills & Nash singer, Graham Nash born in Blackpool, England.
1951: Jazz bassist Alphonso Johnson (Weather Report) born in Philadelphia.
1952: B.B. King’s “# O’Clock Blues” hits Billboards Hit Parade as his first national hit.
1959: Buddy Holly performs for the last time at the Suf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa.
1973: “Midnight Special” television rock show debuts on NBC.
1974: Barbara Streisand’s first No. 1 hit, “They Way We Were”.
1979: Sex Pistols bassist Syd Vicious (John Simon Ritchie) succumbs to an overdose.
1980: The Specials hit No. 1 on the British charts with a live E.P. (“Too Much Too Young”).
1992: Willie Nelson and the IRS settle on a $9M tax bill (it was $16.7M).
1997: Singer Paula Abdul marries Brad Beckerman in Beverly Hills.
1983: Mississippi Shieks blues pioneer Sam Chatmon leaves the building.
1994: Gospel singer Willie Mae Ford passes on.
1996: Dancer and actor Gene Kelly dances no more.
2007: The Spinners soul singer Billy Henderson passes away.
2007: Motown and Funk Brothers keyboard player Joe Hunter plays no more (Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Martha and the Vandellas).