Music history and highlights that have happened on February 1st… from the birthplace of the blues… and rock n’ roll.
1896: Giacomo Puccini’s world famous opera “La Boheme” opens in Turin.
1902: Important poet, playwright and social activist Langston Hughes born in Jopin, Missouri.
1934: Kingston Trio singer Bob Shane born in Hilo, Hawaii.
1937: The Everly Brothers Don Everly “Wake Up Little Susie”, Cathy’s Clown”, “All I Have to Do is Dream”) born in Brownie, Kentucky.
1938: Mothers of Invention drummer Jimmy Carl Black born in El Paso.
1948: Funk master Rick James “Superfreak”) born in Buffalo.
1949: RCA records release the first 45 rpm single record ever (this made juke boxes possible).
1954: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell born in Jacksonville, Florida.
1956: Punk rocker Exene Cervenka (“X”) born in Chicago.
1957: Reggae singer Dennis Brown passes on ( No. 14 single in the UK, “Money In My Pocket”).
1964: The Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand” tops the Hot 100, and stays there for 7 weeks… before giving way to “She Loves You”.
1965: James Brown records “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” at Arthur Smith Studios in Charlotte, North Carolina (it won a Grammy Award, No 1 on the R & B chart and No. 8 on the Billboard Pop Chart.
1967: The Beatles start work on a new song called “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” (it later evolved into the concept for the whole album).
1968: Elvis Presley daughter Lisa Marie born in Memphis.
1972: Best selling album of the year, “Harvest” released by Neil Young.
1972: Chuck Berry has his 1st No. 1 single in the U.K., “My Ding-a-Ling”, which he had been playing live for 20 plus years.
1981: Duke Ellington musical “Sophisticated Ladies” opens in New York City.
1986: Diana Ross marries Norwegian businessman Arne Naess in Switzerland.
1986: Beatles music publisher Dick James passes on.
1989: The Platters singer Paul Robi (“Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”) passes on.
1994: British pop singer Harry Styles (“One Direction”) born in Redditch, England.
2003: Cuban band leader and percussionist Mongo Santamaria passes away.
2008: NASA announces that The Beatles “Across the Universe” would become the first song ever beamed directly into space- over the Deep Space Network.
2004: Janet Jackson experiences her well known wardrobe malfunction during half-time show at the 38th Super Bowl.
2012: Host of “Soul Train” TV show Don Cornelius leaves the building.