Rock 'n' Roll History for
February 3






1958 - ClassicBands.com

February 3
The Royal Teens' biggest hit, "Short Shorts" enters the US record charts on its way to number 3. The song was originally an instrumental warm up number that the group added silly lyrics to. The tune was recorded in about twenty minutes of left over studio time and released after a record label executive took a liking to it.

1959 - ClassicBands.com

February 3
February 3rd, 1959 was for many, "the day the music died", when Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper were all killed. Their plane took off a little after 1 AM from Clear Lake, Iowa, when a cold North-East wind gave way to a blinding snow storm which drastically reduced visibility. Encased in a sea of snow with only white below, pilot Roger Peterson seemed to become disoriented and flew the plane into the ground. One wing hit the frozen earth and the small plane tumbled over and over, killing the three musicians and the plane's young pilot.

1962 - ClassicBands.com

February 3
Gene Chandler's "The Duke Of Earl" tops the Cashbox Best Sellers chart for the first of a five week stay. In 2002 the record was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and has also been selected by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll.

1963 - ClassicBands.com

February 3
30-year-old Johnny Thunder, whose real name was Gil Hamilton, enjoys his only Billboard Top 40 hit when his rendition of the children's nursery song "Loop De Loop" peaks at #4. Before finding solo success, he had been a touring member of The Drifters and recorded as a backup singer for Dionne Warwick. Thunder would go on to release several follow-up singles, of which "Everybody Do The Sloopy" was the most successful, reaching #67 in late 1965.

1967 - ClassicBands.com

February 3
Joe Meek, a British Pop and Rock producer, kills his landlady before shooting himself in the head. He is best remembered for the instrumental hit, "Telstar", which he wrote for the Tornadoes.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

February 3
The Beatles record Paul McCartney's "Lady Madonna" at Abbey Road studios in just three takes. The Fats Domino inspired tune will reach #1 in the UK and #4 in the US. Domino himself would release a cover version of the song that topped out at #100 on the Billboard chart later in the year.

February 3
An Oxford, Ohio group called the Lemon Pipers saw their only Billboard Top 40 hit, "Green Tambourine", reach #1. It made #7 in the UK. The band would never repeat their success, although "Rice Is Nice" (#46) and "Jelly Jungle" (#70) did enter the Hot 100 later in the year.

1969 - ClassicBands.com

February 3
The Beatles hired Allen Klein to be their new manager. John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr all agreed, but Paul McCartney would not sign the agreement because he thought Klein had a bad reputation.

1978 - ClassicBands.com

February 3
The TV movie Dead Man's Curve, which was based on the lives of Jan And Dean, airs on ABC. The film features cameo appearances by Dick Clark, Wolfman Jack, and Beach Boys' Mike Love and Bruce Johnston. Jan Berry himself and his parents appear in the audience at the end of the movie.

February 3
Harry Chapin meets with US President Jimmy Carter and the pair announce the creation of The Presidential Commission on Domestic and International Hunger and Malnutrition.

1979 - ClassicBands.com

February 3
A sold-out concert at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, is held commemorating the 20th anniversary of the crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. Wolfman Jack hosted the show which featured performances by Del Shannon, Jimmy Clanton and The Drifters.

February 3
The British rock band The Babys break through to the Billboard Top 40 with "Every Time I Think Of You". Just like their first chart entry, "Isn't It Time", the song will peak at #13.

1992 - ClassicBands.com

February 3
Michael Jackson holds a press conference in New York City to announce his upcoming world tour will be sponsored by Pepsi. Proceeds from the journey will go to his Heal The World foundation, dedicated to helping children.

2002 - ClassicBands.com

February 3
Paul McCartney and Barry Manilow sing at a pre-game concert before Super Bowl XXXVI (36) in New Orleans. U2 provided the half-time entertainment.

2003 - ClassicBands.com

February 3
Legendary music producer Phil Spector was arrested for investigation of murder after police found a woman shot to death at his Los Angeles mansion. The 62 year old Spector, whose Wall Of Sound technique transformed 1960s Pop music, was freed after posting $1 million bond. The body of 40-year-old Lana Clarkson, a TV and film actress, was found in a pool of blood with a gunshot to the face at the marble entrance to Spector's home.

2004 - ClassicBands.com

February 3
Gene Hughes, who sang lead vocal on The Casinos' "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye" in 1967, died in Nashville at the age of 67. He had been injured in an car crash and suffered several setbacks during his recovery.

February 3
58 year old saxophonist, Cornelius Bumpus, formerly of the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan, suffered a fatal heart attack while on a commercial flight from New York.

2007 - ClassicBands.com

February 3
Wayne Fontana, of "Game Of Love" fame, was arrested at his home in Glossop, Derbyshire, England and charged with arson with intent to endanger life. The 61 year-old, who was already set to appear in court in March on traffic offenses, was accused of pouring gasoline over a bailiff's car and setting it on fire. The following November, he would be sentenced to 11 months in jail, but was allowed to walk free from court immediately after already serving the equivalent of his term while held under the Mental Health Act.

2010 - ClassicBands.com

February 3
Mackenzie Phillips, daughter of Mamas And Papas' founder John Phillips, told TV host Oprah Winfrey that her decade-long sexual affair with her father was not consensual, even though she eventually agreed to having sex with her father.

February 3
Former teen star Leif Garrett, who shot to fame at the age of 15 with his 1970s single "I Was Made For Dancin'", was arrested at an L.A. train station on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance. The 48-year-old later pleaded no contest and entered a drug rehab program.

2016 - ClassicBands.com

February 3
Maurice White, vocalist and co-founder of Earth, Wind And Fire died in his sleep at the age of 74. He helped the band place sixteen songs on Billboard's Top 40 chart between 1974 and 1983. Health problems forced him to retire from touring in 1994, but he remained active on the business side of the group.






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