Music History for

February 2


1714 - Composer Gottfried August Homilius was born.

1937 - Guy Lombardo and his orchestra recorded "Boo Hoo."

1949 - The first 45 RPM record was released.

1956 - The Coasters signed with Atlantic Records.

1957 - Fats Domino sang "Blueberry Hill" and "Blue Monday" on the "Perry Como Show" on television.

1959 - Frankie Avalon's "Venus" was released.

1959 - The Coasters song "Charlie Brown" was released.

1963 - The Beatles began their first British tour supporting Helen Shapiro.
Today in Beatles History

1973 - NBC-TV debuted "Midnight Special."

1973 - Keith Emerson injures his hands when a rigged piano prematurely explodes during a concert in San Francisco.

1978 - Van Halen signed with Warner Brothers Records.

1979 - At the age of 21, ex-Sex Pistol bass player Sid Vicious died of a heroin overdose in the New York City apartment of his present girlfriend, Michelle Robinson.

1993 - Willie Nelson and the IRS settle their longstanding tax feud. The U.S. government kept $3.6 million in assets it had already seized and Nelson would have to pay $5.4 million of the $13.1 million balance.

1999 - Prince released "1999 New Master." It was a re-release and re-done version of the 1982 version of the song "1999."
Today in Prince history

2002 - Britney Spears was the host and musical guest on NBC's "Saturday Night Live."