Music History for

February 8


1741 - Composer Andre-Ernest-Modeste Gretry was born.

1956 - Buddy Holly signed a recording contract with Decca Records. He left the "e" out of his last name (Holley) and dropped it from his stage name as well.

1958 - The "Annette" serial began on ABC-TV's "Mickey Mouse Club." The first episode was an introduction to the series presented by the housekeeper.

1960 - The House of Representatives Special Subcommittee on Legislative Oversight opened hearings on disc jockey "payola."

1964 - The publisher of the song "Louie Louie" offered $1,000 to anyone would could find suggestive lyrics in the song.

1965 - The Supremes' "Stop in the Name Of Love" was released.

1967 - Peter & Gordon split up.

1969 - George Harrison's tonsils were removed at London's University College Hospital. The tonsils were destroyed so they could not be sold.

1969 - The announcement of the formation of the band "Blind Faith" was made.

1972 - The official Beatles Fan Club disbanded.
Today in Beatles History

1980 - In London, David Bowie and his wife Angie were divorced after nearly ten years of marriage. David gets custody of their nine-year old son, Zowie.

1982 - Cher opened on Broadway in "Come Back to the Five & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean."

1988 - In London, The Who performed at the British Phonographic Industry awards ceremony. They received an award for their "Outstanding Contribution to British Music. This would be the last time Kenney Jones played with the band.

1990 - Del Shannon died of a self-inflicted gun shot wound.

1993 - Tom Jones guest starred on NBC-TV's "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air."

1993 - The Metallica single "Sad But True" was released.

1999 - Universal Music, Warner Music, BMG, Sony Music and EMI officially unveiled Project Madison. The system was developed by International Business Machines Corp. to permit fast, secure distribution of full-length, CD-quality albums on the Internet.

2000 - It was announced that Stan "the Man" Lee would create a comic book of the Backstreet Boys.

2006 - Kelly Clarkson won two Grammys. The awards were for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Since U Been Gone" and Best Pop Vocal Album for "Breakaway". She was the first "American Idol" participant to win a grammy. She also performed "Because of You" at the show.

2010 - MTV dropped the "Music Television" moniker from its logo.