Born on this day:
1940, Alan Caddy, guitarist with The Tornadoes
1942, Graham Nash, guitar, vocals, The Hollies & Crosby Stills Nash & Young
1946, Howard Bellamy, Bellamy Brothers
1963, Eva Cassidy, US singer
1971, Ben Mize, drums, Counting Crows
1959, Buddy Holly, Richard Valens and The Big Bopper all appeared at the Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake, Iowa. This was all three acts last ever gig before being killed in a plane crash the following day.
1966, The Rolling Stones released “19th Nervous Breakdown.” it peaked at #2 on the U.K. singles chart.
1969, Yoko Ono divorced her husband Tony Cox, Yoko was granted custody of their daughter Kyoko. John Lennon and married Yoko the following month on 30th March.
1979, Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious died of a heroin overdose in New York City. There had been a party to celebrate Vicious’ release on $50,000 (£29,412) bail pending his trial for the murder of his former girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, the previous October. Party guests, said that Vicious had taken heroin at midnight. An autopsy confirmed that Vicious died from an accumulation of fluid in the lungs that was consistent with heroin overdose. A syringe, spoon and heroin residue were discovered near the body.
1985, Foreigner started a two-week run at #1 on the U.S. singles charts with “I Want To Know What Love Is,” also a U.K. #1. London-born Mick Jones wrote the song and Lou Gramm sang lead vocals with the British-American rock band.
1989, George Michael received undisclosed damages in excess of £100,000 ($170,000) from The Sun newspaper over articles printed that stated Michael had gatecrashed a party given by Andrew Lloyd Weber and was drunk and abusive.
2002, The P.P.L. (Phonographic Performance Ltd), launched performersmoney.com for artists to check if they were owed any of the £10 million ($17 million) in unclaimed money. It showed that Michael Jackson was owed over £100,000 ($170,000) for “Say, Say, Say.” Stevie Wonder had money owing for “Ebony And Ivory” and Ray Davies of The Kinks was owed a six-figure fee for “You Really Got Me.”
2004, TV network CBS apologized for its broadcast of the American Super Bowl after Janet Jackson was left exposed when Justin Timberlake ripped her top. The pair had been performing a raunchy half-time duet when one of Jackson’s breasts was exposed as Timberlake pulled at her top. CBS quickly cut away from the scene but was still flooded with calls from angry viewers about the half-time entertainment, produced by MTV. Timberlake insisted it had been an accident saying, “I am sorry that anyone was offended by the wardrobe malfunction during the half-time performance of the Super Bowl."
2007, U.S. keyboardist Joe Hunter, a veteran session musician as one of the Funk Brothers who helped craft the distinctive Motown sound, died in Detroit, Michigan, at the age of 79. Hunter performed with such legendary Motown acts as Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and Martha and the Vandellas.