February 1 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
February 1

1949 : RCA introduces the 45 RPM record. It's 7 inches wide and plays at a faster speed than the traditional 33-1/3, providing better sound quality. The format takes off, and 45s become known as "singles".

1956 : The Roxy Theater in New York City presents The Rock and Roll Ice Revue, billed as "the hottest production ever staged on ice".

1962 : Brian Epstein's managerial contract with The Beatles officially goes into effect.

1963 : Paul Simon graduates from New York City's Queens College.

1964 : Indiana Governor Matthew Walsh bans the Kingsmen's version of "Louie Louie", calling it "Pornographic". Eventually, the FBI investigates and finds the lyrics "unintelligible at any speed".

1969 : Joni Mitchell makes her Carnegie Hall debut.

1971 : The "Love Story" soundtrack album is certified gold.

1972 : 13 innocent Irish citizens die when British troops open fire on a March in Dublin protesting imprisonment without trial. The event would inspire the U2 song "Sunday Bloody Sunday".

1973 : Gladys Knight and the Pips leave Motown's Soul label for a new career at Buddah.

1974 : Guitarist Eric Bell leaves Thin Lizzy due to ill health brought on by alcohol abuse.

1979 : Blondie's "Heart Of Glass" is certified platinum in the UK, two months before a similar ascent up the U.S. chart.

1982 : Memphis, Tennessee, mayor Wyeth Chandler declares today "Bar-Kays Day" in honor of Otis Redding's backup band, who went on to success in their own right with "Soul Finger".

Texts from calendar.songfacts.com


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