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February 8th, 1964 – It’s The Beatles first full day in New York. The Fab Four (minus George who had a sore throat), went for a walk/photo-shoot around Central Park. Over 400 female fans followed them and extra police were needed to control the every growing crowd. Later in the day The Ronettes interviewed The Beatles on the radio.

February 9th, 1964The Beatles make their US live debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. They performed five songs including their current No.1 ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ and were watched by an estimated 73 million people. There was a lottery for seats as the studio only held 728 people. The show had received over 50,000 applications from fans trying to get a spot in the audience.

February 10th, 2003The Rolling Stones play a free show in Los Angeles to raise awareness for global warming. Their support act is sax player, and former president Bill Clinton.

February 11th, 1969 The Monkees set a new record when their second album, ‘More of The Monkees’ jumped from #122 to the top of the US chart. The album then stayed in pole position for eighteen weeks.

February 12th, 1989 Aretha Franklin lost a court case against Broadway producer Ashton Springer, who sued for $1 million when Aretha failed to turn up for rehearsals for the stage show Sing Mahalia Sing, blaming her fear of flying on the non appearance.

February 13th, 1976Phil Collins takes the role of lead vocalist in Genesis since the departure of Peter Gabriel. A Trick of the Tail is released today it’s their first album with this new arrangement.

February 14th 1978Dire Straits begin recording their first album at Basing Street Studios in London. The album would cost $21,250 to record and produce. It featured the group’s breakthrough single ‘Sultans of Swing’ which would go on to spend a 132 week run on the UK chart.

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