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February 2nd, 1976 Genesis releases ‘A Trick Of The Tail’, their 7th studio album and the first featuring drummer and lead vocalist Phil Collins. After auditioning more than 400 vocalists, they decided the Collins who was teaching the songs to potential lead singers was really their man.

February 1st, 1965James Brown records a new song in North Carolina at the Arthur Smith Studios in Charlotte. The song ‘Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag’ would climb all the way to No. 8 on the pop chart as well as No. 1 on the R&B chart. It would also score Brown a Grammy in the following year for best R&B recording.

February 1st, 1986Dick James dies of a heart attack at the age of 65. The famous music publisher is best known for signing the then unknown Elton John and lyricist Bernie Taupin in 1967. He was the founder of the DJM record label and worked with many great artists including The Beatles.

February 1st, 2004 – The term ‘wardrobe malfunction’ is born when Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake performed at the Super Bowl. TV network CBS apologized for its broadcast where Janet’s breast was exposed during their performance. CBS quickly cut away from the scene but still received waves of angry phone calls from viewers complaining about the indecency. Timberlake insisted it had been an accident later saying “I am sorry that anyone was offended by the wardrobe malfunction during the half-time performance of the Super Bowl.”

February 2nd, 1989George Michael received undisclosed damages in excess of $170,000 from several newspaper articles which libeled Michael, stating that he had crashed a party of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s and was drunk and abusive.

February 3rd, 1959Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens died in a crash shortly after take-off from Clear Lake, Iowa.  The single engine plane was used becuase of problems with their tour bus’s heating system. All three were traveling to Fargo, North Dakota, for the next gig on their Winter Dance Party Tour.


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