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The Week In Music History Feb 3 - 9

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FEB 3: Sadly, 60 years ago today Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens, as well as the pilot, died in a plane crash on the way to Fargo, ND. Holly rented the plane because the bus they had been using was having heating issues and had already broken down twice in freezing conditions. Shortly after the plane took off it crashed into a corn field near Mason City, Iowa. 😢

FEB 4: Happy Birthday to Alice Cooper, born today in 1948! Cooper was born Vincent Furnier and later changed his name to the name of his band. Cooper said it was one of the best moves he made as he retained ownership over the name of the band avoiding any legal disputes. This past year, Cooper was a part of the cast of NBC's live performance of Jesus Christ Superstar - he received positive reviews for his performance!

FEB 4: Today in 1977, Fleetwood Mac released their eleventh and most successful album, Rumours. It spawned several hits, including "Don't Stop", "Dreams", "Go Your Own Way", and "You Make Loving Fun". The album would go on to sell over 40 million copies, making it one of the best selling albums of all time.

FEB 5: Today in 1971, Black Sabbath began recording their third album, Master of Reality. A noticeable darker sound was present on this album due to Tony Iommi tuning down his guitar three semi-tones. Geezer Butler also tuned down his bass to match Iommi. Decades later this sound would influence grunge bands, such as Soundgarden and Nirvana.
FEB 6: Born today in 1945 Bob Marley! He passed away in 1981 at age 36 from melanoma. He was a Rastafari who infused his music with a sense of spirituality. Marley popularized reggae music around the world and has continued to influence musicians today. 

FEB 8: Today in 1973, Max Yasgur died. Yasgur’s farm in Bethel, NY was the site of Woodstock in the summer of 1969. Yasgur established a rapport with the concert goers and even provided free water after people in town were charging. Many of the townspeople turned against him and he was not welcome in town after the festival. He suffered from a heart condition and died from a heart attack.😢 

FEB 7: Today in 1969, The Who recorded "Pinball Wizard" in London. It is one of the bands most famous songs and it has been played at almost every Who concert since its live debut in May 1969! 

FEB 9: Happy Birthday to Carole King born today in 1942! 🎂 She is the most successful female songwriter of the latter half of the 20th century. King began recording her own songs in the 70s. Her breakthrough album Tapestry went to #1 for 15 weeks and stayed on the charts for six years! She has sold more than 75 million records worldwide.
FEB 9: Today on this day in 1964, The Beatles made their US live television debut on The Ed Sullivan show. It was the largest tv audience to witness a live event - 73 million viewers! At the time this represented 75% of US adults.

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