This Day in History: 2023-02-03


The day the music died. Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens are killed in a plane crash while on the Winter Dance Party Tour. 1959
Going retro, Elton John holds the #1 spot on the U.S. pop survey with “Crocodile Rock.” The song, from the album “Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player,” is John’s first U.S. chart topper. 1973
Pearl Jam release their “Yield” album. The set debuts at #2, behind the “Titanic” soundtrack, on the Billboard 200. 1998
Incubus roll out “Crow Left Of The Murder.” 2004
The band’s fifth studio album marks the first appearance of bassist Ben Kenney following the departure of founding member Dirk Lance.
The album debuts at #2 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and goes on to sell 1.9 million copies.
Fall Out Boys earn their fourth #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with “M A N I A.”  2018
Ray Davies’ kid brother and Kinks collaborator, Dave, is born. 1947
Guitarist Lee Renaldo (Sonic Youth) is born. 1956
The Cure’s Laurence Tolhurst has a birthday. He’s born in Horley, Surrey, England. 1959
Amid The Beatles onslaught, “Fun, Fun, Fun” by the Beach Boys is released. The single gets to #5. 1964
Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney meet in London following Wonder’s club show. This is still a couple decades before “Ebony & Ivory.” 1965
The Beatles begin recording “Lady Madonna.”  The song borrows from ’50s great Fats Domino. Paul McCartney wrote it and sings lead. 1968
“You Never Give Me Your Money.” Following the death of Brian Epstein, The Beatles select Allen B. Klein as their business manager (a formal contract is signed a couple months later). Paul McCartney had wanted Eastman & Eastman (his wife Linda’s father is a partner in the company). As a consolation, the next day Eastman & Eastman are appointed general counsel to Apple, a collection of Beatles related companies. The Beatles’ business affairs, already in disarray get far worse. 1969
Blondie performs “Heart Of Glass” on Britain’s Top Of The Pops T.V. program as the song reaches #1 on the U.K. chart. 1979
Nirvana’s “Nevermind” sells over three-million copies. It eventually moves over seven-million. 1992
U2 perform a three-song post 9-11 set at halftime during the Super Bowl.  During “Where The Streets Have No Name” the names of the victims from the attacks are projected onto a sheet behind the stage.   At the song’s conclusion, frontman Bono opens his jacket to reveal an American flag printed into the lining.  2002
Led Zeppelin’s “Rock And Roll” is used in a Cadillac commercial that debuts during the Super Bowl. It’s the first Zep song licensed for a commercial. 2002
Wall of Sound producer Phil Spector is arrested in connection with the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson at his Alhambra home. Spector is later convicted. 2003
Saliva’s “Blood Stained Love Story” enters the Billboard 200 at #19 making it the group’s highest-ever first week showing on the album chart. 2007
“Freedom’s Road” lands at #5 becoming John Mellencamp’s best chart debut. 2007
Tom Petty & The Heartbreaker are the halftime entertainment for Super Bowl XLII in Glendale, AZ. They open with “American Girl,” then roll through “I Won’t Back Down,” “Free Fallin'” and “Runnin’ Down A Dream.” The New York Giants pull a major upset defeating the heavily favored, and previously unbeaten, New England Patriots. 2008
Alice Cooper and exercise guru Richard Simmons appear in a Bridgestone Tire commercial that’s aired during the Super Bowl. Cooper is dark and menacing but Simmons steals the spot. 2008
Red Jumpsuit Apparatus unfurl “Lonely Road,” the follow-up to their platinum selling album, “Don’t You Fake It.” First week the album out-sells (barely) its predecessor. 2009
Dubious honor? Mötley Crüe is the first Hard Rock band to have a Las Vegas residency when ” Mötley Crüe in Sin City” opens at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. “Vegas is based on big, big shows,” says frontman Vince Neil. In honor of the band’s milestone, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman proclaims it Mötley Crüe Day. 2012
The Flaming Lips and their song “Sun Blows Up Today,” is featured in a Super Bowl car commercial for Hyundai. 2013
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea explains presidential politics within the context of candidate Donald Trump. “I just think that he’s a silly reality-show bozo and blustering guy who likes getting attention,” states the bassist. 2016
Bret Michaels (Poison) and introduce the Traveler’s Choice luggage line as part of the Bret Michaels Live store on the website. 2016
Maroon 5 headline the Pepsi Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show in Atlanta. The show augments an uneventful first half (New England Pats – the eventual winners – are leading the L.A. Rams 3-0). Prior to the game, Maroon 5 and the NFL announce a $500,000 donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. 2019
“Kickstart My Heart” from Mötley Crüe ‘s ’89 album “Dr. Feelgood,” is featured in Planters first-ever Super Bowl ad. Actor Charlie Sheen pokes fun at himself (“and they say I’m the nut”) in the 30-second spot, which also features Alex Rodriguez and Mr. Peanut. Meanwhile, Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” is heard in a commercial for Amazon’s Alexa.  2019
Singer Josh Kiszka’s laryngitis forces Greta Van Fleet to cancel the remaining dates on their Australian tour. They scrap a concert in Birsbane before calling off the rest of the tour. 2019
All That Remains bring back Matt Deis who was the band’s bassist during the early ‘00s. He replaces Aaron Patrick who left by way of a mutual and amicable agreement after eight years with the band. 2022