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February 7

Updated: Feb 14, 2020

Music History for Friday, 2/7/20

2012 - Alicia Keys and Nas joined Jay-Z at the second of two charity concerts that he held at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The concerts raised $3.5 million for the United Way and the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation.

2011 - Gary Moore, former guitarist for 70s rock band Thin Lizzy, died. He was 58.

2010 Carrie Underwood sang the national anthem at the Super Bowl in Miami. Kenny Chesney, Heidi Newfield and Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts were in the crowd.

2009 - Toby Keith went into the crowd at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center in Pikeville to confront a fan who threw a beer at the stage. The concert-goer was ejected from the venue.

2009 - Taylor Swift's video for "White Horse" premiered.

2008 - Amy Winehouse, nominated for seven Grammys, was refused a U.S. visa to attend the ceremony due to a marijuana possession arrest in Norway the previous year.

2004 - Alan Jackson's "Remember When" went to number one.

2001 - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's last two shows at New York City’s Madison Square Garden were edited down into a two-hour concert for HBO. The same material eventually became a double live CD.

2001 - U2 did a rare club show at London’s Astoria, which holds just 2,000 people. Tickets were given away for free.

2000 - Rapper Big Pun, aka Big Punisher, born Christopher Lee Rios, died of a heart attack at age 28.  He weighed some 700 pounds at his death and was found to have a severely enlarged heart.

1999 - Songwriter, pianist and actor Bobby Troup died of a heart attack at age 80. He wrote the classic "(Get Your Kicks) On Route 66," which was recorded by Nat King Cole, The Rolling Stones and countless others. Troup was also in the movie version of M*A*S*H.

1995 - Tupac Shakur was sentenced to one-to-four-and-a-half years in jail for sexual abuse.

1994 - Shannon Hoon of Blind Melon was ejected from the American Music Awards for loud and disruptive behavior. He was eventually charged with battery, assault, resisting arrest and destroying a police station phone.

1994 Alan Jackson won two American Music Awards, and Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, Alabama and John Michael Montgomery were also winners.

1989 - Paula Abdul had the number one single with "Straight Up."

1981 - Kool & the Gang's "Celebration" topped the U.S. singles chart.

1979 - The number one song was "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" by Rod Stewart.

1979 - The Clash kicked off their first American tour at the Berkeley Community Theatre outside San Francisco.

1979 Stephen Stills became the first rock performer to record on digital equipment in Los Angeles' Record Plant Studio.

1976 - Paul Simon's "50 Ways to leave Your Lover" began a three-week run atop the U.S singles chart.

1970 - The Shocking Blue topped the U.S. singles chart with "Venus," making them the first Dutch act ever to score a U.S. #1 single.

1969 - The weekly TV music variety show This Is Tom Jones, premiered on ABC. 

1964 - The Beatles arrived in New York to begin their first U.S. tour.

1963 - Patsy Cline had her final recording session at Nashville's Columbia Recording Studio cutting "He Called Me Baby" and "I'll Sail My Ship Alone."

1959 - Buddy Holly's funeral was held in his hometown of Lubbock, Texas.

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