Sunday, February 12, 2012


1760 - Composer Jan Ladislav Dussek was born.

1924 - Bandleader Paul Whiteman presented his unique symphonic jazz at the Aeolian Hall in New York City. The concert featured the first public performance of George Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue."

1942 - Mildred Bailey recorded "More Than You Know" on Decca Records.

1956 - Screamin' Jay Hawkins recorded "I Put a Spell On You."

1961 - The Miracles' "Shop Around" became Motown's first million-selling single.

1967 - Police raided Keith Richards home in West Wittering, Sussex, England. The police found "various substances of a suspicious nature." Richards and Mick Jagger were arrested on May 10 on drug charges.

1968 - Jimi Hendrix returned home to Seattle where he received a key to the city and an honorary high school diploma. He also played for the students of Garfield High School from which he had dropped out.

1972 - "Roundabout" was released by Yes.

1977 - The Police record "Fall Out," their first single.

1981 - Deborah Harry of Blondie announced that she would be making a solo album.

1989 - Tiny Tim declared himself a New York City mayoral candidate. He did not win in the election.

1997 - David Bowie received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2001 - The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered Napster to stop its users from trading copyrighted material without charge.

2010 More than 80 artists gathered to record the remake of "We Are The World". The next day Janet Jackson laid down her version of Michael Jackson's part. The song was premiered at the opening of the Winter Olympics on February 12.

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