Fox Facts: February 1


2011 - Elton John urged his longtime friend and tour mate Billy Joel to get serious about overcoming his alcoholism in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine.

2009 - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform at the Bridgestone halftime show during Super Bowl XLIII.

2008 - Paul McCartney reported the had heart surgery last year are "entirely untrue".

2005 - 59 year old Eric Clapton became a father for the 5th time when his 29-year-old wife, Melia McEnery, gave birth to a baby girl. 

2002 - Kirk Hammett (Metallica) was the first recipient of the annual Hall of Fame Award in "Guitar World" magazine. 

2001 - A collection of Elton John's private photos were removed from display at a museum in Atlanta. 

1994 - Green Day release their third album (their first on a major label), Dookie.

1992 - Elton John and George Michael teamed up to score a US number one with a song recorded live at Wembley Stadium the previous March, "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me". Elton had originally released the song on his "Caribou" album in 1974. 

1988 - The Cars disband.

1987 - Journey wrap up their Raised on Radio tour with a show in Anchorage, Alaska.

1985 - The Eagles' Glenn Frey makes his acting debut in an episode of NBC's Miami Vice that is based on his song "Smuggler's Blues."

1984 - The musical drama Footloose opens in theaters.

1972 - Neil Young releases the album Harvest, with the hit, "Heart of Gold."

1969 - Tommy James & the Shondells' "Crimson and Clover" hits #1 for the first of two weeks. (PLAY JOAN JETT)

1964 - Jani Lane of Warrant ("Cherry Pie") is born in Akron, Ohio.

1964 - The Beatles' "I Want To Hold Your Hand" hits #1 in the US and Beatlemania takes hold.

1962 - Brian Epstein's managerial contract with The Beatles officially goes into effect.

1950 - Mike Campbell (lead guitarist for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) is born in Panama City, Florida.

1949 - RCA introduces the 45 RPM record. It's 7 inches wide and plays at a faster speed than the traditional 33-1/3, providing better sound quality. The format takes off, and 45s become known as "singles."


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