Things That Happened in Music on February 29

Every four years, we have to work an extra day just so we can make sure our calendar doesn’t spin out of control with the solar system. This makes February 29th a rather special day historically. With only one such date occurring every four years, it makes for some interesting trivia.

1772: Gioachino Rossini, composer of The Barber of Seville, was born. Thanks to him, we have one of the greatest Bugs Bunny cartoons of all time.

1920: Albert James Freed was born. He’d later become famous as Alan Freed, the DJ that gave us the phrase “rock and roll.”

1968: The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s album wins four Grammy awards: Album of the Year, Best Cover, Best Engineered Album and Best Recorded Album.

1972: John Lennon’s immigration visa expired marking the beginning of a three-and-a-half year fight to stay in the US.

Saul Williams, the hip-artist, is born. He turns 10 today. Think about it.

1976: A special Leap Year concert was held at the Roundhouse in London. The Stranglers were amongst the performers.

Ja Rule is born.

1980: Buddy Holly’s glasses and a wristwatch belonging to the Big Bopper are discovered neglected in the sheriff’s office in Mason City, Iowa. They were recovered from the wreckage of that famous plane crash and pretty much ignored the whole time.

1992: U2 kicks of the North American leg of Zoo-TV tour in Lakeland, Florida.

2000: Dennis Dannel of Social Distortion dies of a brain aneurysm at age 38.

Eric Clapton was fined $570 for speeding.

2008: Mike Smith of the Dave Clark Five dies of pneumonia at age 64.

2012:  Davy Jones, the cute little one from The Monkees, passes away as the result of a heart attack at age 66.


Alan Cross

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One thought on “Things That Happened in Music on February 29

  • You can add the death of Davy Jones to that, now.


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