This Day In Rock History: February 2nd


It’s important to know your rock history, here at Radio NOVA we bring you ten rock stories from the sixties, seventies, eighties, nineties and the noughties.

On this day in rock history: February 2nd.

1959: Buddy Holly performed his final show ever at the Surf Ballroom in Iowa, the next day he died in a plane crash along with Richard Valens and The Big Bopper.


1963: The Beatles were the first of six acts to perform at the Gaumont Cinema in Bradford. They played a four-song set that included ‘Taste Of Honey’, ‘Chains’, ‘Keep Your Hands Off My Baby’ and ‘Please Please Me’.

1966: The Rolling Stones went to number two on the singles chart with the track ’19th Nervous Breakdown’.

1967: Appearing on Top of the Pops, the Jimi Hendrix Experience played the song ‘Purple Haze’.

1969: Yoko Ono was granted a divorce from her husband, she married John Lennon a few weeks later on March 30th.

1976: Genesis released their first album without Peter Gabriel. Their seventh album titled A Trick Of The Tail, featured the band’s drummer Phil Collins taking over the singing duties.

1979: While out on bail, Sex Pistols‘ bassist Syd Vicious died of a heroin overdose. He was on trail for the murder of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen.

1993: The IRS ordered Willie Nelson to pay $9 million of a $16 million tax bill.

2004: Janet Jackson suffered a “wardrobe malfunction” during a performance at the Superbowl half-time show.

2005: The Libertines‘ frontman Pete Doherty was arrested for apparently assaulting a man at a hotel in central London.