Today in Music

February, 8

  • 1999 Universal Music, Warner Music, BMG, Sony Music and EMI officially unveil Project Madison, a system developed by IBM Corp. to permit fast, secure distribution of full-length, CD-quality albums on the Web.
  • 1990 Singer Del Shannon dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
  • 1981 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Celebration,” Kool & the Gang. The song is the theme song of the 1981 Super Bowl and is played for the 52 American hostages upon their return to the U.S. from Iran.
  • 1971 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “One Bad Apple,” The Osmonds.
  • 1969 George Harrison has his tonsils removed at a London hospital.
  • 1961 Vince Neil of Motley Crue is born.
  • 1961 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Calcutta,” Lawrence Welk. Welk and his orchestra – which includes a harpsichord – record the song in one take.