Today in Music

February, 9

  • 1999 Foo Fighter Dave Grohl, his Roswell Records label, EMI Entertainment World and EMI Virgin Songs file suit against Miramax in California, accusing the Disney-owned indie of unauthorized use of the Foo Fighters’ hit “Big Me” in trailers for the film “Rounders.”
  • 1998 Oprah Winfrey announces that Garth Brooks has agreed to donate his earnings from sales of his latest album, “Sevens” for a seven-day period. The money goes to “Oprah’s Angel Network,” which uses the donations to fund college scholarships for underprivileged students.
  • 1991 The Rev. James Cleveland dies in Los Angeles of heart failure at age 59. The gospel artist won four Grammys and recorded more than 100 albums.
  • 1981 Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Bill Haley of the Comets dies of a heart attack at his home in Harlingen, Texas. He sold an estimated 60 million records in his lifetime.
  • 1976 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover,” Paul Simon. The song is Simon’s first No. 1 single since ending his 13-year partnership with Art Garfunkel in 1970.
  • 1964 The Beatles make their American TV debut live on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
  • 1955 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Sincerely,” The McGuire Sisters.
  • 1942 Songwriter/performer Carole King (Carole Klein) is born in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her biggest hit is the two-sided single “It’s Too Late/I Feel the Earth Move,” which stays at No. 1 for five weeks in 1971.