Lots happened on this day in music history…
1935: Sonny Bono is born in Detroit. He finds success as a producer and record executive before marrying Cher, with whom he forms the duo Sonny & Cher. He is elected to Congress in California, where he serves until the time of his death.
The 6.5 Special, Britain’s first pop music program, debuts on the BBC; the year is 1957.
In 1963 Beatles top British rock charts with “Please, Please Me”.
They also made their second appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” on this day in 1964, one week after their debut on that show.
In 1997, Michael Jackson sings “Elizabeth I Love You,” which he wrote for the actress Elizabeth Taylor, at her 65th birthday celebration. The event airs on ABC on February 25th.
2004 Doris Troy, who wrote and recorded “Just One Look,” passes on, at age 67.
2011 Lady GaGa’s “Born This Way” makes history, becoming the Billboard Hot 100 chart’s 1000th number one. “It is a tremendous honor,” GaGa tells Billboard. “To be the 1000th number one on Billboard. I would be silly not to say this is the greatest honor of my career.”
2016 “Vanity”, Canadian born singer/songwriter/dancer/actress/model, the former leader of the girl group Vanity 6 (1981 to 1983) passes away. They made the single: “Nasty Girl,” which was produced by Prince and topped the Billboard dance charts.