1961, The Miracles' 'Shop Around' became Motown Record's first million-selling single. It was also the label's first No.1 hit on Billboard's R&B singles chart. In the following ten years, The Miracles would have six more million sellers.
1964, The Beatles returned to New York City by train from Washington, D.C. for two performances at Carnegie Hall. There was such a demand for tickets that some extra seating was arranged surrounding the stage. Tickets ranged from $1.65 to $5.50.
1965, Pye Records announced that they'd signed 'the British Bob Dylan', when they added Donovan to the label. The Scottish singer-songwriter produced a series of hit albums and singles between 1965 and 1970 and became a friend of leading pop musicians including Joan Baez, Brian Jones and The Beatles. He influenced John Lennon when he taught him a finger-picking guitar style in 1968.
1967, 15 police officers raided Redlands the West Sussex home of The Rolling StoneKeith Richards during a weekend party. The police who were armed with a warrant issued under the dangerous drugs act took away various substances for forensic tests. George and Pattie Harrison had been at the house, but it was said that the police waited for them to leave before they raided the house in order not to bust the holder of an MBE.
1968, Billed as 'Tour 60 cities in 66 Days' The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at the Centre Arena, Seattle, Washington.
1969, '(If Paradise Is) Half As Nice' by Amen Corner was at No.1 on the UK singles chart, the group's only UK No.1. The song was first offered to The Tremeloes as a potential single, who rejected it.
1970, John Lennon performed 'Instant Karma!' on BBC TV's Top Of The Pops, becoming the first Beatle to have appeared on the show since 1966. Lennon wrote, recorded, and mixed his new single, all in one day. It ranks as one of the fastest-released songs in pop music history. Lennon later stated, "I wrote it for breakfast, recorded it for lunch, and we're putting it out for dinner."
1972, Al Green went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Let's Stay Together', his only US chart topper. It was ranked the 60th greatest song of all time by Rolling Stone magazine on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Tina Turner had a hit with the song in 1984.
1976, Eddie and the Hot Rods appeared at The Marquee Club London, supported by The Sex Pistols who were playing their first ever London show.
1977, The Police recorded their first single, 'Fall Out' for £150 ($255) at Pathway Studios, London, England.
1977, Blondie, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and the Ramones all appeared at the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles, California.
1977, Pink Floyd released their tenth studio album Animals in the US, where it reached No.3 in the charts. The album's cover image, a pig floating between two chimneys on Battersea Power Station, was conceived by bassist Roger Waters and realised by long-time design and photographic collaborators Hipgnosis.
1989, Aretha Franklin lost a court case against Broadway producer Ashton Springer, who sued for $1 million (£0.58 million) when Aretha failed to turn up for rehearsals for the stage show Sing Mahalia Sing, blaming her fear of flying on the non appearance.
1994, Celine Dion started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'The Power Of Love', the singers first US No.1, a No.4 hit in the UK.
1995, Van Halen went to No.1 on the US chart with 'Balance' their tenth studio album which went on to sell more than 3 million copies in the US.
1997, U2 held a press conference in the Lingerie Department at the Greenwich Village Kmart store in Manhattan, New York City, to announce their Pop Mart world tour. The tour was set to start in Las Vegas on April 25th of this year.
1997, David Bowie received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2000, US blues singer Screamin' Jay Hawkins died aged 70. A Golden Gloves boxing champion at 16, he was married nine times, spent two years in jail, was temporary blinded by one of his flaming props on stage in 1976. He recorded 'I Put A Spell On You' in 1956, covered by The Animals and Nina Simone.
2003, Former Doors drummer John Densmore took out legal action against The Doors keyboard player Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger for breach of contract, trademark infringement and unfair competition. The band had reformed with Ex- Cult singer Ian Astbury and former Police drummer Stewart Copeland. Densmore said "It shouldn't be called The Doors if it's someone other than Jim Morrison singing."
2004, Eminem's ex-wife Kimberly Mathers was jailed for a month after being found using cocaine while on probation. Mathers was also put on a 90-day drug abuse programme.
2005, The Class 47 locomotive 47828 was named after Clash frontman Joe Strummer at a ceremony in Bristol. The diesel train, owned by Cotswold Rail, was named after the singer/guitarist who died, aged 50, in 2002.
2006, Meck feat Leo Sayer was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Thunder In My Heart (Again)'. DJ Meck's remix of Leo Sayer's September 1977 hit which only reached No. 22.
2007, During a press conference at West Hollywood's Whisky a Go Go club Sting confirmed that The Police were getting back together. The band were set to kick off a world tour on May 28 in Vancouver, Canada, supported by Sting's son Joe Sumner's band, Fiction Plane.
2008, Ronald Isley's appeal against a three-year jail term for tax fraud was rejected by a US court. The 65-year-old singer of the Isley Brothers argued against being imprisoned in an Indiana jail on the grounds of age and poor health. The court heard he cashed royalty cheques belonging to his brother O'Kelly, who died in 1996 and spent millions of dollars made from undeclared performances on a yacht and two homes. Isley was ordered to pay more than $3.1m (£1.62m) to the US tax service for "pathological" evasion.
2009, A full frontal nude photo of Madonna taken in 1979 before she became famous, sold at auction for $37,500. The black and white picture was taken at a time when Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone was a 20-year-old dancer trying to make ends meet in New York.
2014, It was reported that Rock music overtook pop in UK album sales during 2013, winning a bigger share of the market for the first time in five years. Rod Stewart's 'Time' was the best-selling album to be classified as rock by the Official Charts Company, followed by Arctic Monkeys and Bastille. In total rock accounted for 33.8% of album sales, compared with 31% for pop, said industry body the BPI. However, pop records still held the lead in single sales.
2015, Steve Strange, lead singer of 1980s pop band Visage, died aged 55 following a heart attack in hospital in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. His band, Visage, formed in 1979 and their breakthrough single, 'Fade To Grey', peaked at No.8 in the UK in 1981.
February 12th: Born on this day
1915, Born on this day, Lorne Greene, star of the NBC TV show Bonanza. He had a US No.1 single ‘Ringo’, which made him the second Canadian to have a US No.1 single, a No.22 hit in the UK. Greene died on September 11th 1987.
1935, Born on this day, African-American singer and songwriter Gene McDaniels, who scored the 1961 US No.3 hit 'A Hundred Pounds Of Clay'. Gene also wrote Roberta Flack'1974 No.1 hit 'Feel Like Makin' Love' which won a Grammy Award. McDaniels died on July 29, 2011.
1939, Born on this day, Ray Manzarek, keyboards, with The Doors, who had the 1967 US No.1 & UK No.9 single 'Light My Fire' and the 1971 single 'Riders On The Storm'. Manzarek died on 20th May 2013, he had suffered from bile duct cancer for many years. He formed the band with lead singer Jim Morrison in 1965 after a chance meeting in Venice Beach, Los Angeles.
1942, Born on this day, Rick Frank, drummer with Elephant's Memory who worked with John Lennon on his 1972 album 'Some Time In New York City.'
1945, Born on this day, Joe Schermie, bass, Three Dog Night, who had the 1970 UK No.3 & US No.1 single 'Mama Told Me Not To Come'.
1949, Born on this day, Stanley Knight, from American group Black Oak Arkansas, who had the 70's US No.1 radio hit single 'Jim Dandy To The Rescue'.
1950, Born on this day, Steve Hackett, guitarist who had the, 1974 UK No.21 single 'I Know What I Like In Your Wardrobe', with Genesis who he quit in 1977 for solo work.
1951, Born on this day, Vincent James, Sweet Sensation, who had the 1974 UK No.1 single with 'Sad Sweet Dreamer'.
1952, Born on this day, Grammy Award winning American singer and songwriter Michael McDonald, who with The Doobie Brothers had the 1979 US No.1 single 'What A Fool Believes', and the 1993 UK No.7 single 'Long Train Runnin'. He began his career singing back-up vocals with Steely Dan.
1958, Born on this day, Grant McLennan, bass, vocals, songwriter with Australian group The Go-Betweens. McLennan died in his sleep at his home in Brisbane, Australia on 6th May 2006.
1959, Born on this day, Neil Conti, from English group Prefab Sprout who had the 1988 UK No.7 single 'The King Of Rock 'n' Roll'.
1959, Born on this day, Per Gessle, guitar, vocals, with Swedish group Roxette, who had the 1990 US No.1 & UK No.3 single 'It Must Of Been Love'.
1966, Born on this day, Gary Whelan, drummer with Manchester group Happy Mondays, who had the 1990 UK No.5 single 'Step On'.
1966, Born on this day, Paul Crook, American guitarist, who worked with Meat Loaf,Anthrax and Sebastian Bach.
1968, Born on this day, Chynna Phillips, singer with Wilson Phillips, who had the 1990 US No.1 & UK No.6 single 'Hold On'. Phillips is the daughter of Michelle Gilliam, from Mamas And The Papas.
1970, Born on this day, Jim Creeggan, bassist with Canadian group Barenaked Ladies who had the 1998 US No.1 & UK No.5 single 'One Week'.
1978, Born on this day, Brian Chase, drummer, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, (2006 UK No. 18 single 'Gold Lion').
1981, Born on this day, Lisa Hannigan, Irish singer with Damien Rice. Appeared on his 2003 album 'O' featuring the single 'Cannonball.'