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This Day in Music History: February 12th

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2007: The Police held a press conference at the Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood to announce their reunion tour. The group also held a public rehearsal.

1994: Alice in Chains made history as their EP Jar of Flies became the first EP to reach number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.

1981: Rush released Moving Pictures which went on to become their most commercially successful album in the U.S. The album peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 Album Chart the following month & sold over four million copies in the U.S. alone.

1977: The Police recorded their first single “Fall Out” & b-side “Nothing Achieving” at Pathway Studios in London. The cost to record both sides was approximately $250. 

1972: Yes released the single “Roundabout” which went on to become their second top 40 single in the U.S., peaking at number thirteen on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart & remains a staple on classic rock radio to this day.

1970: John Lennon performed “Instant Karma!” on a pre-taped appearance on the U.K.’s Top of the Pops, which made Lennon the first Beatle to appear on the show since 1966. 

1968: Jimi Hendrix made his live debut in his birthplace of Seattle at the Seattle Arena. Hendrix also received the key to the city & received an honorary diploma from Garfield High School, where he dropped out at 16 years old.

1967: Keith Richards’ home “Redlands” in Sussex, U.K. was raided by 15 police officers with a warrant under the Dangerous Drugs Act. Charges were made against Richards & Mick Jagger.

1966: The Who peaked at number seventy-four on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “My Generation” which was their second single to chart in the U.S. The song reached number two on the U.K. Singles Chart the previous November.

Ray Manzarek-keyboardist for The Doors born in 1939
Stanley Knight-guitarist for Black Oak Arkansas born in 1949
Steve Hackett-guitarist for Genesis born in 1950
Gil Moore-drummer for Triumph born in 1951
Michael McDonald-singer for The Doobie Brothers born in 1952

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