February 3, 1969 – The Beatles hire Allen Klein as their new manager, following the death of Brian Epstein. Klein got his start working for Sam Cooke and Bobby Darin, with whom he gained a reputation for being ruthless on behalf of artists whose royalties were being hidden through accounting tricks. This endeared him to the Rolling Stones, who made him their manager in 1965. The Beatles later became disenchanted with him and many lawsuits followed.
Classic Rock Birthdays
February 3, 1947 – Dave Davies, vocals, guitar (The Kinks)
February 3, 1970 – Richie Kotzen, guitar, vocals (Mr. Big, Poison, The Winery Dogs)
February 3, 1949 – Arthur “Killer” Kane, bass (New York Dolls) (d. 2004)
February 3, 1943 – Eric Haydock (born Eric Haddock), bass (The Hollies) (d. 2019)
February 3, 1959 – In a terrible plane crash in Clear Lake, Iowa, Buddy Holly (22), The Big Bopper (born Jiles Perry “J. P.” Richardson, Jr.) (28), and Ritchie Valens (17) all perish. All three were traveling to Fargo, North Dakota, for the next show on their Winter Dance Party Tour. Called “The Day The Music Died” by Don McLean, the plane crashed during a blizzard, smashing into a cornfield at over 220 mph, flipping over on itself and tossing the passengers into the air. The victims were jettisoned from the plane, landing yards from the wreckage, and lay there for ten hours as snowdrifts formed around them. Because of the weather, no one reached the crash site until later in the morning.