Sunday, March 19, 2017

More Music History for March 19, 2017

 1955 -

March 19
19 year old Ruby Murray has five records in the UK Top 20, including "Softly, Softly" at #2 and "Let Me Go, Lover" at #5.

1958 -

March 19
The duo of Tom And Jerry released their first single, "Our Song". The record will fail to crack the Billboard chart, but the pair would eventually find success recording under their real names, Simon and Garfunkel.

1964 -

March 19
The Beatles are presented with an award for Show Business Personalities of 1963 by Prime Minister Harold Wilson at a Variety Club of Great Britain luncheon.

1966 -

March 19
Gary Leeds of the Walker Brothers is abducted by British students raising money for charity. He is later released unharmed.

1974 -

March 19
Jefferson Airplane changes their name to Jefferson Starship. The new line-up includes Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, drummer Johnny Barbata, David Freiberg, Peter Kaukonen, Cragi Chaquico and 56 year old violinist, Papa John Creach.

1976 -

March 19
Former Free guitarist, 26 year old Paul Kossoff died of heart failure while on a flight across the US. He had been troubled with heart disease most of his life. Free is most often remembered for their hit, "All Right Now". Lead singer Paul Rodgers went on to form Bad Company with Free drummer Simon Kirke, Boz Burrell (from King Crimson) and Mick Ralphs (of Mott the Hoople).

1980 -

March 19
Elvis Presley's autopsy is subpoenaed in the "Dr. Nick" drug case. Dr. Nick is Dr. George Nichopoulous, Presley's personal physician, who will soon be found guilty of over-prescribing drugs to Presley and other clients, including Jerry Lee Lewis.

1982 -

March 19
Ozzy Osbourne's rhythm guitarist, 25-year-old Randy Rhoads, was killed when the small plane he was riding in crashed into a house. The plane's pilot, Andrew Aycock and a female passenger, Rachel Youngblood, also died. It has often been written that the plane tried to buzz Osbourne's tour bus, but some of those closest to the band deny that story.

2007 -

March 19
Luther Ingram suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of 69. The Soul singer reached #3 on the Billboard Pop chart in 1972 with "(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right" and wrote the Staple Singers' 1971 hit "Respect Yourself".

2012 -

March 19
Madonna's new album, "MDNA", was leaked online nearly a week before its official release date. Her 12th studio record was due to hit store shelves on March 26th, but emerged on an illegal file-sharing website.

2015 -

March 19
Kenny Loggins appeared on the TV talent show American Idol where he performed his 1984, US #1 hit, "Footloose".

March 19
Michael Brown, keyboardist for The Left Banke, died of heart failure at the age of 65. Brown co-wrote the band's 1966, #14 hit "Walk Away Renee" and composed the follow-up, "Pretty Ballerina", which rose to #15 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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