Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Today in Music History...March 14, 2017 (Now with links)

Music History: March 14

2015 Daevid Allen, Australian jazz-rock guitarist (Gong, Soft Machine), dies of cancer at age 77.

2013 Ken Casey of Dropkick Murphys takes out a skinhead fan after seeing him raise a Nazi salute. A crowd had gathered onstage for the encore and, seeing the fan across the stage, Casey hits him to the floor and lays into him. Calmly returning to his bass, Casey proclaims: "Nazis are not welcome at a Dropkick Murphys show."

2008 South By Southwest features a rare performance from R.E.M. and scorching set from My Morning Jacket.

2007 Amy Winehouse's second album Back to Black is released in the US. It enters the Billboard chart the following week at #7, and surges to its chart peak of #2 after Winehouse wins five Grammy awards for the album the following year, including Record of the year and Song of the Year for "Rehab."

2004 Luciano Pavarotti makes his 379th and last performance at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, playing he painter Mario Cavaradossi in Giacomo Puccini's Tosca. He receives a 12-minute standing ovation.

2002 Danny Bonaduce of The Partridge Family wins his bout against Barry Williams (Greg from The Brady Bunch) on the Fox TV special Celebrity Boxing. In another bout, Todd Bridges from Diff'rent Strokes whoops up on Vanilla Ice.

1992 Bad Religion release their sixth full-length studio album Generator. This is the band's debut album with drummer Bobby Schayer, who remained in the band until 2000's The New America.

1988 Bob Seger receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1988 Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" hits #1 in the US. The video, which shows a buttoned-up Astley singing his way around London, does well on VH1, but really takes off two decades later with the Rickrolling trend, as webmasters point links to the song's YouTube video to trick unsuspecting readers into watching it.

1978 Common

1977 Ed Sloan (Crossfade)

1977 David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Blondie begin a North American tour.

1976 #1 Billboard Album: Eagles' Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)

1969 Elvis Presley's Charro movie opens.

1968 The Byrds' Greatest Hits is certified gold.

1965 Eric Clapton, complaining that the band is becoming too commercial, leaves The Yardbirds.

1965 The Beatles' "Eight Days a Week" hits #1 on the US charts.

1962 James Darren guests on ABC-TV's Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea.

1961 Ricky Nelson records "Travelin' Man."

1960 U2 bass player Adam Clayton is born in Oxfordshire, England.

1959 An emergency plane landing in a South Bend, Indiana field nearly kills The Kingston Trio's band members.

1949 Donald York (Sha Na Na)

1943 #1 Billboard Pop Hit: Harry James Orchestra's - "I've Heard That Song Before"

1940 Daniel Bennie (The Reflections)

1939 Neil Sedaka

1933 Prolific rock and roll songwriter Mike Stoller is born in Long Island, New York.

Black Sabbath, Blondie, Lynyrd Skynyrd And The Sex Pistols Enter The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Black Sabbath, Blondie, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Miles Davis and The Sex Pistols are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The Sex Pistols refuse to attend the ceremony and turn down the induction.
 Sabbath, eligible for 10 years and nominated eight times, had grown frustrated with the Hall, which seemingly had no space for the band that pretty much invented heavy metal. In 1999, Ozzy Osborne wrote an open letter to the organization:

"Just take our name off the list. Save the ink. Forget about us. The nomination is meaningless, because it's not voted on by the fans. It's voted on by the supposed elite for the industry and the media, who've never bought an album or concert ticket in their lives, so their vote is irrelevant to me."

Despite this, Ozzy does attend the ceremony and accepts the induction, later apologizing about the letter. Holding more of a grudge are the Sex Pistols, who do not attend the ceremony. Instead, Johnny Rotten writes a letter on their website:

"Next to the Sex Pistols, rock and roll and that hall of fame is a piss stain. We're not your monkeys, we're not coming. You're not paying attention."

At the festivities, Metallica salutes Sabbath by performing "Hole in the Sky" and "Iron Man"; Skynryd, inducted by Kid Rock, close the ceremony in the most predictable way possible: with a jam of "Free Bird."

The most controversial incident of the evening comes with Blondie's induction, which gets rather awkward when former members Frank Infante and Nigel Harrison take to the podium and literally beg Debbie Harry to let them play with the band. She refuses, telling Infante, "Can't you see my band is up there?"

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