Thursday, March 23, 2017

Today in Music History...March 23, 2017 (Now with links)

Music History: March 23

2016 After years of health problems and a battle with diabetes, Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest dies at age 45.

2008 The Jonas Brothers sing the national anthem at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House.

2004 With Confessions, Usher becomes the first R&B artist to have an album sell 1.1 million copies in its first week.

2002 At the 75th Academy Awards, Eminem becomes the first rapper to take home an Oscar when "Lose Yourself," from his semi-biographical film 8 Mile, wins Best Original Song. Eminem didn't bother to attend the ceremony, thinking he had no chance of winning, so his friend and producer Luis Resto accepts the honor in his absence.

1999 The Rolling Stones, No Security

1993 Depeche Mode release Songs of Faith and Devotion in America, where it goes to #1 despite charting no singles higher than "I Feel You," which tops out at #37.

1992 Billy Ray Cyrus releases "Achy Breaky Heart." It will become his signature song and start a line-dancing craze throughout the US.

1988 Mick Jagger performs his first solo gig in Japan, 15 years after having been barred from entering the country due to prior drug convictions.

1987 Whitesnake release "Is This Love?"

1980 U2 sign a worldwide deal with Island Records. They get about $100,000 for their first album.

1980 Reggae musician Jacob Miller (Inner Circle) dies in a car accident in Jamaica at age 27.

1978 A&M Records sign a new, young band called The Police.

1972 George Harrison, Concert For Bangladesh (the film version)

1969 Countering the counter-culture, about 30,000 people attend the "Rally For Decency" in Miami after Jim Morrison was charged with indecent exposure in the city. Celebrities at the event included Kate Smith, Jackie Gleason, The Lettermen and Anita Bryant.

1968 Blur frontman Damon Albarn is born in England.

1965 Marti Pellow (Wet Wet Wet)

1964 John Lennon's book In His Own Write is published.

1963 Johnny Cash, "Ring Of Fire"

1961 Elvis Presley, "Can't Help Falling In Love"

1959 Kevin Godfrey is born in Surrey, England. Taking the name "Epic Soundtracks," he would form the group Swell Maps and play drums in Crime and the City Solution and These Immortal Soul.

1959 Bobby Darin's first full-length album, That's All, is released. Among the tracks is "Mack The Knife," a song about a cold-blooded murderer popularized in the play The Threepenny Opera. Considered just an album cut at first, in August the song is released as a single, and it transforms Darin's career, going to #1 for nine weeks and making him one of the most popular entertainers in America.

1959 Ray Peterson, "The Wonder Of You"

1956 Eleven teens are arrested at the "Rock & Roll Stage Show," featuring Frankie Lymon in Hartford, Connecticut.

1956 Fats Domino headlines the first day of a 3-day concert organized by the DJ Alan Freed in Hartford, Connecticut. Over the course of the shows, 11 fans are arrested by over-zealous police. It's a litmus test for rock concerts and their effect on young people, as psychiatrist Francis Braceland testifies afterwards that rock music is "a communicable disease with music appealing to adolescent insecurity and driving teenagers to do outlandish things. It is cannibalistic and tribalistic."

1953 Chaka Khan (Rufus)

1951 Phil Keaggy

1950 Phil Lanzon (Uriah Heep)1949 Ric Ocasek (The Cars)

Featured Events

2002 At the 22nd Golden Raspberry Awards, Mariah Carey takes home her first Razzie as Worst Actress for her starring role in Glitter. The film earns a total of six nominations, including one for Mariah's cleavage as Worst Couple.

1985 John Fogerty's comeback album Centerfield hits #1 in America. He had plenty of time to work up material: Fogerty took 10 years off because of a dispute with his former record label.

1974 Hall & Oates' "She's Gone" peaks at #60 on the Hot 100. Later that year, a version by Tavares hits #50, and in 1976, the original goes to #7 when it is re-released. The duo were each dealing with girl problems when they wrote the song together.

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