Music History: March 5
2013 Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath and rapper Coolio appear on tonight's Celebrity Wife Swap, where they send their respective partners to each others' homes. McGrath's wife, Carin, struggles with all the chores she has to do at Coolio's house, while Coolio's girlfriend Mimi - who leaves him just weeks after the episode is taped - squirms under the watchful eye of helicopter parent McGrath.
2013 In a Czech court, Lamb of God lead singer Randy Blythe is acquitted of manslaughter. He was charged with pushing a fan to his death at a 2013 LoG concert in Prague; in 2012 he was arrested when the band returned to the country for another show.
2009 As a result of pop-R&B singer Chris Brown's alleged beating incident on his girlfriend, the singer Rihanna, which occurred one month earlier, the L.A. County D.A.'s office charges Chris Brown with two felonies.
2009 Michael Jackson announces his "This Is It" series of concerts to be held at the O2 Arena in London. The shows would quickly sell out, but Jackson dies before they begin.
2004 John McGeoch (Magazine, PiL and Siouxsie & the Banshees )
2002 MTV launches its new reality television show, The Osbournes. The show films the domestic life of heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne and his family. In its first season, it became the most-viewed series to date on MTV.
2001 Michael "Smitty" Smith (Paul Revere and the Raiders)
1999 Trauma Entertainment files a $40 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against the members of Bush for failure to deliver their next album.
1995 Viv Stanshall (The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band)
1994 Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane is arrested at her home in Tiburon, California for pointing a loaded gun at police officers responding to reports of a domestic dispute. She will be sentenced to community service and forced to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
1993 Sting, "Ten Summoner's Tales"
1983 Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" hits #1 for the first of seven weeks.
1982 John Belushi (The Blues Brothers)
1977 Barbra Streisand's "Love Theme From A Star Is Born (Evergreen)" hits #1 in the US. The song was written for the 1976 film, in which she starred with Kris Kristofferson.
1975 One of the more famous romances in rock begins when Rod Stewart meets Swedish model and actress Britt Ekland at a party thrown by mutual friend Joni Mitchell.
1974 Smokey Robinson appears on NBC-TV's Police Story.
1971 Badfinger begin their first tour as headliners with a gig in Toledo, OH.
1971 Led Zeppelin begins their "Thank You" tour of small clubs that supported them when they started out, charging the same prices they charged in 1968.
1970 John Frusciante is born in New York City. He does two stints with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
1970 Bob Dylan: "Alberta #1," "Alberta #2," "Gotta Travel On," "All The Tired Horses"
1969 Elvis Presley goes to Hollywood and begins filming his last non-concert movie, Change Of Habit, co-starring Mary Tyler Moore as a nun who falls for Elvis.
1969 Dusty Springfield collapses while taping a TV appearance.
1969 Elvis Presley: "Change Of Habit," "Let's Be Friends"
1969 The rock magazine Creem is published for the first time.
1968 Syd Nathan
1968 Jerry Lee Lewis opens as Iago in Catch My Soul, a rock musical version of Shakespeare's Othello, in Hollywood.
1968 The 1910 Fruitgum Company's Simon Says is certified gold.
1966 SSgt Barry Sadler's The Ballad Of The Green Berets hits #1
1966 Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass's LP Going Places hits #1
1965 The Mannish Boys, "I Pity The Fool"
1965 The Yardbirds, For Your Love
1963 Having ironically just finished a tribute concert for the family of a country music DJ who'd been killed in a car crash, country legend Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins fly back to Nashville, with her manager, Hughes, at the controls. Bad weather postpones the flight an extra day, however, and, anxious to get going, Randy phones his wife in Nashville, who informs him that the weather is clearing there. Unfortunately, she is actually in the storm's eye, and when the four proceed on, Hughes, who is not rated "on instruments," loses all visibility and attempts to land on a nearby highway. Instead, he skirts some trees, which bring the plane down in a nearby swamp. Cline, and her other fellow stars as well as Randy Hughes are all killed in the accident.
1963 The Beatles: From Me To You, Thank You Girl
1962 Craig Reid & Charlie Reid (The Proclaimers)
1960 Elvis Presley is officially discharged from active duty in the U.S. Army. He will be on reserve for 4 more years.
1958 Andy Gibb (Andrew Roy Gibb) in Manchester, England.
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1958 Andy Gibb
1956 Teena Marie
1955 Elvis Presley makes yet another appearance on the Shreveport radio show Louisiana Hayride, which is this time also carried over the TV airwaves by local station KWKH, making this Presley's first television appearance.
1955 Elvis Presley, "I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone"
1952 Alan Clark (Dire Straits)
1951 Ike Turner and Jackie Brenston, Rocket 88
1948 Eddie Grant
1947 Eddie Hodges
1946 Murray Head
1938 Paul Evans