Music History: March 8
2016 Beatles producer George Martin dies at age 90. Paul McCartney says in a statement: "From the day that he gave The Beatles our first recording contract, to the last time I saw him, he was the most generous, intelligent and musical person I've ever had the pleasure to know."
2011 St. Clair Lee (The Hues Corporation)
2011 Alice in Chains bass player Mike Starr dies of a prescription drug overdose at age 44. Starr was the last person to see the group's lead singer, Layne Staley, before he died in 2002.
2010 After an array of court hearings and postponements (some so he can get dental work), Lil Wayne finally begins serving a one-year sentence on firearms charges stemming from a 2007 incident when police found a gun on his tour bus. He serves eight months at Rikers Island.
2009 Willie King
2009 Hank Locklin
2003 It's like American Idol, but country: The singing competition show Nashville Star debuts on the USA network. It lasts six seasons; Miranda Lambert comes in third on Season 1.
2003 50 Cent's first single, "In Da Club," tops the chart for the first of nine weeks.
2003 British pop star Adam Faith dies at age 62.
1997 Raymond Edwards of The Silhouettes ("Get A Job") dies at age 72.
1996 Sting, "Mercury Falling"
1995 Ingo Schwichtenberg (Helloween)
1993 Billy Eckstein
1990 Rolling Stone calls Jefferson Airplane's disastrous new comeback album Most Unwanted Comeback of the Year.
1983 William Walton
1979 Tom Chaplin (Keane)
1979 Rolling Stone reports that inflation has ballooned the cost of making and promoting a major label LP to between $350,000 and $500,000.
1978 Kameelah Williams (702)
1976 Gaz Coombes (Supergrass)
1975 Olivia Newton-John's "Have You Never Been Mellow" hits #1 in the US.
1974 Rising from the ashes of Free and Mott The Hoople, the newly-formed Bad Company play their first live gig, at Newcastle City Hall in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England.
1974 John Denver records "Annie's Song" and "Thank God I'm A Country Boy" at RCA's Music Center of the World studios in Los Angeles.
1973 Paul McCartney is fined 100 pounds for growing cannabis on his farm in Campbeltown, Scotland.
1971 Radio Hanoi, which is a propaganda radio station set up by the North Vietnamese army to broadcast to American troops serving in Vietnam, goes on the air with a recording of Jimi Hendrix' version of The Star-Spangled Banner.
1970 Diana Ross performs for the first time as a solo act, doing a show in Framingham, Massachusetts.
1969 The Small Faces break up when lead singer Steve Marriott leaves the band. Marriott forms Humble Pie, and the remaining members rechristen themselves The Faces after adding new lead singer Rod Stewart and guitarist Ron Wood.
1969 Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Proud Mary" hits #2 on the Hot 100, where it stays for three weeks. It's the first of five CCR singles to reach the runner-up spot on the chart without ever hitting #1.
1968 Shawn Mullins
1968 Promoter Bill Graham's East Coast version of the Fillmore, his legendary San Francisco rock ballroom, opens in the East Village section of New York City. Dubbed, appropriately enough, the Fillmore East, its first show features Big Brother & the Holding Company, Albert King, and Tim Buckley.
1968 Elvis Presley's 26th movie, Stay Away, Joe, premieres in New York City. The comedy features Elvis as a Native American rodeo champion.
1968 Rob Dukes (Exodus)
1966 Bob Dylan: "Pledging My Time," Just Like A Woman
1965 David Bowie makes his first TV appearance when his band The Manish Boys appears on the British show Gadzooks!. At the time, he's still known as David Jones.
1964 Peter Gill (Frankie Goes To Hollywood)
1964 The Dave Clark Five appear for the first time on CBS-TV's Ed Sullivan Show, performing "Do You Love Me" and "Can’t You See That She’s Mine." It will be the first of eighteen appearances for the group.
1958 Gary Numan
1949 Dave Lambert (The Strawbs)
1948 Little Peggy March
1948 Mel Galley (Whitesnake)
1947 Carole Bayer-Sager
1947 Michael Allsup (Three Dog Night)
1946 Randy Meisner (Poco, Eagles)
1945 Micky Dolenz (drummer, vocalist for The Monkees) is born George Michael Dolenz, Jr. in Los Angeles, California.
1943 Andrew Semple (The Fortunes)
1942 Ralph Ellis (The Swinging Blue Jeans)
1927 Dick Hyman