Thursday, March 15, 2018

Today in Music History...March 15, 2018 (Now with more info)

Music History: March 15th:


2014 Scott Asheton (drummer for The Stooges) dies of a heart attack at age 64.

2008 The musical I Am Who I Am, based on the life of singer Teddy Pendergrass, opens in Chicago.

2005 The third offering from Daft Punk, Human After All, is released in the US a day after its launch in the rest of the world. Recorded in just six weeks, it is a critical and commercial disappointment, leading the French duo to retreat into the studio to reconsider their direction and to call up some big-name collaborators for their next effort, Random Access Memories.

2004 The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inducts Bob Seger, George Harrison, The Dells, ZZ Top, Jackson Browne, Prince, and Traffic at their annual ceremony in New York City.

2003 Brad Paisley marries actress Kimberly Williams at Pepperdine University's Stauffer Chapel. They first met when the singer cast her as his female lead in his music video for "I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin' Song)."

2002 Marshall Leib (of The Teddy Bears) dies of a heart attack at age 63.

1999 Curtis Mayfield, Del Shannon, Dusty Springfield, Paul McCartney, The Staple Singers, Billy Joel, and Bruce Springsteen are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Springsteen reunites with the E Street Band to perform at the ceremony.

1986 Starship's "Sara" hits #1 on the Hot 100. It's the second chart-topper (following "We Built This City") for the third iteration of the group, which was previously Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship.

1983 Cathy Smith is arrested for second-degree murder for providing the drugs that killed John Belushi.

1982 The Songwriters Hall Of Fame, formed in 1969, finally lets Bob Dylan in.

1979 At a party following a Stephen Stills concert, Elvis Costello gets in an argument with Bonnie Bramlett of Delaney and Bonnie, and reportedly refers to Ray Charles as a "blind, ignorant ni--er." Costello pleads inebriation, and says he was just trying to outrage her.

1977 DJ Joseph Hahn (of Linkin Park) is born in Dallas, Texas, but grows up in Glendale, California.

1976 At the Empire Theatre in Liverpool, Deep Purple play their last show with their Mark IV lineup, which includes David Coverdale, Ian Paice, Jon Lord and Glenn Hughes, and has been extant since 1968. The group gets back together in 1984 with Paice, Lord, Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore and Roger Glover.

1976 KISS release their album Destroyer, featuring "Detroit Rock City" and "Beth."

1975 (of Black Eyed Peas) is born William Adams in Los Angeles.

1975 Mick Jagger settles his paternity suit with singer Marsha Hunt out of court.

1975 Olivia Newton-John's album Have You Never Been Mellow hits #1 in the US.

1975 The Doobie Brothers "Black Water," and ode to the Mississippi River, hits #1 on the Hot 100.

1973 The Emerson, Lake & Palmer film Pictures At An Exhibition, taken from a 1970 performance at the Lyceum in London, opens in theaters. The album of the same name is taken from a later performance.

1972 Mark Hoppus (bassist, co-lead vocalist of blink-182) is born in Ridgecrest, California.

1972 As a publicity stunt, the Los Angeles radio station KHJ plays Donny Osmond's "Puppy Love" for 90 minutes straight. Concerned listeners call the police, who show up at the station to find no laws - except good taste - are being broken.

1969 Tommy Roe's "Dizzy" hits #1 in the US, where it stays for four weeks.

1968 Jon Schaffer (guitarist for Iced Earth) is born in Franklin, Indiana.

1968 Mark McGrath (frontman for Sugar Ray) is born in Hartford, Connecticut.

1967 The Beatles record "Within You Without You."

1966 Sandy Posey records "Born A Woman."

1966 Big winners at the Grammy Awards are Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, who take Record of the Year for "A Taste of Honey." Frank Sinatra wins Album of the Year for September Of My Years, and Tom Jones wins Best New Artist.

1965 Freddie & the Dreamers release "I'm Telling You Now."

1964 R&B singer Rockwell is born Kennedy William Gordy in Detroit, Michigan.

1963 Bret Michaels (lead singer of Poison) is born Bret Michael Sychak in Butler, Pennsylvania.

1962 Terence Trent D'Arby in born in Manhattan, New York.

1958 Elvis Presley performs his last concert before leaving for the Army, a show at Memphis' Russwood Park. Aside from two benefit shows in 1961, it is the last Presley concert until 1969.

1956 Colonel Tom Parker officially becomes Elvis Presley's manager.

1956 The musical My Fair Lady opens on Broadway at the Mark Hellinger Theatre.

1955 Dee Snider (lead singer of Twisted Sister) is born in Astoria, Queens, New York.

1955 Fats Domino records "Ain't That A Shame" at Master Recorders in Los Angeles.

1954 The Chords record "Sh-Boom."

1952 Kay Starr's "Wheel Of Fortune" hits #1.

1947 Frank Lugo (bassist for ? & the Mysterians) is born.

1947 The Ted Weems Orchestra with Elmo Tanner go to #1 in the US with "Heartaches."

1947 Rock musician/producer Ry Cooder is born in Los Angeles, California.

1946 Howard Scott (guitarist for War) is born in the San Pedro neighborhood of Los Angeles, but grows up in Compton.

1943 Sly Stone (frontman for Sly & the Family Stone) is born Sylvester Stewart in Denton, Texas.

1941 Mike Love of The Beach Boys is born in Los Angeles.

1940 Phil Lesh (bass guitarist for The Grateful Dead) is born in Berkeley, California.

1936 Songwriter Howard Greenfield ("Breaking Up Is Hard To Do," "Oh! Carol") is born in Brooklyn, New York.

1932 Record producer Arif Mardin is born in Istanbul, Turkey. He works at Atlantic Records for 30 years before becoming general manager of Manhattan Records (then under the umbrella of EMI).

1931 D.J. Fontana (drummer for Elvis Presley) is born Dominic Joseph Fontana in Shreveport, Louisiana.

1929 Alabama blues pianist Pinetop Smith is shot and killed at age 24.

1921 Doo-wop musician Les Cooper, known for the 1962 instrumental hit "Wiggle Wobble," is born in Norfolk, Virginia.

1919 Record producer George Avakian is born in Russia. Produced albums for Jazz artists like Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis.

1912 Country blues singer/songwriter Lightnin' Hopkins is born in Centerville, Texas. 

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2017 President Donald Trump tweets about Snoop Dogg's "Lavender" video, where the rapper points a toy gun at "Ronald Klump," the ruler of a world run by clowns.

2010 The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2010 - ABBA, Jimmy Cliff, Genesis, The Hollies, The Stooges - are inducted at the 25th Annual Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.

2003 The Offspring announce that their new album will be called Chinese Democracy, mocking the long-delayed Guns N' Roses release. Offspring lead singer Dexter Holland says, "Axl ripped-off my braids, so I ripped-off his album title."

1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono get caught "standing in the dock at Southampton, trying to get to Holland or France" as passport problems stall their wedding. They get married five days later in Gibraltar, and use their adventure in the lyrics to "The Ballad Of John And Yoko."

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