Friday, March 16, 2018

Today in Music History...March 16, 2018 (Now with more info)

Music History: March 16th:


2017 Ray Davies, frontman of The Kinks, is knighted for services to the arts by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace.

2016 Frank Sinatra Jr., the only son of Frank Sinatra, dies of a heart attack at age 72 while on tour in Daytona Beach, Florida.

2013 Bobbie Smith of The Spinners dies of pneumonia and influenza at age 76.

2011 Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine collapses backstage at a concert in Russia. He was in extreme pain from kidney stones but insisted on performing six songs for the crowd before going to the hospital 30 minutes later.

2009 Songwriter Jack Lawrence dies at age 96 after he falls at his home in Redding, Connecticut. He co-wrote Frank Sinatra's first solo hit, "All or Nothing at All."

2008 Daniel MacMaster (lead singer of Bonham) dies of a staph infection at age 39.

2008 Session drummer Ola Brunkert, who played on many ABBA recordings, dies at age 61.

2007 Tupper Saussy of The Neon Philharmonic dies of a heart attack at age 70.

2002 Liza Minnelli takes her fourth trip down the aisle when she marries promoter David Gest in New York. Michael Jackson serves as best man and Elizabeth Taylor is matron of honor.

1999 Stone Temple Pilots play in impromptu gig at the Viper Room in Los Angeles. It's the first time the band has performed in two years.

1999 Pearl Jam's debut album Ten is certified Diamond for sales of over 10 (!) million copies in America.

1996 For the 16th (and final) consecutive week, Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day" is #1 in the US.

1993 Johnny Cymbal ("Mr. Bass Man") dies of a heart attack at age 48.

1979 CBS airs the Wings Over the World documentary, chronicling the adventures of Paul McCartney's band Wings on their 1975-1976 tour.

1975 T-Bone Walker, born Aaron Thibeaux Walker, dies of bronchial pneumonia after a series of strokes at age 64.

1970 Motown singer Tammi Terrell, known for a string of hit duets with Marvin Gaye, dies of a brain tumor at age 24.

1970 Mary Ann Ganser (of The Shangri-Las) dies of a barbiturates overdose at age 22.

1965 "The Last Time" becomes The Rolling Stones' third #1 single in the UK.

1964 The Beatles set a US record when advance sales of the "Can't Buy Me Love" single top two million.

1959 Flavor Flav is born William Jonathan Drayton, Jr. He becomes a rapper with Public Enemy and also a reality TV star.

1954 Nancy Wilson of Heart is born in San Francisco, California, to a family that includes older sister (and future bandmate) Ann.

1948 Michael Bruce of the Alice Cooper band is born in Arizona.

1942 Country singer-songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker, who writes the oft-recorded "Mr. Bojangles" in 1968, is born Ronald Clyde Crosby in Oneonta, New York.

1929 Singer Betty Johnson is born in North Carolina. Her biggest hit is "I Dreamed," which hits #9 US in 1957.

1823 Hymn composer William Henry Monk is born in London.

"(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay" goes to #1 in the US.

Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay" hits #1, becoming the first-ever posthumous #1 hit. Redding died in a plane crash on December 10, 1967.

Featured Events

2016 First Lady Michelle Obama delivers the keynote address at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas, promoting her "Let Girls Learn" initiative and launching the star-studded Diane Warren-penned anthem "This Is For My Girls."

1995 Eazy-E releases a statement announcing that he has AIDS, and also that he has fathered seven children with six different women. He dies 10 days later.

1991 Eddie Van Halen and his wife Valerie Bertinelli welcome a son, Wolfgang Van Halen, who eventually becomes the bass player in Van Halen.

1972 The Dripping Springs Reunion festival kicks off in a field near Austin, Texas. Envisioned as the Woodstock of country music, the 3-day event features performances by Willie Nelson, Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Kris Kristofferson, Loretta Lynn, Buck Owens and Dottie West.

The festival is poorly promoted and a huge flop, with attendance estimated at about 20,000 (combined) when at least 180,000 were expected. Two years later, Willie Nelson uses the same site for the first of his Fourth of July Picnic concerts, which becomes a popular annual event and helps establish Austin as a music destination.

1945 The #1 song in America is "Rum and Coca-Cola" by The Andrews Sisters. It's a sanitized cover of a calypso song about American servicemen in Trinidad who get drunk and solicit prostitutes.

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