Saturday, March 17, 2018

Today in Music History...March 17, 2018 (Now with more info)

Music History: March 17th:
2017 Popular World War II-era singer Vera Lynn releases Vera Lynn 100 to celebrate her 100th birthday. The album debuts at #3 on the UK chart, making her the oldest living artist to have an album on the tally.

2015 Twenty One Pilots release "Fairly Local."

2012 After getting pelted with cans and other trash at their SXSW performance, Rocky and the rest of A$AP Mob launch into the crowd, punching fans and igniting a brawl.

2011 Ferlin Husky dies of congestive heart failure at age 85.

2010 Big Star lead singer Alex Chilton dies of a heart attack at age 59. Three days later, the group's scheduled performance at SXSW is turned into a tribute to Chilton.

2009 Belinda Carlisle is the first person eliminated on Season 8 of Dancing With The Stars.

2009 Chicago blues harmonicist Lester "Mad Dog" Davenport dies of prostate cancer at age 77.

2009 Instead of getting boozed up on the streets like most people on St. Patrick's Day, Amy Winehouse gets sloppy at her court hearing in London to face charges that she attacked a fan at a charity event in 2008.

2006 Professor X (founder of the hip-hop group X Clan) dies of complications from spinal meningitis at age 49.

2005 Robert Plant is presented with his lifetime achievement Grammy award at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

2003 On the very first episode of MTV's practical joke show Punk'd, host Ashton Kutcher stages a prank involving the IRS that makes Justin Timberlake cry.

2003 Country musician Bill Carlisle dies at age 94.

2003 Cliff – The Musical opens at The Prince of Wales Theatre in London. The show, which is based on the life of Cliff Richard, closes three months later.

2001 Seven Pearl Jam bootleg albums from their North American tour debut in the Billboard 200 albums chart, breaking the record for most appearances on the chart in a single week that the band established the previous year, when five bootlegs from their European tour landed on the chart.

1999 Sinead O'Connor records the first ever single via the Internet in a BBC studio as part of the Tomorrow's World program. The song is a cover of Bob Marley's "Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)" recorded for the War Child charity.

1998 Mick Fleetwood joins The Corrs on stage for a St. Patrick’s Day performance at Royal Albert Hall in London. Their performance of the Fleetwood Mac song "Dreams" is released as a single and becomes the first hit for The Corrs, going to #6 in the UK.

1996 Country singer Terry Stafford ("Amarillo By Morning") dies of liver failure at age 54.

1991 Seven members of Reba McEntire's band, as well as her road manager and two pilots, are killed when their plane crashes near the Mexican border after a performance in San Diego. McEntire, along with two members of her band and some of her road crew, were on a different plane that took off before the one that crashed.

1990 Indie rocker Hozier is born Andrew Hozier-Byrne in Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland.

1990 Ric Grech, bass player in Traffic and Blind Faith, dies of a brain hemorrhage at age 43.

1989 New Orleans R&B singer Bobby Mitchell dies at age 54.

1985 Richard Ramirez kills a man and attacks a woman at a house in Rosemead, California, leaving an AC/DC hat behind at the crime scene. Ramirez continues his killing spree and becomes known as the "Night Stalker." When it becomes clear that AC/DC is his favorite band, the group is accused of encouraging crime and devil worship in their music.

1984 Van Halen's 1984 rises to #2 on the US albums chart, held off by Michael Jackson's Thriller, which has already topped the tally for 31 weeks. 1984 stays one spot behind Thriller for two more weeks before dropping down. Perhaps it would have hit #1 if Eddie Van Halen hadn't done the guitar solo on "Beat It."

1982 Samuel George, Jr. (of The Capitols) is stabbed and killed during a domestic dispute.

1979 Zenon DeFleur (rhythm guitarist for The Count Bishops) dies of a heart attack at age 27 after sustaining severe injuries in a car crash.

1979 Talking Heads make their first major TV appearance, performing "Take Me to the River" on American Bandstand. The lip-synced performance goes well, but the interview is a little awkward.More

1978 The Irish high school band U2, which just recently changed their name from The Hype, win the Limerick Civic Week Pop '78 talent competition, earning about $1,000 and a chance to record a demo for CBS Records.

1976 Stephen Gately (of Boyzone) is born in Dublin, Ireland.

1975 Justin Hawkins (lead singer/guitarist for The Darkness) is born in Chertsey, Surrey, England.

1975 Cher appears on the cover of Time magazine.

1973 Caroline Corr (singer, drummer for The Corrs) is born in Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland.

1973 Yes's The Yes Album and Yessongs are both certified Gold.

1972 Melissa Auf der Maur (of Hole, The Smashing Pumpkins) is born in Montreal, Quebec.

1968 The Bee Gees appear on the Ed Sullivan Show, marking their first appearance on American TV.

1967 Jimi Hendrix releases "Purple Haze" in the UK.

1967 Billy Corgan (frontman for The Smashing Pumpkins) is born in Elk Grove Village, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois.

1966 Keith Moon of The Who marries his pregnant girlfriend, Kim Kerrigan, in secrecy.

1962 Deke Leonard makes his debut in a talent contest at the Car Bay Club in Wales with Lucifer And The Corncrackers. According to his book Maybe I Should've Stayed In Bed... the band is introduced as Ivor And The Prawn Crackers.

1959 Mike Lindup (keyboardist, singer for Level 42) is born in London, England.

1958 The Coasters record "Yakety Yak."

1956 Carl Perkins makes his first TV appearance, on the Ozark Jamboree.

1956 Henny Youngman is the guest host as Elvis Presley makes the fifth of his six appearances on Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey's Stage Show on CBS.

1955 Sarah Vaughan records "Whatever Lola Wants."

1951 Scott Gorham (of Thin Lizzy, Supertramp) is born in Glendale, California.

1948 Fran Byrne (drummer for Ace) is born in Dublin, Ireland.

1946 Harold Ray Brown (percussionist, vocalist for War) is born in Long Beach, California.

1944 John Sebastian of The Lovin' Spoonful is born in New York City.

1944 Pattie Boyd is born in Taunton, Somerset, England. She would later marry George Harrison and Eric Clapton, and also inspire the song "Layla."

1941 Paul Kantner, a founding member of Jefferson Airplane, is born in San Francisco.

1938 Zola Taylor (of The Platters) is born in Los Angeles, California.

1935 Pop singer/drummer Adam Wade is born Patrick Henry Wade in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Known for "Take Good Care Of Her" (1961), among other hits.

1919 Nat King Cole is born Nathaniel Adams Cole in Montgomery, Alabama, but would be raised in Chicago, Illinois.

Mills Wins Millions In Divorce From McCartney

Heather Mills is awarded 23.7 million pounds (about $47 million) in her divorce from Paul McCartney, substantially more than the $32 million Paul offered. Throughout the ordeal, Mills is vilified in the British press as being opportunistic.

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2016 Prince's ex-wife Mayte Garcia puts a collection of his memorabilia up for auction.

1992 After reuniting at their ex-manager's funeral, Spinal Tap issue their 17th album, Break Like The Wind.

1978 The Alan Freed biopic American Hot Wax, widely considered one of the best Rock and Roll movies of all time, premieres in New York City, featuring appearances and performances by Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, and Screamin' Jay Hawkins.

1968 Mick Jagger joins a demonstration at Grosvenor Square in London to protest the Vietnam War. When the group, estimated at 25,000, marches to the American embassy, they are met with police resistance and rioting ensues. Jagger leaves the protest before it reaches the embassy, but uses the events as inspiration for the Rolling Stones song "Street Fighting Man."

1958 "Tequila" by The Champs hits #1 in America, becoming one of the most popular saxophone instrumentals of all time.

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