Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Today in Music History...March 20, 2018 (Now with more info)

Music History: March 20th:

2017 Rihanna begins her stint as Marion Crane on Bates Motel, a role originated by Janet Leigh as the infamous shower-stabbing victim in the Alfred Hitchcock thriller Psycho.

2016 Trisha Yearwood stars as Mary in the Palm Sunday broadcast of the Fox live musical The Passion, the story of Jesus Christ's last hours on Earth.

2015 Twisted Sister drummer A.J. Pero dies of an apparent heart attack in New York at age 55.

2009 Blues guitarist/singer Mel Brown dies of complications from emphysema at age 69.

2008 The Eagles launch their world tour in support of their album Long Road Out of Eden.

2006 The song "Thank You For Being A Friend" is played at Leeds Crown Court when John Humble pleads guilty to perpetrating the Wearside Jack hoax (he pretended to be the Yorkshire Ripper serial killer).

2004 Quincy Jones receives an honorary doctorate in Music from The University of Washington.

2000 Gene "Eugene" Andrusco (of Adam Again, Lost Dogs, The Swirling Eddies) dies of a brain aneurysm at age 30.

2000 American composer Vivian Fine dies at age 86.

1994 Madonna snags her third Razzie for Worst Actress at the 14th Golden Raspberry Awards. Her first came in 1987 for Shanghai Surprise, and the second followed in 1988 for Who's That Girl. This time around, it's her role as Rebecca Carlson in Body Of Evidence that underwhelms the judges.

1993 Two children are killed in an Irish Republican Army bombing in Warrington, England, inspiring the Cranberries song "Zombie."

1993 Dr. Dre's debut solo single, "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang," peaks at #2 on the Hot 100, where it stays for one week.

1991 Michael Jackson signs the largest contract renewal in history to the time, inking a $65 million deal with Sony.

1990 Eric Clapton plays three songs on Saturday Night Live: "Pretending," "No Alibis" and "Wonderful Tonight."

1989 After 37 years on the air, Dick Clark announces he will discontinue hosting his creation, ABC-TV's highly influential American Bandstand. The show continues with another host, but folds for good soon after.

1988 Canadian jazz pianist Gil Evans, who often worked with Miles Davis, dies of peritonitis at age 75.

1984 Slim Jim Phantom of the Stray Cats marries actress Britt Ekland.

1982 The duo Buckner & Garcia appear on American Bandstand to perform their hit single "Pac-Man Fever," the first successful song about a video game.More

1982 Nick Wheeler (lead guitarist for The All-American Rejects) is born in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

1980 At Asylum Records in New York, 28-year-old Joseph Riviera holds employees at gunpoint, demanding to talk to either Jackson Browne or one of the Eagles. When informed that they lived in California, Riviera pockets his pistol and leaves the building, later surrendering to police.

1976 Chester Bennington (lead vocalist for Linkin Park) is born in Phoenix, Arizona.

1976 Alice Cooper gets married for the first (and only) time. His bride is Sheryl Goddard, a 19-year-old dance instructor who had performed on his Welcome To My Nightmare tour.

1975 Patti Smith and Television begin a 7-week residency at CBGB in New York City. During these shows, Smith refines that songs that later appear on her debut album Horses.

1972 Ringo Starr records "Back Off Boogaloo."

1971 Elvis Presley records "I'm Leavin'," "We Can Make The Morning," "I Shall Be Released," "It's Only Love," and "I Will Be True."

1971 Nearly six months after her death, Janis Joplin's "Me And Bobby McGee" hits #1 in the US for the first of two weeks. It is her only Top 10 hit.

1970 Elton John's "Border Song" is released, but fails to chart in the UK (#92 US). Nearly a year later, "Your Song" becomes his first hit.

1968 In Los Angeles, Eric Clapton and three members of Buffalo Springfield -- Neil Young, Jim Messina, and Richie Furay -- are arrested for suspicion of marijuana use. The band members are eventually found guilty and fined, while Clapton beats the charges.

1967 The Beatles record "She's Leaving Home."

1965 The first Motown package tour begins in the UK with a show in North London. On the bill are The Supremes, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, and Martha & the Vandellas.

1964 The Beatles appear for the first time on the British TV show "Ready Steady Go!," where they lip-synch "Can't Buy Me Love," "It Won't Be Long" and "You Can't Do That." The show gets its highest-ever ratings for this episode.

1961 Elvis Presley begins filming his ninth movie, Blue Hawaii, on location.

1961 Elvis Presley's "Surrender" hits #1 for the first of two weeks.

1960 Elvis Presley records "Make Me Know It," "Soldier Boy," and "Stuck On You."

1959 Bobby Rydell makes his first TV appearance when he shows up on American Bandstand. He soon becomes a teen idol.

1957 Bobby Helms' "Fraulein" enters the Country and Western charts.

1951 Blues rocker Jimmie Vaughan (of Fabulous Thunderbirds) is born in Dallas, Texas. His younger brother, Stevie Ray Vaughan, is born in 1954.

1950 Drummer Carl Palmer is born in Birmingham, England. At age 20, he gets the gig with Greg Lake and Keith Emerson, who choose him over Mitch Mitchell for their band Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

1944 Jance Garfat (bassist for Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show) is born Robert Jance Garfat in California.

1942 Rockabilly singer Robin Luke is born in Los Angeles, California.

1941 Vito Picone (lead singer of The Elegants) is born in South Beach, Staten Island, New York.

1940 "If I Had A Girl" singer Rod Lauren is born in Fresno, California.

1937 Country performer Jerry Reed is born Jerry Reed Hubbard in Atlanta, Georgia.

1937 R&B singer Joe Rivers (of Johnnie & Joe) is born in Charleston, South Carolina.

1922 Jazz bandleader Larry Elgart is born in New London, Connecticut. Along with his older brother, Les, he records the American Bandstand theme, "Bandstand Boogie."

1918 Jazz pianist Marian McPartland is born Margaret Marian Turner in Slough, Berkshire, England. In 1978, she becomes the host of NPR's long-running radio show Piano Jazz.

1906 Ozzie Nelson is born in Jersey City, New Jersey. He starts his career as a bandleader before starring with his family, including son Rick Nelson, in the long-running radio and television series The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.

Glee Ends Six-Season Run

2015The series finale of Glee, titled "Dreams Come True," airs on FOX. During its six-year run, the influential musical drama made old music new again with a stream of hit covers... and broke records from Elvis Presley and The Beatles along the way.

Featured Events

2010 Three days after their lead singer Alex Chilton died of a heart attack, Big Star plays the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, with a number of guests joining to pay tribute to Chilton.

2009 The quirky garden store Fountains Of Wayne, which provided the moniker for the band of that name, closes shop after more than 40 years in business. The Wayne, New Jersey, landmark was a Christmas hotspot, as giant santas and holiday displays appeared every season. It was also the backdrop for some scenes from the HBO series The Sopranos.

2008 Rolling Stone magazine endorses Barack Obama by putting him on the first of three 2008 covers.

2003 On the day the Iraq war begins, Bruce Springsteen opens his Melbourne, Australia, show with a quiet, acoustic version of his hit "Born In The U.S.A." and follows it, pointedly, with a cover of Edwin Starr's "War."

1997 Yanni becomes the first Western artist to play a concert at the Taj Mahal when he performs the first of three shows at the monument. Before a financial settlement is reached, farmers displaced by the spectacle threaten to immolate themselves in protest.

1991 Eric Clapton's 4-year-old son, Conor, dies after falling out of a window at his mother's apartment. Clapton later writes "Tears In Heaven" about Conor.

1990 Near Scranton and heading for a show in Syracuse, Miami Sound Machine's tour bus is hit by a tractor trailer on a snowy highway. Gloria Estefan suffers a serious spinal injury requiring four hours of surgery.

1969 John Lennon marries Yoko Ono at the Rock of Gibraltar in Spain, which is still owned by Britain. The Beatles song "The Ballad of John and Yoko" describes their ordeal finding a location for the nuptials.

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