Thursday, March 22, 2018

Today in Music History...March 22, 2018 (Now with more info)

Music History: March 22nd:

2017 Original Boston drummer Sib Hashian, who played on their first two albums, dies at age 67 after collapsing during the Legends of Rock Cruise.

2016 After years of health problems and a battle with diabetes, Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest dies at age 45.

2013 Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy releases his debut EP, God Loves You When You're Dancing.

2013 My Chemical Romance announces their breakup after 12 years as a band.

2009 Folk music historian Archie Green dies at age 91.

2006 Cuban singer Pío Leyva (of Buena Vista Social Club) dies of a heart attack at age 88.

2006 Aerosmith cancels the rest of their Rockin' The Joint tour so lead singer Steven Tyler can have throat surgery to treat strained vocal chords.

2005 Rod Price (guitarist for Foghat) dies after suffering a heart attack and falling down a flight of stairs at his home.

2001 Earl Beal of The Silhouettes dies at age 71.

2000 An audience member falls 90 feet off of an electrical tower at a Kiss concert in at California's Oakland Arena.

1997 Paul McCartney's original birth certificate is sold to a private Beatles collector for $84,146.

1996 Don Murray (drummer for The Turtles) dies of complications from ulcer surgery at age 50.

1994 Dan Hartman dies of an AIDS-related brain tumor at age 43.

1994 Ted Nugent, always a straight arrow, makes a PSA warning kids of the dangers of abusing inhalants.

1994 Pantera releases Far Beyond Driven.

1991 Dave Guard of The Kingston Trio dies of lymphoma at age 56.

1986 Amy Studt is born in Hammersmith, London, England.

1986 Mark Dinning, known for the 1960 hit "Teen Angel," dies of a heart attack at age 52.

1985 Alcatrazz's only studio album with Steve Vai, Disturbing the Peace, is released. Produced by Eddie Kramer, the album's lead-off track, "God Blessed Video," attracts a whole new audience years later when it's included on the popular video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

1979 Chaka Khan gives birth to her son, Damien Milton Patrick Holland.

1977 Stevie Wonder releases "Sir Duke," a single from his album Songs in the Key of Life. The Duke Ellington-inspired track tops the Billboard Hot 100 and the Black Singles chart.

1977 The John Denver TV special Thank God, I'm A Country Boy airs on ABC.

1976 While campaigning for US President, Jimmy Carter tells NARM (The National Association of Record Merchandisers) that he listened to Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead, and Led Zeppelin while Governor of Georgia.

1975 Barry Manilow appears on American Bandstand, performing "Mandy" and "It's A Miracle." It would be his first appearance on US TV.

1975 Frankie Valli's unrequited love ballad "My Eyes Adored You" hits #1 in the US.

1975 Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti album hits #1, where it will stay for six weeks.

1974 Catch My Soul, an updated version of Shakespeare's Othello for the hippie generation, premieres in New York City with Richie Havens in the lead role. Tony Joe White and Delaney & Bonnie also star.

1974 The Eagles release On The Border.

1974 Ten Years After play their final gig, seven years after their first one.

1971 Elvis Presley releases You'll Never Walk Alone.

1971 John Lennon releases "Power to the People" in the US.

1969 Two days after their wedding in Gibraltar, John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their "Bed-in," inviting members of the media into their Amsterdam hotel room where they are promoting peace with songs, signs and dialogue. These events are outlined in the song "The Ballad of John and Yoko."

1967 Elvis Presley releases Easy Come, Easy Go.

1967 The Beatles record "Within You Without You."

1967 The Who make their US stage debut, performing at the Paramount Theater in New York City.

1965 Bob Dylan releases his fifth album, Bringing It All Back Home.

1963 The Beatles release their debut studio album, Please Please Me, in the UK.

1962 Nineteen-year-old Barbra Streisand makes her Broadway debut, starring in the play I Can Get It For You Wholesale.

1961 Elvis Presley records "Blue Hawaii," "Ito Eats," "Hawaiian Wedding Song," "Island Of Love," "Steppin' Out Of Line," and "Almost Always True."

1957 R&B singer Stephanie Mills is born in New York City. Her first hit is "Home," from the Broadway musical The Wiz. Mills plays Dorothy in the show's original run from 1975-1977.

1956 Carl Perkins is injured in a car accident near Dover, Delaware, on his way to perform on NBC-TV's Perry Como Show. This stymies promotion for his single "Blue Suede Shoes," but the song still reaches #2 in May.

1956 Mr. Wonderful opens on Broadway. Its star Sammy Davis, Jr. will soon become a top entertainer and member of the Rat Pack.

1948 Randy Jo Hobbs (bassist for The McCoys) is born in Winchester, Indiana.

1947 Patrick Olive (percussionist, bassist for Hot Chocolate) is born in Grenada.

1946 Harry Vanda (lead guitarist for The Easybeats) is born Johannes Hendrikus Jacob van den Berg in Voorburg, Netherlands.

1944 Tony McPhee (guitarist for The Groundhogs) is born in Humberston, Lincolnshire, England.

1943 Jazz guitarist George Benson is born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

1943 Keith Relf (lead vocalist for The Yardbirds) is born in Richmond, Surrey, England.

1941 Jeremy Clyde (of Chad & Jeremy) is born in Dorney, Buckinghamshire, England.

1937 Country/pop singer Johnny Ferguson is born in Nashville, Tennessee.

1936 Roger Whittaker is born in Nairobi, British Kenya.

1932 Blues musician Juke Boy Bonner is born Weldon H. Philip Bonner in Bellville, Texas.

1930 Composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim is born in New York City. He wins an Academy Award for Best Original Song for Madonna's "Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)," written for the 1990 film Dick Tracy.

1916 Bernard Weissman, the future George Wyle, is born in New York City. Among his compositions: the Gilligan's Island theme song.

Pink Floyd Has A Hit Single

1980Pink Floyd tops the Hot 100 with "Another Brick In The Wall (part II)," which stays a total of four weeks. It's a rare hit single for the band, whose only other Top 40 appearance is "Money," which hit #13 in 1973.

Featured Events

2003 Britney Spears' girl-power flick Crossroads earns eight nominations at the 23rd Golden Raspberry Awards, and two wins: Worst Original Song for "I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman" and Worst Actress for Spears, an honor she shares with Razzie darling Madonna for Swept Away (named Worst Picture). The Material Girl, who has been a regular contender - and five-time Worst Actress winner - since her 1986 win for Shanghai Surprise, earns two more awards. She shares Worst Screen Couple with Adriano Giannini for Swept Away and garners Worst Supporting Actress as Verity in Die Another Day.

1987 Anthrax release their third album, Among the Living. The cover shows an image of Henry Kane, a character in the film Poltergeist II: The Other Side, which the band finds terrifying.

1986 Heart's "These Dreams" hits #1 in the US. The lyric is written by Bernie Taupin, who is Elton John's songwriting partner.

1978 A Beatles parody special called The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash, airs on ABC. The special stars various members of the Monty Python troupe.

1948 Andrew Lloyd Webber is born in Kensington, London, England.

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