Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Today in Music History...March 28, 2018 (Now with more info)

Music History: March 28th:

2014 Nas headlines the One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide festival at the Kennedy Center in New York City with a performance of his album Illmatic with the National Symphony Orchestra.

2014 Folk singer-turned-reverend Joe Frazier (of the Chad Mitchell Trio) dies in his sleep at age 77.

2013 Session rock guitarist Hugh McCracken (Billy Joel, Steely Dan) dies at age 70 of leukemia.

2012 Blues harmonica player Jerry "Boogie" McCain, known for the self-penned tunes "Ain't No Use for Drug Abuse" and "Burn the Crackhouse Down," dies at age 81.

2011 Rapper Rick Ross is arrested in Shreveport, Louisiana, after being caught with one gram of marijuana. Ross was smoking the drug at the Hilton Hotel when guests reported smelling a foul odor coming from his room. Ross is booked and released the same night.

2010 Laura Marling's second album, I Speak Because I Can, debuts at #4 on the UK albums chart.

2005 On Rev. Jesse Jackson's internet radio show, Michael Jackson claims that his recent child-molestation charges are a racist conspiracy.

2003 '50s country/pop singer Rusty Draper dies at age 80 from pneumonia.

2000 Jimmy Page wins a libel suit against the UK magazine Ministry, which printed that he tried to revive his dying bandmate John Bonham by using Satanic spells.

1999 Rapper Freaky Tah (of Lost Boyz) is fatally shot by Kelvin Jones, a member of the fledgling New York-based rap group The Hellraisers. Freaky Tah, real name Raymond Rogers, is just 27 years old.

1996 Phil Collins leaves Genesis on good terms, stating he will concentrate on "Movies, some Jazz projects, and of course my solo career."

1995 Lyle Lovett and actress Julia Roberts announce they are separating after 21 months of marriage.

1995 Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard releases his first solo album, Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version. His food stamp ID card is on the cover.

1995 Wilco release their debut album, A.M. It is the first and last album to feature Brian Henneman on lead guitar.

1991 The funeral is held for Eric Clapton's son Conor, who was 4 years old when he fell to his death out an open window. Clapton's song "Tears In Heaven" is about Conor.

1987 After hearing that Arizona Governor Evan Mecham would not honor the new national holiday Martin Luther King Day, the racially integrated Doobie Brothers move their upcoming show from Phoenix to Las Vegas.

1984 Mick Fleetwood, whose band Fleetwood Mac had the biggest-selling album of all time just seven years earlier, files for bankruptcy.

1979 The day after they are married, Eric Clapton sings "Wonderful Tonight" to his new wife Pattie at his concert in Tucson, Arizona. He wrote the song about her while waiting for her to get ready to go out.

1974 Blue Swede's "Hooked On A Feeling" is certified Gold.

1974 Delta blues musician Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup dies of complications of heart disease and diabetes at age 68.

1973 Led Zeppelin releases Houses Of The Holy.

1972 Elvis Presley records "Burning Love" and "Fool."

1970 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young release "Woodstock."

1970 John Lennon's "Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)" hits its peak position of #3.

1969 James Atkins (vocalist, guitarist for EMF) is born in Birmingham, England.

1969 Joe Cocker plays his first live gig in the US.

1967 Van Morrison records "Brown Eyed Girl."

1967 The Beatles record "Good Morning Good Morning" and "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!"

1964 Radio Caroline, the UK's first all-day English-language "pirate" radio station, begins broadcasting from the Fredericia, a former Danish ferry, in the North Sea.

1964 The Beatles become the first Rock Stars displayed in Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in London. They would later use their wax versions on the cover of the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album.

1964 Jan and Dean's "Dead Man's Curve" enters the charts.

1960 Brenda Lee records "I'm Sorry."

1958 Eddie Cochran records "Summertime Blues."

1958 Blues musician W.C. Handy dies of bronchial pneumonia at age 84.

1957 Ral Donner, later to hit with the Elvis-soundalike "The Girl Of My Friend," sees Elvis for the first time, performing at the International Amphitheater in Chicago.

1955 Reba McEntire is born in McAlester, Oklahoma.

1952 Jazz and blues singer Billie Holiday marries mafia strongman Louis McKay.

1951 #1 Billboard Pop Hit: Perry Como's "If"

1948 John Evan (keyboardist for Jethro Tull) is born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England.

1948 Milan Williams (keyboardist for The Commodores) is born in Okolona, Mississippi.

1945 Chuck Portz (bassist for The Turtles) is born in Santa Monica, California.

1945 Sally Carr (of Middle of the Road) is born in Muirhead, Scotland.

1943 Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff dies of melanoma at age 69.

1941 Charlie McCoy (of Area Code 615) is born in Oak Hill, West Virginia. As a session musician, he works with Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, and Loretta Lynn, among others.

1939 Hal Kemp records "Three Little Fishies."

1923 Jazz trumpeter Thad Jones is born in Pontiac, Michigan.

1915 Composer Jay Livingston is born in McDonald, Pennsylvania. He teams with lyricist Ray Evans to write a number of popular songs for films, including the Academy Award-winning "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)" for The Man Who Knew Too Much.

1890 Bandleader Paul Whiteman is born in Denver, Colorado.

Blondie Scores The First #1 With A Rap

1981Blondie's "Rapture" hits #1 on the Hot 100, becoming the first chart-topper with a rap.

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1986 Stefani Germanotta enters the world in New York City. She is born this way, but rises to fame under the name Lady Gaga.

1985 Four-year-old Alicia Cook makes her acting debut on the "Slumber Party" episode of The Cosby Show. She'll become famous as Alicia Keys.

1982 On his way to a "no-nukes" rally, David Crosby crashes his car into a divider on the San Diego Freeway. Police find quaaludes, cocaine paraphernalia, and a concealed pistol in the vehicle, but charges against him are plea bargained down to reckless driving and he is sentenced to probation and a $751 fine. A few weeks later he is arrested again, this time for freebasing cocaine.

1978 Alice Cooper appears on The Muppet Show, where he performs "Welcome to My Nightmare" and "School's Out." He also offers to give the Muppets fame and riches if they'll sign their souls over to him. Kermit is horrified. Gonzo spends the entire episode looking for a pen.

1975 At an Elvis Presley concert at the Hilton in Las Vegas, Barbra Streisand goes backstage and offers Elvis the lead role in her upcoming film A Star Is Born. Elvis is interested, but on the advice of his manager Colonel Parker, he demands too much money and top billing, so Kris Kristofferson is chosen for the role instead.

1964 Heavyweight boxing champ Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) hits #102 in the US with his cover of "Stand By Me."

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