Thursday, March 29, 2018

Today in Music History...March 29, 2018 (Now with more info)

Music History: March 29th:

2009 Nickelback rule the Juno Awards, winning Album of the Year, Group of the Year and the Fan Choice Award.

2006 Tom Jones is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

2005 Neil Young has brain surgery to remove an aneurysm. His vision became blurry at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremonies, and a subsequent checkup discovered the aneurysm.

2001 A tribute to Brian Wilson is held at Radio City Music Hall, with Paul Simon, Elton John and Billy Joel all performing Beach Boys songs.

2001 John Lewis of The Modern Jazz Quartet dies of prostate cancer at age 80.

1999 Jazz singer Joe Williams dies at age 80.

1996 Phil Spector's former bandmates in The Teddy Bears, Carol Connors and Marshall Lieb, sue the producer to collect royalties they claim are still owed from the group's 1958 smash "To Know Him Is To Love Him."

1992 For his role as Johnny Van Owen in Cool As Ice, Vanilla Ice is dubbed Worst New Star at the 12th Golden Raspberry Awards. Other honorees include MC Hammer, who lands Worst Original Song for "Addams Groove," written for The Addams Family.

1987 Prince is named Worst Actor and Worst Director for Under the Cherry Moon at the 7th Golden Raspberry Awards. The film also earns Razzies for Worst Picture (tied with Howard the Duck), Worst Supporting Actor (Jerome Benton), and Worst Original Song ("Love or Money").

1986 Falco's "Rock Me Amadeus," with verses in Austrian, hits #1 in America.

1986 The Beatles' records are officially licensed for sale in the Soviet Union.

1985 Jeanne Deckers - known as "The Singing Nun" - and her companion Annie Pécher die in a double suicide at their home. As a Belgian nun, Deckers had a US #1 hit in 1963 with "Dominique," but she left the convent in 1966 and went through a series of setbacks, including devastating financial problems. Deckers is 51, Pécher is 40.

1985 Madonna's first film, Desperately Seeking Susan, debuts.

1982 Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney release "Ebony And Ivory."

1980 The Italian conductor Mantovani dies at age 74.

1908 Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of The Moon spends its 303rd week on the US album chart beating the record by Carole King's 1971 long player Tapestry.

1978 Tina Turner is officially divorced from husband Ike. She takes nothing from the partnership, but revives her career with a startling comeback in the early '80s.

1975 Jeff Beck releases Blow by Blow. It is his most successful album in the US, reaching the top five and selling over one million copies.

1973 Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show, who have a hit with the Shel Silverstein-penned "The Cover Of 'Rolling Stone'," appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

1972 Elvis Presley records "Always On My Mind" and "It's A Matter Of Time."

1970 The Ed Sullivan Show broadcasts live from hospitals treating soldiers wounded in Vietnam. Guests include Bobbie Gentry and Gladys Knight & the Pips.

1969 Blood, Sweat & Tears' LP Blood Sweat & Tears hits #1.

1967 Blues Traveler frontman John Popper is born in Chardon, Ohio.

1967 The Beatles record "Good Morning Good Morning," "Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!," and "With A Little Help From My Friends."

1959 Perry Farrell (frontman for Jane's Addiction) is born Peretz Bernstein in Queens, New York City.

1958 Elvis Presley begins boot camp in Ft. Hood, Texas, where he insists on doing KP and guard duty just like the other soldiers.

1949 Jazz saxophonist Michael Brecker (of The Brecker Brothers) is born in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania.

1947 Bobby Kimball (frontman for Toto) is born in Orange, Texas.

1945 John "Speedy" Keen (of Thunderclap Newman) is born in Ealing, London, England.

1944 Terry Jacks ("Seasons In The Sun") is born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

1943 Chad Allan (original lead singer of The Guess Who) is born Allan Peter Stanley Kowbel in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

1943 The composer Vangelis (Evangelos Papathanassiou) is born in Greece. In 1982, his theme to the movie Chariots of Fire goes to #1 in America. He is also known for his collaborations with Jon Anderson of Yes - they record as Jon & Vangelis.

1940 Pop singer Eden Kane is born Richard Graham Sarstedt in New Delhi, India.

1918 Actress/singer Pearl Bailey is born in Virginia.

1902 Composer William Walton is born in Oldham, Lancashire, England.

1795 Beethoven makes his Vienna public debut at the city's Burgtheater when he is the soloist at the premiere of his Piano Concerto No. 2. Prior to that, the German composer had performed only in the private salons of the Viennese nobility.

Brian Johnson Replaces Bon Scott In AC/DC

Brian Johnson of the band Geordie gets a new, slightly more high-profile gig: replacing the deceased Bon Scott in AC/DC. Johnson's first album with the band is Back In Black, which becomes the second-best selling album worldwide behind Thriller.

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2005 Weezer releases "Beverly Hills," the lead single from their Make Believe album.

1993 "A Whole New World" from the Disney animated film Aladdin wins the Academy Award for Best Song.

1975 Labelle's "Lady Marmalade" hits #1 in America as listeners track down French speakers to translate the line, "Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir." ("Do you want to sleep with me tonight?")

1975 Led Zeppelin becomes the first band in history to have six albums on the Billboard chart at once: Physical Graffiti (#1), Led Zeppelin IV, House of the Holy, Led Zeppelin II, Led Zeppelin and Led Zeppelin III. They rarely released singles, which helped their album sales.

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