Saturday, March 31, 2018

Today in Music History...March 31, 2018 (Now with more info)

Music History: March 31st:

2015 British jazz pianist Ralph Sharon, who brought "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" to Tony Bennett, dies in Boulder, Colorado, at age 91.

2009 Lynyrd Skynyrd releases Live at the Cardiff Capitol Theatre. It features music recorded at Cardiff, Wales' Capitol Theatre on November 4, 1975. It's released alongside the album Authorized Bootleg: Live In Winterland, San Francisco, CA, 3/07/76.

2007 Police issue arrest warrants for Country singer Billy Joe Shaver after he shoots and wounds a man outside a Lorena, Texas, bar. Shaver later turns himself in.

2001 Acker Bilk receives an MBE (Member of the British Empire) medal from Queen Elizabeth for services to the music industry.

2000 The movie High Fidelity, starring John Cusack and Jack Black as record store clerks and featuring a cameo by Bruce Springsteen, opens in theaters.More

1996 After battling a number of health issues, Gun Club guitarist Jeffrey Lee Pierce dies at age 37.

1995 23-year-old Lance Cunningham injures four people at a Jimmy Page/Robert Plant concert in Auburn Hills, Michigan, when he tries to rush the stage with a pocketknife. Cunningham claims he was trying to attack Page, accusing him of being "Satanic."

1993 Mitchell Parish, who wrote lyrics for the songs "Deep Purple" and "Stardust," dies at 92.

1987 Georg Listing (bassist for Tokio Hotel) is born in Halle, Germany.

1986 O'Kelly Isley (of The Isley Brothers) dies of a heart attack at age 48 in Alpine, New Jersey.

1982 After 12 years together, The Doobie Brothers announce their (temporary) breakup.

1981 At the first ever Golden Raspberry Awards (aka The Razzies), Neil Diamond takes home the prize for Worst Actor for his performance as Yussel Rabinovitch in The Jazz Singer. Laurence Olivier, who played Cantor Rabinovitch in the film, also scores a Razzie for Worst Supporting Actor, an honor he shares with John Adames for Gloria.

1974 Tom Petty marries his first wife, Jane Benyo. The couple met when they were both 17, which provides the title for the Stevie Nicks song "Edge Of Seventeen." They have two daughters before their divorce in 1996.

1973 Elton John appears on the front page of Melody Maker, which proclaims "Now Elton's A Teen Idol!"

1972 The official Beatles fan club disbands.

1972 America's self-titled debut album hits #1 in, yes, America.

1971 Karl Lawrence King, who composed the Barnum and Bailey's circus music, dies at age 80.

1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono hold a press conference in Vienna where they announce their "Bagism" project, giving the entire press conference from inside a white bag.

1969 Led Zeppelin's first album is released in the UK. The self-titled LP contains many hard rock classics, including "Dazed And Confused," "Good Times, Bad Times" and "Communication Breakdown."

1969 A short John Lennon film entitled Rape appears on Australian TV.

1969 George Harrison and his wife Pattie appear in court in Surrey, England, to answer recent charges of marijuana resin possession. Both are fined 250 pounds.

1967 The Beatles record "Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite!"

1966 Elvis Presley's Frankie & Johnnie movie premieres in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

1962 The Shirelles release "Soldier Boy."

1962 In these pre-Beatles years, Connie Francis is one of the biggest stars in America. She scores her third #1 with "Don't Break The Heart That Loves You."

1959 Robert Holmes (guitarist for 'Til Tuesday) is born in England.

1958 Pat McGlynn (rhythm guitarist for Bay City Rollers) is born in Edinburgh, Scotland.

1957 Sun Records stars Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins begin a tour of the South in Little Rock, Arkansas, with Jerry Lee Lewis as a support act.

1956 Brenda Lee makes her US television debut, singing an unrehearsed version of Hank Williams' "Jambalaya (On The Bayou)" on ABC's Ozark Jamboree.

1954 Tony Brock (drummer for The Tubes, The Babys) is born in Poole, Dorset, England.

1953 Sean Hopper (keyboardist for Huey Lewis & the News) is born in San Francisco, California.

1949 RCA introduces the 45 rpm record, which eventually becomes the format of choice for "singles," becoming more popular than the 78 rpm format by 1958.

1948 Thijs Van Leer (vocalist, organist for Focus) is born in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

1946 Al Nichol (guitarist for The Turtles) is born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

1945 "My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time" by the Les Brown Orchestra with vocals by Doris Day, goes to #1 in America.

1944 Guitarist Mick Ralphs of Mott the Hoople and Bad Company is born in Herefordshire, England.

1944 Rod Allen (original lead vocalist for The Fortunes) is born Rodney Bainbridge in Leicester, England.

1943 Al Goodman (of Ray, Goodman & Brown) is born in Jackson, Mississippi.

1935 Herb Alpert is born in Los Angeles, California.

1934 Actress/singer Shirley Jones (of The Partridge Family) is born in Charleroi, Pennsylvania.

1934 John D. Loudermilk is born in Durham, North Carolina. He records as "Johnny Dee," but has his biggest success as a songwriter, composing "Tobacco Road" and "Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)," a #1 hit for the Raiders in 1971.

1934 Richard Chamberlain is born in Beverly Hills, California. He finds fame as the star of TV's Dr. Kildare and also has string of '60s hits in the UK.

1934 An article in Melody Maker declares: "Expel All Jewish Musicians: A Little Hitler Invades Archer Street. Fascists Launch Fierce New Campaign."
This refers to an Imperial Fascist League member Jackson Phillips as the "Little Hitler" of Archer Street. The article contains the memorable quote: "...he saw the light of Fascism, and this apparently so dazzled him that he has been unable to see anything else very clearly since."

1933 Anita Carter (of The Carter Sisters) is born in Maces Spring, Virginia, to Ezra and Maybelle Carter.

1928 Lefty Frizzell ("Long Black Veil") is born in Corsicana, Texas.

1921 Blues guitarist Lowell Fulson is born in Atoka, Oklahoma.

1908 Jazz vibraphonist Red Norvo is born Kenneth Norville in Beardstown, Illinois.

1732 Joseph Haydn is born in Rohrau, Austria. 1685 Johann Sebastian Bach is born in Germany

Jimi Hendrix Sets Guitar On Fire

At the Astoria Theatre in London, Jimi Hendrix sets fire to his guitar for the first time, and goes to the hospital after the show with minor burns. During the rest of the tour, Hendrix makes a habit of playing his guitar with his teeth, and he ignites his axe a few more times.

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2016 Michael Stipe, Cyndi Lauper, Ann Wilson and Perry Farrell are among the performers at a Carnegie Hall concert honoring David Bowie.More

1995 23-year-old Tejano singer Selena dies after being shot by her former personal assistant and former fan club president, Yolanda Saldivar, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Jennifer Lopez stars in a movie about her life that is released in 1997.

1992 Bruce Springsteen releases two albums, Human Touch and Lucky Town.

1984 Kenny Loggins' "Footloose" hits #1 in America. It's the title song to the now-famous film where Kevin Bacon brings dancing to a small town in the South.

1958 Chuck Berry releases "Johnny B. Goode." The song is named after his piano player (Johnnie Johnson) and the street where he grew up (Goode Avenue).

1955 Angus Young is born in Glasgow, Scotland. He later moves to Australia and forms AC/DC with his brother Malcolm.

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