Monday, March 5, 2018

Today in Music History...March 5, 2018 (Now with more info)

Music History: March 5th:


2013 Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath and rapper Coolio appear on Celebrity Wife Swap, where they send their respective partners to each others' homes. McGrath's wife, Carin, struggles with all the chores she has to do at Coolio's house, while Coolio's girlfriend Mimi - who leaves him just weeks after the episode is taped - squirms under the watchful eye of helicopter parent McGrath.

2013 In a Czech court, Lamb of God lead singer Randy Blythe is acquitted of manslaughter. He was charged with pushing a fan to his death at a 2013 LoG concert in Prague; in 2012 he was arrested when the band returned to the country for another show.

1999 Trauma Entertainment files a $40 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against the members of Bush for failure to deliver their next album.

1995 Viv Stanshall of Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band dies in a fire at age 51. Stanshall was asleep in his North London home when an electrical fire broke out.

1994 Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane is arrested at her home in Tiburon, California for pointing a loaded gun at police officers responding to reports of a domestic dispute. She will be sentenced to community service and forced to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

1984 Howard Jones' debut album, Human's Lib, is released in the UK, where it rises to #1.

1982 John Belushi (The Blues Brothers) dies of drug intoxication after being injected with a mixture of cocaine and heroin, known as a speedball, at age 33.

1981 Songwriter E.Y. "Yip" Harburg ("Over The Rainbow") dies in a car accident at age 81.

1977 Barbra Streisand's "Love Theme From A Star Is Born (Evergreen)" hits #1 in the US. The song was written for the 1976 film, in which she starred with Kris Kristofferson.

1974 Smokey Robinson appears on NBC-TV's Police Story.

1971 Badfinger begin their first tour as headliners with a gig in Toledo, Ohio.

1971 Led Zeppelin begins their "Thank You" tour of small clubs that supported them when they started out, charging the same prices they charged in 1968.

1970 John Frusciante is born in New York City. He does two stints with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

1970 Bob Dylan records "Alberta #1," "Alberta #2," "Gotta Travel On," and "All The Tired Horses."

1969 Elvis Presley goes to Hollywood and begins filming his last non-concert movie, Change Of Habit, co-starring Mary Tyler Moore as a nun who falls for Elvis.

1969 Dusty Springfield collapses while taping a TV appearance.

1969 Elvis Presley records "Change Of Habit" and "Let's Be Friends."

1969 The rock magazine Creem is published for the first time.

1968 Syd Nathan, the record executive who founded King Records and launched James Brown's career, dies of heart disease at age 63.

1968 Jerry Lee Lewis opens as Iago in Catch My Soul, a rock musical version of Shakespeare's Othello, in Hollywood.

1968 The 1910 Fruitgum Company's "Simon Says" is certified gold.

1966 Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler's "The Ballad Of The Green Berets" hits #1 for the first of five weeks.

1966 Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass's LP Going Places hits #1.

1965 The Manish Boys (with David Bowie) release "I Pity The Fool."

1965 The Yardbirds release "For Your Love" in the UK.

1963 Having ironically just finished a tribute concert for the family of a country music DJ who'd been killed in a car crash, country legend Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins fly back to Nashville, with Cline's manager, Randy Hughes, at the controls. Bad weather postpones the flight an extra day, however, and, anxious to get going, Hughes phones his wife in Nashville, who informs him that the weather is clearing there. Unfortunately, she is actually in the storm's eye, and when the four proceed on, Hughes, who is not rated "on instruments," loses all visibility and attempts to land on a nearby highway. Instead, he skirts some trees, which bring the plane down in a nearby swamp. Cline, her other fellow stars, and Hughes are all killed in the accident.

1963 The Beatles record "From Me To You" and "Thank You Girl."

1962 Craig Reid & Charlie Reid (of The Proclaimers) are born in Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland.

1960 Elvis Presley is officially discharged from active duty in the US Army. He will be on reserve for 4 more years.

1958 Andy Gibb is born in Manchester, England, but is raised in Redcliffe, Australia. His older brothers, Barry, Robin, and Maurice, form the Bee Gees.

1956 Teena Marie is born Mary Christine Brockert in Santa Monica, California.

1955 Elvis Presley makes yet another appearance on the Shreveport radio show Louisiana Hayride, which is this time also carried over the TV airwaves by local station KWKH, making this Presley's first television appearance.

1955 Elvis Presley records "I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone."

1952 Alan Clark (keyboardist for Dire Straits) is born in Great Lumley, England.

1951 Ike Turner and Jackie Brenston record "Rocket 88."

1948 "Electric Avenue" singer Eddy Grant, founder of the UK pop group The Equals, is born in Plaisance, British Guiana.

1947 Child star Eddie Hodges, who introduces the song "Gary, Indiana" in the Broadway musical The Music Man and stars opposite Frank Sinatra in the 1959 film A Hole In The Head, is born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

1946 English performer Murray Head is born in London.

1938 Paul Evans is born in Queens, New York.

"It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" Wins An Oscar

2006"It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" from the movie Hustle & Flow wins an Oscar for Best Song, just the second rap song to get the award, after "Lose Yourself" by Eminem. Three 6 Mafia become the first rappers to perform at the ceremony.

Featured Events

2009 Michael Jackson announces his "This Is It" series of concerts to be held at the O2 Arena in London. The shows would quickly sell out, but Jackson dies before they begin.

2002 MTV launches its new reality television show, The Osbournes, which chronicles the domestic life of heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne and his family. In its first season, it becomes the most-viewed series on MTV.

1983 Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" hits #1 for the first of seven weeks.

1975 Rod Stewart meets the Swedish actress Britt Ekland when she comes backstage after his concert at the Los Angeles Forum, kicking off an affair that results in a famous song and a nasty lawsuit.

1953 America learns of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin's death when Air Force Staff Sergeant Johnny Cash intercepts a coded message from Russia. Cash enlisted in 1950 after he turned 18 and was assigned to the 12th Radio Squadron Mobile of the US Air Force Security Service at Landsberg, West Germany, where he proved his skill as a Morse Code operator.

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