Thursday, March 8, 2018

Today in Music History...March 8, 2018 (Now with more info)

Music History: March 8th:


2016 Beatles producer George Martin dies at age 90. Paul McCartney says in a statement: "From the day that he gave The Beatles our first recording contract, to the last time I saw him, he was the most generous, intelligent and musical person I've ever had the pleasure to know."

2014 Jerry Corbitt of The Youngbloods dies of lung cancer at age 71.

2011 St. Clair Lee (of The Hues Corporation) dies at age 66.

2011 Alice in Chains bass player Mike Starr dies of a prescription drug overdose at age 44. Starr was the last person to see the group's lead singer, Layne Staley, before he died in 2002.

2010 After an array of court hearings and postponements (some so he can get dental work), Lil Wayne finally begins serving a one-year sentence on firearms charges stemming from a 2007 incident when police found a gun on his tour bus. He serves eight months at Rikers Island.

2009 Blues singer/guitarist Willie King dies of a heart attack less than two weeks before his 66th birthday.

2009 Country singer/songwriter Hank Locklin dies at age 91.

2003 It's like American Idol, but country: The singing competition show Nashville Star debuts on the USA network. It lasts six seasons; Miranda Lambert comes in third on Season 1.

2003 British pop star Adam Faith dies at age 62 of a heart attack following heart surgery.

1997 Raymond Edwards of The Silhouettes ("Get A Job") dies at age 72.

1996 Sting releases his fifth solo album, Mercury Falling.

1995 Ingo Schwichtenberg (drummer for Helloween), suffering from drug addiction and schizophrenia, commits suicide by jumping in front of a train.

1993 Jazz singer Billy Eckstein, whose rendition of "I Apologize" was awarded the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1999, dies at age 78, a few months after suffering a heart attack.

1990 Rolling Stone calls Jefferson Airplane's disastrous new comeback album Most Unwanted Comeback of the Year.

1983 English composer William Walton dies at age 80.

1979 Tom Chaplin (lead singer of Keane) is born in Hastings, East Sussex, England.

1979 Rolling Stone reports that inflation has ballooned the cost of making and promoting a major label LP to between $350,000 and $500,000.

1978 Kameelah Williams (lead singer of the R&B trio 702) is born in Las Vegas, Nevada.

1976 Gaz Coombes (lead vocalist, guitarist of Supergrass) is born in Oxford, England.

1975 Olivia Newton-John's "Have You Never Been Mellow" hits #1 in the US.

1974 Rising from the ashes of Free and Mott the Hoople, the newly formed Bad Company play their first live gig, at Newcastle City Hall in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England.

1974 John Denver records "Annie's Song" and "Thank God I'm A Country Boy" at RCA's Music Center of the World studios in Los Angeles.

1973 Paul McCartney is fined 100 pounds for growing cannabis on his farm in Campbeltown, Scotland.

1971 Radio Hanoi, which is a propaganda radio station set up by the North Vietnamese army to broadcast to American troops serving in Vietnam, goes on the air with a recording of Jimi Hendrix' version of The Star-Spangled Banner.

1969 "Happy Birthday" becomes the first song to be performed in outer space when the astronauts on Apollo IX sing it to celebrate the birthday of the director of NASA space operations, Christopher Kraft.

1969 Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Proud Mary" hits #2 on the Hot 100, where it stays for three weeks. It's the first of five CCR singles to reach the runner-up spot on the chart without ever hitting #1.

1968 Shawn Mullins is born in Atlanta, Georgia.

1968 Promoter Bill Graham's East Coast version of the Fillmore, his legendary San Francisco rock ballroom, opens in the East Village section of New York City. Dubbed, appropriately enough, the Fillmore East, its first show features Big Brother & the Holding Company, Albert King, and Tim Buckley.

1968 Elvis Presley's 26th movie, Stay Away, Joe, premieres in New York City. The comedy features Elvis as a Native American rodeo champion.

1968 Rob Dukes (of Exodus) is born in Florida.

1966 Bob Dylan records "Pledging My Time" and "Just Like A Woman."

1965 David Bowie makes his first TV appearance when his band The Manish Boys appears on the British show Gadzooks!. At the time, he's still known as David Jones.

1964 Peter Gill (drummer for Frankie Goes to Hollywood) is born in Liverpool, England.

1964 The Dave Clark Five appear for the first time on CBS-TV's Ed Sullivan Show, performing "Do You Love Me" and "Can't You See That She's Mine." It's the first of eighteen appearances for the group.

1958 Gary Numan is born in Hammersmith, London, England. He starts his music career as the lead singer of Tubeway Army.

1949 Dave Lambert (guitarist of The Strawbs) is born in Hounslow, Middlesex, England.

1948 Little Peggy March is born Margaret Annemarie Battavio in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.

1948 Mel Galley (of Whitesnake) is born in Cannock, Staffordshire, England.

1947 Michael Allsup (guitarist for Three Dog Night) is born in Oakdale, California.

1947 Songwriter Carole Bayer Sager is born in Manhattan, New York City.

1946 Randy Meisner (bassist for Poco, Eagles) is born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

1945 Micky Dolenz (drummer, vocalist for The Monkees) is born George Michael Dolenz, Jr. in Los Angeles, California.

1943 Shel Macrae (of The Fortunes) is born Andrew Raeburn Semple in Burnbank, Scotland.

1942 Ralph Ellis (guitarist for The Swinging Blue Jeans) is born in Liverpool, England.

1927 Jazz pianist/composer Dick Hyman is born in New York City.

1869 French Romantic composer Hector Berlioz dies aged 65. He is best known for his 1830 dream-like Symphonie fantastique.

Superunknown And The Downward Spiral Released The Same Day

Two seminal albums from the '90s are released: Soundgarden's Superunknown and Nine Inch Nails' The Downward Spiral. They enter the albums chart at #1 and #2, respectively.

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2003 50 Cent's first single, "In Da Club," tops the chart for the first of nine weeks.

1973 Grateful Dead keyboard player Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, a founding member of the band, dies at age 27.More

1970 Diana Ross performs for the first time as a solo act, doing a show in Framingham, Massachusetts.

1969 The Small Faces break up when lead singer Steve Marriott leaves the band. Marriott forms Humble Pie, and the remaining members rechristen themselves The Faces after adding new lead singer Rod Stewart and guitarist Ron Wood.

1963 The Four Tops get a $400 advance to sign with Motown. They spend the rest of the year singing backup for other acts, including The Supremes.

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