Music History: March 2nd:
2014 20 Feet From Stardom, a film about backup singers featuring Darlene Loveand Lisa Fischer, wins the Oscar for Best Documentary. Love gets a standing ovation when she sings part of her acceptance speech.
2008 Canadian blues rocker Jeff Healey dies of cancer at age 41 in Toronto, Canada.
2008 Nine Inch Nails release their sixth album, an almost entirely instrumental Ghosts I-IV, as a free digital release - a concept they will revisit with their next album, The Slip, in July. Physical copies are sold at a regular price a few months after the digital releases.
2004 All Saints' Natalie Appleton gives birth to a son, Ace Billy Howlett. The father is her husband Liam Howlett (of The Prodigy).
2003 Hank Ballard, whose song "The Twist" became a national sensation when Chubby Checker recorded it, dies of throat cancer in Los Angeles, California, at age 75.
1991 Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" peaks at #6 on the US chart, thanks to an instrumental version featured in the David Lynch film Wild at Heart.
1987 The Trio album, a collaboration between Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton, is released. The album had been planned since 1979 - it was worth the wait, selling over 4 million copies and winning the Grammy Award for Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal.
1983 The first CD players are released in America, along with 16 albums on CD.
1977 Chris Martin (lead vocalist for Coldplay) is born in Whitestone, Exeter, Devon, England.
1977 The Barry Manilow Special airs on ABC-TV.
1974 Gladys Knight & The Pips win Grammys for "Neither One of Us" (Best Pop Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group or Chorus) and "Midnight Train To Georgia" (Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Group).
1974 Olivia Newton-John wins the Grammy for Best Female Vocal Country Performance for "Let Me Be There." Country veterans are miffed, but reach full outrage when she takes the CMA award for Female Vocalist of the Year.
1971 Rapper Method Man is born Clifford Smith in Long Island, New York.
1968 Cat Stevens begins a three-month hospital stay after being diagnosed with tuberculosis.
1967 The Supremes record "Reflections" and "The Happening."
1964 Shooting begins on the Beatles' first feature film, A Hard Day's Night.
1964 Vee-Jay Records in Chicago creates the Tollie label and releases "Twist And Shout" by The Beatles.
1962 Jon Bon Jovi is born John Francis Bongiovi in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.
1960 Elvis Presley's Army plane refuels in Scotland - his only appearance in the UK.
1956 Mark Evans (bassist for AC/DC) is born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, where he meets his future bandmates at the city's Station Hotel in 1975.
1956 John Cowsill (of The Cowsills) is born in Newport, Rhode Island.
1956 Anvil frontman Steve "Lips" Kudlow is born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1955 Jay Osmond (of The Osmonds) is born in Ogden, Utah.
1955 Dale Bozzio (vocalist for Missing Persons) is born Dale Frances Consalvi in Medford, Massachusetts.
1955 Bo Diddley records "Bo Diddley" and "I'm A Man."
1950 Karen Carpenter (of the Carpenters) is born in New Haven, Connecticut.
1948 Irish rocker Rory Gallagher is born William Rory Gallagher in Ballyshannon, County Donegal, Ireland.
1942 Lou Reed is born Lewis Allan Reed in Brooklyn, New York.
1900 Composer Kurt Weill is born in Dessau, Germany. Known for his collaborations with playwright Bertolt Brecht, including The Threepenny Opera and its famous ballad "Mack the Knife."
Spinal Tap Explodes Into Theaters
This Is Spinal Tap is released in theaters, chronicling the hapless heavy metal band with exploding drummers and an amp that goes to 11. It leaves some in laughter and some in tears. Ozzy Osbourne is just confused.
2014 Arby's buys the hat Pharrell Williamswore to the Grammys on eBay for $44,100. The fast-food chain donates the hat (which resembles their logo) to the Newseum in Washington, DC. Money from the auction goes to the From One Hand to Another charity.
1999 Dusty Springfield dies of breast cancer at age 59.
1989 "Like A Prayer" becomes the first hit song to debut in a commercial when it is used in a 2-minute Pepsi ad starring Madonna.
1988 U2 win their first Grammy Awards, taking Album of the Year and Best Performance by Rock Duo or Group with Vocal for The Joshua Tree.
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