Music History: March 3rd:
2017 Pop singer Tommy Page, known for the 1990 hit "I'll Be Your Everything," dies in an apparent suicide at age 46.
2017 Nickelback's album All The Right Reasons is certified Diamond for sales of over 10 million copies in the United States, making them just the fourth Canadian act to reach that level. The other three are female artists: Celine Dion, Shania Twain and Alanis Morissette.
2013 Bobby Rogers (of The Miracles) dies of complications of diabetes at age 73.
2012 Rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose (Montrose) dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at age 64.
2008 Arcade Fire rock for young Obama supporters at the Barack Obama benefit rally at Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland.
2008Norman "Hurricane" Smith, frequent engineer and producer for the Beatles, dies at age 85 in East Sussex, England.
2007 Robin Thicke tops four different Billboard charts, thanks to his second album, The Evolution of Robin Thicke. The album is at #1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally, while "Lost Without U" tops the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, and Hot Adult R&B Airplay charts.
2006 In Vietnam, Gary Glitter is sentenced to three years in prison for sex crimes against minors. Years later, a UK court sentences him to 16 years for similar offenses.
1998 Country singer Faith Hill branches out into pop music with "This Kiss," and notches a Top 10 spot on the Hot 100.
1995 A stalker is arrested trying to break into Roberta Flack's New York apartment.
1995 R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry undergoes successful brain surgery. Berry collapsed due to a brain aneurysm during a concert in Switzerland.
1992 Soundgarden release the third and final single off Badmotorfinger, "Rusty Cage." B-sides differ depending on the territory - among them are covers of Devo's "Girl U Want" and the Rolling Stones' "Stray Cat Blues."
1986 Christian singer Stacie Orrico is born in Seattle, Washington.
1981 U2 begin their first major tour of the US with two shows at a Washington, DC, club called The Bayou.
1980 The esteemed auction house Sotheby's holds their first auction of rock memorabilia. Four dollar bills signed by The Beatles are sold for $528.
1978Van Halen start their first ever US tour in Chicago as the opening act for Journey. Even then, they had the legendary "brown M&Ms" provision in their contract.
1978 Whitesnake, formed by Deep Purplefrontman David Coverdale after that band splintered, play their first live gig, in Lincoln, England.
1977 Pop singer Ronan Keating (of Boyzone) is born in Swords, Dublin, Ireland.
1973 The live album The Concert for Bangla Desh, taken from the Madison Square Garden benefit concert organized by George Harrison, and featuring Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton, wins the Grammy for Album of the Year.
1972 Nilsson's album Nilsson Schmilsson is certified Gold.
1969 John Bigham (guitarist, keyboardist for Fishbone) is born in Chicago, Illinois.
1967 The Jeff Beck Group, with an unknown vocalist named Rod Stewart, make their live performance debut, in London.
1966 Buffalo Springfield is formed (as "The Herd") by Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay.
1966 Rapper Tone-Loc is born Anthony Terrell Smith in Los Angeles, California.
1953 Robyn Hitchcock is born in London, England. His father is novelist Raymond Hitchcock.
1950 Rock singer Re Styles (of The Tubes) is born Shirley Marie MacLeod.
1947 Jennifer Warnes is born in Seattle, Washington.
1941 Mike Pender (vocalist for The Searchers) is born in Kirkdale, Liverpool, Lancashire, England.
1938 Willie Chambers, guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter of the Chambers Brothers, is born in Carthage Mississippi.
1931 Cab Calloway records "Minnie The Moocher" on the Brunswick label in New York City. It would become the first jazz recording to sell a million copies.
1706 German composer Johann Pachelbel dies at age 52.
Madonna And The Burning Crosses
A day after the song debuts in a 2-minute Pepsi commercial, the video for Madonna's "Like A Prayer" hits MTV and causes an uproar.
2010 Gorillaz' third album, Plastic Beach, is released. Featuring guest appearances from stars ranging from Snoop Dogg to Lou Reed, it is a huge worldwide hit, reaching #2 in both the US and UK.
2008 Chumbawambabreak the record for longest album title with their 160-word release The Boy Bands Have Won...
2008 Duffy releases her debut album, Rockferry, featuring the hit "Mercy." It sells about 9 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling album of 2008 in the UK. For her next album, Endlessly, she uses a different writing, production and marketing team, with disastrous results, as the album is a startling commercial failure with no hit singles.
1986 Metallica release their second album, Master Of Puppets, featuring an anthemic title track that becomes their most-played live song.
1973 Elton John's album Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player hits #1 in America, where it stays for two weeks.
1965 Eric Clapton plays his last show with The Yardbirds, leaving to join John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. He is replaced by Jeff Beck.