Music History: March 4th:
2011 Johnny Preston ("Running Bear") dies of heart failure at age 71.
2010 Redbone co-founder Lolly Vegas, who wrote and sang their hit "Come and Get Your Love," dies of lung cancer at age 70.
2009 John Cephas of Cephas & Wiggins dies at age 78.
2004 John McGeoch, a Scottish guitarist who played with Magazine, PiL and Siouxsie and the Banshees, dies at age 48.
2003 Bruce Springsteen plays Hank Ballard's 1960 hit "Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go" at his show in Jacksonville, Florida, to honor Ballard, who died two days earlier.
2001 Glenn Hughes, the biker in The Village People, dies of lung cancer at age 50.
2001 Michael Jackson and friend Macaulay Culkin spend the night shopping at a London record store, which stays open after hours to accommodate the pair.
1999 Cowboy singer Eddie Dean dies of emphysema at age 91.
1998 Bad Religion's breakthrough album, Stranger Than Fiction, released almost four years earlier, is certified gold by the RIAA, becoming the band's only album to achieve this certification in the United States.
1996 Grand Ole Opry icon Minnie Pearl dies at 83.
1996 The Beatles song "Real Love," compiled from a John Lennon demo recording, is released in the UK.
1994 Kurt Cobain of Nirvana spends 20 hours in a coma after overdosing on Rohypnol (a prescription sedative) and champagne.
1993 Whitney Houston and Bobby Brownwelcome a baby girl, Bobbi Kristina.
1992 Jazz guitarist Mary Osborne dies at age 70.
1990 Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stonesannounces his judicial separation from his bride of nine months, the former Mandy Smith. When they wed, he was 52 and she was 18.
1989 Time Inc. and Warner Communications merge into Time Warner, creating the world's largest media company.
1989 Debbie Gibson's "Lost in Your Eyes" goes to #1 on the Hot 100. It's her second chart-topper, following "Foolish Beat."
1986 Songwriter Howard Greenfield, who co-wrote many of Neil Sedaka's hits, dies of complications from AIDS at 49.
1986 Richard Manuel (pianist, singer of The Band) commits suicide at age 42, following a gig in Winter Park, Florida.
1983 George Jones marries his fourth and final wife, Nancy Sepulvado, at the home of the singer's sister, Helen Scroggins, in Woodville, Texas.
1979 Mike Patto (of Patto, Spooky Tooth) dies of lymphatic leukemia at age 36.
1979 Randy Jackson (of The Jackson 5) is involved in a serious car crash near Los Angeles, breaking both legs and nearly dying when a nurse at the hospital nearby injects him with methadone.
1978 The IRS raids Jerry Lee Lewis' home at dawn and repossesses $170,000 worth of automobiles to pay off his tax debt.
1977 The Rolling Stones perform at Toronto's small El Morcambo Tavern, a rare intimate show that provides four tracks for their notoriously bad 1977 LP Love You Live.
1973 Elvis Presley releases "Steamroller Blues" b/w "Fool."
1972 Badfinger's "Day After Day" is certified Gold.
1971 Fergal Lawler (drummer for The Cranberries) is born in Limerick, Ireland.
1971 One the eve of their new UK tour, The Rolling Stones become rock's first tax exiles by announcing that they're moving from England to France.
1970 Bob Dylan records "Days Of '49," "Early Morning Rain," "Wigwam."
1969 Chastity Bono is born to Sonny & Cher.
1968 An icy car crash sends Temptationsmembers Eddie Kendricks and Otis Williams to a Somerset, Pennsylvania, hospital.
1967 Evan Dando (frontman for The Lemonheads) is born in Essex, Massachusetts.
1967 The Rolling Stones chart their fourth #1 hit in America with the ballad "Ruby Tuesday."
1967 Steve Winwood and his brother, Muff, announce they are leaving The Spencer Davis Group. Steve forms Traffic later that year.
1966 Patrick Hannan (drummer for The Sundays) is born in the UK.
1963 Jason Newsted is born in Battle Creek, Michigan. He plays bass for Flotsam and Jetsam, Metallica and Voivod.
1963 The Beach Boys release "Surfin' U.S.A.," a reworking of Chuck Berry's "Sweet Little Sixteen."
1955 Boon Gould (of Level 42) is born in Shanklin, Isle of Wight, England.
1954 St Clair L. Palmer (of Sweet Sensation) is born in Saint Kitts.
1953 Emilio Estefan (of Miami Sound Machine) is born in Cuba.
1951 Chris Rea is born in Middlesbrough, England.
1951 Rocker Pete Haycock (lead guitarist, vocalist for Climax Blues Band) is born in Stafford, Staffordshire, England.
1948 Shakin' Stevens is born Michael Barratt in Cardiff, Wales.
1948 Chris Squire (bassist for Yes) is born in Kingsbury, London, England.
1946 Frank Sinatra releases his solo debut album, The Voice of Frank Sinatra, through Columbia Records.
1944 Michael Wilson (original drummer and first "Mick" of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich) is born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England.
1944 R&B/soul singer Bobby Womack is born in Cleveland, Ohio.
1944 "Besame Mucho" by the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra goes to #1 in the US.
1936 Eric Allandale (of The Foundations) is born in Dominica, West Indies.
1934 Singer/actress Barbara McNair is born in Chicago, Illinois. She releases her debut single, "Till There Was You," in 1958 and goes on to tour with Nat King Cole.
1932 Miriam Makeba is born in Johannesburg, South Africa.
1925 Paul Mauriat is born in Marseille, France.
1678 Antonio Vivaldi, composer of "The Four Seasons," is born in Venice.
Spice Girls Form In Open Audition
Melanie Chisholm, Melanie Brown and Victoria Adams are among 400 hopefuls at a London dance studio auditioning for producers who are forming a new group. They are selected, and along with Geri Halliwell and Emma Bunton, become the Spice Girls.
2017 The Katy Perry song "Chained to the Rhythm" hits #4 on the Hot 100, making guest vocalist Skip Marley the first of the Marleys to land a Top 10 on that tally.
2003 Evanescence release their first album, Fallen, featuring the hits "Bring Me To Life" and "Going Under."
1984 The Police play the final concert of their Synchronicity tour in Melbourne, Australia. It is their last show, except for a few special events together, until 2007.
1978 The #3 "Sometimes When We Touch" by Dan Hill is the only song in the Top 5 not written by a member of The Bee Gees. Andy Gibb's "(Love Is) Thicker Than Water" is #1, with "Stayin' Alive" at #2, "Night Fever" at #5 and Samantha Sang's "Emotion," written by Robin and Barry Gibb, at #4.
1966 John Lennon is quoted in the London Evening Standard saying, "Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue about that; I'm right and I will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus now." The remark goes mostly unnoticed, but causes a big stink when it is reprinted in a US publication four months later.