Almanac: March 3, 2016

Birthdays
  • 1923 - Doc Watson (born Arthel Watson) (d. 2012)
  • 1927 - Junior Parker (d. 1971)
  • 1930 - Clark Burroughs (Hi-Los) (86)
  • 1938 - Willie Chambers (Chambers Brothers) (78)
  • 1941 - Mike Pender (Searchers) (75)
  • 1944 - Jance Garfat (Dr. Hook) (72)
  • 1947 - Jennifer Warnes (69)
  • 1947 - Dave Mount (Mud) (d. 2006)
  • 1948 - Terence 'Snowy' White (Thin Lizzy, Pink Floyd) (68)
  • 1950 - Re Styles (born Shirley MacLeod) (Tubes) (66)
  • 1953 - Robyn Hitchcock (63)
  • 1953 - Dave Amato (REO Speedwagon) (63)
  • 1954 - Chris Hughes (Adam and the Ants) (62)
  • 1966 - Tone Loc (born Anthony Smith) (50)
  • 1970 - John Carter Cash (46) 
  • 1971 - Brett Warren (Warren Brothers) (45)
  • 1977 - Ronan Keating (Boyzone) (39)
Deaths
  • 1995 - Howard Yanks (founder of Philadelphia Folk Festival) (65)
  • 2002 - Harlan Howard (74)
  • 2008 - Norman "Hurricane" Smith - Cancer (85)
  • 2012 - Ronnie Montrose - Suicide (64)
  • 2013 - Bobby Rogers (Miracles) (73)
On This Day
  • 1957 - A Chicago Cardinal bans rock music from Roman Catholic schools in the city.
  • 1963 - Patsy Cline played her final show, a benefit for a Kansas City DJ.
  • 1966 - Buffalo Springfield was formed by Stephen Stills, Neil Young and Richie Furay. 
  • 1967 - The Animals refused to play a show in Ottawa, Canada after the promoter wouldn't pay their advance fee. The audience rioted and caused $5,000 damage. 
  • 1967 - The Jeff Beck Group played their first show in London.
  • 1968 - The Grateful Dead played a farewell to San Francisco concert when they moved to Marin County.
  • 1969 - Led Zeppelin recorded their first BBC Radio 1 Top Gear show.
  • 1978 - Van Halen opened their first tour at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago.
  • 1981 - The documentary This is Elvis premiers in Memphis.
  • 1983 - A member of Hell's Angels testified in court that they have had a contract to kill Mick Jagger for the last fourteen years and had attempted it twice.
  • 1985 - Michael Jackson was at Madame Tussaud's in London for the unveiling of his likeness. 
  • 1990 - The first tour by the Highwaymen (Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson) was held at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
  • 1994 - Smashing Pumpkins were not allowed to appear on the BBC's Top of the Pops due to the lyrical content of their song Disarm
  • 1994 - Kurt Cobain went into a coma while in Italy after ingesting Valium and champagne. 
  • 1995 - Bill Berry of R.E.M. underwent successful surgery for a brain aneurysm.
  • 1995 - The Foo Fighters made their live debut in Portland, OR.
  • 1995 - A stalker was arrested trying to break into Roberta Flack's apartment in New York. 
  • 1999 - Oasis ageed to pay $935,000 to former drummer Tony McCarroll for back royalties. 
  • 1999 - A U.S. music professor sued Smashing Pumpkins, their promoters and a producer of ear plugs claiming his hearing was damaged at one of their concerts.
  • 2001 - The Stereophonics had to change the name of their new album, which used the word Jeep, after objections from Chrysler.
  • 2003 - Ray Jackson, formerly of Lindisfarne, sued Rod Stewart over back royalties. He claimed to have written the mandolin melody on the single Maggie May.
  • 2003 - Madonna signed with Penguin to write children's books. 
  • 2004 - Elton John announced he would marry David Furnish when U.K. law allowed.  
  • 2006 - Gary Glitter was sentenced to three years in a Vietnamese prison for sexual abuse of two eleven-year-old girls.
Released
  • 1961 - I Want a Guy - Supremes (debut single)
  • 1986 - Master of Puppets - Metallica
  • 2005 - The Massacre - 50 Cent
Awards
  • 1973 - Grammy Awards
    • Record of the Year - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack
    • Album of the Year - The Concert For Bangladesh - Various Artists
    • Song of the Year - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Ewan MacColl
    • Best New Artist - America
  • 2000 - Brit Awards
    • British Album - The Man Who - Travis
    • British Single - She's the One - Robbie Williams
    • British Video - She's the One - Robbie Williams
    • Soundtrack - Notting Hill
    • British Male - Tom Jones
    • British Female - Beth Orton
    • British Group - Travis
    • British Breakthrough Act - S Club 7
    • British Dance Act - Chemical Brothers
    • British Pop Act - Five
    • International Male - Beck
    • International Female - Macy Gray
    • International Group - TLC
    • International Breakthrough Act - Macy Gray
    • Live Act - Steps
    • Outstanding Contribution to Music - Spice Girls
Broadcasts
  • 1974 - Columbo (NBC) - Johnny Cash
  • 1979 - Grand Ole Opry (PBS) - Del Reeves, Barbara Mandrell, Bill Monroe, Hank Snow, Roy Acuff, Minnie Pearl, Don Gibson (first time whole show broadcast on PBS)

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