Almanac: March 1, 2017

Birthdays 
  • 1904 - Glenn Miller (d. 1944)
  • 1917 - Cliffie Stone (d. 1998)
  • 1927 - Harry Belafonte (90)
  • 1939 - Warren Davis (Monotones) (78)
  • 1940 - Ralph Towner (77)
  • 1943 - Jerry Fisher (Blood, Sweat & Tears) (74)
  • 1944 - Roger Daltrey (Who) (73)
  • 1944 - Mike d'Abo (Manfred Mann) (73)
  • 1945 - Burning Spear (born Winston Rodney) (72)
  • 1946 - Tony Ashton (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke) (71)
  • 1947 - Norman Connors (70)
  • 1950 - Dave Marsh (67)
  • 1955 - Jimmy Fortune (Statler Brothers) (62)
  • 1957 - Jon Carroll (Starland Vocal Band) (60)
  • 1957 - Kristine Oliver (Sweethearts of the Rodeo) (60)
  • 1958 - Nik Kershaw (59)
  • 1962 - Bill Leen (Gin Blossoms) (55)
  • 1962 - Peter Stephenson (Shamen) (55)
  • 1963 - Rob Affuso (Skid Row) (54)
  • 1964 - Jennifer McCarter (McCarters) (53)
  • 1969 - Dayfdd Ieuan (Super Furry Animals) (48)
  • 1973 - Ryan Peake (Nickelback) (44)
  • 1987 - Kesha (born Kesha Sebert) (30)
  • 1987 - Sammie (born Sammie Bush) (30)
  • 1989 - Sonya Kitchell (28)
  • 1994 - Justin Bieber (23)
Deaths
  • 1970 - Lucille Hegamin (75)
  • 1988 - Pearl Butler (Carl Butler & Pearl) (60)
  • 1991 - Frank Smith (Air Supply) - Pneumonia
  • 2002 - Doreen Waddell (Soul II Soul, KLF) - Hit by a car while fleeing a robbery (36)
  • 2006 - Johnny Jackson (drummer for the Jackson 5) - Murdered (54)
On This Day
  • 1952 - Faron Young has his first recording session for Capitol.
  • 1952 - Uncle Dave Macon made his last appearance at the Grand Ole Opry. He died 21 days later.
  • 1955 - Arthur Godfrey turned down the chance to sign Elvis Presley.
  • 1957 - The Everly Brothers signed with Cadence Records.
  • 1957 - Buck Owens signed with Capitol Records.
  • 1958 - Buddy Holly played the first date of his only U.K. tour.
  • 1961 - Elvis Presley signed with Hal Wallis for five-years worth of motion pictures.
  • 1966 - Gene Clark announced he was leaving the Byrds, blaming his fear of flying.
  • 1969 - Jim Morrison of the Doors was officially charged with lewd and lascivious behavior after allegedly exposing himself during a Miami concert.  He was pardoned in 2010.
  • 1969 - Barbara Mandrell signed with Columbia Records.
  • 1972 - John Lennon was granted an extension on the U.S. work visa.
  • 1972 - Merle Haggard was granted a full pardon by California Governor Ronald Reagan.
  • 1973 - The Joffrey Ballet premiered the Deuce Coupe Ballet based around the music of the Beach Boys.
  • 1974 - Queen started their first U.K. headlining tour.
  • 1976 - Claudine Longet shot her boyfriend, skier Spider Sabich.
  • 1985 - The Beatles allow one of their songs to be used in a commercial for the first time (Help! for Lincoln-Mercury).
  • 1986 - Gary Glitter went into the hospital for an accidental overdose of sleeping pills.
  • 1989 - Madonna signed a $5 million deal to promote Coke.
  • 1989 - R.E.M. opened their Green World tour in Louisville, KY.
  • 1990 - Janet Jackson opened her 120-date Rhythm Nation tour.
  • 1991 - The movie The Doors premiered.
  • 1994 - Nirvana played what would be their final concert in Munich, Germany.
  • 1995 - Bill Berry collapsed from a brain aneurysm while on tour with R.E.M.
  • 1997 - A lawsuit against Motley Crue was dismissed after the judge did not find evidence that the defendant's hearing had been damaged at their concert.
  • 1999 - Madness returns to the studio to record their first album in 15 years.
  • 2004 - Scott Walker of the Walker Brothers signs a contract with 4AD to record his first album in nine years.
  • 2004 - Time Warner sold Warner Music Group to Edgar Bronfman Jr.
  • 2011 - It was announced that Reba McEntire had been elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame. 
Marriages
  • 1968 - Johnny Cash and June Carter
  • 1980 - Patti Smith and Fred "Sonic" Smith (MC5)
Divorces
  • 1977 - Bob Dylan and Sara Lowndes Dylan (Sara filed)
  • 1989 - Bruce Springsteen and Julianne Philips
Recorded
  • 1949 - Mind Your Own Business, Honky Tonk Blues, You're Gonna Change, Lost Highway - Hank Williams
  • 1957 - Bye Bye Love - Everly Brothers
  • 1967 - Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds - Beatles (began recording)
  • 1972 - Sometime in New York City - John Lennon (began recording)
Released
  • 1956 - Rock and Rollin' with Fats Domino - Fats Domino
  • 1957 - School Days - Chuck Berry
  • 1963 - How Do You Do It? - Gerry & the Pacemakers
  • 1968 - I've Been Loving You Too Long - Elton John (first single)
  • 1982 - Death Wish II - Jimmy Page (first solo album)
  • 1998 - Crystal Ball - Prince (exclusively via his website)
Awards
  • 1975 - Grammy Awards
    • Record of the Year, Female Pop Vocal - I Honestly Love You - Olivia Newton-John
    • Album of the Year, Male Pop Vocal - Fullfillingness First Finale - Stevie Wonder
    • Song of the Year - The Way We Were - Alan & Marilyn Bergman and Marvin Hamlisch
    • New Artist - Marvin Hamlisch
    • Pop Performance Duo or Group - Band on the Run - Paul McCartney & Wings
    • Female R&B Vocal - Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing - Aretha Franklin
    • Male R&B Vocal - Boogie On Reggae Woman - Stevie Wonder
    • R&B Performance Duo or Group - Tell Me Something Good - Rufus
    • Female Country Vocal - Love Song - Anne Murray
    • Male Country Vocal - Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends - Ronnie Milsap
    • Duo or Group Country Performance - Fairytale - Pointer Sisters
  • 1994 - Grammy Awards
    • Record of the Year - I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
    • Album of the Year - The Bodyguard - Soundtrack
    • Song of the Year - A Whole New World - Alan Menken & Tim Rice
    • Best New Artist - Toni Braxton
    • Pop Female - I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
    • Pop Male - If Ever I Lose My Faith in You - Sting
    • Pop Duo or Group - A Whole New World - Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle
    • Pop Traditional - Steppin' Out - Tony Bennett
    • Rock Solo - I'd Do Anything For You (But I Won't Do That) - Meat Loaf
    • Rock Duo or Group - Livin' on the Edge - Aerosmith
    • Hard Rock - Plush - Stone Temple Pilots
    • Metal - I Don't Want to Change the World - Ozzy Osborune
    • Rock Song - Runaway Train - David Pirner
    • Alternative - Zootopia - U2
    • R&B Female - Another Sad Love Song - Toni Braxton
    • R&B Male - A Song For You - Ray Charles
    • R&B Duo or Group - No Ordinary Love - Sade
    • R&B Song - That's the Way Love Goes - Janet Jackson, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis
    • Rap Solo - Let Me Ride - Dr. Dre
    • Rap Duo or Group - Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat) - Digable Planets
    • Country Female - Passionate Kisses - Mary Chapin Carpenter
    • Country Male - Ain't That Lonely Yet - Dwight Yoakam
    • Country Duo or Group - Hard Workin' Man - Brooks & Dunn
    • Country Collaboration - Does He Love You - Reba McEntire & Linda Davis
    • Country Song - Passionate Kisses - Lucinda Williams
    • Bluegrass Album - Waitin' For the Hard Times to Go - Nashville Bluegrass Band
    • Blues Traditional - Blues Summit - B.B. King
    • Blues Contemporary - Feels Like Rain - Buddy Guy
    • Folk Traditional - The Celtic Harp: A Tribute to Edward Bunting
    • Folk Contemporary - Other Voices/Other Rooms - Nanci Griffith
    • Reggae Album - Bad Boys - Inner Circle
    • Historical - The Complete Billie Holiday on Verve 1945-1959 - Billie Holiday
    • Short Form Video - Steam - Peter Gabriel
    • Long Form Video - Ten Summoner's Tales - Sting
  • 1995 - Grammy Awards
    • Record of the Year, Female Pop Vocal - All I Wanna Do - Sheryl Crow
    • Album of the Year - MTV Unplugged - Tony Bennett
    • Song of the Year - Streets of Philadelphia - Bruce Springsteen
    • New Artist - Sheryl Crow
    • Male Pop Vocal - Can You Feel the Love Tonight - Elton John
    • Pop Performance Duo or Group - I Swear - All-4-One
    • Female Rock Vocal - Come to My Window - Melissa Etheridge
    • Male Rock Vocal - Streets of Philadelphia - Bruce Springsteen
    • Rock Performance Duo or Group - Crazy - Aerosmith
    • Hard Rock Performance - Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden
    • Rock Album - Voodoo Lounge - Rolling Stones
    • Metal Performance - Spoonman - Soundgarden
    • Female R&B Vocal - Breathe Again - Toni Braxton
    • Male R&B Vocal - When Can I See You - Babyface
    • R&B Performance Duo or Group - I'll Make Love to You - Boyz II Men
    • R&B Album - II - Boyz II Men
    • Rap Solo - U.N.I.T.Y. - Queen Latifah
    • Rap Duo or Group - None of Your Business - Salt-N-Pepa
    • Female Country Vocal - Shut Up and Kiss Me - Mary Chapin Carpenter
    • Male Country Vocal - When Love Finds You - Vince Gill
    • Duo or Group Country Performance - Blues for Dixie - Asleep at the Wheel & Lyle Lovett
    • Country Album - Stones in the Road - Mary Chapin Carpenter
    • Blues Traditional Album - From the Cradle - Eric Clapton
    • Blues Contemporary Album - Father Father - Pops Staples
Broadcasts
  • 1970 - Ed Sullivan Show (CBS) - Beatles (taped clips, last appearance)
  • 1981 - Elvis & the Beauty Queen (NBC) (biopic)
  • 2010 - How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - Carrie Underwood
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1947 - Managua, Nicaragua - Freddy Martin & His Orchestra (2 weeks)
  • 1975 - Best of My Love - Eagles (1 week)
  • 1986 - Kyrie - Mr. Mister (2 weeks)
  • 1992 - To Be With You - Mr. Big (3 weeks)

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