Almanac: March 18, 2017

Birthdays 
  • 1936 - Robert Lee Smith (Tams) (81)
  • 1938 - Charley Pride (79)
  • 1938 - Kenny Lynch (79)
  • 1939 - Travis Pritchett (Travis & Bob) (78)
  • 1941 - Wilson Pickett (d. 2006)
  • 1943 - Dennis Lynde (d. 2006)
  • 1944 - Bob Johnson (Steeleye Span) (73)
  • 1945 - Eric Woolfson (d. 2009)
  • 1947 - B.J. Wilson (Procol Harum) (d. 1990)
  • 1950 - John Hartman (Doobie Brothers) (67)
  • 1951 - Bill Frisell (66)
  • 1953 - Jamie West-Oram (Fixx) (64)
  • 1957 - Melvin Gentry (Midnight Star) (60)
  • 1959 - Irene Cara (born Irene Escalera) (58)
  • 1961 - Grant Hart (Husker Du) (56)
  • 1963 - Vanessa Williams (54)
  • 1963 - Jeff LeBar (Cinderella) (54)
  • 1964 - Scott Saunders (Sons of the Desert) (53)
  • 1966 - Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains) (51)
  • 1970 - Queen Latifah (born Dana Owens) (47)
  • 1974 - Stuart Johnson (Jamiroquai) (43)
  • 1974 - Phillip Sweet (Little Big Town) (43)
  • 1977 - Devin Lima (LFO) (40)
  • 1979 - Adam Levine (Maroon 5) (38)
  • 1979 - Shola Ama (born Mathurin Campbell) (38)
  • 1986 - Lykke Li (31)
Deaths
  • 2001 - John Phillips (Mamas and the Papas) - Heart failure (65)
  • 2011 - Jet Harris (Shadows) - Cancer (71)
  • 2014 - Joe Lala (drummer for CSN, Bee Gees) - Lung Cancer (66)
On This Day
  • 1959 - EMI announced the end of production of 78's. 
  • 1965 - The Rolling Stones were fined for urinating in a public place after a show in Essex, England. 
  • 1967 - It was made public that Steve Winwood, Dave Mason, Jim Capaldi and Chris Wood were forming Traffic.
  • 1973 - Pink Floyd performed the entire Dark Side of the Moon album in London.
  • 1976 - The film The Man Who Fell to Earth starring David Bowie premiered in London. 
  • 1982 - Teddy Pendergrass was in a serious accident when his car went off the road and hit two trees. The singer was paralyzed in the accident. 
  • 1989 - A California radio station had all of their Cat Stevens records run over by a stream roller after the singer came out in favor of the Ayatollah Khomeni.
  • 1992 - Donna Summer received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 
  • 1994 - Darryl Jones was announced as the replacement for Bill Wyman on bass in the Rolling Stones after Wyman said he would no longer tour. 
  • 1994 - Courtney Love called the police fearing that her husband, Kurt Cobain was going to commit suicide. The officers confiscate four guns and 25 boxes of ammunition. 
  • 1994 - A street in Kenner, LA was named after Lloyd Price. 
  • 1996 - The Sex Pistols announced they were reforming.
  • 1997 - Taylor Hawkins becomes the new Foo Fighters drummer, replacing William Goldsmith. 
  • 1997 - Yanni played at the Taj Mahal, a first for any westerner. 
  • 1997 - Joni Mitchell announced that she had been reunited with a daughter she had put up for adoption many years prior. 
  • 2000 - The U.S. Postal Service issued a commemorative stamp of the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. 
  • 2000 - U2 were given the Freedom of the City Award in Dublin. 
  • 2002 - Isaac Hayes, Brenda Lee, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Gene Pitney, the Ramones and the Talking Heads were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  
  • 2003 - Jason Newstead joined Ozzy Osbourne's band. 
  • 2006 - Buckethead quit Guns N' Roses.
Recorded
  • 1939 - Our Love - Frank Sinatra (first recording)
Released 
  • 1968 - Sittin' in a Circle - Steve Miller Band (debut single)
  • 1977 - White Riot - Clash (debut single)
  • 1982 - Asia - Asia (debut album)
Broadcasting
  • 1962 - Ed Sullivan Show (CBS) - Gary "U.S." Bonds
  • 2004 - David Letterman (CBS) - Courtney Love
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1950 - Music! Music! Music! - Teresa Brewer (4 weeks)
  • 1967 - Happy Together - Turtles (3 weeks)
  • 1972 - Heart of Gold - Neil Young (1 week)
  • 1978 - Night Fever - Bee Gees (8 weeks)
  • 2000 - Say My Name - Destiny's Child (3 weeks)
  • 2006 - So Sick - Ne-Yo (2 weeks)

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