Music Almanac: March 13, 2018

Birthdays 
  • 1929 - Jan Howard (born Lula Grace Johnson) (89)
  • 1930 - Liz Anderson (d. 2011)
  • 1933 - Mike Stoller (Lieber & Stoller) (85)
  • 1938 - Erma Franklin (d. 2002)
  • 1939 - Neil Sedaka (79)
  • 1940 - Dan Bennie (Reflections) (d. 2008)
  • 1942 - Scatman John (born John Larkin) (d. 1999)
  • 1949 - Donald York (Sha Na Na) (69)
  • 1950 - Danny Kirwan (Fleetwood Mac) (68)
  • 1959 - Greg Norton (Hüsker Dü) (59)
  • 1959 - Ronnie Rogers (T'Pau) (59)
  • 1960 - Adam Clayton (U2) (58)
  • 1972 - Common (born Lonnie Lynn, Jr.) (46)
  • 1973 - David Draiman (Disturbed) (48)
  • 1976 - James Dewees (New Found Glory, My Chemical Romance) (42)
  • 1977 - Ed Sloan (Crossfade) (41)
  • 1979 - Toni Lundow (Liberty X) (39)
  • 1979 - Spanky G (Bloodhound Gang) (39)
Deaths
  • 1998 - Judge Dread (born Alexander Hughes) - Heart attack (53)
  • 2002 - Marc Moreland (Wall of Voodoo) - Kidney failure (44)
  • 2005 - Lyn Collins (56)
On This Day
  • 1949 - Imperial Records was formed by Lew Chudd.
  • 1958 - The RIAA introduced their gold record certifications.
  • 1964 - According to Billboard, the sale of Beatles singles accounted for 60% of the 45 market.
  • 1965 - Eric Clapton quit the Yardbirds to join John Mayall's Bluesbreakers.
  • 1966 - Rod Stewart went solo, leaving the band Steampacket.
  • 1971 - Brewer & Shipley entered the U.S. charts with One Toke Over the Line, a song that many radio stations banned even though the duo said Toke was short for Token.
  • 1976 - The Jackson 5 became the Jacksons as they moved from Motown to Epic Records.
  • 1977 - Iggy Pop, David Bowie and Blondie started a North American tour in Montreal.
  • 1987 - Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 1987 - Bryan Adams' Heat of the Night becomes the first cassingle released.
  • 1996 - Glen Ballard had a commendation that had been given to him by the state of Mississippi as they objected to his participation in the album Jagged Little Pill by Alannis Morissette.
  • 1999 - Trisha Yearwood became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. John Prine made his Opry debut. 
  • 2000 - Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong refused to participate in a Supremes reunion tour with Diana Ross due to money differences.
  • 2000 - Blink-182 end their European tour early when both Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker come down with strep throat.
  • 2001 - Charley Pride and Faron Young (via his son Robyn Young) received Hall of Fame medallions as the first official activity at the new Country Music Hall of Fame. 
  • 2002 - Sebastian Bach was arrested after he threatened the life of a bartender in Middletown, NJ. He also was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphanalia.
  • 2003 - A jury ruled that Michael Jackson must pay an Australian promoter $5.3 million for backing out of two 1999 concerts.
  • 2003 - It was Lee Ann Womack Day in the state of Texas.
  • 2006 - Black Sabbath, Blondie, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Sex Pistols, Miles Davis and Herb Alpert & Jerry Moss were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The Sex Pistols refused to attend. Blondie's performance was interrupted when former members rushed the stage.
  • 2007 - Starbucks announced their Hear Music label which would become the home of artists like Paul McCartney, James Taylor and Elvis Costello.
  • 2008 - Michael Jackson refinanced Neverland Ranch so that it wouldn't be sold off to pay for back taxes.
  • 2014 - Two people were killed and 23 injured when a drunk driver drove into a crowd at Austin's SXSW Festival. 
Marriages
  • 1926 - Mother Maybelle & Ezra Carter
Divorces
  • 1975 - George Jones and Tammy Wynette
Recorded
  • 1961 - Travelin' Man - Rick Nelson
  • 1965 - Flowers on the Wall - Statler Brothers
Released
  • 1967 - Greatest Hits - Patsy Cline
  • 2001 - Reptile - Eric Clapton
Broadcasts
  • 1965 - Billy Cotton Band Show (BBC) - Tom Jones (first major TV appearance)
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1948 - Manana (Is Soon Enough For Me) - Peggy Lee (9 weeks)
  • 1954 - Make Love to Me - Jo Stafford (1 week)
  • 1965 - Eight Days a Week - Beatles (2 weeks)
  • 1976 - December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night) - Four Seasons (3 weeks)
  • 1992 - Informer - Snow (7 weeks)
  • 1999 - Believe - Cher (4 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Albums 
  • 1954 - The Glenn Miller Story - Soundtrack (10 weeks)
  • 1961 - Calcutta! - Lawrence Welk (3 weeks)
  • 1965 - Mary Poppins - Soundtrack (1 week)
  • 1976 - Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) - Eagles (4 weeks)
  • 1993 - Unplugged - Eric Clapton (3 weeks)
  • 1999 - Fan Mail - TLC (4 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1961 - Pony Time - Chubby Checker (2 weeks)
  • 1965 - Shotgun - Jr. Walker & the All-Stars (3 weeks)
  • 1976 - Disco Lady - Johnnie Taylor (6 weeks)
  • 1993 - Freak Me - Silk (8 weeks)
  • 2010 - Sex Therapy - Robin Thicke (2 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
  • 1976 - The Roots of My Raising - Merle Haggard (1 week)
  • 1982 - Blue Moon With a Heartache - Rosanne Cash (1 week)
  • 1999 - You Were Mine - Dixie Chicks (2 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1976 - Lonely Night (Angel Face) - Captain & Tennille (1 weeks)
  • 2004 - You Raise Me Up - Josh Groban (4 weeks)
  • 2010 - Haven't Met You Yet - Michael Buble (2 weeks (1 previous week))
Number Ones – U.K. Singles
  • 1953 - She Wears Red Feathers - Guy Mitchell (4 weeks)
  • 1999 - When the Going Gets Tough - Boyzone (2 weeks)
  • 2004 - Toxic - Britney Spears (1 week)
  • 2010 - Pass Out - Tinie Tempah (2 weeks)
Number Ones – U.K. Albums 
  • 1993 - Are You Gonna Go My Way - Lenny Kravitz (2 weeks)
  • 2010 - Lights - Ellie Goulding (1 week)

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