Music Almanac: March 16, 2018

Birthdays
  • 1929 - Betty Johnson (89)
  • 1931 - Shirley Collie (d. 2010) 
  • 1936 - Fred Neil (d. 2001)
  • 1942 - Jerry Jeff Walker (76)
  • 1948 - Michael Owen Bruce (Alice Cooper) (70)
  • 1949 - Elliott Murphy (69)
  • 1951 - Ray Benson (Asleep at the Wheel) (67)
  • 1951 - Ritchie Teeter (Twisted Sister) (67)
  • 1954 - Nancy Wilson (Heart) (64)
  • 1954 - Jimmy Nail (64)
  • 1954 - Tim O'Brien (64)
  • 1959 - Flavor Flav (born William Drayton, Jr.) (Public Enemy) (59)
  • 1959 - Steve Marker (Garbage) (59)
  • 1959 - Stan Thorn (Shenandoah) (59)
  • 1963 - Stewart Kerr (Texas) (55)
  • 1963 - Jimmy Degrasso (Y&T, Alice Cooper, Megadeth) (55)
  • 1964 - Patty Griffin (54)
  • 1967 - Tracy Bonham (51)
  • 1967 - Joe Darnielle (Mountain Goats) (51)
  • 1967 - Ronnie McCoury (51)
  • 1972 - Andy Dunlop (Travis) (46)
  • 1976 - Blu Cantrell (born Tiffany Cobb) (42)
  • 1991 - Wolfgang Van Halen (Van Halen) (27)
Deaths
  • 1970 - Tammi Terrell - Brain cancer (24)
  • 1975 - T-Bone Walker - Pneumonia (64)
  • 1991 - Chris Austin, Kirk Cappello, Joey Cigainero, Paula Kaye Evans, Jim Hammon, Terry Jackson, Anthony Saputo, Michael Thomas (all members of Reba McEntire's band) - Plane crash
  • 1996 - Joseph Pope (Tams) (62)
  • 2008 - Ola Brunkert (ABBA band) - Fall (61)
  • 2013 - Bobby Smith (Spinners) - Pneumonia/Influenza (76)
  • 2015 - Andy Fraser (Free) - Heart attack (62)
  • 2016 - Frank Sinatra, Jr. - Cardiac arrest (72)
  • 2017 - James Cotton - Pneumonia (81)
On This Day
  • 1964 - The Beatles set a record with 2.1 million advanced orders for their upcoming single Can't Buy Me Love. 
  • 1964 - Alan Freed was charged with tax evasion. 
  • 1968 - The Byrds played the Grand Ole Opry. 
  • 1972 - John Lennon filed an appeal with the U.S. immigration office over his deportation notice. 
  • 1974 - Elvis Presley played Memphis for the first time since 1961.
  • 1974 - The Grand Ole Opry moved from the Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville to the new Opry House. 
  • 1977 - The Sex Pistols were fired from A&M six days after signing their contract.
  • 1979 - Twisted Sister sold out the Palladium in New York, the first time it had ever been done by an unsigned band. 
  • 1996 - The Ramones said that night's show in Buenos Aires, Argentina would be their final one. 
  • 1999 - The RIAA gave their first Diamond Awards for albums that had sold over ten million copies. 
  • 1999 - Roosevelt Sykes and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown were inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.
  • 2004 - Steve Winwood won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Jammys. 
  • 2004 - Courtney Love showed up two hours late for a preliminary hearing on drug possession charges in Los Angeles.
  • 2005 - Billy Joel checked himself into a rehabilitation center for treatment of alcohol abuse. 
  • 2010 - ABBA, Genesis, Jimmy Cliff, the Hollies, and the Stooges were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 
  • 2012 - Morrissey was forced to cancel the balance of his U.S. tour due to a bleeding ulcer, Barrett's oesophagus and double pneumonia. 
Marriages
  • 2002 - Liza Minnelli and David Gest
  • 2003 - Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams
Recorded
  • 1951 - Hey Good Lookin' and I Can't Help It If I'm Still in Love With You - Hank Williams
  • 1957 - Yakety Yak - Coasters
  • 1967 - Piper at the Gate of Dawn - Pink Floyd (first day of recording on debut album)
Awards
  • 1971 - Grammy Awards
    • Record of the Year - Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel
    • Album of the Year - Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel
    • Song of the Year - Bridge Over Troubled Water - Paul Simon
    • New Artist - Carpenters
    • Pop Female - I'll Never Fall in Love Again - Dionne Warwick
    • Pop Male - Everything is Beautiful - Ray Stevens
    • Pop Duo or Group - Close to You - Carpenters
    • Contemporary Song - Bridge Over Troubled Water - Paul Simon
    • R&B Female - Don't Play That Song For Me - Aretha Franklin
    • R&B Male - The Thrill is Gone - B.B. King
    • R&B Duo or Group - Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time) - Delfonics
    • R&B Song - Patches - General Johnson and Ronald Dunbar
    • Country Female - Rose Garden - Lynn Anderson
    • Country Male - For the Good Times - Ray Price
    • Country Duo or Group - If I Were a Carpenter - Johnny Cash and June Carter
    • Country Song - My Woman, My Woman, My Wife - Marty Robbins
    • Ethnic or Traditional Recording - Good Feelin' - T-Bone Walker
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1968 - (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding (4 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Albums 
  • 1963 - Songs I Sing on the Jackie Gleason Show - Frank Fontaine (5 weeks)
  • 1974 - The Way We Were - Barbra Streisand (2 weeks)
  • 1996 - Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morisette (3 weeks (1 previous week))
  • 2002 - Under Rug Swept - Alanis Morisette (1 week)
  • 2013 - Unorthodox Jukebox - Bruno Mars (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1946 - Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop - Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra (16 weeks)
  • 1957 - Love is Strange - Mickey and Sylvia (2 weeks)
  • 1968 - (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding (3 weeks)
  • 1974 - Lookin' For a Love - Bobby Womack (3 weeks)
  • 1985 - Nightshift - Commodores (4 weeks)
  • 1991 - Written All Over Your Face - Rude Boys (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
  • 1968 - A World of Our Own - Sonny James (3 weeks)
  • 1985 - Crazy For Your Love - Exile (1 week)
  • 1996 - The Beaches of Cheyenne - Garth Brooks (1 week)
  • 2002 - The Cowboy in Me - Tim McGraw (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1963 - The End of the World - Skeeter Davis (4 weeks)
  • 1974 - Sunshine on My Shoulder - John Denver (2 weeks)
  • 1985 - Too Late For Goodbyes - Julian Lennon (2 weeks)
  • 1991 - Coming Out of the Dark - Gloria Estefan (2 weeks)
Number Ones – U.K. Singles
  • 1956 - It's Almost Tomorrow - Dream Weavers (2 weeks)
  • 1974 - Billy, Don't Be a Hero - Paper Lace (3 weeks)
Number Ones – U.K. Albums 
  • 1957 - This is Sinatra - Frank Sinatra (1 week (1 previous week))
  • 1991 - Spartacus - Farm (1 week)
  • 2002 - The Essential Barbra Streisand - Barbra Streisand (1 week)
  • 2013 - Bad Blood - Bastille (1 week)
  • 2017 - Divide - Ed Sheeran (9 weeks)

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