Music Almanac: March 19, 2018

Birthdays
  • 1894 - Moms Mabley (d. 1975)
  • 1937 - Clarence "Frogman" Henry (81)
  • 1942 - Jeff Neighbour (Joy of Cooking) (76)
  • 1942 - Robin Luke (76)
  • 1942 - Richard Dobson (d. 2017)
  • 1946 - Ruth Pointer (Pointer Sisters) (72)
  • 1946 - Paul Atkinson (Zombies) (d. 2004)
  • 1947 - Joe Dolce (71)
  • 1950 - Derek Longmuir (Bay City Rollers) (67)
  • 1953 - Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big) (65)
  • 1953 - Ricky Wilson (B-52's) (d. 1985)
  • 1955 - Bruce Willis (63)
  • 1959 - Terry Hall (Specials, Fun Boy Three) (59)
  • 1969 - Gary Jules (57)
  • 1971 - Jack Bessant (Reef) (47)
  • 1973 - Bun B (born Bernard Freeman) (45)
  • 1975 - Brann Dailor (Mastodon) (43)
  • 1976 - Zach Lind (Jimmy Eat World) (42)
Deaths
  • 1976 - Paul Kossof (Free) - Drug related heart failure (25)
  • 1982 - Randy Rhoads (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne) - Plane crash (25)
  • 1990 - Andrew Wood (Malfunkshun, Mother Loves Bone) - Heroin overdose (24)
  • 1993 - Jeff Ward (Nine Inch Nails, Ministry) (30)
  • 2002 - Big John Patton - Complications of Diabetes (66)
  • 2007 - Luther Ingram - Heart attack (69)
  • 2013 - Floyd "Buddy" McRae (Chords) (85)
On This Day
  • 1957 - Elvis Presley bought Graceland.
  • 1960 - Tootsie's Orchid Lounge opened in Nashville, TN.
  • 1964 - The Beatles received the award for Show Business Personality of the Year from British Prime Minister Harold Wilson.
  • 1968 - Donovan went to India to study transcendental meditation.
  • 1974 - Jefferson Airplane renamed themselves Jefferson Starship.
  • 1978 - Billy Joel made his British live debut in London.
  • 1985 - Spin Magazine began publication.
  • 1988 - Michael Jackson started construction on his Neverland ranch and amusement park.
  • 1992 - Jet Harris of the Shadows lost his drivers license for three years for drunk driving.
  • 1999 - George Jones is released from the hospital 13 days after being in a near-fatal car accident.
  • 2000 - Garth Brooks was released by the New York Mets during spring training after going 0-17 at bat. 
  • 2001 - Geri Hallwell of the Spice Girls had her home broken into.
  • 2001 - Michael Jackson, Paul Simon, Aerosmith, Queen, Ritchie Valens, Solomon Burke, Steely Dan and the Flamingos were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 
  • 2002 - Julian Casablanca of the Strokes hit an RCA employee who was trying to force the group to do a TV show at a time when the group was exhausted from touring.
  • 2007 - Crystal Gayle's tour bus was stolen by a fugitive and used to evade arrest.
  • 2007 - Lonestar's Richie McDonald announced he would leave the group at the end of the year to go solo. 
  • 2010 - The biopic of the Runaways hits theaters. 
Marriages
  • 1918 - Louis Armstrong and Daisy Parker
  • 1968 - Tom T. Hall and Dixie Dean
  • 1970 - David Bowie and Angie Barnett
Released
  • 1962 - Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan (debut album)
  • 1975 - Dressed to Kill - Kiss
  • 1996 - Born on a Pirate Ship - Barenaked Ladies
  • 2002 - Rude Awakening - Megadeth
  • 2013 - Same Trailer Different Park - Kacey Musgraves
Broadcasts
  • 1953 - Academy Awards - Tex Ritter
  • 1971 - The Partridge Family (ABC) - Bobby Sherman
  • 2002 - Anderson Cooper (CNN) - Ozzy Osbourne and family
  • 2010 - CMT Crossroads (CMT) - Jimmy Buffett and the Zac Brown Band
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • None
Number Ones – U.S. Albums 
  • 1949 - Kiss Me, Kate - Original Cast (1 week)
  • 1955 - The Student Prince - Mario Lanza (10 weeks (26 previous weeks))
  • 1994 - Toni Braxton - Toni Braxton (1 week (1 previous week))
  • 2005 - The Massacre - 50 Cent (6 weeks)
  • 2016 - I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It - The 1975 (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
  • 2005 - Candy Shop - 50 Cent Featuring Olivia (4 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
  • 1949 - Tennessee Saturday Night - Red Foley & the Cumberland Valley Boys (1 week)
  • 1977 - Southern Nights - Glen Campbell (2 weeks)
  • 1983 - I Wouldn't Change You If I Could - Ricky Skaggs (1 week)
  • 1988 - Life Turned Her That Way - Ricky Van Shelton (1 week)
  • 1994 - No Doubt About It - Neil McCoy (2 weeks)
  • 2005 - Nothin' to Lose - Josh Gracin (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • None
Number Ones – U.K. Singles
  • 1964 - Little Children - Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas (2 weeks)
  • 1994 - Doop - Doop (3 weeks)
  • 2005 - All About You / You've Got a Friend - McFly (1 week)
Number Ones – U.K. Albums 
  • 1960 - South Pacific - Soundtrack (19 weeks (70 previous weeks))
  • 1983 - Thriller - Michael Jackson (1 week (1 previous week))
  • 2005 - The Massacre - 50 Cent (1 week)

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