Music Almanac: March 5, 2018

Birthdays 
  • 1929 - J.B. Lenoir (d. 1967)
  • 1933 - Tommy Tucker (d. 1982)
  • 1938 - Paul Evans (80)
  • 1946 - Murray Head (72)
  • 1947 - Eddie Hodges (71)
  • 1947 - Clodagh Rodgers (71)
  • 1948 - Eddy Grant (70)
  • 1948 - Elaine Page (70)
  • 1949 - Tom Russell (69)
  • 1951 - Willis Alan Ramsey (67)
  • 1952 - Alan Clark (Dire Straits) (66)
  • 1956 - Teena Marie (d. 2010)
  • 1957 - Mark E. Smith (Fall) (d. 2018)
  • 1958 - Andy Gibb (d. 1988)
  • 1962 - Charlie Reid (Proclaimers) (56)
  • 1962 - Craig Reid (Proclaimers) (56)
  • 1970 - John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers) (48)
  • 1978 - Papoose (born Shamele Mackie) (40)
  • 1982 - Russell Leetch (Editors) (36)
  • 1993 - Jessica Tarr (Girl Authority) (25)
Deaths
  • 1963 - Patsy Cline - Plane crash (30)
  • 1963 - Cowboy Copas - Plane crash (49)
  • 1963 - Hawkshaw Hawkins - Plane crash (41)
  • 1968 - Syd Nathan (started King Records) (63)
  • 1973 - Michael Jeffrey (manager (Jimi Hendrix, Animals)) - Plane crash (39)
  • 1982 - John Belushi (Blues Brothers) - Overdose of heroin and cocaine (33)
  • 1995 - Viv Stanshall (Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band) - House fire (51)
On This Day
  • 1960 - Elvis Presley was discharged from the Army.
  • 1968 - Jerry Lee Lewis opened in the rock musical Othello in Los Angeles.
  • 1969 - The magazine Creem put out its first issue.
  • 1969 - Dusty Springfield collapsed while taping a TV show.
  • 1971 - Badfinger started their first U.S. tour in Toledo, OH.
  • 1971 - Led Zeppelin opened a 12-date U.K. tour and performed Stairway to Heaven, Going to California and Rock and Roll for the first time live.
  • 1973 - The band Wildcountry, who would later be known as Alabama, made their live debut in Myrtle Beach, SC.
  • 1979 - MCA Records dissolved ABC Records which it had recently purchased.
  • 1979 - The group Japan played in Japan for the first time.
  • 1982 - A reformed Mamas & the Papas performed for the first time. MacKenzie Phillips and Elaine "Spanky" McFarlane were now the females of the group.
  • 1994 - Grace Slick was arrested at her home for pointing a gun at police.
  • 1999 - Elton John won a case against Britain's Daily Star for photographing his house guests from a distance and publishing the pictures.
  • 1999 - Bush was sued for $40 million by Trauma Entertainment for not delivering a new album.
  • 2000 - MC Hammer became a preacher at the Jubilee Christian Center in San Jose.
  • 2003 - Massive Attack was forced to cancel an Australian tour after 3D was arrested for alleged internet child poronography.
  • 2005 - Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys was arrested for DUI.
  • 2008 - Lou Pearlman, manager for N'Sync and the Backstreet Boys, plead guilty to a $300 million fraud scheme over 20 years.
Divorces
  • 1998 - Mariah Carey and Tommy Mottola
  • 2001 - Paul Stanley (Kiss) received divorce papers from his wife of nine years.
Recorded
  • 1963 - From Me to You - Beatles
  • 1976 - One Piece at a Time - Johnny Cash
Released
  • 1965 - I Pity the Fool - Mannish Boys (with David Bowie, debut single)
  • 1984 - About Face - David Gilmour
  • 1986 - Guitar Town - Steve Earle
  • 2002 - Full Moon - Brandy
  • 2012 - Tuskegee - Lionel Richie
Awards
  • 2006 - Academy Awards
    • Best Song - It's Hard Out Here For a Pimp - Three 6 Mafia (from Hustle & Flow) (first rap song to win award)
Broadcasts
  • 1955 - Louisiana Hayride - Elvis Presley (TV debut)
  • 1983 - American Bandstand - Wham! (U.S. TV debut)
  • 1983 - The CMT Network debuted
  • 2002 - The Osbournes (MTV) (debut)
  • 2009 - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS) - Taylor Swift
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1966 - Ballad of the Green Berets - SSgt Barry Sadler (5 weeks)
  • 1977 - Evergreen (Love Theme From A Star is Born) - Barbra Streisand (3 weeks)
  • 1983 - Billie Jean - Michael Jackson (7 weeks)
  • 2005 - Candy Shop - 50 Cent Featuring Olivia (9 weeks)
  • 2016 - Work - Rihanna Featuring Drake (9 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Albums 
  • 1955 - Music, Martinis & Memories - Jackie Gleason (2 weeks (2 previous weeks))
  • 1966 - Going Places - Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (1 week)
  • 1994 - Music Box - Mariah Carey (2 weeks (6 previous weeks))
  • 2005 - Genious Loves Company - Ray Charles (1 week)
  • 2011 - Never Say Never: The Remixes - Justin Bieber (1 week)
  • 2016 - 25 - Adele (2 weeks (8 previous weeks))
Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1949 - The Huckle-Buck - Paul Williams and the Hucklebuckers (14 weeks)
  • 1988 - You Will Know - Stevie Wonder (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
  • 1949 - Don't Rob Another Man's Castle - Eddy Arnold (1 week)
  • 1977 - Heart Healer - Mel Tillis (1 week)
  • 1983 - If Hollywood Don't Need You (Honey I Still Do) - Don Williams (1 week)
  • 1988 - Face to Face - Alabama (1 week)
  • 1994 - I Just Wanted You to Know - Mark Chestnutt (1 week)
  • 2011 - Who Are You When I'm Not Looking - Blake Shelton (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1966 - Ballad of the Green Berets - SSgt Barry Sadler (5 weeks) 
Number Ones – U.K. Singles
  • 1983 - Billie Jean - Michael Jackson (1 week)
  • 2005 - Over and Over - Nelly Featuring Tim McGraw (1 week)
Number Ones – U.K. Albums 
  • 1983 - Thriller - Michael Jackson (1 week)
  • 2005 - Some Cities - Doves (1 week)

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