Music Almanac: March 7, 2018

Birthdays
  • 1943 - Chris White (Zombies) (74)
  • 1944 - Townes Van Zandt (d. 1997)
  • 1945 - Arthur Lee (Love) (d. 2006)
  • 1946 - Peter Wolf (J. Geils Band) (71)
  • 1946 - Matthew Fisher (Procol Harum) (71)
  • 1951 - Rocco Prestia (Tower of Power) (66)
  • 1952 - Ernie Isley (Isley Brothers) (65)
  • 1953 - Leon Frank Sylvers (Sylvers) (64)
  • 1954 - Matt Frenette (Loverboy) (63)
  • 1962 - Taylor Dayne (55)
  • 1966 - Paul Davis (Happy Mondays) (51)
  • 1967 - Randy Guss (Toad the Wet Sprocket) (50)
  • 1977 - Paul Cattermole (S Club 7) (40)
  • 1982 - Kelli Young (Liberty X) (35)
  • 1997 - Josh Dewhurst (Blossoms) (21)
Deaths
  • 1966 - Mike Millward (Fourmost) - Leukemia (23)
  • 1971 - Harold McNair (Jamaican saxophonist and flautist) - Lung cancer (39)
  • 1988 - Gordon Huntley (Mathew's Southern Comfort) - Cancer
  • 2000 - Pee Wee King - Heart attack (86)
  • 2013 - Claude King (90)
  • 2013 - Peter Banks (Yes, Flash) - Heart failure (65)
On This Day
  • 1917 - The Dixie Jazz Band One Step by Nick LaRocca's Original Dixieland Jazz Band, credited with being the first jazz record, was released in the U.S.
  • 1964 - Cilla Black tops the British singles chart with Anyone Who Had a Heart, capping off the first time all of the records in the top ten were by British artists.
  • 1965 - During a Rolling Stones concert, a girl fell from the balcony but escaped serious injury when the crowd below broke her fall.
  • 1971 - The country mecca, Gilley's Club, opened in Pasadena, TX.
  • 1973 - During a show at New York's Max's Kansas City where Columbia Records was to announce the signing of Bruce Springsteen, the label boss, John Hammond, had a heart attack.
  • 1976 - A figure of Elton John was unveiled at Madame Tussauds in London, the first rock figure made since the Beatles.
  • 1980 - Coal Miner's Daughter, the biopic of Loretta Lynn, opened. 
  • 1983 - The Nashville Network (TNN) started broadcasting on cable.
  • 1985 - We Are the World hit radio.
  • 1986 - Randy Travis made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1987 - The first five Beatles albums are released for the first time on CD.
  • 1987 - Janet Jackson's album Control becomes the first by a female vocalist to contain five top ten hits.
  • 1994 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that parodies were considered “fair use” of a composition and did not require permission from the original artist or songwriter.
  • 1998 - Sara Evans made her Grand Ole Opry debut. 
  • 2000 - Doug Stone was injured when he crashed his ultra-light plane near Nashville.
  • 2003 - Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers signed with Hyperion Books to write his memoirs.
  • 2006 - 30 Seconds to Mars started their first headlining tour in Tulsa, OK.
  • 2009 - Coolio was charged with drug possession after being arrested at LAX Airport in Los Angeles.
  • 2017 - The coroner announced that George Michael had died of heart and liver disease. 
Divorces
  • 1967 - Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee
Recorded
  • 1951 - Webb Pierce had first recording session for Decca
  • 1957 - Happy Happy Birthday Baby - Tuneweavers
  • 1966 - River Deep Mountain High - Tina Turner (vocals)
Released
  • 1966 - Caroline No - Brian Wilson (first solo single by any Beach Boy)
Awards
  • 2010 - Academy Awards
    • Best Song - The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart) - Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett
Broadcasts
  • 1962 - Teenager's Turn: Here We Go! (BBC Radio) - Beatles (radio debut)
  • 1964 - Saturday Club (BBC Radio) - Dave Clark Five (radio debut, on tape)
  • 1964 - Ed Sullivan Show (CBS) - Dave Clark Five (first appearance on show)
  • 1983 - Living Proof (biopic of Hank Williams, Jr.)
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • None
Number Ones – U.S. Albums 
  • 1970 - Bridge Over Troubled Waters - Simon & Garfunkel (10 weeks)
  • 1987 - License to Ill - Beastie Boys (7 weeks)
  • 2015 - Smoke + Mirrors - Imagine Dragons (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1953 - (Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean - Ruth Brown (5 weeks)
  • 1987 - Slow Down - Loose Ends (1 week)
  • 1992 - Remember the Time - Michael Jackson (2 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
  • 1964 - Saginaw, Michigan - Lefty Frizell (4 weeks)
  • 1981 - Do You Love As Good As You Look - Bellamy Brothers (1 week)
  • 1987 - Mornin' Ride - Lee Greenwood (1 week)
  • 1998 - Round About Way - George Strait (2 weeks)
  • 2009 - God Love Her - Toby Keith (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1987 - You Got It All - The Jets (2 weeks)
  • 1992 - Missing You Now - Michael Bolton (3 weeks)
Number Ones – U.K. Singles
  • 1970 - Wandrin' Star - Lee Marvin (3 weeks)
  • 1998 - Frozen - Madonna (1 week)
  • 2009 - My Life Would Suck Without You - Kelly Clarkson (1 week)
Number Ones – U.K. Albums 
  • 2009 - Invaders Must Die - Prodigy (1 week)
  • 2015 - In the Lonely Hour - Sam Smith (1 week (2 previous weeks)

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