Almanac: March 22, 2011

Songs & StoriesBirthdays:
  • Roger Whittaker (75)
  • Jeremy Clyde (Chad & Jeremy) (70)
  • George Benson (68)
  • Tony McPhee (Groundhogs) (67)
  • Henry Vanda (Easybeats) (64)
  • Patrick Olive (Hot Chocolate) (64)
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber (63)
  • Fran Sheehan (Boston) (62)
  • Howard Reitzes (Iron Butterfly) (60)
  • Stephanie Mills (54)
  • Pete Wylie (Wah!) (53)
  • Susan Ann Sulley (Human League) (48)

Deaths:
  • 1952 - Uncle Dave Macon (81)
  • 1994 - Dan Hartman - Brain Tumor (43)
  • 1996 - Don Murray (Turtles) - Post-operative complications from ulcer surgery (50)
  • 2001 - Earl Beal (Silhouettes)
  • 2005 - Rod Price (Black Cat Bones, Foghat) - Fall down stairway after suffering a heart attack (57)

The Police (2CD Anthology)On This Day:
  • 1956 - Carl Perkins is injured in a car crash that killed his manager and brother. Carl suffered three broken vertebrae in his neck, a severed concussion and a broken collar bone.
  • 1956 - Alan Freed staged a three-day rock show in Hartford, CT.
  • 1956 - Sammy Davis, Jr. opened on Broadway in Mr. Wonderful.
  • 1958 - Hank Williams, Jr. made his stage debut at the age of 8.
  • 1962 - Barbra Streisand opened on Broadway in I Can Get it For You Wholesale.
  • 1967 - The Who play their first American live show.
  • 1971 - The Allman Brothers Band were arrested for heroin and marijuana possession.
  • 1974 - Ten Years After play their last show.
  • 1975 - The Rolling Stones start recording Black & Blue.
  • 1977 - The John Denver special Thank God I'm a Country Boy is shown on ABC.
  • 1978 - The Police signed with A&M Records.
  • 1978 - All You Need is Cash, the send up documentary of the Ruttles (based on the Beatles), was broadcast in the U.S.
  • 1979 - Chaka Khan gave birth to son Damien Milton Patrick Holland.
  • 1984 - Queen shot the video for their song I Want to Break Free.
  • 1992 - Polygram Records announced that Tears for Fears had broken up.
  • 2000 - A concert goer falls 90 feet to their death at a Kiss concert in Oakland, CA.
  • 2003 - Axl Rose sends a cease and desist order to the group The Offspring who try to call their new album Chinese Democracy (You Snooze You Lose).  Chinese Democracy was the title of a long awaited album from Guns N' Roses.
  • 2003 - Madonna "wins" worst supporting actress at the Razzies for her role in Die Another Day while her film Swept Away wins worst film.
  • 2006 - Aerosmith cancels their North American tour so Steven Tyler can have throat surgery.

Marriages:
  • 1992 - Lou Adler and Paige Hannah

Released:
  • 1963 - Please Please Me - Beatles (U.K.)
  • 1965 - Bringing It All Back Home - Bob Dylan
  • 1974 - On the Border - Eagles
  • 1995 - Thank You - Duran Duran

Number Ones - U.S. Singles:
  • 1941 - Frenesi - Artie Shaw (1 - second time at number 1 - total of 13 weeks)
  • 1975 - My Eyes Adored You - Frankie Valli (1 week)
  • 1980 - Another Brick in the Wall (Part II) - Pink Floyd (4 weeks)
  • 1986 - These Dreams - Heart (1 week)

Number Ones - U.K. Singles:
  • 1962 - Wonderful Land - Shadows (8 weeks)
  • 1975 - Bye Bye Baby - Bay City Rollers (6 weeks)
  • 1980 - Going Underground / Dreams of Children - The Jam (3 weeks)

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