Music Almanac - March 12

Birthdays
  • 1896 - Jesse Fuller (d. 1976)
  • 1917 - Leonard Chess (d. 1969)
  • 1938 - Lew DeWitt (Statler Brothers) (d. 1990)
  • 1940 - Al Jarreau (d. 2017)
  • 1942 - Brian O'Hara (Fourmost) (d. 1999)
  • 1945 - George Jackson (d. 2013)
  • 1946 - Liza Minnelli
  • 1947 - Ruby Andrews
  • 1948 - James Taylor
  • 1948 - Les Holroyd (Barclay James Harvest)
  • 1949 - Bill Payne (Little Feat)
  • 1949 - Mike Gibbins (Badfinger) (d. 2005)
  • 1951 - Jack Green (Pretty Things)
  • 1953 - Richard “La Bamba” Rosenberg (Asbury Jukes)
  • 1956 - Steve Harris (Iron Maiden)
  • 1957 - Marlon Jackson (Jackson 5)
  • 1964 - Tony Terry
  • 1965 - Coleen Nolan (Nolans)
  • 1969 - Graham Coxon (Blur)
  • 1975 - Kelle Bryan (Eternal)
  • 1977 - Ben Kenney (Incubus)
  • 1978 - Claudio Sanchez (Coheed and Cambria)
  • 1979 - Pete Doherty (Libertines, Babyshambles)
  • 1981 - Holly Williams
  • 1986 - Danny Jones (McFly)
  • 1994 - Christina Grimmie (d. 2016)

Deaths
  • 1955 - Charlie Parker - Heart attack (34)
  • 1993 - June Valli (64)
  • 2010 - Lesley Duncan - Cerebrovascular disease (66)
  • 2012 - Mike Hossack (Doobie Brothers) - Cancer (65)
  • 2013 - Clive Burr (Iron Maiden) - Multiple sclerosis (56)

On This Day
  • 1955 - The Dave Brubeck Quartet made their first appearance at Carnegie Hall.
  • 1958 - Billie Holiday was sentenced to one year's probation for narcotics possession.
  • 1969 - George and Patti Harrison were arrested after police found 120 joints at their house.
  • 1971 - A London judge rules in favor of Paul McCartney in his move to dissolve the Beatles.
  • 1974 - John Lennon and Harry Nilsson were evicted from the Troubadour in L.A. after yelling insults at Tommy Smothers. Lennon also allegedly hit a photographer in the eye.
  • 1977 - The Sex Pistols get into a fight with personnel from the BBC's Old Gray Whistle Test, leading to them being dropped by their label, A&M Records.
  • 1981 - Bow Wow Wow cancelled the first date of their U.K. tour when the London Greater Council said that their lead singer, Annabella Lewin (15), would be charged with truancy.
  • 1999 - A private funeral was held for Dusty Springfield.
  • 2000 - Michele Williams and Farrah Franklin made their live debuts in Destiny's Child.
  • 2003 - Elvis Costello filled in on David Letterman's show after the host underwent heart surgery.
  • 2003 - The Chinese government told the Rolling Stones that they couldn't play Brown Sugar, Honky Tonk Woman, Beast of Burdon or Let's Spend the Night Together when they tour the country.
  • 2004 - Travis Barker of Blink-182 broke his foot forcing the cancellation of the group's Australian tour.
  • 2006 - Ring of Fire, a jukebox musical based on the music of Johnny Cash, opened on Broadway.
  • 2009 - Tickets went on sale for Michael Jackson's comeback shows at London's O2 Arena.
  • 2010 - Pink Floyd won a court case against EMI, preventing the company from selling single tracks from their albums via digital download.
  • 2010 - Eight people were hurt and 130 arrested for trying to gatecrash a Metallica show in Columbia.
  • 2013 - Bob Dylan was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the first rock musician to receive the honor.
  • 2016 - Iron Maiden's airplane was damaged coliding with a tow truck on a Santiago, Chile airfield.

Marriages
  • 1969 - Paul McCartney and Linda Eastman

Recorded
  • 1957 - Maybe Baby - Buddy Holly & the Crickets
  • 1968 - Jumpin' Jack Flash - Rolling Stones (began recording)
  • 1971 - At the Fillmore East - Allman Brothers

Released
  • 1971 - Power to the People - John Lennon (single, U.K. release)
  • 1981 - Elvira - Oak Ridge Boys (single)
  • 1991 - Out of Time - R.E.M.
  • 1996 - Unplugged - Kiss

Awards
  • 1969 - Grammy Awards
    • Record of the Year, Pop Performance Duo or Group - Mrs. Robinson - Simon & Garfunkel
    • Album of the Year - By the Time I Get to Phoenix - Glen Campbell
    • Song of the Year - Little Green Apples - Bobby Russell
    • New Artist - Jose Feliciano
    • Female Pop Vocal - Do You Know the Way to San Jose? - Dionne Warwick
    • Male Pop Vocal - Light My Fire - Jose Feliciano
    • Female R&B Vocal - Chain of Fools - Aretha Franklin
    • Male R&B Vocal - (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding
    • R&B Performance Duo or Group - Cloud Nine - Temptations
    • Female Country Vocal - Harper Valley P.T.A. - Jeannie C. Riley
    • Male Country Vocal - Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
    • Duo or Group Country Performance - Foggy Mountain Breakdown - Flatt & Scruggs

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1949 - Crusing Down the River - Blue Baron & His Orchestra (2 weeks)
  • 1988 - Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley (2 weeks)
  • 1994 - The Sign - Ace of Base (4 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1966 - Ballads of the Green Berets - Ssgt. Barry Sadler (5 weeks)
  • 1988 - Dirty Dancing - Soundtrack (9 weeks (9 previous weeks))
  • 2005 - O - Omarion (1 week)
  • 2011 - 21 - Adele (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1966 - 634-5789 (Soulsville, USA) - Wilson Pickett (7 weeks)
  • 1988 - Fishnet - Morris Day (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1949 - I Love You So Much It Hurts - Jimmy Wakely (1 week (3 previous weeks))
  • 1977 - She's Just an Old Lover Turned Memory (1 week)
  • 1983 - The Rose - Conway Twitty (1 week)
  • 1988 - Too Long Too Gone - Randy Travis (1 week)
  • 1994 - Tryin' to Get Over You - Vince Gill (1 week)
  • 2011 - Don't You Wanna Stay - Jason Aldean & Kelly Clarkson (3 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1977 - Sam - Olivia Newton-John (2 weeks)
  • 1988 - Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley (3 weeks)
  • 2005 - Breakaway - Kelly Clarkson (20 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1954 - I See the Moon - Stargazers (5 weeks)
  • 1977 - Chanson D'Amour - Manhattan Transfer (3 weeks)
  • 1983 - Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler (2 weeks)
  • 2005 - Dakota - Stereophonics (1 week)

Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1960 - The Explosive Freddy Cannon - Freddy Cannon (1 week)
  • 1983 - War - U2 (1 week)
  • 2005 - G4 - G4 (1 week)

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