Music Almanac - March 17

Birthdays
  • 1919 - Nat King Cole (d. 1965)
  • 1932 - Dick Curless (d. 1995)
  • 1935 - Adam Wade
  • 1938 - Zola Taylor (Platters) (d. 2007)
  • 1941 - Paul Kantner (Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship) (d. 2016)
  • 1941 - Clarence Collins (Little Anthony & the Imperials)
  • 1943 - Jim Weatherly
  • 1944 - John Sebastian (Lovin' Spoonful)
  • 1944 - Pat McAuley (Them) (d. 1984)
  • 1946 - Harold Ray Brown (War)
  • 1948 - Fran Byrne (Ace)
  • 1948 - Pat Lloyd (Equals)
  • 1951 - Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy)
  • 1952 - Susie Allanson
  • 1955 - Paul Overstreet
  • 1956 - Will Rigby (dB's)
  • 1959 - Mike Lindup (Level 42)
  • 1959 - Paul Black (L.A. Guns)
  • 1962 - Clare Grogan (Altered Images)
  • 1962 - Roxy Petrucci (Vixen)
  • 1963 - Michael Ivins (Flaming Lips)
  • 1963 - Janet Gardner (Vixen)
  • 1967 - Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins)
  • 1967 - Van Conner (Screaming Trees)
  • 1970 - Gene Ween (Ween) (born Aaron Freeman)
  • 1972 - Melissa Auf der Maur (Hole, Smashing Pumpkins)
  • 1973 - Caroline Corr (Corrs)
  • 1973 - Keifer Thompson (Thompson Square)
  • 1975 - Justin Hawkins (Darkness)
  • 1976 - Stephen Gately (Boyzone) (d. 2009)
  • 1977 - Tamar Braxton
  • 1986 - Miles Kane (Last Shadow Puppets)
  • 1988 - Grimes (born Claier Boucher)
  • 1990 - Hozier (born Andrew Hozier-Byrne)

Deaths
  • 1982 - Samuel George Jr. (Capitols) - Stabbed during family argument (39)
  • 1989 - Bobby Mitchell (53)
  • 1990 - Rick Grech (Family, Blind Faith) - Kidney & liver failure (43)
  • 1996 - Terry Stafford - Liver failure (54)
  • 1997 - Jermaine Stewart - Liver cancer (39)
  • 2003 - Bill Carlisle (94)
  • 2006 - Professor X the Overseer (born Lumumba Carson) - Spinal meningitis (49)
  • 2010 - Alex Chilton (Box Tops, Big Star) - Heart attack (59)
  • 2010 - Charlie Gillett (DJ, musicologist) (68)
  • 2011 - Ferlin Husky - Congestive heart failure (85)

On This Day
  • 1962 - Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated started a residency at London's Ealing Jazz Club.
  • 1968 - Mick Jagger participated in a London protest of the Vietnam War which would become the basis for Street Fighting Man.
  • 1975 - Cher was on the cover of Time magazine.
  • 1978 - U2 won $850 in a Dublin talent contest. The winner also was able to audition for CBS Ireland.
  • 1978 - American Hot Wax, about Alan Freed, debuted.
  • 1981 - The Blues Project, with Al Kooper, Steve Katz and Roy Blumenfield reunite for a single show in New York.
  • 2000 - Paul McCartney made it publicly known that he was dating Heather Mills.
  • 2002 - Lou Reed performed the album Metal Machine Music for the first time in Berlin.
  • 2003 - Marie Fredriksson of Roxette sued a Swedish newspaper who had falsely reported she was suffering from another brain tumor.
  • 2003 - Mark Knopfler broke his collarbone and six ribs in a motorcycle accident.
  • 2003 - Cliff: The Musical on the life of Cliff Richard opens on London's West End.
  • 2004 - Ray Davies received his CBE from the Queen.
  • 2006 - The Smiths turned down $5 million to reform for the Coachella Festival.
  • 2008 - Heather Mills was awarded $47 million in her divorce from Paul McCartney.
  • 2006 - Kid Rock strikes an agreement to stop the publishing of a sex tape.
  • 2012 - The A$AP Mob started a brawl at SXSW after having trash thrown at them during a performance.

Marriages
  • 1966 - Keith Moon (Who) and Kim Kerrigan
  • 1971 - Peter Gabriel and Jill Moore
  • 1995 - Suzanne Vega and Mitchell Froom

Divorces
  • 2008 - Paul McCartney and Heather Mills

Recorded
  • 1958 - Yakety Yak - Coasters
  • 1967 - Come Back When You Grow Up - Bobby Vee
  • 1999 - Them Belly Full (But We Hungry) - Sinead O'Connor (first song recorded via the Internet)

Released
  • 1962 - Soldier Boy - Shirelles (single)
  • 1967 - The Grateful Dead - Grateful Dead (debut album)
  • 1969 - Galveston - Glen Campbell
  • 1992 - No Doubt - No Doubt (debut album)
  • 1998 - Van Halen III - Van Halen

Broadcastsing
  • 1956 - Ozark Jubilee - Carl Perkins (television debut)
  • 1956 - Stage Show (CBS) - Elvis Presley
  • 1968 - Ed Sullivan Show (CBS) - Bee Gees (U.S. television debut)
  • 1979 - American Bandstand - Talking Heads (first major TV appearance)
  • 2003 - Punk'd (MTV) - Justin Timberlake (debut show)
  • 2007 - CMT Crossroads (CMT) - John Anderson and Big & Rich

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1951 - If - Perry Como (5 weeks (1 previous week at number 1))
  • 1958 - Tequila - Champs (5 weeks)
  • 2012 - We Are Young - Fun Featuring Janelle Monae (6 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1951 - Guys and Dolls - Original Cast (1 week)
  • 1958 - The Music Man - Original Cast (3 weeks)
  • 1973 - Dueling Banjos - Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandell (3 weeks)
  • 2001 - Everyday - Dave Matthews Band (2 weeks)
  • 2007 - Daughtry - Daughtry (1 week (1 previous week))

Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1956 - Why Do Fools Fall in Love - Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers (5 weeks)
  • 1973 - Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye) - Gladys Knight & the Pips (4 weeks)
  • 1979 - I've Got My Mind Made Up (You Can't Get It Girl) - Instant Funk (2 weeks)
  • 1990 - The Secred Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite) - Quincy Jones With Al B. Sure, James Ingram, El DeBarge and Barry White
  • 2001 - It's Over Now - 112 (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1945 - There's a New Moon Over My Shoulder - Jimmie Davis (1 week)
  • 1956 - Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Presley (17 weeks)
  • 1962 - That's My Pa - Sheb Wooley (1 week)
  • 1973 - Teddy Bear Song - Barbara Fairchild (2 weeks)
  • 1984 - Elizabeth - Statler Brothers (1 week)
  • 1990 - Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart - Randy Travis (4 weeks)
  • 2001 - You Shouldn't Kiss Me Like That - Toby Keith (2 weeks)
  • 2012 - Reality - Kenny Chesney (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1973 - Danny's Song - Anne Murray (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1960 - Running Bear - Johnny Preston (2 weeks)
  • 1966 - The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore - Walker Brothers (4 weeks)
  • 1979 - I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor (4 weeks)
  • 2001 - Uptown Girl - Westlife (1 week)
  • 2016 - I Took a Pill in Ibiza - Mike Posner (4 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1979 - Spirits Having Flown - Bee Gees (2 weeks)
  • 1984 - Human's Lib - Howard Jones (2 weeks)
  • 2012 - Wrecking Ball - Bruce Springsteen (1 week)
  • 2016 - 25 - Adele (3 weeks)

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