Music Almanac - March 24

Birthdays
  • 1912 - Nervous Norvous (born Jimmy Drake) (d. 1968)
  • 1922 - Dave Appell (Applejacks, producer) (d. 2014)
  • 1936 - Don Covay (born Donald Randolph) (d. 2015)
  • 1937 - Billy Stewart (d. 1970)
  • 1938 - Holger Czukay (Can) (d. 2017)
  • 1941 - Michael Masser (songwriter, producer) (d. 2015)
  • 1946 - Colin Petersen (Bee Gees)
  • 1946 - Klaus Dinger (Neu!, Kraftwerk) (d. 2008)
  • 1947 - Mike Kellie (Spooky Tooth)
  • 1947 - Peggy Sue (born Peggy Wright)
  • 1948 - Lee Oskar (War)
  • 1949 - Nick Lowe
  • 1949 - Steve Lang (April Wine)
  • 1951 - Dougie Thomson (Supertramp) (
  • 1960 - Nena (born Gabriele Kerner) (
  • 1964 - Steve "Zetro" Souza (Exodus)
  • 1970 - Vincent Mason (De La Soul)
  • 1970 - Sharon Corr (Corrs)
  • 1974 - Chad Butler (Switchfoot)
  • 1977 - Natalie Hemby (songwriter)
  • 1982 - Nivea (born Nivea Nash)
  • 1993 - Mo Pitney

Deaths
  • 1997 - Harold Melvin (Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes) (57)
  • 1997 - Kenny Moore (pianist for Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner) (45)
  • 2007 - Henson Cargill (66)
  • 2008 - Neil Aspinall (head of Apple Records) - Lung cancer (66)
  • 2009 - Uriel Jones (Funk Brothers) - Heart attack (74)
  • 2010 - Johnny Maestro (Crests, Brooklyn Bridge) - Cancer (70)
  • 2012 - Nick Noble (85)
  • 2013 - Deke Richards (born Dennis Lussier) (The Clan, The Corporation) - Esophageal cancer (68)

On This Day
  • 1945 - Billboard published their first Album chart, headed by Nat King Cole's A Collection of Favorites.
  • 1953 - Leo Fender received a patent for the Precision Bass.
  • 1955 - Burl Ives debuted on Broadway in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
  • 1958 - Elvis Presley reported for military duty.
  • 1958 - Perry Como was on the cover of Newsweek magazine.
  • 1962 - Mick Jagger & Keith Richards performed together for the first time as Little Boy Blue & the Blue Boys.
  • 1965 - Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones was knocked out by an electrical shock from a microphone stand.
  • 1969 - Porter Wagoner's new contract with RCA stipulates that he is co-producer on all Dolly Parton recordings.
  • 1972 - The Godfather premiered with the part of Johnny Fontane played by Al Martino.
  • 1973 - Lou Reed was attacked by a fan at a show in Buffalo, NY.
  • 1984 - Palm Springs, CA dedicates the new Gene Autrey Trail.
  • 1991 - The Black Crowes were dropped from ZZ Tops' tour after criticizing Miller Beer, the sponsor of the tour.
  • 1992 - Anybody who bought Milli Vanilli's albums was awarded $3 as the verdict in the class action suit against the group over their not performing on their recordings.
  • 1998 - British singer Mark Morrison was sentenced to one year in prison after sending an imposter to do his court mandated community service.
  • 2000 - Wyclef Jean cancelled a Charleston, SC show in protest of the state displaying the conferderate flag.
  • 2001 - A portion of Highway 91 in Macon, GA was named Duane Allman Boulevard.
  • 2001 - Toby Keith's father, Hubert Covel, Jr., is killed when his car collides with a tour bus.
  • 2001 - Macon, GA dedicated Duane Allman Blvd.
  • 2003 - Madonna was forced to remove a scene of her throwing a gernade at a fashion show in her American Life video in response to the Iraq war.
  • 2004 - Warner Records sued Madonna's Maverick label for the $66 million they say the imprint has lost.
  • 2005 - Anthrax announced they were reforming.
  • 2005 - Paula Abdul was fined $900 and given two years of probation for a hit-and-run accident.
  • 2005 - The Broadway musical All Shook Up opens at the Palace Theater.
  • 2006 - A former assistant of Phil Spector sued him for $5 million charging sexual harassment.
  • 2006 - Buck Owens performed for the last time.
  • 2009 - Prince opened a new website where, for $77 per year, you could stream his music and videos.
  • 2014 - The Dot label was reopened by Big Machine Records.

Marriages
  • 1984 - Toby Keith and Tricia Lucus
  • 2001 - John Connolly (Sevendust) and Lori Kirkley
  • 2018 - Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd

Divorces
  • 2000 - Jack White and Meg White

Recorded
  • 1960 - So Sad (to Watch Good Love Go Bad) - Everly Brothers

Released
  • 1952 - Love Me or Leave Me Alone - Marty Robbins (debut single)
  • 1959 - There Goes My Baby - Drifters (first single with Ben E. King on lead)
  • 1986 - 5150 - Van Halen
  • 1986 - Dirty Work - Rolling Stones
  • 1986 - "No One is to Blame" - Howard Jones

Awards
  • 1985 - Razzie Awards
    • Worst Original Songs - Drinkenstein - Dolly Parton (from Rhinestone)
  • 1986 - Academy Awards
    • Original Song - Say You, Say Me - Lionel Richie (from White Nights)
  • 2001 - Razzie Awards
    • Worst Actress - Madonna - The Next Best Thing

Broadcasts
  • 1955 - Teleclub (BBC) - Last show of run (U.K.'s first teen show)
  • 1956 - Stage Show - Elvis Presley (sixth and final appearance)
  • 1965 - Shindig! (ABC) - Jackie Wilson, Bobby Goldsboro
  • 1968 - Ed Sullivan Show (CBS) - Supremes, Jimmy Dean
  • 1971 - Johnny Cash (ABC) - Carter Family, Statler Brothers, Charley Pride, Bob Luman, Mother Maybelle Carter, Red Lane and The Carpenters
  • 1973 - Soul Unlimited (Dick Clark show to compete with Soul Train, it only lasted this one episode after pressure from black leaders)
  • 1978 - Donny & Marie (ABC) - Roy Clark
  • 2000 - Making the Band (MTV) (O-Town is the eventual winner)
  • 2002 - Academy Awards - Faith Hill
  • 2007 - Saturday Night Live (NBC) - Carrie Underwood
  • 2008 - How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - Britney Spears
  • 2014 - The Voice (NBC) - Band Perry, Maranda Lambert

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1945 - Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive - Johnny Mercer (1 week) (This is the first week that Billboard published their Honor Roll of Hits combining data from the best sellers, most played on radio and most played in jukeboxes)
  • 1956 - The Poor People of Paris - Les Baxter (4 weeks)
  • 1973 - Love Train - O'Jays (1 week)
  • 1979 - Tragedy - Bee Gees (2 weeks)
  • 1990 - Black Velvet - Alannah Myles (2 weeks)
  • 2001 - Butterfly - Crazy Town (1 week)
  • 2007 - Glamorous - Fergie Featuring Ludacris (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1945 - King Cole Trio - King Cole Trio (3 weeks) (First Albums chart)
  • 1951 - South Pacific - Original Cast (5 weeks (64 previous weeks))
  • 1956 - Belafonte - Belafonte (6 weeks)
  • 2007 - Greatest Hits - The Notorious B.I.G. (1 week)
  • 2012 - Wrecking Ball - Bruce Springsteen (1 week)
  • 2018 - Bobby Tarantino II - Logic (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1956 - Drown in My Own Tears - Ray Charles (2 weeks)
  • 1962 - Twistin' the Night Away - Sam Cooke (3 weeks)
  • 1990 - All Around the World - Lisa Stansfield (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1945 - I'm Losing My Mind Over You - Al Dexter (1 week (6 previous weeks))
  • 1962 - Misery Loves Company - Porter Wagoner (1 week (1 previous week))
  • 1979 - I Just Fall in Love Again - Anne Murray (3 weeks)
  • 1984 - Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler) - Alabama (1 week)
  • 2007 - Beer in Mexico - Kenny Chesney (3 weeks)
  • 2012 - Home - Dierks Bentley (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1962 - Don't Break the Heart That Loves You - Connie Francis (4 weeks)
  • 1990 - Love Will Lead You Back - Taylor Dayne (4 weeks)
  • 2012 - Brighter Than the Sun - Colbie Caillat (1 week)

Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1984 - Hello - Lionel Richie (6 weeks)
  • 2001 - Pure and Simple - Hear'Say (3 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1973 - Billion Dollar Babies - Alice Cooper (1 week)
  • 1990 - I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got - Sinead O'Connor (1 week)
  • 2001 - Songbird - Eva Cassidy (2 weeks)
  • 2007 - Doing It My Way - Ray Quinn (1 week)
  • 2012 - In My Dreams - Military Wives (1 week)

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