Music Almanac - March 31

Birthdays
  • 1913 - Etta Baker (d. 2006)
  • 1921 - Lowell Fulson (d. 1999)
  • 1927 - Hoyt Hawkins (Jordanaires) (d. 1982)
  • 1928 - Lefty Frizzell (d. 1975)
  • 1933 - Anita Carter (Carter Family) (d. 1999)
  • 1934 - Shirley Jones
  • 1934 - John D. Loudermilk (d. 2016)
  • 1934 - Richard Chamberlain
  • 1935 - Herb Alpert
  • 1937 - Willem Duyn (Mouth of Mouth & MacNeal) (d. 2004)
  • 1943 - Al Goodman (Moments, Ray, Goodman & Brown) (d. 2010)
  • 1944 - Mick Ralphs (Mott the Hoople, Bad Company)
  • 1944 - Rod Allen (born Rodney Bainbridge) (Fortunes) (d. 2008)
  • 1946 - Al Nichol (Turtles)
  • 1947 - John Poulos (Buckinghams) (d. 1980)
  • 1948 - Thijs van Leer (Focus)
  • 1950 - Richard Hughes (Edgar Winter Band)
  • 1953 - Sean Hopper (Huey Lewis & the News)
  • 1953 - Greg Martin (Kentucky Headhunters)
  • 1954 - Tony Brock (Babys)
  • 1955 - Angus Young (AC/DC)
  • 1958 - Pat McGlynn (Bay City Rollers)
  • 1958 - Paul Ferguson (Killing Joke)
  • 1959 - Robert Holmes ('til Tuesday)
  • 1959 - Ali McMordie (Stiff Little Fingers)
  • 1964 - Erik Turner (Warrant)
  • 1971 - Julian Deane (Toploader)
  • 1974 - Stefan Olsdal (Placebo)
  • 1978 - Tony Yayo (born Marvin Bernard)
  • 1981 - Ryan Bingham
  • 1984 - Jack Antonoff (.fun, Bleachers)
  • 1987 - Georg Listing (Tokyo Hotel)
  • 1988 - Conrad Sewell

Deaths
  • 1968 - Skeets McDonald - Heart Attack (52)
  • 1986 - O'Kelly Isley (Isley Brothers) - Heart attack (48)
  • 1993 - Mitchell Parrish (songwriter, Stardust, Deep Purple, Volare) (92)
  • 1995 - Carl Story (Father of Bluegrass gospel music) (78)
  • 1995 - Selena (born Selena Quintanilla-Perez) - Murdered (23)
  • 1996 - Jeffrey Lee Pierce (Gun Club) - Brain hemorrhage (37)
  • 2011 - Mel McDaniel - Lung cancer (68)
  • 2017 - Col. Bruce Hampton (Hampton Grease Band) - Collapsed during encore of his own tribute show (70)

On This Day
  • 1949 - RCA introduced the 45 RPM record with the release of Texarkana Baby by Eddy Arnold. The disc was pressed in green vinyl, the record company's early attempt to classify the genre of music by the color of the record.
  • 1953 - Radio stations across the country hold a Hank Williams Day.
  • 1956 - Elvis Presley made his final regular appearance on the Louisiana Hayride.
  • 1957 - Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Obie Wheeler and Glen Douglas opened a tour of the southern U.S. in Little Rock, AK.
  • 1966 - Elvis Presley's film Frankie and Johnny opens.
  • 1967 - Jimi Hendrix set fire to his guitar for the first time during a show in London on the first date of his first British tour.
  • 1969 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono ended their bed-in so that Yoko could premier her film Rape in Vienna.
  • 1969 - George and Patti Harrison were fined in an Amsterdam court for possession of marijuana.
  • 1970 - Country star Hank Snow announced that he gave up alcohol.
  • 1972 - The Beatles fan club shut down.
  • 1982 - The Doobie Brothers broke up.
  • 1995 - A man rushed the stage at a Robert Plant/Jimmy Page show in Auburn Hills, MI with the intent of killing page. Two security guards stopped, both of which was stabbed.
  • 1995 - Jimmy Bowen retired as president of Liberty Records.
  • 1996 - Con Hunley was charged with DUI in Pigeon Forge, TN.
  • 1998 - Sonny & Cher's movie Good Times became available on home video for the first time.
  • 1999 - The Cranberries bucked Ticketmaster by announcing all tickets for their U.S. tour would be sold through their website.
  • 2001 - Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown were banned for life from the Bel Air Hotel in Hollywood after destroying their room.
  • 2001 - Mr. Acker Bilk was awarded an MBE by the Queen of England for his services to music.
  • 2002 - Ty Herndon was robbed at gunpoint in Los Angeles.
  • 2003 - Madonna pulled her video for American Life saying that the images were not appropriate for the volatile state of the world.
  • 2004 - Ozzy Osbourne said he was reforming Black Sabbath for a summer tour.
  • 2005 - Suge Knight was ordered to pay $107 million to a woman who had helped him start Death Row Records.
  • 2006 - Courtney Love sold off part of her rights to the music of Nirvana to Primary Wave Music Publishing.
  • 2007 - A warrant was put out for Billy Joe Shaver's arrest after he shot a man outside of a Lorena, TX bar.
  • 2010 - Chastity Bono, Cher and Sonny Bono's daughter, had her name formally changed to Chaz after gender reassignment surgery.
  • 2010 - Hank Cochran underwent surgery for a grapefruit size aortic aneurysm
  • 2011 - Men at Work lost an appeal of a ruling that said that the flute part in Down Under had been stolen from early 1900's children's song Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree.
  • 2011 - Billy Joel decided not to publish his autobiography.
  • 2015 - Joni Mitchell was hospitalized after being found unconscious in her home.
  • 2015 - Steven Tyler announced he was working on a country album.
  • 2016 - A concert was held at Carnegie Hall saluting David Bowie with Ann Wilson, Michael Stipe, Cyndi Lauper, Perry Farrell and others.

Marriages
  • 1956 - Alyce King (King Sisters) and Robert Clarke
  • 1974 - Tom Petty and Jane Benyo
  • 2011 - Michael Buble and Luisana Lopilato

Recorded
  • 1960 - Finger Poppin' Time - Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
  • 1976 - Route 66 - Asleep at the Wheel

Released
  • 1958 - Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry (single)
  • 1962 - Soldier Boy - Shrielles (single)
  • 1969 - Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin (U.K. release)
  • 1976 - Presence - Led Zeppelin
  • 1987 - Sign O' the Times - Prince
  • 1992 - Adrenalize - Def Leppard
  • 1992 - Human Touch - Bruce Springsteen
  • 1992 - Lucky Town - Bruce Springsteen
  • 1992 - Joshua Judges Ruth - Lyle Lovett
  • 1992 - Wynonna - Wynonna Judd (debut solo album)
  • 2009 - Defying Gravity - Keith Urban

Awards
  • 1981 - Academy Awards
    • Best Actress - Sissy Spacek as Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner's Daughter
    • Best Original Song - Fame - Michael Gore and Dean Pitchford
  • 1981 - Razies (First awards)
    • Worst Actor - Neil Diamond - The Jazz Singer

Broadcasts
  • 1956 - Ozark Jamboree (ABC) - Brenda Lee (television debut)
  • 1958 - Lawrence Welk Show (ABC) - Johnny Cash
  • 1959 - The Jimmie Rodgers Show (NBC) - Connie Francis (debut)
  • 1965 - Beverly Hillbillies (CBS) - Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs
  • 1968 - The FBI (ABC) - Bobby Sherman
  • 1971 - Johnny Cash Show (ABC) - Homer & Jethro, Merle Travis, The Statler Brothers, Mother Maybelle, Helen, Anita and June Carter (final episode)
  • 1981 - Academy Awards - Dolly Parton
  • 1981 - Barbara Walters Special (ABC) - Loretta Lynn
  • 1981 - Academy Awards (ABC) - Dolly Parton
  • 1994 - David Letterman Show (CBS) - Madonna
  • 2004 - Good Morning America (ABC) - Janet Jackson (first post-Super Bowl interview)

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1945 - My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time - Les Brown (9 weeks)
  • 1962 - Don't Break the Heart That Loves You - Connie Francis (1 week)
  • 1973 - Killing Me Softly With His Song - Robert Flack (1 week (4 previous weeks))
  • 1984 - Footloose - Kenny Loggins (3 weeks)
  • 2001 - Angel - Shaggy Featuring Rayvon (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 2001 - Hot Shot - Shaggy (2 weeks)
  • 2007 - Luvanmusiq - Musiq Soulchild (1 week)
  • 2012 - Up All Night - One Direction (1 week)
  • 2018 - ? - XXXTentacion (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1958 - Tequila - The Champs (4 weeks)
  • 1979 - He's the Greatest Dancer - Sister Sledge (1 week)
  • 2001 - Promise - Jagged Edge (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1945 - Shame On You - Spade Cooley (2 weeks)
  • 1962 - She's Got You - Patsy Cline (4 weeks)
  • 1973 - Keep Me in Mind - Lynn Anderson (1 week)
  • 1984 - Let's Stop Talkin' About It - Janie Fricke (1 week)
  • 2001 - One More Day - Diamond Rio (1 week)
  • 2012 - Ours - Taylor Swift (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1973 - Sing - Carpenters (1 week)
  • 2001 - I Hope You Dance - Lee Ann Womack with Sons of the Desert (1 week)
  • 2012 - Set Fire to the Rain - Adele (11 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1960 - My Old Man's a Dustman - Lonnie Donegan (4 weeks)
  • 1973 - The Twelfth of Never - Donnie Osmond (1 week)
  • 1990 - The Power - Snap (2 weeks)
  • 2007 - I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers Featuring Brian Potter and Andy Pipkin (3 weeks)
  • 2012 - Part of Me - Katy Perry (1 week)

Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1973 - 20 Flashback Greates of the Sixties - Various Artists (2 weeks)
  • 1979 - Barbra Streisand's Greatest Hits Volume 2 - Barbra Streisand (4 weeks)
  • 1984 - Can't Slow Down - Lionel Richie (2 weeks)
  • 1990 - Changesbowie - David Bowie (1 week)
  • 2007 - Beautiful World - Take That (2 weeks)
  • 2012 - Sonik Kicks - Paul Weller (1 week)

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