1st March Today in Music History Events

1904 Glenn Miller born in Clarinda, Lowa. US Dance Band Leader. He had many hits in the 30’s & 40’s. He disappeared over the English Channel on a flight to Paris. 
1913 Buster Noble born in Adelaide, SA. Australian Entertainer. He recorded the novelty hit songs the Pommy Jackeroo (’62) & The Young Camp Stockman (’82). He’s The Father of Singer/Actress Trish Noble. He passed away in July, 1990. 
1917 Dinah Shore (Frances Shore) born in Winchester, Tennessee. American singer, actress, television personality, and the top-charting female vocalist of the 1940s. Died of Ovarian Cancer, February 24, 1994, five days before her 78th birthday. 
1927 Harry Belafonte born in Harlem, New York. US singer/songwriter. (1957 UK No.1 & US No.12 single with ‘Mary’s Boy Child’ and a 1957 UK No.2 & US No.5 with ‘Banana Boat Song’). He also scored over 15 US Top 40 albums, including the 1956 Calypso. 
1937 Jimmy Little born in Yorta Yorta tribe (at a mission settlement near Barmah, Victoria). Aboriginal singer. His biggest hits are Royal Telephone ’63 & Baby blue’74. On 2 April 2012 Little died at his home in Dubbo, aged 75 years.
1939 Warren Davis – Singer (First Tenor) with The Monotones. 
1942 Jerry Fisher born in DeKalb, Texas. US Singer who joined Blood Sweat & Tears briefly as a replacement for David Clayton-Thomas in November, 1972 and stayed until 1975
1944 Mike D’Abo born in Surrey, England. Lead Singer/Songwriter with Mandred Mann he replaced Paul Jones in July 1966. (1968 UK No.1 & US No.10 single ‘Mighty Quinn’). Wrote ‘Handbags & Gladrags’ Covered by Rod Stewart and Stereophonics. Also wrote ‘Build Me Up A Buttercup’ a 1968 hit for The Foundations.
1944 Roger Daltrey born in London, England. Lead Vocalist for The Who. (1965 UK No.2 single ‘My Generation’ plus over 20 other UK hit singles, 16 US Top 40 singles, rock opera albums ‘Tommy’ & ‘Quadrophenia’). Solo, (1973 UK No.5 single ‘Giving It All Away’).
1946 Tony Ashton born in Blackburn, Lancashire, England. UK Vocals/Keyboards/Songwriter & co-founder of Ashton Gardner & Dyke, (1971 UK No.3 single ‘The Resurrection Shuffle’). 
1957 John Caroll born in Washington, DC. US guitarist, Pianist & songwriter with The Starland Vocal Band. 
1957 The Everly Brothers signed with Cadence Records and record “Bye Bye Love”.
1958 Nik Kershaw born in Ipswich, Suffolk, England. English Singer/Songwriter/Producer, (1984 solo UK No.2 single ‘I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’).
1958 Buddy Holly played the first of 25 dates on his only UK tour at the Trocadero, Elephant & Castle, London. Also on the bill was Gary Miller, The Tanner Sisters, Des O’Connor, The Montanas, Ronnie Keene & His Orchestra. 
1961 Elvis Presley signed a five-year movie deal with producer Hal Wallis. 
1962 Peter Stephenson, The Shamen, (1992 UK No.2 single ‘Ebeneezer Goode’). 
1963 Rob Affuso, Skid Row, (1989 US No.4 & 1990 UK No.12 single ’18 And Life’). 
1963 Frank Ifield was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Wayward Wind’. The singers third UK No.1 
1964 The Beatles recorded the Little Richard song Long Tall Sally in just one take. 
1965 Petula Clark’s first U.S. hit, “Downtown” was certified Gold by the RIAA.
1966 In Liverpool, over 100 youths barricade themselves inside the recently closed Cavern Club, where the Beatles began. They are upset about the club closing due to bankruptcy and at the same time keep the police out of the club.
1966 Gene Clark of The Byrds announced he was leaving the group due to his fear of flying. 
1967 Working at Abbey Road studios, London, The Beatles started recording a new John Lennon song ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’. The song was inspired by a drawing his 3 year-old son Julian returned home from school with one day. The picture, which was of a little girl with lots of stars, was his classmate – Lucy O’Donnell, who also lived in Weybridge, and attended the same school as Julian. 
1968 Elton John’s first single ‘I’ve Been Loving You Too Long’ was released on the Phillips label, it didn’t chart. 
1969 Dafydd Leuan, drums, Super Furry Animals, (1998 UK No.12 single ‘Ice Hockey Hair’). 
1969 Christina Bergmark, keyboards, vocals, The Wannadies, (1996 UK No.18 single, ‘You And Me Song’). 
1969 “You Showed Me” by The Turtles peaked at #6 on the US singles chart.
1969 After 88 weeks, the Beatles LP “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” dropped off the album chart.
1969 “Baby, Baby Don’t Cry” by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles peaked at #8 on the US singles chart.
1969 Jim Morrison of The Doors was charged with lewd and lascivious behaviour after showing his penis to the audience during a show in Miami. He was found guilty and sentenced to eight months hard labour. Morrison died in Paris while the sentence was on appeal. 
1970 Mott The Hoople supported by Genesis appeared at The Northcote Arms, Middlesex, England. 
1972 “Paul Simon” album by Paul Simon was certified Gold by the RIAA. Including ‘Me & Julio Down My The School Yard’, & ‘Mother & Child Reunion’.
1973 Bachman-Turner Overdrive released its first LP with former Guess Who guitarist Randy Bachman. 
1973 Ryan Peake, guitar, Nickelback, (2002 US No.1 & UK No. 4 single ‘How To Remind You’, 2001 US No.2 & 2002 UK No.2 album ‘Silver Side Up’). 
1974 Chris Difford placed an advert in a shop window ‘lyricist seeks musician for co-writing’ Glen Tillbrook answered the ad. The pair went on to form Squeeze. 
1974 Queen began their first headlining UK tour at The Winter Garden’s Blackpool. 
1975 Bob Dylan started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Blood On The Tracks’ his first US No.1. 
1975 Status Quo started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘On The Level.’ including ‘Down Down’ 
1975 The Eagles went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Best Of My Love’, the first of five US No.1’s for the band. The highest chart position in the UK for the group was No.8 with the 1977 single ‘Hotel California.’ 
1975 “Nightengale” by Carole King peaked at #9 on the US singles chart.
1975 Winners at this year’s Grammy Awards included; Paul McCartney for Best pop vocal on ‘Band On The Run’, Olivia Newton-John won Record Of The Year for ‘I Honestly Love You’ and Stevie Wonder won Album of the year for ‘Fulfillingness First Finale.’ 
1975 “Roll On Down The Highway” by Bachman-Turner Overdrive peaked at #14 on the US singles chart.
1975 “I’m A Woman” by Maria Muldaur peaked at #12 on the US singles chart.
1976 LINDA RONSTADT RECORDING SESSIONS During MARCH, LINDA RONSTADT begins work at the SOUND FACTORY ONE in L.A. on her “HASTEN DOWN THE WIND” album, which includes “THAT’LL BE THE DAY”, “CRAZY” and “SOMEONE TO LAY DOWN BESIDE ME”
1976 AC/DC’s single TNT was released on this day. 
1977 “Blinded By The Light” single by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band was certified Gold by the RIAA
1977 Iggy Pop and David Bowie plus The Vibrators appeared at Friars, Aylesbury, England. 
1979 “I Want Your Love” single by Chic was certified Gold by the RIAA
1979 Joy Division appeared at The Hope & Anchor, Islington, London, England. Admission was 75p ($1.28). 
1980 Blondie were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Atomic’ the group’s third UK No.1 single from their album ‘Eat To The Beat’. 
1980 “Yes, I’m Ready” by Teri DeSario with K.C. peaked at #2 on the US singles chart.
1980 “An American Dream” by The Dirt Band peaked at #13 on the US singles chart.
1980 The Shadows scored their fourth No.1 UK album when ‘String Of Hits’ started a three-week run at the top of the charts. 
1983 “Baby Come To Me” single by Patty Austin & James Ingram was certified Gold by the RIAA
1983 “Rio” album by Duran Duran was certified Gold by the RIAA. Also including ‘My Own Way’, ‘Hungry Like The Wolf’ & ‘Save A Prayer’. 
1985 “Stop Making Sense” album by Talking Heads was certified Gold by the RIAA. Including ‘Take Me To The River’, ‘Once In A Lifetime’ & ‘Burning Down The House’.
1986 Mr Mister started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Kyrie’, the group’s second US No.1, a No.11 hit in the UK. Also the group’s album ‘Welcome To The Real World’ went to No.1 on the US album chart. 
1986 “Tarzan Boy” by Baltimora peaked at #13 on the US singles chart.
1986 “Russians” by Sting peaked at #16 on the US singles chart.
1986 “The Sweetest Taboo” by Sade peaked at #5 on the pop singles chart.
1986 Living In America” by James Brown peaked at #4 on the US singles chart; “Weird Al” parodied it into “Living With A Hernia”.
1987 Kesha Rose Sebert, (Kesha), 2009 US No.1 single with Flo Rida, ‘Right Round’, solo US No.1 single ‘Tik Tok’. 
1989 Madonna started a $5 million, (£2.9m) sponsorship deal with Pepsi Cola. 
1990 Janet Jackson played the first night on her 120-date Rhythm Nation 1814 World tour at the Miami Arena in Florida. As part of the show Jackson’s had a live panther on-stage, but after concerns were raised over safety of the crowds and several incidents of the panther urinating on the stage Jackson axed the cat from the show in the summer leg of the tour. 
1991 Frank Smith from Air Supply died of pneumonia in Melbourne, Australia. (1980 UK No.11 single ‘All Out Of Love’, 1981 US No.1 single ‘The One That You Love’). 
1994 Justin Bieber born in London, Ontario, Canada. Canadian singer. Bieber is the first artist to have seven songs from a debut album chart on the Billboard Hot 100. His 2009 debut single ‘One Time’ was a Top 30 hit in over 10 countries. With a global fan base, termed as “Beliebers”, and over 40 million followers on Twitter, he was named by Forbes magazine in 2012 as the third-most powerful celebrity in the world.
1994 Nirvana played their final ever concert when they appeared at The Terminal Einz in Munich, Germany. The 3,000 capacity venue was a small Airport Hanger. The power went off during the show so they played an impromptu acoustic set including a version of The Cars ‘My Best Friend’s Girl.’ 
1995 Bruce Springsteen’s Streets of Philadelphia won three Grammys for Song of the Year, Best Male Vocal Performance and Best Rock Song. 
1995 Sheryl Crow won Grammy Awards for best new artist, and for best record and best female pop vocalist for “All I Wanna Do”. Bruce Springsteen wins four Grammys for his AIDS anthem “Streets of Philadelphia.” Tony Bennet wins Album of the Year honors for “MTV Unplugged” and best traditional pop vocal performance. The ceremony featured David Crosby’s first public appearance since his liver transplant the previous November.
1997 A Motley Crue fan who claimed his hearing had been irreparably damaged after a show in New Jersey had his lawsuit thrown out of court. The judge told Clifford Goldberg who had sat near the front of the stage, knew the risk he was taking. 
1997 Bowie Bonds’ were issued on the US Stock Exchange. Linked to David Bowie’s back catalogue albums with money earned on the bonds via interest from royalties, investors could expect to make an 8% profit in about 10 year’s. 
2001 Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs became the star witness of his own defence in a New York court claiming he didn’t have a gun during a shooting in a New York club. The singer claimed he thought he was being shot at. 
2004 Michael Jackson unveiled a new website, www.mjjsource.com. The site featured a celebration of his music career plus news on his current criminal trial, including short biographies of his attorneys and a calendar listing upcoming court dates. 
2005 Nelly featuring Tim McGraw were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Over And Over’, the 3rd No.1 for Nelly, and the first for Grammy Award-winning Country music singer Tim McGraw. 
2009 Kelly Clarkson went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘My Life Would Suck Without You’. US singer Clarkson won American Idol in 2000 and became the only American Idol contestant to have topped the UK charts. 
2009 The Prodigy went to No.1 on the UK album charts with their fifth studio album ‘Invaders Must Die’. 
2013 Jewel Akens died from complications of back surgery, aged 79. He is survived by his wife, Eddie Mae. He was an American singer and record producer.

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