March in Music
1964, Madame Tussauds, London unveiled the wax works images of The Beatles, the first pop stars to be honoured.
1964, Radio Caroline started broadcasting from the former Danish ferry 'Fredericia' in the North Sea off the coast of
1970, Simon and Garfunkel UK No.1 with 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'
1974, Delta blues singer and guitarist Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup died of a stroke at the age of 69.
1981, Elton John's version of The Beatles 'I Saw Her Standing There' was released as a tribute to John Lennon.
1987, Mel and Kim UK No.1 with 'Respectable', giving the production team of Stock, Aitken and Waterman their second
1995, Singer Jimmy McShane died of Aids. He had the 1985 UK No.3 single and European hit 'Tarzan Boy with Italian
dance outfit Baltimora.
1999, French act Mr Oizo UK No.1 with 'Flat Beat.' The tune was used in a Levis jeans ad.
2000, Jimmy Page accepted substantial undisclosed libel damages from a magazine which claimed he had caused or
contributed to the death of his Led Zeppelin bandmate John Bonham.
2004, Usher UK No.1 on the album chart with ‘Confessions
Birthday Boys and Girls
1941, Charlie McCoy, Area Code 615, 1970 theme for UK BBC TV Music show 'The Old Grey Whistle Test'
1949,, Sally Carr, Middle Of The Road,
1954, Reba McEntire,
1986, Lady Gaga, (Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta)
Music Stuff March 27th
1958, CBS records announced the invention of stereophonic records.
1959, English pianist Russ Conway UK No.1 with 'Side Saddle.'
1964, The British invasion continued to make it's way around the world with The Beatles having the top six positions on
the Australian pop chart.
1965, The Supremes scored their fourth US No.1 single with 'Stop! In The Name Of Love.'
1967, Fats Domino played his first ever UK date at London's Saville Theatre, supported by The Bee Gees and Gerry
And The Pacemakers.
1967, John Lennon and Paul McCartney were awarded the prestigious Ivor Novello award for 'Michelle', the most
performed song in the UK in 1966.
1968, The Beatles were UK No.1 with 'Lady Madonna'
1972, Elvis Presley recorded what would be his last major hit, Burning Love
1982, former Small Faces and Faces bass player Ronnie Lane was admitted to hospital for treatment for multiple
1982, The Goombay Dance Band, the second German act to score a UK No.1, (Kraftwerk being the first) scored their
only UK No.1 with 'Seven Tears'
1987, U2 performed from the roof of a store in downtown LA to make the video for 'Where The Streets Have No Name'
bringing traffic to a standstill. The police eventually stop the shoot.
1993, Hot Chocolate UK No.1 'Their Greatest Hits' album.
1997, The Spice Girls UK No.1 single with 'Mama / Who Do You Think You Are.'
2000, Singer, songwriter, poet and actor, Ian Dury died after a long battle with cancer aged 57.
2001, Christina Aguilera signed an U.S. sponsorship deal with Cola-Cola, only a month after Britney Spears signed a
deal to promote Pespi.
2005, Tony Christie started a two week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with the ‘Definitive Collection’.
2008, X Factor winner Leona Lewis became the first British woman to top the US pop chart for more than 20 years with
her single ‘Bleeding Love.’
Birthday Boys and Girls March 27th
1934,Sarah Vaughan, jazz singer
1950, Tony Banks, keyboards, Genesis
1970, Mariah Carey, singer. Carey is named after 'They Call The Wind Mariah' from the musical 'Paint Your Wagon'.
Music Stuff March 26th
1956, Kay Starr was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Rock And Roll Waltz.’
1961, The Beatles performed at the Casbah Coffee Club, West Derby, Liverpool, then they were off to Hamburg
1965, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman all received electric shocks from a faulty microphone on stage during a
Rolling Stones show in Denmark.
1965, The Walker Brothers made their UK TV debut on ‘Ready Steady Go!’
1969, Marvin Gaye was at No.1 on the UK singles chart, with ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’.
1976, One-man blues band Duster Bennett was killed in a car accident. Worked with Alexis Korner, John Mayall’s
Bluesbreakers, Fleetwood Mac and B.B. King.
1983, Duran Duran went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Is There Something I Should Know’.
1985, Radio stations in South Africa banned all of Stevie Wonders records after he dedicated the Oscar he had won
the night before at The Academy Awards to Nelson Mandela.
1988,Aswad UK No.1 with ‘Don’t Turn Around.’
1988, Michael Jackson US No.1 with ‘Man In The Mirror’, UK No.21.
2000, Melanie C scored her first solo UK No.1 single with ‘Never Be The Same Again’ with Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes from
2002, Randy Castillo drummer with the Ozzy Osbourne band died of cancer aged 51.
2004, Jan Berry of Jan and Dean, died at the age of 62
2006, Readers of Total Guitar magazine voted the guitar solo by Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway To Heaven‘
as the greatest guitar solo of all time.
Birthday Boys and Girls March 26th
1917, Rufus Thomas
1944, Diana Ross, (Diane Earle)
1953,William Lyall, keyboards, Pilot
1956, Stephanie Mills, singer
1968,Kenny Chesney, US country singer
Music Stuff March 25th
1958, Buddy Holly appeared at The Gaumont Theatre in London, the final date on his only UK tour. Also on the bill
was Des O’Connor!
1964, The Beatles made their debut on UK ‘Top Of The Pops’ singing ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ and ‘You Can’t Do That.’
1965, Bobby Vee, Dusty Springfield, The Searchers, Heinz and The Zombies all appeared at The Odeon Cinema,
1967, The Turtles US No.1 with ‘Happy Together’, No.12 in the UK.
1967, Pink Floyd played three gigs in 24 hours. …… Ricky Tick Club in Windsor, England, …. New Yorker Discotheque
in Swindon….. Shoreline Club in Bognor Regis
1969, John and Yoko started their week long ‘bed-in’ in the presidential suite at The Amsterdam Hilton hotel.
1972, America US No.1 with their debut hit ‘Horse With No Name’, it made No.3 in the UK.
1972, Lindisfarne UK No.1 album ‘Fog On The Tyne.’
1978, Bill Kenny, lead singer of The Ink Spots died.
1978, 20 Golden Greats’ by Buddy Holly and The Crickets went to No.1 on the UK album chart, giving Holly his first
ever No.1 LP
1983, Motown Records celebrated its 25 anniversary with a concert in Pasadena, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, The
Temptations, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Jr. Walker, The Commodores, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and The
Jackson 5. What a great show!
1989, Madonna UK No.1 with ‘Like A Prayer’
1989, Mike And The Mechanics US No.1 with ‘The Living Years’, a No. 2 hit in the UK.
1995, The Comic Relief charity record ‘Love Can Build A Bridge‘ featuring Cher, Chrissie Hynde, Neneh Cherry and
Eric Clapton went to No.1 on the UK singles chart for one week.
2001, the first Britney Spears Pepsi TV commercial was aired on US television.
2002, Bono from U2 made a appearance at the air rage trial of R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, telling the court ‘I came to
court because Peter is actually famously know for being a peaceable person. I once had to twist his arm to get him to a
2002, The seven-year mystery of missing Manic Street Preachers guitarist Richey Edwards took a grisly twist when
human feet were found near where he vanished in 1995.
2005, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne were forced to flee their Buckinghamshire mansion after a blaze broke out as they
2006, Buck Owens Jr. American singer and guitarist died. Pioneered the Bakersfield sound—a reference to
2007, The reformed Take That UK No 1 album with ‘Beautiful World.’
2007, Proclaimers feat Brian Potter & Andy Pipkin UK No.1 with ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’. The Scottish duo teamed
up with Peter Kay and Matt Lucas for this unofficial Comic Relief charity hit.
Birthday Boys and Girls March 25th
1934, US singer Johnny Burnette,
1938, Hoyt Axton, US singer, songwriter and actor who wrote songs for Elvis Presley, Three Dog Night, John Denver,
Ringo Starr and Glen Campbell.
1942, Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul
1947, Elton John. Some of the aliases Sir Elton has used checking into hotels include, Prince Fooboo, Sir Humphrey
Handbag, Lillian Lollipop, Lord Choc Ice, Lord Elpus, Binky Poodleclip and Sir Henry Poodle. Elton John’s official
nickname is Rocket Man – but Rod Stewart calls him Sharon.
1949, Nick Lowe,
1951, Born on this day, Maisie Williams, Boney M
Music Stuff March 23rd
1961, Elvis Presley had his seventh UK No.1 – ‘Wooden Heart.’
1964, John Lennon’s book of verse and rhyme ‘In His Own Write’ was published in the UK.
1967, at a ceremony held at the Playhouse Theatre in London, The Beatles were awarded three Ivor Novello
awards for 1966: Best-selling British single ‘Yellow Submarine’, most-performed song ‘Michelle’, and next-most-
performed song ‘Yesterday’. None of the Beatles attended and the winning songs were played by Joe Loss and his
Orchestra. The lead vocal for ‘Michelle’ was sung by Ross MacManus. His son would become Elvis Costello.
1969, Coventry Theatre…Stevie Wonder, The Foundations, The Flirtations and the man I worked with on the Radio
One Club from Top Rank, Doncaster, Emperor Rosko. 1973, John Lennon was ordered to leave the US within 60 days
by the immigration authorities.
1991, Hale And Pace and The Stonkers UK No.1 with the charity record ‘The Stonk…..(not good!)
1991, R.E.M. scored their first UK No.1 album featuring the singles ‘Losing My Religion’ and ‘Shiny Happy People.’
1995, Alan Barton of UK pop band Black Lace died… 1984 UK No.2 single ‘Agadoo.’
2005, (Is This The Way To) Amarillo by Tony Christie featuring Peter Kay was the No.1 UK single
2008, Neil Aspinall, who ran the Apple Corps music empire for the Beatles from 1970 – 2007 died from Cancer at a
hospital in New York aged 66. A school friend of Sir Paul McCartney and George Harrison, he was regarded by some
of the band as the “fifth Beatle” . He was the Beatles’ road manager in 1961 before becoming their personal assistant.
Birthday Boys and Girls March 23rd
1952, Dave Bartram, Showaddywaddy
1953, Chaka Khan, (Yvette Marie Stevens), US singer
1966, Mark McLoughlin, (Marti Pellow)
1968, Damon Albarn, vocals, Blur
1972, Beverly Knight
Music Stuff March 22nd
1962, The Beatles and The New York Twisters appeared at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England.
1975, Frankie Valli US No.1 with ‘My Eyes Adored You
1975, Led Zeppelin US No.1 with ‘Physical Graffiti’, the group’s fourth US No.1 album.
1975, Bay City Rollers UK No.1 with ‘Bye Bye Baby’
1975, Tom Jones UK No.1 with his ‘20 Greatest Hits’ collection.
1978, The Police signed to A & M Records.
1980, Johnny Mathis went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Tears And Laughter.’
1980, Pink Floyd’s ‘Another Brick In The Wall’ US No.1. Also No.1 in the UK.
1980, The Jam had their first UK No.1 with ‘Going Underground
1994, Singer, songwriter, producer Dan Hartman died of a brain tumor in Westport, Connecticut. Was a member of the
Edgar Winter Group and wrote the band’s hit ‘Free Ride.’ Had the 1978 No.1 dance hit ‘Instant Replay,’ wrote ‘Relight
My Fire’ a UK No.1 for Take That and Lulu.
2000, Yusuf Islam the former singer Cat Stevens joined the campaign to save the Section 28 ban on the promotion of
homosexuality in UK schools.
2004, Ozzy Osbourne was voted the nation’s favourite ambassador to welcome aliens to planet Earth.
2004, a new book claimed that Elvis Presley’s ancestors came from a small village called Lonmay in the North East of
Scotland. Author Allan Morrison said he’d found evidence that Elvis’s great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather
was married in the village 300 years ago.
2009, Lady Gaga UK No.1 with ‘Poker Face’
2009, Ronan Keating UK No.1 with ‘Songs For My Mother’
Birthday Boys and Girls March 22nd
1936, Roger Whittaker, singer, songwrite
1943, George Benson
1948, Andrew Lloyd Webber
Music Stuff March 21st
1961, The Beatles played their first ever evening show at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, supporting The Swinging
Bluegenes, (later to become The Swinging Blue Jeans).
1965, The Beatles started a two-week run at No.1 with ‘She Loves You’.
1973, The BBC banned all teenybopper acts appearing on UK TV show, ‘Top Of The Pops’ after a riot following a
David Cassidy performance.
1978, Dire Straits played at The Marquee Club in London, England. Tickets priced at 70p.
1981, REO Speedwagon US No.1 with ‘Keep On Loving You’, the group’s first top 40 hit and first No.1, a No.7 hit in the
1984, Strawberry Fields, an area in Central Park bought by Yoko Ono in memory of her late husband was opened.
1987, U2 UK No.1 album with ‘The Joshua Tree’
1991, Leo Fender, the inventor of The Telecaster and Stratocaster guitars died from Parkinson’s disease.
1999, Irish girl group B*Witched scored their fourth consecutive UK No.1 single with ‘Blame It On The Weatherman.’
1999, Blur went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘13′,
2006, Three South African women whose father, Solomon Linda, wrote ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ in 1939, won a six-
year court battle that gave them 25 per cent of all past and future royalties from the song. The song had been
recorded by Pete Seeger (as ‘Wimoweh’), The Kingston Trio, The Tokens, Karl Denver and R.E.M. and was featured
in the Disney film The Lion King. It was estimated that the song had earned $15 million for its use in The Lion King
2008, A five-year legal row over the use of the Beach Boys’ name was settled by two former members of the group.
Mike Love had argued he was the only person allowed to perform under the name of the band and sued Al Jardine,
whom he claimed was appearing as an unlicensed Beach Boys act. Mr Jardine’s lawyer said “a friendly settlement” had
been reached that allowed them to focus on the talent and future of this American iconic band.”
Birthday Boys and Girls March 21st
1940, Solomon Burke
1943, Viv Stanshall, vocals, ukulele, Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
1946, Ray Dorset, singer, guitarist, songwriter, Mungo Jerry
1951, Russell Thompkins Jr, vocals, The Stylistics
Music Stuff March 20th
1960, Elvis Presley started his first recordings since being discharged from the US Army…… No.1 single, ‘Stuck On
You’. Scotty Moore and Bill Black, who had quit Presley’s touring band in 1957, were in the studio with him for the last
1961, Elvis Presley started US No.1 with ‘Surrender’, his fifth No.1 of the 60’s.
1964, The Beatles appeared live on the UK television program Ready Steady Go!
1968, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Legend Of Xanadu’
1969, John Lennon married Yoko Ono at the British Consulate Office in Gibraltar.
1971, Janis Joplin US No.1 with the Kris Kristofferson’s ‘Me And Bobby McGee’.
1973, Slade UK No.1 with ‘Com On Feel The Noize’
1976, Status Quo UK No.1 on the UK chart with their third No.1 album ‘Blue For You’. The bands record label set up a
deal with Levi Jeans, advertising in over 6,000 clothes shops to help promote the album.
1982, Joan Jett And The Blackhearts US No.1 with ‘I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll’
1990, Gloria Estefans tour bus was rammed by a tractor-trailer on the way to a concert.
1991, Eric Clapton’s four year old son, Conor, fell to his death from the 53rd story of a New York City apartment. The
tragedy inspired his song ‘Tears in Heaven’.
1991, Michael Jackson signed a $1 billion (£0.6 billion) contract with Sony, the richest deal in recording history
1993, Shaggy UK No.1 with ‘Oh Carolina
2000, Geri Halliwell scored her third UK No.1 single with ‘Bag It Up’. It made the former Spice Girl the first woman in UK
chart history to have 10 UK No.1 hits.
2005, Tony Christie featuring Peter Kay No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Is This The Way To Amarillo’
Birthday Boys and Girls March 20th
1937, Jerry Reed, US country guitarist
1972, Shelly Poole, singer, songwriter, Alisha’s Attic, daughter of 60’s musician Brian Poole
Music Stuff March 19th
1958, Big Records released 'Our Song' by a teenage duo from Queens, New York, Tom and Jerry. The duo became
Simon and Garfunkel.
1964, Billy J Kramer And The Dakotas were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Little Children.'
1964, UK Prime Minister Harold Wilson presented The Beatles with their awards for show business personalities of the
year for 1963 at London's Dorchester Hotel.
1965, the Tailor And Cutter Magazine ran an article asking The Rolling Stones to start wearing ties. The current
fashion did not include wearing ties with shirts and many tie-makers were facing financial disaster. Mick Jagger said of
the appeal, “The trouble with a tie is that it could dangle in the soup. It is also something extra to which a fan can hang
when you are trying to get in and out of a theater.”
1971, T Rex were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Hot Love.'
1976, Paul Kossof guitarist with Free and Back Street Crawler died aged 25, of heart failure during a flight from Los
Angeles to New York, Kossof had a long history of drug abuse.
1978, Billy Joel made his UK live debut at London's Dury Lane Theatre.
1981, The J Geils Band were at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Centrefold'
1982, Ozzy Osbourne's rhythm guitarist and former Quiet Riot member Randy Rhoads was killed when the plane he
was riding in crashed.
1994, Dutch instrumental duo Doop were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Doop', their only hit, making them One-
hit Wonders.1995, Bruce Springsteen started a two week run at No.1 on the US album chart with his 'Greatest Hits.'
1996, the second Beatles Anthology series was released. The album featured 'Real Love', a track the remaining
members of the Beatles recorded using an old demo track of John Lennon's. The song was first recorded by Lennon in
1977 with a handheld tape recorder on his piano at home, it originated as part of an unfinished stage play that Lennon
was working on at the time entitled "The Ballad of John and Yoko."
2001, former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell's London home was broken into.
2006, Orson were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'No Tomorrow', the California band's only UK chart topper2006,
Shakira was set to become the first pop star to release a single only in the form of a mobile download. The singers
forthcoming release ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ would not be issued in the US as a CD or as a download via the internet but would
be available to phone users connected to Verizon.
2007, US soul singer Luther Ingram died from a heart attack at the age of 69. Ingram scored the 1972 US No.2 hit ‘(If
Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right’ and wrote the Staple Singers' hit ‘Respect Yourself’.
Birthday Boys and Girls March 19th
1946, Paul Atkinson, The Zombies
1946,Ruth Pointer, The Pointer Sisters
1952, Derek Longmuir, Bay City Rollers
1955, Actor and singer Bruce Willis
1983, Carrie Underwood
Music Stuff March 18th
1939, Frank Sinatra made his first recording
1959, EMI Records in the UK announced that it had now stopped all production of 78 rpm discs.
1967, The UK music magazine New Musical Express announced that former Spence Davis Group member Steve
Winwood was planning to form a new group with Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason. The ensemble would
choose the name Traffic.
1967, The Beatles US No.1 with 'Penny Lane.'
1972, Neil Young US No.1 with 'Heart Of Gold'.
1972, Paul Simon scored his first solo No.1 album. Feated the singles 'Mother And Child Reunion' and 'Me And Julio
Down By The School Yard.'
1978, The Bee Gees had the Top 3 on the US singles charts, 'Night Fever' at No.1, '(Love is) Thicker Than Water', by
brother Andy at No.2, co-written by Barry Gibb and 'Emotion' by Samantha Song written and produced by The Bee
Gees at No.3.
1978, Blondie UK No.2 with 'Denis.'
1989, A radio station in California arranged to have all it's Cat Stevens Records destroyed by having a steamroller run
over them in protest of the singer's support of Ayatollah Khomeni.
1989, Stock, Aitken and Waterman had three singles in the UK Top 5: Jason Donovan's 'Too Many Broken Hearts',
Bananarama's 'Help', and Donna Summer's 'This Time I Know It's For Real.'
2001, American singer, guitarist, and songwriter John Phillips of Mamas and The Papas died of heart failure aged 65.
2001, Eva Cassidy UK No.1 with 'Songbird', the album went on to become the third biggest seller of 2001.
2002, The Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
2004, Courtney Love exposed her breasts during an appearance on David Letterman's TV talk show.
2007, Sugababes vs Girls Aloud went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Walk This Way'.
2008, Heather Mills' evidence in her divorce case with Sir Paul McCartney was "inconsistent, inaccurate" and "less than
candid", according to judge Mr Justice Bennett's. His High Court ruling was revealed in full after Ms Mills was told she
could not appeal against its publication. The full ruling was published a day after she was awarded £24.3m at the High
Court in London.
Birthday Boys and Girls March 18th
1936, Robert Lee Smith, The Tams
1938, Charlie Pride, US singer
1959,Irene Cara, US singer, actress
1963, Vanessa Williams, US singer, former model and beauty queen
1964, Courtney Pine, jazz musician, worked with Charlie Watts, Mica Paris, composer of film and TV music.
Music Stuff St Patrick´s Day March 17th
1957, Elvis Presley bought the Graceland mansion from Mrs Ruth Brown-Moore for $102,500. (£60,295). The original
building was named after the builder’s daughter, Grace Toof.
1958, The Champs US No.1 with ‘Tequila’, UK No.5 .
1962, The Shadows UK No. 1 with the single ‘Wonderful Land’.
1966, The Walker Brothers had their second UK No.1 with ‘The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore’
1967, working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles finished the recoding of ‘She’s Leaving Home’ after
adding backing vocals to the track. Harpist Sheila Bromberg who was part of the string section on the track became the
first woman to play on a Beatles recording.
1968, The Bee Gees appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1979, Gloria Gaynor UK No.1 with ‘I Will Survive.’
1979, The Bee Gees UK No.1 with ‘Spirits Having Flown.’
1982, Samuel George Jr, lead singer of US group The Capitols was killed aged 39 after being stabbed during a family
argument. Had the 1966 US No. 7 single ‘Cool Jerk.’
1984, Howard Jones UK No.1 album with his debut release ‘Human’s Lib’.
1997, US singer Jermaine Stewart died of cancer. (1986 UK No.2 single ‘We Don’t Have To…Take Our Clothes Off’).
2004, The Kinks singer Ray Davies received his CBE medal from the Queen at Buckingham Palace for services to the
2008, Ola Brunkert, the former drummer with the Swedish group Abba, was found dead with his throat cut at his home
in Majorca, Spain. Brunkert died after he hit his head against a glass door in the dining room at his home. He was
found dead in his garden after trying to seek help. The 62 year old musician had played on every Abba album and had
toured with the group.
Music Stuff March 16th
1959, The Platters UK No.1with ‘Smoke Gets In Your Eyes.’
1964, The Beatles set a new record for advance sales in the U.S. with 2,100,000 copies of their latest single ‘Can’t Buy
1965, The Rolling Stones were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Last Time’
1968, the posthumously released Otis Redding single ‘Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay’, started a five week run at No.1
on the US chart, (a No.3 hit the UK). Otis was killed in a plane crash on 10th December 1967 three days after
recording the song.
1969, Fleetwood Mac, The Move, Amen Corner, Peter Sarstedt, The Tymes, Harmony Grass and Geno Washington all
appeared at ‘Pop World 69′ at London’s Wembley Empire Pool, England.
1970, Motown singer Tammi Terrell died of a brain tumour at the age of 24. She had collapsed onstage on October
14, 1967 into Marvin Gaye’s arms during a concert in Hampton, Virginia. Initially Terrell recorded solo, but from 1967
onwards she recorded a series of duets with Marvin Gaye, including the 1967 US No.5 ‘Your Precious Love’ and the
1968, ‘Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing’. Marvin Gaye reacted to her death by taking a four year break from concert
performance and went into self-isolation.
1971, winners at this years Grammy Awards included, Simon and Garfunkel who won Record of the year, Song of the
year and Album of the year for ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, The Carpenters won Best new act and Best vocal
1974, Barbra Streisand started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘The Way We Were’, the singers
second US No.1.
1977, Paper Lace UK No.1 with the anti-war pop song ‘Billy Don’t Be A Hero,’ the group’s only No.1.
1991, Seven members of Country singer Reba McEntire’s band and her road manager were among 10 people who
were killed when their private jet crashed in California just north of the Mexican border. McEntire, who had given a
private concert in San Diego for IBM employees the night before, was not on the plane.
1991, The Farm scored their only UK No.1 album with ‘Spartacus.’
1996, Charles Pope singer with US soul group The Tams died of heart failure.
2003, Gareth Gates featuring The Kumars UK No.1chart with ‘Spirit In The Sky.’ The song had been a UK No.1 for
Norman Greenbaum in 1970 and for Doctor and the Medics in 1986.
Birthday Boys and Girls March 16th
1954, Jimmy Nail, UK actor and singer
Music Stuff March 15th
1955, Elvis Presley signed with Colonel Tom Parker.
1955, Ray Charles peaked at No.2 on the US R&B charts with the Atlantic single ‘I Got A Woman’.
1969, Cream UK No.1 on the UK chart with their album 'Goodbye.'
1969, Tommy Roe US No.1 chart with 'Dizzy', also No.1 in the UK. In 1991
1969, Janis Joplin was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
1969, Tyrannosaurus Rex singer Marc Bolan's first book of poetry 'The Warlock Of Love' was published
1973, Roberta Flack US No.1with 'Killing Me Softly With His Song'.
1977, Pink Floyd played the first of six sold-out nights at Empire Pool, Wembley, London, England.
1980, One hit wonder Fern Kinney was UK No.1 with 'Together We Are Beautiful.'
1986, Starship US No.1 with 'Sara', it reached No.66 in the UK.
1986, The Bangles UK No.2 with 'Manic Monday', a song written by Prince under the pseudonym Christopher
1989, The Rolling Stones signed a £40 million contract to play 50 North American dates. It was the largest contract in
1997, The Spice Girls UK No.1 with 'Mama', making them the first act ever to have their first 4 singles reach No.1 on
the UK chart.
1997, U2 UK No.1 with 'Pop', the bands sixth UK No.1 album.
1998, Madonna scored her sixth UK No.1 album with 'Ray Of Light', no other female artist had achieved more than
three UK No.1 albums.
1999, Bruce Springsteen was inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame by U2's Bono.
2002, Yoko Ono unveiled a seven foot bronze statue of John Lennon overlooking the check- in hall of Liverpool
John Lennon airport. The re-branding of the airport featured a sketch of Lennon's face with the words 'Above Us
2004, George Harrison, Prince, Bob Seger, The Dells, Traffic and ZZ Top were all inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame in New York City.
2008, six people were charged with conspiracy to defraud the Isle of Wight Festival by trying to sell fake tickets and
2008, Janet Jackson US No.1 with her tenth solo album ‘Discipline.’
2009, No.1 on the UK singles chart 'Islands In The Stream', the Comic Relief single for 2009
Birthday Boys and Girls March 15th
1912, Sam 'Lightnin' Hopkins. He died 30th January 1982 aged 70. Major influence on Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix.
1922, Eddie Calvert, British solo trumpeter. (1953 UK No.1 'Oh, Mein Papa' and 1955 UK No.1 with 'Cherry Pink &
Apple Blossom White').
1932, Arif Mardin, Producer and arranger. Worked with Aretha Franklin, Bette Midler, Roberta Flack, Wilson
Pickett, Average White Band, The Bee Gees, Barbra Streisand and more recently Norah Jones.
1941, Mike Love, The Beach Boys,
1942, Hughie Flint, Blues Band, McGuinness Flint, (1970 UK No.2 'When I'm Dead And Gone').
1944, Sly Stone, vocals, guitar, keyboards, Sly and the Family Stone
1947, Ry Cooder, guitarist, member of Captain Beefheart's Magic Band, worked with Gordon Lightfoot, The Rolling
Stones, Eric Clapton, Randy Newman, John Lee Hooker.
1962, Terence Trent D'arby,
Music Stuff March 14th
1955, CBS talent scout Arthur Godfrey turned down the chance to sign Elvis Presley, instead at the same audition he
signed singer Pat Boone.
1962, Bruce Channel US No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Hey! Baby', it made No.2 on the UK chart.
1963, Cliff Richard and The Shadows UK No.1 with 'Summer Holiday.' Taken from the film of the same name.
1963, on a UK tour with Chris Montez and Tommy Roe, The Beatles appeared at the Gaumont Cinema,
1968, the promotional film for ‘Lady Madonna’ was broadcast in black and white on Top of the Pops on UK television.
1973, Elton John US No.1 with 'Crocodile Rock',
1981, Eric Clapton was hospitalised with bleeding ulcers causing a US tour to be cancelled.
1981, Roxy Music UK No.1 with their version of the John Lennon song 'Jealous Guy.'
1984, Rainbow played their last ever gig as a band when they performed in Japan.
1985, Frankie Goes To Hollywood appeared live at Sheffield's City Hall during a UK tour.
1985, Dead Or Alive were kicked off the UK music television show 'The Tube', after admitting they were incapable of
1987, Boy George scored his first UK No.1 single as a solo artist with the David Gates song 'Everything I Own.
1987, 'The Very Best Of Hot Chocolate' No.1 on the UK album chart.
1990, Michael Jackson was voted artist of the decade at the annual 'Soul Train Awards.'
1991, American songwriter Doc Pomus died. With Mort Shuman he wrote many early 60's hits including, ‘A Teenager in
Love’, ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’, ‘Sweets For My Sweet’, ‘Can't Get Used to Losing You’, ‘Little Sister’, ‘Suspicion’,
‘Surrender’ and ‘Viva Las Vegas’.
1992, Madness started a three week run at No.1 on the UK album chart
1998, Celine Dion went back to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'My Heart Will Go On.'
1999, Stereophonics No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Performance And Cocktails', only the third Welsh band to score
a No.1 and the first No.1 album for Richard Branson's V2 label.
2001, Peter Blake, who designed The Beatles’ classic Sgt. Pepper album cover sued the group’s record company for
more money. Blake was paid £200 or the famous figures in 1967,
2002, Alicia Keys played a show in a suite at the House of Commons after young Labour MP David Lammy had booked
the American singer. Lammy said he had arranged the show in an attempt to make Parliament more accessible to
2005, Michael Jackson was blasted by British Army veterans for wearing military badges while on trail for child abuse.
2006, U2 topped Rolling Stone magazine’s annual list of the year’s biggest money earners from 2005 with £78m, The
Rolling Stones were listed second with £47m and The Eagles third with £32.m. Paul McCartney was in fourth place with
£28m and Elton John in fifth with £24.8m.
Birthday Boys and Girls March 14th
1933, Quincy Jones, producer, bandleader, musician
1947, Jona Lewie, UK singer
1947, Peter Skellern, UK singer, songwriter
Music Stuff March 13th
1956, RCA Records issued the first album and extended play releases by Elvis Presley.
1958, The Recording Industry Association of America introduced its awards for record sales, (RIAA). The Beatles
hold the record for being awarded the most with 76 platinum certifications.
1960, Johnny Preston UKt No.1 with ‘Running Bear’, also No.1 in the US.
1965, Eric Clapton quit The Yardbirds due to musical differences with the other band members. Clapton wanted to
continue in a blues vein
1965, The Beatles US No.1 with ‘Eight Days A Week
1965, Tom Jones made his first major TV appearance on BBC TVs ‘Billy Cotton Band Show.’
1966, Rod Stewart left Steampacket to work as a solo artist.
1976, The Four Seasons US No.1 with ‘December 1963, (Oh What A Night)’, their only UK No.1.
1977, Manhattan Transfer were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Chanson D’amour’, the group’s only UK No.1.
1985, Bob Geldof and Midge Ure received the best selling a side award at the 30th Ivor Novello Awards for ‘Do They
Know It’s Christmas.’
1987, Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1993, Eric Clapton US No.1 album with ‘Unplugged.’
1993, Lenny Kravitz UK No.1 album with ‘Are You Gonna Go My Way.’
1993, This week’s Radio One’s UK Top 40 Chart Show was in chaos after Gallup got 20 of the forty entries wrong.
1994, Mariah Carey UK No.1 album with ‘Music Box.’
1998, English reggae and ska artist Judge Dread (Alex Hughes) died after collapsing as he walked off stage in
Canterbury, England. He achieved 10 UK hit singles during the 70’s and was the first white recording artist to have a
reggae hit in Jamaica. Dread has the most banned songs at radio of all time.
1999, Cher US No.1 with ‘Believe’, making Cher the oldest woman to top the Hot 100 at the age of 53.
2005, McFly UK No.1 with ‘All About You’, their 3rd No.1 and a charity release for Comic Relief.
2006, The Sex Pistols refused to attend their own induction into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York City.
Blondie, Herb Alpert and Black Sabbath were all inducted but the Pistols posted a handwritten note on their website,
calling the institution “urine in wine”, adding “We’re not your monkeys, we’re not coming. You’re not paying attention”.
2007, Coffee house Starbucks announced the launch of its own music label, saying it would sign both established and
2008, Michael Jackson refinanced his Neverland ranch to save it from being auctioned off, after being told that if he
failed to pay $25m (£12.5m) he owed on the California property, it would be auctioned within a week. Jackson bought
Neverland in 1987 intending to create a fantasy land for children naming it after an island in the Peter Pan story.
Music Stuff March 12th
1955, American jazz saxophonist and composer Charlie Parker died of a heart attack in New York City. He was 34.
1958, a Philadelphia court sentenced jazz singer Billie Holiday to a year’s probation after being found guilty of
1963, The Beatles played at the Granada Cinema in Bedford with Chris Montez and Tommy Roe.
1968, The Rolling Stones started recording ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’
1969, Paul McCartney married Linda Eastman at Marylebone Register Office.
1974, David Essex appeared at The Kings Hall, Belle Vue, Manchester, England, tickets cost 40p.
1983, U2 UK No.1 album with ‘War’, which went on to spend a total of 147 weeks on the chart.
1983, Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler had her only UK No.1 single with ‘Total Eclipse Of The Heart’.
1988, Rick Astley US No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’, also a UK No.1.
1993, Oasis played at the Le Bateau, Liverpool, England in front of 20 people.
1994, Swedish group Ace Of Base US No.1 with ‘The Sign’, UK No.2.
1995, Boyz II Men were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘II.’
2000, Chicane went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Don’t Give Up’. The song featured the vocals of Bryan
Adams. Chicane is UK producer Nick Bracegirdle.
2001, Judy Garland’s ‘Over The Rainbow’ was voted the Song Of The Century in a poll published in America.
2009, Hundreds of fans queued at the O2 arena in London as Michael Jackson tickets went on sale to the public.
Jackson had confirmed he would be playing a 50-date residency at the venue, beginning on 8 July 2009. Some
360,000 pre-sale tickets had already sold. Organisers said the This Is It tour had become the fastest-selling in history.
Prices ranged from £170 to £10,000, but tickets bought directly from the singer’s website cost up to £75.
Birthday Boys and Girls March 12th
1917, Leonard Chess, the founder of the Chess record label, home to John Lee Hooker, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and
1942, Brian O’Hara, The Fourmost
Music Stuff March 11th
1963, The Mann Hugg Blues Brothers (later to become Manfred Mann) played at London’s Marquee Club in England.
1964, The Beatles spent the day filming at Twickenham Studios for A Hard Day’s Night.
1965, Tom Jones was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘It’s Not Unusual.’
1966, This week’s ITV music show ‘Ready Steady Go’, was entirely devoted to the music of James Brown.
1967, The Supremes had their ninth US No.1 single with ‘Love Is Here And Now Your Gone’ a No.17 hit in the UK.
1967, music publisher, Dick James, announced that 446 different versions of the Paul McCartney song ‘Yesterday’ had
been recorded so far.
1968, The Otis Redding single ‘Dock Of The Bay’, went gold in the US three months after the singer was killed in a
1970, winners at this years Grammy awards included Joe South for song of the year with ‘Games People Play’, Crosby
Stills and Nash won best new artist, The Fifth Dimension won Record of the year with ‘Aquarius / Let The Sun Shine In.’
1971, Jim Morrison of The Doors arrived in Paris booking into The Hotel George’s, the following week he moved into
an apartment at 17 Rue Beautreillis in Paris.
1972, Neil Young US No.1 with ‘Harvest.’ The album featured the hit single ‘Heart Of Gold.’
1972, Harry Nilsson UK No.1 with his version of The Peter Ham and Tom Evans song ‘Without You’.
1978, The debut single from Kate Bush, ‘Wuthering Heights’ UK No.1.
1989, Jason Donovan UK No.1 with ‘Too Many Broken Hearts. A Stock, Aitken and Waterman hit.
1993, Oasis recorded their first demos at The Real People’s studio in Liverpool.
1996, Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker walked free from Kensington police station after police failed to charge him with any
criminal offence following his ’stage invasion’, during Michael Jackson’s performance at the Brit Awards on 19th
2001, Westlife UK No.1 with their version of the 1983 Billy Joel song, ‘Uptown Girl.’
2005, the front door of Ozzy Osbourne’s childhood home in Birmingham went up for sale because the current owner
was fed up with fans defacing it.
2006, the Disney Channel Original Movie, ‘High School Musical’ was at No.1 on the US album chart.
2008, Madonna was inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at a star-studded ceremony in New York City,
she received her honour at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel from singer Justin Timberlake. The 49-year-old thanked her
detractors in an acceptance speech, including those who “said I couldn’t sing, that I was a one hit wonder”.
Birthday Boys and Girls March 11th
1944, Ric Rothwell, drummer with The Mindbenders
1948, George Kooymans, Golden Earring
1950, Bobby McFerrin, vocalist and conductor
1951, Katie Kissoon,
Music Stuff March 10th
1960, UK trade paper Record Retailer published the UK’s first ever EP (extended player) chart and LP chart. No. 1 EP
was ‘Expresso Bongo’ by Cliff Richard & The Shadows
1962, Bruce Channel US No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Hey! Baby’, UK No.2
1973, This week’s UK Top 5 singles: No.5, Focus, ‘Sylvia’, No.4, Detroit Emeralds, ‘Feel The Need In Me’, No.3, The
Strawbs, ‘Part Of The Union’, No.2, The Faces, ‘Cindy Incidentally’, No.1, Slade, ‘Cum On Feel The Noize.’
1979, Gloria Gaynor US No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Will Survive’, also a UK No.1
1984, Van Halen US No.1 position with ‘Jump’.
1988, younger brother of The Bee Gees Andy Gibb died in hospital. His death from myocarditis (inflammation of the
heart) followed a long battle with cocaine addiction, which had weakened his heart.
1997, American rhythm and blues singer Lavern Baker died from coronary complications aged 57.
2000, Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde was arrested for leading an animal rights protest against the clothing firm Gap
2001, TV’s ‘Pop Idol’ winner Will Young revealed in an exclusive News Of The World interview that he was gay
2002, ‘The Essential Barbra Streisand’ UK No.1
2003, Johnny Cash was admitted to Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee to undergo treatment for pneumonia.
2005, a survey carried out by Music Choice concluded that ‘Angels’ by Robbie Williams was the song Britons would
most like played at their funeral. Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way’ was second and Monty Python’s ‘Always Look on the Bright
Side of Life’ was voted into third place.
2005, Michael Jackson arrived in court an hour late dressed in his pyjamas after being treated for a back injury
2009, Tickets for a one-off gig by Sir Paul McCartney in Las Vegas sold out seven seconds after going on sale.
Birthday Boys and Girls March 10th
1945, Pete Nelson, The Flowerpot Men
1964, Neneh Cherry, singer, songwriter
Music Stuff March 9th
1960, Adam Faith was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Poor Me' The singers second and final No.1.
1963, Tommy Roe, Chris Montez and The Beatles appeared at the East Ham Granada in London.
1964, The Beatles filmed the last day of train scenes for the movie A Hard Dad’s Night.
1966, The Beach Boys started recording 'God Only Knows'. UK No.2 single in 1966
1968, Bob Dylan started a ten-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with his ninth album 'John Wesley Harding'.
1974, Alvin Stardust UK No.1 with 'Jealous Mind'. He was Shane Fenton in the 1960s
1975, actor Telly Savalas (Kojak) UK No.1 with 'If'.
1985, Dead Or Alive UK No.1 with 'You Spin Me Round (Like A Record).
1985, REO Speedwagon US No.1 with 'Can't Fight This Feeling', it made No.16 in the UK.
1991, Chris Rea scored his second UK No.1 album with 'Auberge' the follow up to 'The Road To Hell'
1991, 'Should I Stay Or Should I Go' gave The Clash their only UK No.1 single also used for a Levi's TV advertisement.
1996, Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher walked off stage during a gig at the Vernon Valley Gorge ski resort in New Jersey
because his hands were too cold to play.
1996, Take That scored their eighth and last UK No.1 single (until re-forming in 2006) with their version of The Bee
Gees 1977 song 'How Deep Is Your Love'.
1997, The Spice Girls No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Spice Girls.'
2004, Tom Jones was banned from wearing tight leather pants by his own son and manager Mark Jones.
2008, Duffy UK No.1 on the UK album charts with ‘Rockferry’ the Welsh singers debut album.
Birthday Boys and Girls March 9th
1934, Lloyd Price, US singer, songwriter
1944, Trevor Burton, The Move
1945, Ron Wilson, drummer, The Surfaris
1948,Jeffrey Osborne, soul singer
Music Stuff March 8th
1961, The Beatles played at the Cavern Club in Liverpool at lunchtime.
1962, The Beatles made their radio debut on the BBC’s ‘Teenagers Turn’, (Here We Go), singing Roy Orbison’s
1966, Lulu became the first British female singer to appear behind the Iron curtain, when she toured Poland with The
1966, Bob Dylan recorded ‘Just Like A Woman’
1969, The Small Faces split up after singer Steve Marriott announced he was leaving the band. Ronnie Lane, Ian
McLagan and Kenny Jones linked up with Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart and formed The Faces.
1970, Diana Ross made her first performance as a solo act
1973, Paul McCartney was fined £100 for growing cannabis at his farm in Scotland. McCartney claimed some fans
gave the seeds to him and that he didn’t know what they would grow.
1986, Diana Ross was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the ‘Chain Reaction.’ Written and produced by the Bee
Gees, (who also provided the backing vocals for the single).
2003, singer, actor Adam Faith died.
2004, Westlife singer Bryan McFadden told the Daily Star he was quitting the group to spend more time with he wife
and two children.
2008, Bjork caused controversy by shouting “Tibet, Tibet” at a Shanghai concert after a powerful performance of her
song Declare Independence. Talk of Tibetan independence was considered taboo in China, which had ruled the
territory since 1951.
2009, A blue heritage plaque in honour of The Who drummer Keith Moon was unveiled on the site of the Marquee
Club in Soho, London, where in 1964 the band played the first of 29 gigs there.
2009, Malcolm Jones, guitarist with Scottish band Runrig, was seriously ill in hospital after collapsing at Waverley rail
station in Edinburgh.
Birthday Boys and Girls March 8th
1942, Ralph Ellis, The Swinging Blue Jeans
1943,Andrew Semple, guitar, vocals, The Fortunes
1945, Michael Dolenz, vocals, drums, The Monkees
1946, Carole Bayer Sager, singer, songwriter. Wrote ‘Groovy Kind Of Love’, hit for The Mindbenders and Phil Collins.
1954, Cheryl Baker, Bucks Fizz
1958, Gary Numan,
Music Stuff March 7th
1953, Guy Mitchell UK No.1 'She Wears Red Feathers'.
1962, The Beatles recorded their first radio appearance, at the Playhouse Theatre, Hulme, Manchester, for the BBC
radio program ‘Teenager's Turn - Here We Go’.
1964, for the first time ever the UK Top Ten Singles Chart was composed entirely of British acts.
1964, The Dave Clark Five made their radio debut on the BBC's 'Saturday Club.'
1966, Mike Millward guitarist from The Fourmost died, aged 23.
1966, Tina Turner recorded her vocal on the Phil Spector produced 'River Deep Mountain High'.
1967, The Beatles recorded additional overdubs for ‘Lovely Rita’
1970, Lee Marvin UK No.1 with 'Wand'rin Star', taken from the film 'Paint Your Wagon.'
1970, Simon and Garfunkels album 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' No.1 on the US chart.
1976, Elton John was immortalised in wax at Madame Tussauds in London.
1987, The first five Beatles albums, Please Please Me, With the Beatles, A Hard Day's Night, Beatles for Sale and
Help! were released on Compact disc.
1988, British pedal steel guitar player Gordon Huntley died of cancer. Was a member of Matthews Southern Comfort,
(UK No.1 single 'Woodstock) and worked with many acts including Elton John, Rod Stewart, The Pretty Things, Cliff
Richard and Fairport Convention.
1998, Madonna UK No.1 with 'Frozen' the singers eighth UK No.1.
1999, Boyzone scored their fifth UK No. 1 single with 'When The Going Gets Tough'... recorded for Comic Relief
2004, Britney Spears scored her fourth UK No.1 single with 'Toxic',
Birthday Boys and Girls March 7th
1945, Chris White, bass, The Zombies
1946, Matthew Fisher, Procol Harum
1948, Little Peggy March, US singer
1952, Ernie Isley, The Isley Brothers
Music Stuff March 6th
1951, Welsh composer, singer and actor Ivor Novello died aged 58. He first became known for the song ‘Keep the
Home Fires Burning,’ which he composed during World War I. The annual British songwriter award is named after him.
1955, Former radio DJ from Tennessee, Ernie Ford UK No.1 with 'Give Me Your Word.'
1961, George Formby died aged 57. UK singing comedian and ukulele player. Made over 20 films, best known song
'Leaning On A Lamp Post.' Made an OBE in 1946.
1965, The Temptations US No.1 with the Smokey Robinson penned song 'My Girl', making the group the first male act
to have a No.1 for Motown
1967, The Beatles recorded sound effects onto the song ‘Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band’ at Abbey Road
studios in London. The beginning audience murmurs and sounds of a band preparing for a performance are added,
along with screams from a tape of the Beatles in concert at the Hollywood Bowl.
1968, UK singer Sandie Shaw married fashion designer Jeff Banks.
1971, Mungo Jerry UK No.1 with 'Baby Jump.
1973, an attempt to bring Elvis Presley to the UK for shows at London's Earl's Court failed.
1973, Slade scored their fourth UK No.1 single with 'Cum On Feel The Noize', the first single to enter the charts at No.1
since The Beatles 'Get Back' in 1969.
1976, Tina Charles UK No.1 with the single 'I Love to Love' (But My Baby Loves to Dance).
1982, Tight Fit UK No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of The Tokens hit 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight.'
1994, Chaka Demus and Pliers went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Tease Me.'
1998, Oasis singer Liam Gallagher appeared handcuffed in a Brisbane court on charges of head butting a fan during
a gig in Australia. Gallagher was released on bail.
2001, a man who hid for 24 hours in the rafters of a Cathedral and secretly filmed the Christening of Madonna's baby
appeared in court. Security staff discovered the man after the ceremony when he made a noise as he climbed down
from the rafters.
2005, G4 No.1 on the UK album chart with their self-titled debut, the four piece boy band had been featured on UK TV
talent show X-Factor.
2005, Stereophonics No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Dakota', the Welsh band's first No.1, eight years after their first
2008, a UK charity warned that nine out of ten young people had experienced the first signs of hearing damage after
listening to loud music.
Birthday Boys and Girls March 6th
1893, Memphis blues artist Walter “Furry” Lewis. He once supported The Rolling Stones. Joni Mitchell wrote the song
‘Furry Sings The Blues’ after him.
1944, David Gilmour, guitarist, singer, songwriter, joined Pink Floyd in 1968,
1944, Mary Wilson, vocals, The Supremes.
1946, Murray Head, UK singer
1947, Kiki Dee, singer and actress.
Music Stuff March 5th
1955, Elvis Presley made his TV debut when he appeared on the weekend show ‘Louisiana Hayride’ on KWKH TV
1963, Country singer Patsy Cline was killed in a plane crash at Dyersburg, Virginia, along with The Cowboy Copas and
Hawkshaw Hawkins. Cline was the first country singer to cross over as a pop artist.
1963, The Beatles recorded ‘From Me to You’
1965, The Rolling Stones kicked off their fifth UK tour at The Regal Theatre, Edmonton, London. A 14-date package
tour with The Hollies, The Konrads and Dave Berry and the Cruisers.
1966, Herb Alpert And The Tijuana Brass US No.1 on the album chart with ‘Going Places.’
1966, Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler US No.1 with ‘Ballad Of The Green Berets’, it made No.24 in the UK.
1973, the former US manager of Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jeffrey was one of 68 people killed in a plane crash in France.
Jeffery was en-route to a court appearance in London related to Hendrix.
1975, Rod Stewart met Swedish actress, Britt Ekland at a party in Los Angeles
1977, Barbra Streisand US No.1 singles chart with ‘Love Theme From A Star Is Born’
1982, actor and singer John Belushi died from an overdose of cocaine and heroin.
1983, Michael Jackson US No.1 on the singles chart with ‘Billie Jean’
1992, R.E.M. cleaned up in The Rolling Stone Music Awards winning Album of the year, for ‘Out Of Time’, Artist of the
year, Best single for ‘Losing My Religion’, Best video for ‘Losing My Religion’ and Best band, Best guitarist and Best
1995, Viv Stanshall of The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band was killed in a house fire.
1999, Sir Elton John won a court case against The Daily Star, after they had published long-lens photographs of Spice
Girl Victoria Adams and footballer David Beckham while they were staying at Elton’s home.
2000, former rap artist MC Hammer became a preacher at the Jubilee Christian Centre in San Jose.
2000, Madonna UK No.1 on the singles chart with her version of the Don McLean 1972 hit ‘American Pie’
2002, the first episode of ‘The Osbournes’ TV show was aired on MTV in the US. Focusing on the madman and his
family (his wife Sharon, and two of their three children).
2006, Corinne Bailey Rae UK No.1 on the album chart with her debut album ‘Corinne Bailey Rae.’
2006, Chico scored his only UK No.1 single with ‘It’s Chico Time’.
2007, records by the Rolling Stones and Paul Simon were chosen for preservation by the US Library of Congress. The
Stones’ Satisfaction and Simon’s Graceland album entered the National Recordings Registry, which preserves historic
works for future generations. Other recordings chosen this year included Carl Perkins’ Blue Suede Shoes, Be My
Baby, The Ronettes, A Change Is Gonna Come, Sam Cooke and the album The Velvet Underground and Nico
2009, Michael Jackson was mobbed by screaming fans as he took his two youngest children to see Oliver! at Drury
Birthday Boys and Girls March 5th
1948, Eddy Grant, singer, The Equals
1951, Elaine Page, singer.
1952, Alan Clark, keyboards, Dire Straits
1956, Teena Marie, US singer
1958, Andy Gibb, younger brother of The Bee Gees.
Music Stuff March 4th
1955, Jazz great Charlie Bird Parker played at Birdland in what would be his last public performance.
1959, The winners of the first Grammy Awards were announced. Domenico Modugno’s ‘Volare’ was Record of the
Year; Henry Mancini’s ‘Peter Gunn’ was Album of the Year and The Champs ‘Tequila’ won best R&B performance.
1966, John Lennon’s statement that The Beatles were ‘more popular than Jesus Christ’ was published in The London
1967, The Rolling Stones went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Ruby Tuesday’, the group’s fourth US No.1 single.
1978, Younger brother of The Bee Gees, Andy Gibb died in hospital, five days after his 30th birthday. His death from
myocarditis (inflammation of the heart) followed a long battle with cocaine addiction, which had weakened his heart.
1978, The US internal Revenue Service carried out a dawn raid at the home of Jerry Lee Lewis and removed cars
worth over £100,000 to pay off his tax debts.
1986, American songwriter Howard Greenfield died of a brain tumour aged 50. Working out of the famous Brill Building
with Neil Sedaka he co-wrote many hits including ‘Calendar Girl’, ‘Breaking Up Is Hard To Do’, and ‘Crying In The Rain’
with Carole King. Also wrote TV theme songs including the theme to ‘Bewitched.’
1999, Victoria ‘Posh’ Spice gave birth to a baby son, Brooklyn, father Manchester United Football player David
Beckham greeted the media with the news.
2001, Shaggy featuring Rikrok went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘It Wasn’t Me’. It became the best-selling
single of 2001, and was also a No.1 in the US.
2003, a noisy neighbour was banned from playing her music and had her stereo system impounded, after she had
played Cliff Richard music too loudly. 23 year-old Sian Davies was fined £1,000 plus court costs after environmental
protection officers raided her flat in Porth, Rhondda, Wales and seized 15 amplifiers and speakers, plus 135 CDs and
2007, Take That went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Shine’, their 10th UK No.1 single. The song was featured in
several commercials for the relaunched Morrisons supermarkets in the UK, and went on to win the British single of the
year award at the 2008 Brit Awards.
Birthday Boys and Girls March 4th
1925, Paul Mauriat, French, conductor, arranger
1936, Eric Allandale, The Foundations
1944, Bobby Womack, soul singer, session guitarist
1944, Michael Wilson, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich
1946, Red Stripe, singer, The Flying Pickets, (1983 UK No.1 single ‘Only You’).
1948, Shakin’ Stevens
1950, Emilio Estefan, Miami Sound Machine
1951, Chris Rea, singer, songwriter, guitarist
Music Stuff March 3rd
1963, The Beatles played the last show on a UK tour supporting Helen Shapiro at The Gaumont Cinema, Hanley,
1967, A twice-nightly tour kicked off in the UK at The ABC in Romford Essex featuring, The Small Faces, Jeff Beck, Roy
Orbison and Paul and Barry Ryan.
1968, this week's UK Top 5 singles: No.5, Don Partridge, 'Rosie', No.4, Manfred Mann, 'Mighty Quinn', No.3, The Move,
'Fire Brigade', No.2, 'Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, 'Legend Of Xanadu', No.1, Esther and Abi Ofarim,
1973, Slade's 'Com On Feel The Noize', entered the UK at No.1, making Slade the first act to achieve this since The
1973, winners at this years Grammy Awards included, Roberta Flack who won Song of the year and Record of the year
with 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face' and Harry Nilsson won Best pop vocal performance for 'Without You.'
1979, The Bee Gees scored their fourth UK No.1 single with 'Tragedy.'
1984, Nena started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with '99 Red Balloons.' Originally sung in
German, '99 Luftballons' was re-recorded in English as '99 Red Balloons'.
1985, Michael Jackson visited Madame Tussauds Waxworks in London to unveil his waxwork look-alike.
1990, Lindy Layton and Beats International were at No.1 in the UK with the single 'Dub Be Good To Me.' Formed by ex-
Housemartins Norman Cook, the song was based on the SOS Band's 1984 hit 'Just Be Good To Me' and The Clash's
'Guns of Brixton'.
1990, during a world tour Paul McCartney played the first of 6 sold-out nights at the Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan.
1999, Oasis agreed to pay their former drummer Tony McCarroll a one-off sum of £550,000 after he sued the
Manchester band for millions in unpaid royalties. McCarroll had been sacked from the band in 1995.
1999, US music professor Peter Jeffrey went to court to sue The Smashing Pumpkins, their promoters and a company
who make ear plugs after claiming his hearing was damaged at a concert in Connecticut.
2000, former Bay City Roller, Derek Longmuir was released on bail on charges of downloading child pornographic
images from the internet and keeping indecent videos in his home.
2000, Tom Jones won the Best male artist at this year's Brit Awards. Best single went to Robbie Williams for 'She's The
One' and Outstanding Contribution went to The Spice Girls.
2001, Stereophonics were forced to change the title of their new album after car manufacturer Daimler Chrysler
objected to their use of the copyrighted word 'Jeep'. The UK title became 'Just Enough Education To Perform.'
2002, TV show 'Pop Idol' winner Will Young UK No.1 with 'Anything Is Possible / Evergreen.'
2003, Ray Jackson who found fame with Lindisfarne took out legal action against Rod Stewart over his 1970s hit song
‘Maggie May.’ Jackson claimed he came up with the worldwide hit's classic mandolin melody and claimed he may have
lost at least £1m because he was not credited for the track's distinctive "hook." Jackson was paid just £15 for the
recording session by Stewart in 1971.
2004, Elton John announced he was planning to marry his long-term partner David Furnish
2008, The Beatles' engineer Norman Smith died at the age of 85. Smith who worked on every studio recording the
band made between 1962 and 1965 was nicknamed "Normal Norman" by John Lennon.
2009, To celebrate the release of U2’s twelfth studio album and their appearance every night for a week on The Late
Show with David Letterman, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg temporarily renamed part of 53rd street in
Midtown Manhattan U2 Way.
Birthday Boys and Girls March 3rd:
1942, Mike Pender, The Searchers,
1944, 1947, Dave Mount, Mud,
1947, Jennifer Warnes, singer, ).
1977, Ronan Keating, vocals, Boyzone
Music Stuff March 2nd
1955, Bo Diddley has his first recording session at Universal Recording Studio in Chicago, where he laid down ‘Bo
1960, after completing his national service and flying back to America, Elvis Presley stepped on British soil for the first
and only time in his life when the plane carrying him stopped for refuelling at Prestwick Airport, Scotland.
1961, The Everly Brothers UK No.1 single with 'Walk Right Back'
1963, The Four Seasons became the first group to have 3 consecutive No.1's in the US with 'Walk Like A man'
1964, The Beatles began filming 'A Hard Days Night' at Marylebone train station in London.
1967, Engelbert Humperdinck UK No.1 with 'Release Me.'
1974, at this year’s Grammys Stevie Wonder won Album of the year for 'Innervisions', Best R&B song and Best vocal
for ‘Superstition’ and Pop vocal performance for ‘You Are The Sunshine Of My Life’.
1974, Terry Jacks US No.1 with 'Seasons In The Sun', also No.1 in the UK. The song (written in French by Belgian,
Jacques Brel), had English lyrics by poet Rod McKuen.
1983, a new digital audio system, a five-inch compact disc containing up to 1 hour of music was launched by Sony,
Philips and Polygram.
1985, Phil Collins UK No.1 with his third solo LP 'No Jacket Required'.
1985, The Smiths UK No.1 on the indie charts with 'How Soon Is Now.'
1991, 21 years after it's first release 'All Right Now' by Free made No.2 in the UK singles chart after being re-issued to
coincide with its use in a Wrigleys Chewing gum TV ad.
1991, French singer Serge Gainsbourg died of a heart attack. During his career, he wrote the soundtracks for more
than 40 films.
1991, Madonna's 'Rescue Me', entered the US hot 100 at No.15, making her the highest- debuting female artist in rock
1991, Mariah Carey US No.1 with her debut 'Mariah Carey.'
1991, Oleta Adams UK No.1 with her debut LP 'Circle Of One.'
1996, Oasis UK No.1 single when 'Don't Look Back In Anger' went to No.1. It was the first Oasis single to feature Noel
on lead vocals instead of his brother, Liam Gallagher.
1999, Dusty Springfield died after a long battle against cancer, aged 59.
2002, the NME published the winners from this years Carling Awards: Band of the year went to The Strokes, Album of
the year, The Strokes for 'Is This It', Best live act was U2, Single of the year went to Ash for 'Burn Baby Burn' and Best
solo artist was won by Ian Brown.
2003, Christina Aguilera UK No.1 with 'Beautiful'.
2003, Norah Jones UK No.1 on the UK album chart with her debut album ‘Come Away With Me.’
2003, singer, songwriter Hank Ballard died from throat cancer. Wrote and recorded ‘The Twist,’ but it was only
released on the B-side of a record. One year later, Chubby Checker debuted his own version of ‘The Twist’ on Dick
Clark's Philadelphia television show. It topped the charts and launched a dance craze that prompted the creation of
other Twist songs, including ‘Twist and Shout’ by the Isley Brothers and ‘Twistin' the Night Away’ by Sam Cooke.
2007, Jimi Hendrix was crowned the 'wildest guitar hero' of all-time in a poll of music fans for Classic Rock magazine.
Hendrix beat Keith Richards into second place, with Stevie Ray Vaughan in third.
2008, Canadian guitarist, singer, Jeff Healey, died of cancer. Healey lost his sight to retinoblastoma, a rare cancer of
the eyes when he was eight months old, resulting in his eyes being surgically removed. After living cancer-free for 38
years, he developed sarcoma in his legs. Despite surgery for this, the sarcoma spread to his lungs and ultimately was
the cause of his death. Healey released over 12 albums, presented a long running radio show and worked with many
artists including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, BB King, ZZ Top, Steve Lukather, Eric Clapton and Ian Gillan.
2008, Three months after its initial release, the deluxe edition of Amy Winehouse's Grammy Award-winning album
'Back to Black' went to No.1 on the UK album chart.
2009, DJ and Ivor Novello award winner Norman Cook checked himself into rehab to battle an alcohol addiction.
2009, Liverpool University launched a Masters degree on The Beatles, popular music and society. Liverpool Hope
University claimed the course which looked at the studio sound and compositions of The Beatles was the first of its kind
in the UK and "probably the world".
Birthday Boys and Girls March 2nd
1938,Lawrence Payton, vocals, The Four Tops
1943, Lou Reed, Velvet Underground.
1943, Tony Meehan, drummer, The Shadows,
1948, Rory Gallagher, Irish blues guitarist
1950, Karen Carpenter, vocals, drums, The Carpenters.
1955, Jay Osmond, The Osmonds
1962, Jon Bon Jovi, vocals,
Music Stuff-March 1st
1951, Sam Phillips launched Sun Records
1958, Buddy Holly played the first of 25 dates on his only UK tour. Also on the bill was Des O'Connor
1961, Elvis Presley signed a five-year movie deal with producer Hal Wallis.
1963, Frank Ifield was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Wayward Wind'.
1967, working at Abbey Road studios, London, The Beatles started recording ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.’
1968, Elton John's first single 'I've Been Loving You To Long' was released on the Phillips label
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.
1975, Status Quo started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'On The Level.'
1975, The Eagles No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Best Of My Love',
1975, winners at this years Grammy Awards included; Paul McCartney for Best pop vocal on 'Band On The Run'
1980, Blondie No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Atomic'
1980, The Shadows No.1 UK album charts.
1986, Gary Glitter was admitted to hospital, suffering from an accidental overdose of sleeping pills.
1986, Mr Mister No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Kyrie',
1989, Madonna started a £2.9m sponsorship deal with Pepsi Cola.
1995, Bruce Springsteen’s Streets of Philadelphia won three Grammys
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
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
2005, Chris Curtis, drummer with The Searchers died aged 63 after a long illness.
2009, Kelly Clarkson went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'My Life Would Suck Without You'.
Birthday Boys and Girls
1927, Harry Belafonte,
1944, Mike D'Abo, singer, songwriter, Manfred Mann. Also wrote 'Build Me Up A Buttercup' a 1968 hit for The
1944, Roger Daltrey, vocals, The Who
1958, Nik Kershaw, singer, songwriter, producer,