March 1st: On this Day
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. During his career, Elvis made over feature films
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, 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.
1974, Chris Difford placed an advert in a shop window saying: ‘lyricist seeks musician for co-writing’. Glen Tillbrook answered the ad and the pair went on to form Squeeze and had hits with ‘Cool for Cats’, ‘Up the Junction’, ‘Tempted’, ‘Labelled With Love’, and ‘Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)’.
1974, Queen began their first headlining UK tour at The Winter Garden’s Blackpool.
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, 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.’
1977, Iggy Pop and David Bowie plus The Vibrators appeared at Friars, Aylesbury, England.
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’.
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.
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 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, 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, During a gig at the Patinoire Auditorium in Lausanne, Switzerland, R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry collapsed on stage from a ruptured brain aneurysm. He recovered and later re-joined the band.
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 years.
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’.
March 1st: Born on this day
1927, Born on this day, Harry Belafonte, US singer,who had the 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.
1942, Born on this day, Jerry Fisher, vocals, Blood Sweat & Tears, (1969 US No.12 & UK No.35 single ‘You’ve Made Me So Very Happy’).
1944, Born on this day, Mike D’Abo, singer, songwriter, Manfred Mann, (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, Born on this day, Roger Daltrey, vocals, 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, Born on this day, Tony Ashton, vocals, keyboards, Ashton Gardner & Dyke, (1971 UK No.3 single ‘The Resurrection Shuffle’).
1958, Born on this day, Nik Kershaw, singer, songwriter, producer, (1984 solo UK No.2 single ‘I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’).
1962, Born on this day, Peter Stephenson, The Shamen, (1992 UK No.2 single ‘Ebeneezer Goode’).
1963, Born on this day, Rob Affuso, Skid Row, (1989 US No.4 & 1990 UK No.12 single ’18 And Life’).
1969, Born on this day, Dafydd Leuan, drums, Super Furry Animals, (1998 UK No.12 single ‘Ice Hockey Hair’).
1969, Born on this day, Christina Bergmark, keyboards, vocals, The Wannadies, (1996 UK No.18 single, ‘You And Me Song’).
1973, Born on this day, 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’).
1987, Born on this day, Kesha Rose Sebert, (Kesha), 2009 US No.1 single with Flo Rida, ‘Right Round’, solo US No.1 single ‘Tik Tok’.
1994, Born on this day, Justin Bieber, 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.