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March 5th


1948 Guitarist Eddy Grant, formerly of the '60s British pop group the Equals. Grant had a solo hit in the 80s with "Electric Avenue."

1958 Pop singer Andy Gibb, the younger brother of the Bee Gees, is born in Brisbane, Australia.

1962 Charlie Reid of the Scottish pop duo the Proclaimers.

1970 John Frusciante, guitarist for The Red Hot Chili Peppers, is born in California.


1963 Country singers Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins are killed when their small plane crashes near Camden, Tennessee. The three were returning to Nashville from Kansas City, where they had participated in a benefit concert for the widow of a disc jockey. The DJ, Cactus Jack Call, had been killed in a car crash.

1973 Jimi Hendrix's personal manager, Michael Jeffrey, dies in a plane crash. He was on an Iberia flight from Majorca to England, where he owned a nightclub. All passengers on board were killed.

1982 Comedian and Blues Brother John Belushi dies of a drug overdose in the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Los Angeles. Belushi's dangerous and physical sense of humor brought comedy closer to rock and roll than perhaps any other comedian ever had. John Belushi was 33 years old.

1995 Vivian Stanshall, the original tenor for the Bonzo Dog Band, dies in a house fire.


1955 Elvis Presley makes his television debut on the regionally telecast "The Louisiana Hayride."

1955 In the wake of the continual controversy on offensive R&B records, BMI, the largest organization of music publishers. releases plans to tighten controls on objectional lyrics. BMI never gave clearance to nearly a dozen of singles, some like Big Joe Turner's "Shake Rattle & Roll" became major hits.

1960 Elvis Presley is released from the army. Two days earlier, he left Germany and arrived at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey. Earlier in the year, Presley was promoted to sergeant.

1965 The Rolling Stones embark on another British tour. Also on board are the Hollies, Goldie and the Gingerbreads, the Checkmates and the Konrads.

1965 The Yardbirds' "For Your Love" is released in the U.K. Over time it will be a Top Ten hit in both the U.K. and the U.S.

1968 Sales of "Simon Says" by the 1910 Fruitgum Company, passes the million mark, trumpeting the arrival of the short-lived term but immensely successful "bubblegum" craze.

1969 The rock magazine "Creem" publishes its first issue.

1974 Gregg Allman's first solo album, Laid Back attains gold status and at the same time starts rumors that the Allmans are splitting.

1979 A little over a month after buying it for a reported $20 million, MCA Records dissolves ABC Records.

1979 MCA Records absorbs the ABC record label. More than 300 staffers are fired.

1994 Former Jefferson Airplane and Starship lead singer Grace Slick is charged with assault and pointing a shotgun at police at her home in Tiburon, California. Officers went there to investigate a report of a drunken woman firing a shotgun. One officer wrestled the unloaded weapon away from Slick. Slick later pleaded guilty to a reduced charge, and agreed to attend three months of Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

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March 5:

1952: Alan Clark, keyboards, Dire Straits, is born. (1985 US No.1 single 'Money For Nothing', 1986 UK No.2 single 'Walk Of Life').

1965: The Manish Boys released their debut single "I Pity The Fool", featuring a young David Bowie.

1971: UK band Badfinger kicked off their first US tour appearing in Toledo, Ohio.

1979: Japan gave their first live concert in the land of the rising sun when they played the first of two nights at Tokyo's Budokan Hall.

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1957: The doo-wop quartet the Diamonds make their pop chart debut with "Little Darlin", their biggest hit. It reaches #2 on the pop chart and #3 R&B.

1965: The Temptations went to No.1 on the US singles chart with the Smokey Robinson penned song "My Girl". The single only reached No.43 in the UK but made No.2 when re-issued.

1966: Beatle fans in the U.K. give British Prime minister Harold Wilson a petition with 5,000 signatures asking that Liverpool's Cavern Club be reopened.

1970: The Beatles' album Hey Jude goes gold. On the same day, Charles Manson releases an album, Lie , to finance his defense in the Tate-LeBianca murder case. The album cover is a mock-up of the Life magazine cover photo of Manson, with the "F" taken out of Life. The album features "Look At Your Game Girl," a song later covered by Guns N' Roses.

1973: John Lennon's visa extension is canceled by the New York Office of the Immigration Department, five days after it was granted.

1976: Fleetwood Mac's "Rhiannon" is released.

1982: Willie Nelson's "Always on my Mind" enters the pop chart at #88. The original was recorded in 1972 by Elvis Presley. Nelson's version will reach number One on the country chart and win a Grammy for Best Male Vocal Country Performance.


1944: Mary Wilson, formerly of the Supremes.

1946: David Gilmour, guitarist for Pink Floyd.

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Sunday March 6

Mary Wilson of the Supremes ("Back in My Arms Again") is 61

Kiki Dee ("I've Got the Music In Me") is 58

Sylvia Robinson ("Pillow Talk" and one-half of Mickey & Sylvia-"Love Is Strange") is 69

Richard Manuel of the Band ("Up on Cripple Creek") commits suicide, 1986

"An Evening with Diana Ross" airs on NBC-TV, 1977

The Drifters record "There Goes My Baby" 1959

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1969: The Who release "Pinball Wizard" in the U.K. It's the first selection the public hears from the rock opera "Tommy."

1973: "Dueling Banjos," performed by Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandel goes gold.

1973: John Hammond, director of talent acquistion at Columbia Records, suffers a heart attack following a show by one of his biggest and most recent finds, Bruce Springsteen at New York's legendary club Max's Kansas City.

1975: David Bowie's "Young Americans" is released.

1976: A likeness of Elton John is put on display at London's Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum. He is the first rock figure so accorded the honor since the Beatles were first immortalized in wax in 1964.


1946: Peter Wolf of the J Geils Band.

1946: Matthew Fisher of Procol Harum

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I went to those concerts, in Paris. It was a 3-night affair. I remember being blown away by Little Feat, and the love has never ceased! The Doobie Bros were great too, a favorite of mine a the time. Also heard Larry Graham for the first time. It was quite a series of concerts, at a theater that held probably 2,000 at the most. I wish someone had a tape of those nights!

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Saturday August 27

Tommy Sands ("Teen-Age Crush") is 68

"Captain" Daryl Dragon of the Captain & Tennille ("Lonely Nights") is 63

Beatles manager Brian Epstein dies of an accidental drug overdose in 1967

The Beatles meet Elvis Presley at his Bel-Air, California home, 1965

Jackson Browne records "Stay" and "Running On Empty" live in concert in Columbia, Maryland, 1977

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1985, David Bowie and Mick Jagger were at No.1 on the UK singes chart with their version of the Martha Reeves and The Vandellas 1964 hit 'Dancing In The Street.' The song had been recorded as part of the Live Aid charity appeal.

1985, John Parr started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'St Elmo's Fire', taken from the film of the same name a No.6 hit in the UK.

1985, Ringo Starr became the first Beatle to become a grandfather when his son Zak and his wife Sarah had a daughter Tatia Jayne.

1984, Janet Jackson announced that she had married James Debarge

1976, Abba were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Dancing Queen', the groups fourth UK No.1.

1976, the first Buddy Holly week was held by UK fans in London.

1975, Rod Stewart was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of the Sutherland Brothers song 'Sailing'. The song had been featured in the BBC TV series about HMS Ark Royal.

1973, The Rolling Stones kicked off a nine-date UK tour at the Empire Pool London. Tickets £2.20.

1972, David Bowie appeared at The Top Rank, Hanley, Stoke on Trent, England.

1968, Appearing at The Roundhouse, London, The Doors, tickets 30 shillings, ($3.60). Granada TV filmed the gig. The band also scored their only US No.1 album on this day with 'Waiting For The Sun'.

1959, Craig Douglas was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of the Sam Cooke hit 'Only Sixteen'.

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1925 Guitar legend B.B. King is born.

1948 Kenney Jones, drummer for Faces and Keith Moon's replacement in the Who, is born.


1977 Marc Bolan of T. Rex dies at the age of 29.

2004 Johnny Ramone (real name John Cummings), guitarist and co-founder of the seminal punk band The Ramones, dies after fighting a five-year battle with prostate cancer. He was 55.


1963 "She Loves You" backed by "I'll Get You" by the Beatles is released by Swan Records in the US. Though its tops in the UK, "She Loves You" doesn't do anything until 1964 when it finally runs up to #1.

1964 "Shindig!" premieres on ABC-TV. It was inspired by the success of British Invasion groups on "The Ed Sullivan Show." The show features both British and American performers plus a cast of go-go dancers and a house band. Within a few months NBC has an imitation, "Hullabaloo."

1965 The Rolling Stones open the second season of "Shindig!" by performing "Satisfaction." Also on the show are the Kinks, Byrds and Everly Brothers.

1966 Bassist Pete Quafe leaves the Kinks and is replaced by John Dalton.

1966 Member of Parliament, Tom Drilberg asks Britain's House of Commons to officially "deplore" the action of a magistrate who'd earlier called the Rolling Stones "complete morons...who wear filthy clothes."

1967 Jimi Hendrix' debut LP, Are You Experienced? enters the album charts.

1970 Jimi Hendrix makes his final public appearance, jamming with Eric Burdon and War at Ronnie Scott's club in London.

1970 A "Melody Maker" poll finds that Led Zeppelin has replaced the Beatles as the UK's most popular group-the first time the Beatles haven't been #1 in eight years.

1971 The Who's Who's Next goes gold.

1972 Rod Stewart's Never a Dull Moment hits #2 on the LP charts.

1972 The Temptations' All Directions enters the LP charts. The album features the #1 single, "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone."

1977 The Rolling Stones release their third live album, Love You, Live. The two album set was recorded in Paris last year and in Toronto in March of this year. The package shoots to #5 on the US album charts.

1978 The Cars' "Just What I Needed" peaks at #27 on the singles chart.

1978 The Grateful Dead play a concert before the pyramids of Egypt. The concert is recorded, but has yet to be released on record.

1979 Rap makes it onto vinyl with the release of the Sugar Hill Gang's "Rapper's Delight." Sylvia Robinson (formerly of Mickey & Sylvia) formed the company to produce rap records despite industry warnings that rap had no commercial appeal. "Rappers Delight" was recorded over the instrumental break from Chic's "Good Times." The single becomes a disco smash sellling two million copies in the U.S.

1996 R.E.M.'s New Adventures in Hi-Fi enters the album charts at #2.

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1950 Fee Waybil, vocalist for the Tubes, is born.

1966 The Beatles' "Yellow Submarine" peaks at #2 on the chart, while The Beach Boys' "Wouldn't It Be Nice" peaks at #8 and The Hollies' "Bus Stop" peaks at #5.

1966 The Byrds "Fifth Dimension" LP enters the chart.

1967 The Doors perform "Light My Fire" and "People are Strange" on the "Ed Sullivan Show." Prior to the show, Sullivan asked Jim Morrison to change or omit the line "Girl, we couldn't get much higher" in "Light My Fire." Morrison sang it anyway.

1967 The Who perform on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. In a famous incident that's documented on "The Kids Are Alright," Keith Moon sets a flash explosion in his drum kit, not realizing that the crew had already done so. At the end of "My Generation" when the explosion goes off, it is so loud that it damages Pete Townshend's ears.

1968 The Fifth Dimension pick up their second gold record with their rendition of Laura Nyro's "Stoned Soul Picnic."

1975 British progressive rock band Pink Floyd earn their third gold record for "Wish You Were Here."

1976 Ringo Starr releases his "Ringo's Rotogravure" album.

1980 Bette Midler's "Divine Madness," a film of a 1979 concert in Pasadena, CA, premieres in Los Angeles.

1983 Asia's "Don't Cry" peaks at #10 on the singles chart.

1983 The Stray Cats LP, "Rant and Rave with the Stray Cats" enters the chart.

1991 "Use Your Illusion I" and "Use Your Illusion II" are released simultaneously by Guns N' Roses at midnight. A half million copies are sold by 2am.

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I do this every day as a part of my show and I thought why not share it with all of you. Feel free to add anything I have missed or comment on the ones posted if you remember the event. Something different...

1964 - The Dave Clark Five performed "Glad All Over" on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

1968 - George Harrison released the soundtrack "Wonderwall." He was the first Beatle to release a solo album.

1969 - Faces was added to Warner Brothers records.

1993 - Flavor Flav (Public Enemy) was arrested for allegedly trying to shoot another man in a dispute over a woman. William Drayton (Flavor Flav's real name) was charged with attempted murder, possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.

1994 - Nirvana's "MTV Unplugged" performance was released as "MTV Unplugged in New York."

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2nd November

1964 - During a live 'Ready Steady Go!' TV show, singing 'Donna The Prima Donna' Dion walked off the show after becoming irritated by the audience dancing around him.

1969 - 'Sugar Sugar' by The Archies was at No.1 on the UK singles chart.

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Wednesday November 2

Jay Black of Jay & the Americans ("Cara Mia") is 67

Maxine Nightingale ("Right Back Where We Started From") is 52

J. D. Souther ("You're Only Lonely") is 60

Earl "Speedoo" Carroll of the Cadillacs ("Speedoo") and the Coasters ("Little Egypt") is 68

Buddy Starcher ("History Repeats Itself") dies in 2001 (BTW, he was the host of a local music show in Charleston, WV, when he recorded that song and left after the song became popular! And the funny thing is, the local papers in Charleston did not report that he died!)

David Crosby of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash is hospitalized in Los Angeles for liver failure (he eventually receives a transplant), 1994

Dion walks off the "Ready, Steady, Go" TV show in Britain, complaining that the go-go dancers are too distracting, 1963

George Harrison becomes the first Beatle to tour solo when he performs in Vancouver, British Columbia, 1974

Brenda Lee does a royal command performance for Britain's Queen Elizabeth in London, 1964

"David Cassidy: Man Undercover" debuts on NBC-TV (all told, ten episodes air), 1978

Paul Revere & the Raiders appear on ABC-TV's "Batman", 1966

The TV special, "Barbra Streisand And Other Musical Instruments" airs on CBS, 1973

The Rolling Stones' "Sympathy For The Devil" film debuts in San Francisco, 1969

The Who's "Quadrophenia" movie opens in 1979

The Beatles record "Hello Goodbye", 1967

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1587 - Composer Samuel Scheidt was born.

1801 - Composer Vincenzo Bellini was born.

1957 - Sun Records released "Great Balls of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis.

1957 - "At the Hop" was released by Danny & the Juniors.

1972 - James Taylor and Carly Simon were married. They separated in 1982 and were divorced later.

1977 - During a concert in London, Elton John announced that he was retiring from live performances. He resumed touring on February 3, 1979 in Sweden.

1988 - The U2 concert movie "Rattle And Hum" opened.

1992 - "Keep The Faith" by Bon Jovi was released. It was their first album in 5 years.

1995 - An out of court settlement was reached by Hootie and the Blowfish and Bob Dylan concerning the group's unauthorized use of Dylan's lyrics in their song "Only Want To Be With You."

1997 - John Denver's last recording, "The Unplugged Collection," was released in the UK.

1998 - In the U.S., Alanis Morissette's "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie," Beck's "Mutations," Celine Dion's "These Are Special Times," U2's "The Best of 1980-1990," and the John Lennon boxed set "Anthology" were released.

1998 - The live Bee Gees album "One Night Only" was released.

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Dick Clark's American Bandstand History

1960 - Johnny Burnette performed "You're 16" on "American Bandstand."

1973 - Tavares performed "Check It Out" on "American Bandstand."

1984 - Matthew Wilder performed "Bouncin' Off the Walls" on "American Bandstand."

1984 - The Core Hart video for "It Ain't Enough" was aired on "American Bandstand."

1984 - Honeymoon Suite performed "New Girl Now" on "American Bandstand."

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Thursday November 3

Lulu ("To Sir with Love") is 57

Brian Poole of the Tremeloes is 64

John Barry ("Goldfinger") is 72

Lonnie Donegan ("Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor") dies in 2002

James Taylor marries Carly Simon (it lasts eleven years), 1972

Elton John retires (for 15 months), 1977

Billy Preston is sentenced to three years in prison in Santa Monica, California for cocaine possession while on parole, 1997

Hootie & the Blowfish settle out-of-court with Bob Dylan after he sues them for using his lyrics in their song, "Only Want to Be with You", 1995

Little Richard guest-stars on CBS-TV's "Hearts Afire", 1993

The Beatles record "Michelle", 1965

Gale Garnett records "We'll Sing in the Sunshine", 1963

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Friday November 4th

1957, Jackie Wilson made his US chart debut with 'Reet Petite'

1961, Cliff Richard scored his first UK No.1 album with his 5th release '21 Today'

1963, The Beatles topped the bill at The Royal Variety Show at The Prince Of Wales Theatre, London. With the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret in the audience, this was the night when John Lennon made his famous remark “In the cheaper seats you clap your hands. The rest of you, just rattle your jewelleryâ€. The show was broadcast on TV on the 10th of Nov.

1965, The Rolling Stones were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Get Off Of My Cloud', also a No.1 in the US.

1968, Cream played their final US show in Long Island

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