Friday, March 31, 2017

Music Calendar...

In 1943 Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "Oklahoma!" opens on Broadway.

In 1957 Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Obie Wheeler and Glen Douglas open a southern tour in Little Rock, AR.

In 1958 Chuck Berry's single "Johnny B. Goode" is released.

In 1962 "Don't Break The Heart That Loves You" by Connie Francis is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1967 Jimi Hendrix torches his guitar for the first time during a London performance.

In 1969 George Harrison and Patti Boyd are fined 250 pounds each for possession of cannabis resin in England.

In 1969 John Lennon's film "Rape" premieres on Australian TV.

In 1972 The Offical Beatles Fan Club shop closes into liquidation.

In 1972 America's self-titled debut album is #1 on the U.S. albums chart.

In 1973 Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" LP debuts on Billboard's albums chart. It would remain there for a record-setting 741 weeks.

In 1973 "Will It Go Round In Circles" by Billy preston enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1975 "Chicago VIII" by Chicago is certified gold.

In 1977 Elvis Presley's concert in Baton Rouge, LA, is postponed during the intermission when he can't go onstage.

In 1978 Paul McCartney & Wings' album "London Town" is released.

In 1979 "Goodnight Tonight" by Paul McCartney & Wings enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1982 The Doobie Brothers announce they will break up. They reunite again in 1987.

In 1982 Toto's single "Rosanna" is released.

In 1983 Eddy Grant's single "Electric Avenue" and the Who's "Greatest Hits" album are both released.

In 1984 "I'm Stepping Out" by John Lennon enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1984 "Footloose" by Kenny Loggins hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 3 weeks.

In 1986 O'Kelly Isley (Isley Brothers) dies of a heart attack at age 48.

In 1986 Alabama's "Greatest Hits" album is certified gold and platinum.

In 1989 After checking out Disneyland's "Captain EO," Chubby Checker leads 2000 passers-by in setting a world record for simultaneous twisting.

In 1989 The single "Patience" by Guns N' Roses is released.

In 1991 Whitney Houston gives a free concert to Operation Desert Storm troops and their families at Norfolk Naval Air Station in Virginia.

In 1992 Def Leppard's album "Adrenalize" is released.

In 1992 "O.P.P." by Naughty By Nature goes double platinum.

In 1993 "Star Dust" lyricist Mitchell Parish dies in New York at age 92.

In 1995 A former Led Zeppelin fan who calls the band's music "satanic" is arrested for allegedly trying to stab guitarist Jimmy Page backstage with a pocket knife at a Page-Plant concert in the Detroit area.

In 1995 Mexican-American singer Selena, 23, is shot to death in Corpus Christi, TX, by the founder of her fan club; Yolanda Saldivar was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

In 1998 "Good Times," a 1967 movie starring Sonny & Cher, is released on video. It contained an unreleased version of "I Got You Babe."

In 1998 Stone Temple Pilots' singer Scott Weiland releases his first solo album, "12 Bar Blues."

In 1998 "Do For Love" by Tupac Shakur is certified gold, while Billy Joel's album "Greatest Hits Volume III" goes gold and platinum.

In 1999 Sugar Ray's album "14:59" is certified platinum, Tori Amos' CD "Little Earthquakes" goes double platinum and Jewel's "Pieces Of You" album is certified platinum for the ninth time.

In 2000 In Nashville, Riders in the Sky present their 21st annual benefit concert to aid Hospital Hospitality House, a place for family members of critically ill patients and outpatients.

In 2000 Santana earns his second #1 single with "Maria, Maria."

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