On this day, March 12 In Music History

On this day, March 12 In Music History


On this day, March 12 in 1955 – Jazz saxophonist and composer Charlie Parker also known as Yardbird or Bird died at the age of 34. To this day he is still one of the most influential musicians.

1961 – Elvis Presley recorded his entire sixth studio album ‘Something For Everybody’ in less than twelve hours.

1965 – The Beatles finished filming their second movie ‘Help! in the Bahamas. Interestingly, during their filming in Bahamas, The Beatles met Swami Vishnudevananda who introduced them to Hinduism and Eastern culture. And some of them, especially George Harrison became followers and preachers of the faith.

1967 – The Velvet Underground released their debut album ‘Velvet Underground & Nico’.

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1969 – Paul McCartney married photographer Linda Eastman with whom he stayed together until her death in 1998.

1969 – At the annual Grammy Awards Simon & Garfunkel won a Grammy for Record of the Year while The Temptations became the first Motown group to win the Award. They won for Best R&B Group Performance.

1971 – The Allman Brothers played the first out of two shows at the Fillmore East Hall in New York. They also recorded the shows and released them as a live album.

1974 – John Lennon and Harry Nilsson were thrown out of a bar in Los Angeles after heckling the performers (Smothers Brothers) and starting a fight.

1977 – Another fight happened on this day, March 12 but three years later when The Sex Pistols started a fight at a club in London. Which ended up bloody and one of the show managers needed 14 stitches in his head.

1975 – Elvis Presley recorded ‘Pieces of My Life’ and ‘Bringing It Back’.

1983 – ‘War’ became U2‘s first album to top the UK album chart. The album managed to stay for fantastic 147 weeks on the chart.

1983 – With ‘Total Eclipse of The Heart’Bonnie Tyler dominated the Anglo-sphere by being No.1 in the UK, US, Canada and Australia. But sadly it was her first and only No.1 hit.

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1988 – With ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’Rick Astley topped the US and UK singles chart. His song experienced a second glory after it became a viral joke on the internet called Rickrolling.

1994 – With ‘The Sign’Ace of Base topped the US singles chart. Also a big hit in the UK where it climbed to No.2.

1999 – American-born Lithuanian jew Yehudi Menuhin died at the age of 82 due to complications from bronchitis.

2001 – Americans voted for Judy Garland‘s Wizard of Oz song ‘Over the Rainbow’ as the song of the previous century.

2002 John David Percy Keen also known as Speedy Keen died at the age of 56 on this day, March 12.

2006 – With his third solo studio album ‘On An Island’David Gilmour topped the UK album chart.

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2007 – Inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Patti Smith, R.E.M., The Ronettes, Grandmaster Flash and the Furios Five, Van Halen.

2007 – On the David Letterman late night show, Amy Winehouse made her TV debut when she performed ‘Rehab’.

2011 – Jazz drummer Joe Morello died a the age of 82. Best known for his work with the Dave Burbeck Quintet.

2012 – The Doobie Brothers‘ drummer Michael Hossack died at the age of 65 from cancer.

2013 – Iron Maiden‘s drummer from 1979 to 1982 Clive Burr died at the age of 56

2013 – Bob Dylan became the first rock musician to be voted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.


1938 – Country singer, guitarist and composer Lew DeWitt was born on this day, March 12 in Roanoke, Virginia.

1940 – American singer Al Jarreau was born on this day in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He won seven Grammy Awards and also nominated for dozen more.

1946 – American singer of Italian descent Liza Minnelli was born on on this day in music history.

1948 – Singer-songwriter James Taylor was born on this day, March 12 in Boston, Massachusetts. Five time Grammy Awards winner and part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 2000. Also one of the best-selling music artists of all time having sold over 100 million copies worldwide.

1949 – Badfinger‘s drummer Mike Gibbins was born on this day, March 12 in Swansea, Wales.

1949 – Pianist and co-founder of the rock group Little FeatBill Payne was born on this day in Waco, Texas.

1951 – Scottish musician and songwriter Jack Green was born on this day, March 12 in Glasgow, Scotland.

1956 – Founder of the British heavy metal band Iron MaidenSteve Harris was born on this day in London, England. Even though he is primarily a bassist, he also plays the keyboards, is a backing vocalist and is the bands main songwriter! Also the only band-mate besides guitarist Dave Murray who has appeared on every album since Maiden’s formation in 1975.

1957 –  Marlon Jackson of The Jackson 5 was born on this day in Gary, Indiana.

1969 – Founding member of the rock band BlurGraham Coxon was born on this day, March 12 in Rinteln, West Germany.

1979 – English musician, songwriter and poet Pete Doherty was born on this day in music history.

1986 – Lead singer and guitarist of the pop-rock band McFlyDanny Jones was born on this day in Bolton, England.

1994 – Singer-songwriter Christina Grimmie was born on this day in Marlton, New Jersey. She was known for her covers of hit songs on YouTube and as contestant on the singing competition show The Voice. But sadly she was murdered by a lunatic while she was giving autographs after a show in 2016.

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