EVENTS THAT HAPPENED ON THIS DAY, MARCH 2
On this day, March 2 in 1955 – Bo Diddley recorded his famous self-titled tune at his first recording session at Universal Recording Studio in Chicago.
1960 – Elvis Presley set foot for the first time on British soil in his life. However, only to refuel the plane carrying him back home from a military task in Germany.
1961 – With ‘Walk Right Back’, The Everly Brothers topped the UK singles chart. Also their third #1 single in the UK.
1963 – With ‘Walk Like a Man’, The Four Seasons topped the US singles chart while in only reached #12 in the UK. Also the first group to have three consecutive No.1 hits in the US.
1967 – With ‘Release Me’, Engelbert Humperdinck started a six-weeks long run at the UK singles chart.
1967 – At the annual Grammy Awards Frank Sinatra won Record and Album of The Year for ‘Strangers in the Night’ and ‘Sinatra, a Man and His Music’. While Lennon-McCartney won a Grammy Award for Song of the Year with ‘Michelle’.
1968 – After being diagnosed with tuberculosis, Cat Stevens began a three month long hospital stay to battle the disease. He made a full recovery afterwards.
1974 – Terry Jacks had the number one hit in the US with the song ‘Season’s In The Sun’.
1974 – At the fifteenth Grammy Awards held at the Hollywood Palladium, Steve Wonder won five awards. Including; Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song, Best R&B Vocal Performance and Best Engineered Recording. While Olivia Newton-John won Female Vocalist of the Year and Best Female Vocal Country Performance.
1975 – Policeman pulled over Paul and Linda McCartney for running a red light in Los Angeles. But he also detected smell of marijuana and found seven ounces of cannabis in Linda’s pocketbook for which she was arrested. Unlike her, Paul walked out free without charge.
1983 – New revolutionary digital audio system called Compact Disc also known as CD player arrived in the US alongside the first ever 16 albums on CD.
1985 – With ‘How Soon Is Now’, The Smiths topped the UK indie singles chart.
The Smiths – How Soon Is Now
1988 – U2 won their first ever Grammy Awards taking Album of the Year and Best Performance by Rock Group for ‘The Joshua Tree’. On the same night, Paul Simon, Sting, George Michael and Aretha Franklin also won Grammys in various categories.
1996 – With ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’, Oasis scored their second No.1 single in the UK.
1999 – After years long battle English pop singer and record producer Dusty Springfield died of breast cancer at the age of 59. She was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a week after she passed away.
2003 – With her debut album ‘Come Away With Me’, Norah Jones started a four week run at No.1 on the UK album chart. Also became a No.1 in the US the same year.
2003 – R&B musician Hank Ballard died from throat cancer at the age of 75.
2008 – American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails released their sixth album ‘Ghosts I-IV’ as a free digital release.
2008 – Canadian jazz and blues-rock musician Jeff Healey died from cancer at the age of 41.
BORN ON THIS DAY, MARCH 2 IN MUSIC HISTORY
1938 – American musician and record producer Lawrence Payton was born on this day in music history.
1942 – American singer-songwriter Lou Reed was born on this day, March 2nd in Brooklyn, New York. Also famous as the lead guitarist, singer and songwriter of the rock band Velvet Underground.
1943 – Founder member of the British group The Drifters, Tony Meehan was born on this day, March 2 in music history.
1948 – Irish blues and rock musician Rory Gallagher was born in Ballyshanon, Ireland.
1950 – American singer and drummer Karen Carpenter was born on this day in New Haven, Connecticut. Also known as part of the Carpenters duo that she formed with her brother Richard.
1955 – Jay Osmond, member of the family male quintet The Osmonds was born on this day, March 2 in Ogden, Utah.
1955 – American rock and pop vocalist Dale Frances Bozzio was born on this day, March 2 in Medford, Massachusetts. Also known as the lead singer of the new wave band Missing Persons and her work with Frank Zappa.
1956 – Australian bass guitarist for Rose Tattoo, Mark Evans was born on this day in Melbourne, Australia. Also a member of AC/DC from 1975 to 1977. But quit the band because he got tired of touring.
1956 – American musician John Cowsill was born on this day, March 2 in Newport, Rhode Island.
1962 – John Francis Bongiovi Jr also known as Jon Bon Jovi was born on this day in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.
1971 – American rapper Clifford Smith also known as Method Man was born on this day in Long Island, New York.
1977 – Co-founder and lead singer of Coldplay, Chris Martin was born on this day, March 2 in Exeter, England.
1988 – English singer and songwriter James Arthur was born on this day, March 2 in Middlesborough, England.