EVENTS THAT HAPPENED ON THIS DAY, MARCH 3
On this day, March 3 in 1931 – Cab Calloway recorded ‘Minnie The Moocher’, the first jazz record to sell over million copies. Also part of the Grammy Hall of Fame since 1999.
1956 – With ‘Heartbreak Hotel, Elvis Presley debuted at No.68 on the Billboard chart. And even though the release was considered as mistake by many people, the song managed to reach No.1 on the US Pop chart later that year.
1959 – With Ben E. King as the new lead vocalist, The Drifters recorded their breakthrough hit ‘There Goes My Baby’.
1965 – Eric Clapton played his last gig with The Yardbirds. Jeff Beck was the one who replaced him in the group
1966 – In Los Angeles, Neil Young, Richie Furay and Stephen Stills formed Buffalo Springfield.
1967 – With Rod Stewart as the lead vocalist and Ron Wood as bassist, The Jeff Beck Group made their live performance debut in London.
1972 – Harry Nilsson‘s seventh studio album Nilsson Schmilsson became a certified Gold record.
1973 – With his sixth studio album ‘Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player’, Elton John topped the US album chart.
1973 – George Harrison‘s live album ‘The Concert for Bangladesh’ won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
1978 – David Coverdale‘s new band Whitesnake made its first ever live gig in Lincoln, England.
1978 – Van Halen kicked off their first ever US tour in Chicago but only as the opening act for Journey.
1979 – With their fifteenth studio album ‘Spirits Having Fun’, the Bee Gees topped the US album chart. While in the UK they topped the singles chart with their fourth No.1 ‘Tragedy’.
1981 – With two shows in Washington DC, U2 kicked off their first major tour in the US.
1984 – Gabriele Susanne Kerner also known as Nena started a three week long run at #1 on the UK singles chart with ’99 Red Balloons’.
1986 – Metallica released their third studio album ‘Master of Puppets’ on this day, March 3 in music history.
Metallica – Masters of Puppets
1990 – Paul McCartney played the first out of six nights in Tokyo, Japan while on his world tour.
1992 – Soundgarden released ‘Rusty Cage’, their third and final single of their third studio album Badmotorfinger.
1995 – After collapsing on stage few days earlier due to a brain aneurysm, R.E.M.‘s drummer Billy Berry had a successful brain surgery.
2005 -Vietnamese court sentenced Garry Glitter to three years jail time after finding him guilty of sexually abusing two prepubescent girls. Couple years later also for similar reasons, a UK court sentenced him to 16 years in prison.
2007 – Robin Thicke topped four different Billboard charts at the same time.
2008 – Engineer and producer for The Beatles from 1962 to 1965, Norman Smith also known as Hurricane died on this day at the age of 85.
2012 – American guitarist Ronnie Montrose died on this day, March 3 because of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the age of 64. He also struggled with prostate cancer since 2009.
2013 – Founding member of The Miracles, Bobby Rogers died at the age of 73 after a long battle with diabetes. He was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 as a member of his band.
2017 – American jazz ukulele musician Lyle Ritz died on this day, March 3 at the age of 87 in Portland, Oregon.
2017 – Nickleback‘s fifth studio album ‘All the Right Reasons’, became certified Diamond after selling more than 10 million copies in the US.
2018 – Journey became part of a very small but elite group after their compilation album ‘Greatest Hits’ spend 500 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart. Only Bob Marley & The Wailers (510 weeks) and Pink Floyd (937) have achieved such feat.
BORN ON THIS DAY, MARCH 3 IN MUSIC HISTORY
1941 – Founding member of The Searches, Mike Pender was born on this day, March 3 in Liverpool, England.
1947 – American singer and songwriter Jennifer Warnes was born on this day in music history.
1948 – English guitarist Terence Charles White also known as Snowy White was born on this day, March 3 in Barnstaple, England. Additionally, he played with Thin Lizzy (1980-1982) and with Pink Floyd as their backing guitarist on some of their tours, including The Wall.
1949 – American multi-instrumentalist and record producer Richie Cannata was born on this day in Long Island, New York. Also known for playing saxophone in Billy Joel’s band.
1953 – English singer-songwriter and guitarist Robyn Hitchcock was born on this day, March 3 in London, England.
1954 – English musician and record producer Chris Hughes was born on this day, March 3 in London, England.
1966 – American rapper Anthony Terrell Smith also known as Tone Loc was born in Los Angeles, California.
1977 – Irish singer-songwriter Ronan Keating was born on this day in Dublin, Ireland. Also known as member of the Irish boy-band Boyzone.
1986 – American singer-songwriter Stacie Orrico was born on this day, March 3 in Seattle, Washington.
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