On this day, March 4 In Music History

On this day, March 4 In Music History


On this day, March 4 in 1946 – Through Columbia Records, Frank Sinatra released his debut solo album called The Voice of Frank Sinatra.

1963 – The Beach Boys released ‘Surfin’ U.S.A.’, a remake song of Chuck Berry‘s ‘Sweet Little Sixteen’. Also used as the title track of their second studio album.

1966 – John Lennon gave his infamous interview for ‘The London Evening Standard’ where he stated that The Beatles are more popular than Jesus Christ. Which caused a massive uproar, controversy, protests and radio stations banning Beatles music in the US. In the UK however, there were no issues whatsoever.

1967 – With ‘Ruby Tuesday’The Rolling Stones topped the US singles chart. Also their fourth No.1 single in the US at the time.

1968 – Members of The Temptations ended up in a hospital after a car crash because of an icy road.

1971 – While on their UK tour The Rolling Stones announced that they’re moving to France. Why? Because of the very high taxes in the UK.
The Beatles also had problems with high taxes and George Harrison even wrote a song about it called Taxman.

1972 – Badfinger‘s single ‘Day After Day’ became a certified Gold record.

1978 – The Bee Gees brothers and their younger sibling Andy Gibb dominated the Billboard Hot 100 chart when four out of the first five records were their compositions. With Stayin’ Alive taking the second spot.

Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive

1978 – Jerry Lee Lewis had his home raided by the IRS and had his cars worth over $170,000 confiscated because of his tax debts.

1979 Jackson 5‘s Randy Jackson broke his two legs after a serious car crash and almost died in the emergency room because a nurse mistakenly injected him with methadone.

1986 – Lead singer, pianist and drummer of the The BandRichard Manuel committed a suicide at the age of 42 after a two set show in Winter Park, Florida.

1986 – Because of complications from AIDS, Howard Greenfield died at the age of 49 in Los Angeles, California.

1989 – With ‘Lost in Your Eyes’Debbie Gibson topped the Hot 100 singles chart in the US.

1992 – American jazz guitarist Mary Osborne died at the age of 70 due to mesothelioma cancer.

1994 – After mixing over 50 pills of Rohypnol with champagne during Nirvana‘s European tour, Kurt Cobain was rushed to a hospital in Rome, Italy. He even spend a whole day in coma but managed to recover.

1996 – The Beatles released Real Love, a song made from John Lennon’s demo recording.

20 John Lennon Quotes

1997 – The Silhouttes‘ bassist Raymond Edwards died at the age of 74 on this day, March 4 in music history.

1998 – Bad Religion‘s eight studio album Stranger Than Fiction became a certified Gold record.

2001 – The Village People‘s singer Glenn Hughes died at the age of 50 due to lung cancer.

2003 – Evanscene released their debut album ‘Fallen’.

2007 – With ‘Shine’Take That topped the UK singles chart. Also their tenth UK No.1 single.

2010 – Co-founder of the Native American rock group RedboneLolly Vegas died of lung cancer at the age of 70.

2019 – Prodigy‘s vocalist Keith Flint died at the age of 49 after committing suicide.


1925 – French orchestra leader Paul Mauriat was born on this day, March 4 in Marseille, France. Also known for his million selling No.1 remake of André Popp’s “Love is Blue”.

1932 – South African singer-songwriter and civil-rights activist Miriam Makeba was born on this day, March 4 in music history. Also known as Mama Africa.

1936 – Trombonist, songwriter, singer and member of various jazz groups in England, Eric Allandale was born on this day in Dominica, West Indies.

1944 – American musician and record producer Bobby Womack was born on this day in Cleveland, Ohio.

1944 – Welsh singer-songwriter and the biggest-selling singles artist of the 80s in the UK – Michael Barratt was born on this day, March 4 in Cardiff, Wales. Also known as Shakin’ Stevens by his stage name.

1948 – Founding member of the progressive rock band YesChris Squire was born on this day in music history.

1951 – Lead guitarist, vocalist, and founding member of the Climax Blues Band, Pete Haycock was born on this day March 4 in Stafford, England.

1951 – British singer-songwriter and guitarist Chris Rea was born on this day, March 4 in Middlesbrough, England.

1955 – Boon Gould, founding member of Level 42 was born on this day, March 4 in music history.

1963 – American metal musician Jason Newsted also known as Metallica‘s bassist was born on this day in Battle Creek, Michigan.

1967 – American musician and frontman of the LemonheadsEvan Dando was born in Essex, Massachusetts.

1968 – English singer Patsy Kensit was born on this day, March 4 in London, England.

1971 – The Cranberries‘ drummer Fergal Lawler was born on this day in Limerick, Ireland.

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