EVENTS THAT HAPPENED ON THIS DAY, MARCH 6
On this day, March 6 in 1955 – With ‘Give Me Your Word’, Tennessee Ernie Ford topped the UK singles chart. Also the first country tune to do so in the UK according to music historians.
1958 – The Everly Brothers recorded ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream’ which would top the US and the UK singles chart in the following months.
1959 – American doo-wop and R&B/soul vocal group The Drifters recorded ‘There Goes My Baby’.
1961 – English singer-songwriter and comedian George Fromby died at the age of 56 due to a heart attack.
1964 – With ‘My Girl’, The Temptations topped the US singles chart. Song co-written by Smokey Robinson. Also the first male Motown group to have No.1. In the UK however, it only managed to reach #43.
1966 – The Rolling Stones started recording their now-legendary hit single ‘Paint It Black’.
1967 – Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodaly died at the age of 85. Best known in the music world as the creator of the Kodaly Method.
1969 – Sandie Shaw arrested after dressing like a French policeman in Paris. But was released after few hours of interrogation where she explained that she was promoting her new record.
1970 – Because he needed money for his defense in the Tate-LaBianca murder trial, Charles Manson released an album called ‘Lie’.
1971 – With ‘Baby Jump’, Mungo Jerry topped the UK singles chart. Also their second and last No.1 single.
1973 – US Immigration Department canceled John Lennon‘s visa only five days after granting it to him.
1975 – Average White Band’s ‘Pick Up The Pieces’ became a certified Gold record.
1975 – Led Zeppelin‘s sixth studio album ‘Physical Graffiti’ became a certified Gold record.
1976 – With ‘Love Machine (Part 1)’, The Miracles topped the US singles chart. Also their first hit to top the charts.
The Miracles – Love Machine (Part 1 & 2)
1976 – 23 singles by The Beatles charted in the UK after EMI Records reissued them.
1982 – With their version of The Tokens hit ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’, Tight Fit topped the US singles chart.
1994 – 78 year old Frank Sinatra collapsed on stage during a live performance in Richmond, Virginia. The incident also forced him to retire in the following months.
1995 – Annie Lennox released her second solo studio album ‘Medusa’.
1998 – Liam Gallagher (of Oasis) arrested after headbutting a 19 year old fan outside his hotel in Brisbane, Australia. But later released on bail.
2000 – After his induction with The Yardbirds and Cream, Eric Clapton was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the third time. But this time as a solo artist.
2004 – American singer Peggy DeCastro died at the age of 82 of lung cancer in Las Vegas, Nevada.
2006 – Malian singer and multi-instrumentalist Ali Farka Toure died of bone cancer at the age of 66 on this day, March 6.
2006 – American soul singer-songwriter King Floyd died at the age of 61 from diabetes and complications of stroke.
2009 – American musician and producer David Williams died at the age of 58 because of a cardiac arrest.
2013 – After teaming up, Queen and Adam Lambert announced a 19-date North American tour.
2017 – With having sold over 430,000 copies in just three days since its release, Ed Sheeran‘s third studio album ‘Divide’ became one of the fastest-selling releases of all time.
BORN ON THIS DAY, MARCH 6 IN MUSIC HISTORY
1893 – American country blues guitarist and songwriter Walter ‘Furry’ Lewis was born on this day, March 6 in music history.
1935 – American musician and record producer Sylvia Robinson was born on this day, March 6 in New York City.
1944 – American vocalist Mary Wilson also known as the founding member of The Supremes was born on this day in Greenville, Mississippi.
1945 – English musician Hugh Grundy was born on this day in Winchester, England. Best known as the drummer for The Zombies. He’ll also be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.
1946 – Pink Floyd‘s guitarist, vocalist and songwriter David Gilmour was born on this day in Cambridge, England. Outside Pink Floyd, he also has released four successful studio albums.
1947 – Pauline Matthews also known as Kiki Dee was born on this day, March 6 in music history.
1964 – American musician and former keyboardist for Marilyn Manson from 1989 to 2007, Stephen Bier was born on this day in Florida, United States. Also known as Madonna Wayne Gacy by his stage name or as Pogo by his nickname.
1970 – Alison Moira Clarkson also known as Betty Boo was born on this day. March 6 in London, England.
1974 – American rapper Dwight Equan Grant also known as Beanie Sigel by his stage name was born in Philadelphia, United States.
1974 – English musician Guy Garvey was born on this day, March 6 in Bury, England. Best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the rock band Elbow.
1984 – American drummer and singer-songwriter Chris Tomson was born on this day in New Jersey. Best known as the drummer of the indie-rock group Vampire Weekend.
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