On this day, March 8 In Music History

On this day, March 8 In Music History


On this day, March 8 in 1959 – With ‘Venus’Frankie Avalon topped the US singles chart. Only four weeks after releasing the record.

1965 – The Manish Boys including young David Bowie in their lineup made their TV debut when they performed their version of ‘I Pity The Fool’ on the UK TV-show ”Gadzooks! It’s All Happening”.

David Bowie’s fascist alter ego – The Thin White Duke

1965 – Bob Dylan‘s single ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’ was released on this day, March 8. Also his first Top 40 hit in the US.

1968 – A comedy movie called ‘Stay Away, Joe’ where Elvis Presley plays a Native American rodeo champion premiered in New York City. Also The King‘s 26th movie.

1969 – ‘Happy Birthday’ became the first ever song performed in outer space when the Apollo IX crew sang the tune to celebrate NASA’s director of space operations Christopher Kraft’s 47th birthday.

1969 – East London based rock group The Small Faces split up after their lead singer Steve Marriott left the band to form a new one called Humble Pie. The remaining members of the band however, renamed the band to The Faces and added Rod Stewart and Ron Wood to their arsenal.

1970 – After leaving The Supremes two months earlier, Diana Ross made her live debut as a solo artist.

1973 – Paul McCartney pleaded guilty to charges of growing marijuana on his Scottish countryside farm, but only received a $200 fine. His explanation for the situation however, is quite bizarre. He told the police that fans gave him some seeds and he had no idea what would they grow.

Paul McCartney – Maybe I’m Amazed

1973 – Founding member of the Grateful DeadRon ‘Pigpen’ McKernan died at the age of 27 because of stomach hemorrhage and liver failure caused by alcohol poisoning.

1974 – Queen released their second studio album Queen II in the UK. The US fans however, had to wait another month to buy the LP. But interestingly, none of the tracks managed to chart in America.

1974 – John Denver recorded ‘Thank God I’m A Country Boy’ and ‘Annie’s Song’ in Los Angeles.

1983 – English composer William Walton died at the age of 80.

1986 – For the first time since 1971, Diana Ross topped the UK singles chart with ‘Chain Reaction’. Song written and produced by the Bee Gees.

1990 – The Rolling Stone magazine “awarded” Cher with the award for worst dressed female and worst video while Jefferson Airplane were “awarded” for the most unwanted comeback of the year.

1993 – Jazz and pop singer Billy Eckstine died at the age of 78 from a heart attack.

2003 – British singer Terence Nelhams-Wright also known as Adam Faith died at the age of 62 after suffering a fatal heart attack.

2003 – 50 Cent started a nine-weeks run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘In Da Club’.

2009 – Country music singer-songwriter Hank Locklin died at the age of 91.

2009 – Blues guitarist and singer Willie King died on this day, March 8 at the age of 65.

2011 – Alice in Chains‘ original bassist Mike Starr died at the age of 44 because of a prescription drug overdose.

2011 – Rhythm and blues vocalist Bernard St. Clair Lee died at the age of 66.

2016 – The famous British record producer, arranger, composer, audio engineer and conductor Sir George Martin died at the age of 90. Also known as the ‘Fifth Beatle’.

2016 AC/DC had to postpone their US tour because Brian Johnson was going deaf and could had complete loss of hearing if he continued touring.


1927 – American jazz pianist and composer Dick Hyman was born on this day, March 8 in New York City.

1945 – American musician, actor and radio personality Mickey Dolenz was born on this day in Los Angeles, California. Also known as the vocalist and drummer for The Monkees in the 1960s.

1946 – Founding member of the EaglesRandall Herman Meisner also known as Randy Meisner was born on this day, March 8 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

1946 – Lyricst, singer-songwriter and painter Carole Bayer Sager was born on this day in music history. On top of that she is also New York Times best-selling author.

1947 – American guitarist Michael Allsup was born on this day, March 8 in Oakdale, California. Best known as a member of the rock and roll group Three Dog Night.

1948 – English guitarist and singer Mel Galley was born on this day in Cannock, England. Best known for his work with Whitesnake, Phenomena, Trapeze and others.

1948 – American pop singer Margaret Annemarie Battavio also known as Little Peggy March was born on this day, March 8 in music history.

1949 – English singer-songwriter Dave Lambert was born on this day in Hounslow, England. Also known as a member of the Strawbs.

1957 – English drummer Clive Burr was born in London, England. Also known as member of Iron Maiden from 1979 to 1982.

1958 – English singer-songwriter, composer, and record producer Gary Numan was born in London, England.

1964 – English musician and drummer Peter Gill was born on this day, March 8 in Liverpool.

1968 – Shawn Mullins was born on this day, March 8 in Atlanta, Georgia. His 1998 single ‘Lullaby’ topped the Adult Top 40 chart and was also nominated for a Grammy Award.

1976 – English singer-songwriter and lead vocalist of Supergrass, Gaz Coombes was born in Oxford, England.

1979 – Lead singer of British pop band KeaneTom Chaplin was born on this day, March 8.

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