EVENTS THAT HAPPENED ON THIS DAY, MARCH 9
On this day, March 9 in 1957 – Fats Domino re-took the No.1 spot on the Billboard R&B singles chart with ‘I’m Walkin’ while replacing his own ‘Blue Monday’.
1961 – The Supremes released their first ever single ‘I Want A Guy’. But despite a push from their label, the single still flopped.
1961 – After over 300 gigs, The Quarry Men appeared as The Beatles for the first time at the famous Cavern Club in Liverpool.
1964 – The Four Preps released a song called ‘Letter To The Beatles’ in which the lyrics describe a boy losing his girlfriend to the Fab Four. The record managed to chart on its first day, but sadly they had to withdraw the single. Why? Because they used few bars from ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ without permission.
1967 – Pink Floyd appeared at the Marquee Club in London on this day, March 9 in music history.
1968 – With his eight studio album ‘John Wesley Harding’, Bob Dylan started a ten week run at No.1 on the UK album chart. The LP was also successful in the US where it managed to reach No.2.
1970 – Black Sabbath made their debut concert at The Roundhouse in London after changing the name of the band (Earth).
1971 – During their ‘Back To The Clubs’ tour, Led Zeppelin appeared at the Leeds University in Leeds, England.
1976 – Queen‘s fourth studio album ‘A Night at the Opera’ became a certified Gold record. The LP would also go on to become a Platinum after selling over six million copies worldwide.
1976 – The Who‘s drummer Keith Moon collapsed onstage during a concert at the Boston Garden arena.
The Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again
1981 – Robert Plant played a secret gig with his new band The Honey Drippers. But it turns out the secret gig wasn’t so secret after all.
1985 – With ‘You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)’, Dead or Alive topped the UK singles chart.
1985 – With ‘Can’t Fight This Feeling’, REO Speedwagon started a three week run at the top of the US singles chart. In the UK however, it only managed to climb to No.16.
1987 – U2 released their fifth studio album ‘The Joshua Tree’. The album would eventually become their first No.1 in the US and eve won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
1987 – Paul McCartney and John Lennon were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame alongside Sam Cooke, Carole King, Gerry Goffin and others.
1990 – Seattle based rock group Mother Love Bone played their last ever gig because their frontman Andrew Wood died ten days later of a heroin overdose.
1991 – With ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’, The Clash scored their first and only No.1 single in the UK even though the song was was released in 1982.
1993 – Sting released his fourth solo studio album called ‘Ten Summoner’s Tales’.
1996 – With their version of ‘How Deep Is Your Love’, Take That topped the UK singles chart for the last time.
1997 – Christopher Wallace also known as The Norious B.I.G. or Biggie Smalls was killed on the streets of Los Angeles.
2000 – Croatian singer-songwriter Ivo Robic died at the age of 77.
2004 – American guitarist and painter Charles Lopez also known as Rust Epique died of a heart attack at the age of 36.
2007 – Boston‘s lead singer Brad Delp committed a suicide at the age of 55.
2011 – Phil Collins said that the reason for his retirement is because he wants to spend more time with his kids and be a full time father.
2018 – NME magazine published its last printed edition.
BORN ON THIS DAY, MARCH 9 IN MUSIC HISTORY
1910 – American composer Samuel Barber was born on this day, March 9 in music history.
1928 – Jazz and pop music singer Dorothy Jacqueline Keely also known as Keely Smith was born on this day, March 9.
1930 – American jazz saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter, and composer Ornette Coleman was born on this day in Fort Worth, Texas.
1934 – American R&B vocalist Lloyd Price was born on this day in Kenner, Louisiana. Also known as ‘Mr.Personality’, a nickname he earned after his million selling hit ‘Personality’.
1936 – Country music singer Mickey Gilley was born on this day, March 9 in Natchez, Mississippi.
1942 – Founding member of Velvet Underground, John Cale was born on this day, March 9 in Garnant, Wales.
1942 – American drummer and vocalist (born as) Gary Leeds but known as Gary Walker was born on this day in Glendale, California.
1945 – English guitarist and vocalist Robin Trower was born on this day, March 9 in London, England.
1945 – English musician, poet and writer Robert Calvert was born on this day in Pretoria, South Africa. Best known as member of the rock group Hawkwind. Group in which Lemmy Kilmister was also part of, before forming Motorhead.
1949 – English guitarist Trevor Burton was born in Birmingham, England. Also known as founding member of The Move.
1958 – English musician, composer and record producer Martin Fry was born on this day in Stretford, England.
1968 – American musician Robert Sledge was born on this day in music history.
1969 – Founding member of the crossover thrash band Excel, Adam Siegel was born on this day, March 9.
1980 – American rapper Howard Bailey Jr also known as Chingy was born on this day, March 9.
1987 – Rapper Shad Gregory Moss also known as Bow Wow was born on this day in Columbus, Ohio.
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