Today In Oldies Music History: March 4--
Births1925: Paul Mauriat
1932: Miriam Makeba
1934: Barbara McNair
1936: Eric Allandale (The Foundations)
1944: Michael Wilson (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich)
1944: Bobby Womack
1948: Chris Squire (Yes)
1948: Shakin’ Stevens
1951: Chris Rea
1954: St Clair L. Palmer (Sweet Sensation)
Deaths1981: E.Y. ‘Yip’ Harburg
1986: Richard Manuel (The Band)
1986: Howard Greenfield
1996: Minnie Pearl
1997: Raymond Edwards (The Silhouettes)
2001: Glenn Hughes (Village People)
Events1959: The very first Grammy Awards are held in New York City, and the winners, to one's surprise, have nothing to do with rock and roll, or, sometimes, even the categories they were nominated in: for some reason, the Champs' "Tequila" wins Best R&B Song, but Record of the Year goes to "Volare" by Domenico Modugno, while Henry Mancini's Peter Gunn soundtrack LP wins Album of the Year.
1966: The London newspaper Evening Standard publishes an article by Maureen Cleave entitled How Does a Beatle Live? John Lennon Lives Like This. In it, the Beatle is quoted as telling Maureen, "Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue about that; I'm right and I will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first - rock 'n' roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me." The public in England raises no protest; the remarks will not cause a controversy in America until four months later, when they are reprinted in the US teen mag DATEbook.
1967: The Spencer Davis Group is dealt a crippling blow when its star members, Steve Winwood and his brother, Muff, announce their intention to leave. The elder Winwood would eventually go on to form the band Traffic.
1968: Temptations members Eddie Kendricks and Otis Williams are hospitalized with minor injuries after skidding on an icy road near Sommerset, PA.
1969: Sonny and Cher Bono are the proud parents of their first and only child, a daughter named Chastity.
1970: Janis Joplin heads to Rio de Janeiro after being fined $200 for using obscene language at a Miami, FL concert the previous November. While there, she announces her intention to quit drugs and alcohol.
1971: One the eve of their new UK tour, the Rolling Stones become rock's first tax exiles by announcing that they're moving from England to France.
1977: The Rolling Stones perform at Toronto's small El Morcambo Tavern, a rare intimate show that provides four tracks for their notoriously bad 1977 LP Love You Live.
1978: The Bee Gees achieve a rare feat on the charts today, with four of the top five being songs performed by the Brothers ("Stayin' Alive" at #2, "Night Fever" at #5) or written by them (Samantha Sang's "Emotion" at #4, kid brother Andy Gibb's "(Love Is) Thicker Than Water" at #1). At #3 that week was Dan Hill's "Sometimes When We Touch."
1978: The IRS raids Jerry Lee Lewis' home at dawn and reposesses $170,000 worth of automobiles to pay off his tax debt.
1979: The Jackson 5's Randy Jackson is involved in a serious car crash near Los Angeles, breaking both legs and nearly dying when a nurse at the hospital nearby injects him with methadone.
1989: Time Inc. and Warner Communications merge into Time Warner, creating the world's largest media company.
2001: Bruce Springsteen adds Hank Ballard's 1960 hit "Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go" to tonight's setlist in Jacksonville, FL, in honor of Ballard, who'd passed on two days earlier.
2001: Michael Jackson and friend Macaulay Culkin spend the night shopping at a London record store, which stays open after hours to accommodate the pair.
Releases1973: Elvis Presley, "Steamroller Blues" b/w "Fool"
Recording1970: Bob Dylan, "Days Of '49," "Early Morning Rain," "Wigwam"
1976: Hall and Oates, "Rich Girl"
Charts1967: The Rolling Stones' "Ruby Tuesday" hits #1
1978: Andy Gibb's "(Love Is) Thicker Than Water" hits #1