Wednesday, March 26, 2008

This Day In Music History-March 26

Happy Birthday to Diana Ross, born in 1944.

Steven Tyler of Aerosmith was born in 1948.

Johnny Crawford ("Cindy's Birthday") and “Rifleman” fame turns 62.

Alan Arkin of the Tarriers ("Banana Boat Song" and later an Academy Award winning actor) is 74.

Fred Parris of the Five Satins ("In The Still Of The Night") turns 72.

Birthday wishes to Vicki Lawrence ("The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia"), who is 59.

Jon Jon Poulos of the Buckinghams ("Don't You Care") died of heart failure in 1980.

Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary was arrested in Washington, DC in 1970 for taking "immoral liberties" with a 14 year-old girl (he pleads guilty and spends three months in jail).

Ricky Nelson recorded his first tunes-- "I'm Walkin'" and "A Teenager's Romance" in 1957.

"Man in the Mirror" by Michael Jackson topped the charts in 1988 and stayed there for 2 weeks.

Jan Berry of '60s surf duo Jan & Dean ("Surf City") died in 2004 following a seizure at his Los Angeles home. Jan & Dean's career was curtailed when Berry was paralyzed following a 1966 car crash that eerily paralleled their hit "Deadman's Curve". He was 62.

In 2002, Former president Bill Clinton told the New York Times that he's listening to "Puff Daddy, or whatever they call him now." (and he never inhaled either)

Elvis Costello released his first single, "Less Than Zero" in 1977.

In 1972, Mott the Hoople decided to break up, but changed their minds when David Bowie came calling with a song called "All the Young Dudes."

For you trivia buffs-Nena was born as Gabriele Kerner in Hagen, Germany in 1960. She's a one-hit-wonder known for 1983's excellent "99 Luftballons."

Bluesman Rufus Thomas, who had '70s hits with songs like "Do the Funky Chicken," was born in Cayce, MS in 1917.

James Iha (formerly of the Smashing Pumpkins) entered the world in 1968. The Japanese-American guitarist is from Chicago.

Fran Sheehan has a birthday. The Boston bassist was born in Beantown in 1946.

E.L.O.’s keyboardist, Richard Tandy, began his life in Birmingham, England in 1948.

In 1958, Eddie Cochran recorded his only US Top Ten hit, "Summertime Blues", which rose to #8 in the US the next fall.

In 1980, seven years after its release, Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon" breaks the record for the longest-charting Pop album, previously held by Carole King's "Tapestry". At the same time, their latest single "Another Brick In The Wall" was topping both the Cashbox Best Sellers chart and the Billboard Hot 100.

Guns N' Roses was signed to Geffen Records in 1986.

In 2003, the aging ‘boy band’ Backstreet Boys released a statement to say that while they're not splitting up, they're not making a new album either. (Who?)

In 1977, 'Islands,' the final album by The Band’s original lineup, was released. Having met their contractual obligation to Capitol Records, they were free to disband – which they did.

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