March 1 in music history
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On this day, March 1 In Music History


On this day March 1 in 1941 – The first ever commercial FM radio station began broadcasting in Nashville.

1958 -- Buddy Holly and The Crickets began their first and only tour in the UK where they played 25 shows.

1961 -- Elvis Presley signed a five year movie deal with Hollywood producer Hal Wallis.

1964 – While holding the two top spots on the Billboard Hot 100, The Beatles started recording their first film A Hard Day’s Night.

1965 -- Petula Clark‘s ‘Downtown’ became a Gold record after selling over three million copies worldwide. Since 2003 the record is part of The Grammy Hall of Fame.

1966  – Founding member of the folk band The ByrdsGene Clark left the group because he couldn’t overcome his fear of flying. He also had disagreements with the other members of the group.

1968  – Philips Records released Elton John‘s first record ‘I’ve Been Loving You Too Long’. However, the record failed to chart and Elton was dropped by the company in the following months.

1968 – Four days after celebrating his 36th birthday, Johnny Cash married his second wife June Carter with whom he stayed together until his death in 2003.

1969  – Because of obscene exposure while on stage Jim Morrison was arrested after a Doors’ concert in Miami. He was sentenced to eight months of hard labor but sadly he died in France while the sentence was on appeal.

1970  – On the Ed Sullivan Show, The Beatles made their last ever appearance to promote their songs ‘Let It Be’ and ‘Two of Us’.

1973  – Asylum Records released Tom Waits‘s debut album Closing Time. Even though the album wasn’t a major commercial success it received welcoming critical reception.

1973 -- Pink Floyd released their eight and most successful studio album ‘The Dark Side of The Moon’ in the US. But not only its their most successful album, its one of the best-selling records of all time with sales exceeding 45 million units sold worldwide.

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1974 -- Queen launched their first tour as the headline act with a show in Blackpool, England.

1974 -- Rush released their self-titled debut album on this day March 1 in music history.

1975  – With his fifteenth studio album ‘Blood On The Tracks’Bob Dylan topped the US Billboard 200 chart on this day March 1.

1975  – With ‘Best of My Love’, the Eagles topped the US singles chart. Also their first number one hit in the US and first million selling record.

1977  – After eleven years of marriage and five kids, Bob Dylan‘s wife Sara Lowndes Dylan filled for divorce.

1980  – With ‘Atomic’Blondie topped the UK singles chart. Also the third UK No.1 from their fourth studio album.

1985  – For the first time ever a Beatles song was used for a commercial when Ford got the rights to use HELP!

1986  – With ‘Kyrie’Mr. Mister topped the US singles chart on this day March 1 in music history.

1991  – A biographical film about The Doors started playing in the theaters on this day March 1.

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1994 -- Frank Sinatra received a Living Legends Award while Aretha Franklin received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Grammys.

1994  – With ‘I Don’t Want to Change the World’Ozzy Osbourne won a Grammy award for Best Metal Performance.

1994 -- Nirvana played their last concert in Munich, Germany in front of only 3,000 people due to the small capacity venue.

1995 -- Tony Bennet won Grammy Award for Album of The Year and Eric Clapton for Best Traditional Blues Album. While Soundgarden won two Grammys for Best Hard Rock and Best Metal Performance.

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1995  – R.E.M’s drummer Bill Berry collapsed on stage after suffering a brain aneurysm. Luckily he managed to fully recover and re-join the band.

2009  – With ‘My Life Would Suck Without You’Kelly Clarkson topped the UK singles chart on this day March 1.

2016  – Founding member of the rock power trio CreamGinger Baker announced his retirement because of serious heart problems.


1904  – American big-band trombonist, bandleader, arranger and composer Glenn Miller was born in Clarinda, Iowa. 

1927  – American singer-songwriter Harold George Bellanfanti Jr also known as Harry Belafonte was born on this day March 1 in New York.

1942  – American R&B singer Jerry Fisher was born on this day March 1 in DeKalb, Texas.

1944 Manfred Mann‘s  lead singer Mike d’Abo was born on this day March 1 in Surrey, England

1944 – Founder and lead singer of The WhoRoger Daltrey was born on this day March 1 in music history.

1946  – English musician Edward Anthony Ashton also known as Tony Ashton was born in Blackburn, England.

1958  – English singer-songwriter, composer and record producer Nik Kershaw was born in Bristol, England.

1963  – American heavy metal drummer Rob Affuso was born on this day March 1 in New York. Also known as the drummer for Skid Row from 1987 to 1998.

1973  – Founding member of the Canadian rock group Nickleback, Ryan Peake was born on this day March 1 in Brooks, Canada.

1985  – American musician and model Melissa Reese was born on this day March 1 in Seattle, Washington. She rose to fame as a member of the hard rock band Guns N’ Roses.

1987  – American singer Kesha Rose Sebert was born on this day March 1 in Los Angeles, California.

1994  – Canadian singer-songwriter Justin Bieber was born on this day in London, Canada. The first artist to have seven songs from a debut album to chart on the Billboard Hot 100.

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