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JD's Rock 'n' Roll Almanac

Rock 'n' Roll Almanac for Wednesday, March 04, 2015

71 years ago (1944)Singer Bobby Womack is born.
67 years ago (1948)Chris Squire, bass player for Yes, is born.
64 years ago (1951)Chris Rea is born.
55 years ago (1960)In connection with the current congressional investigation into payola, it is revealed that Federal Communications Chairman John Doerfer took a six-day trip to Florida courtesy of Storer Broadcasting.
49 years ago (1966)The London newspaper, The Evening Standard publishes an interview with John Lennon of The Beatles in which he remarks, “Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue that. I'm right and will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus right now.” This quote causes quite a storm of international protest and results in a worldwide series of Beatles records burnings.
49 years ago (1966)Patrick Hannan of The Sundays is born.
48 years ago (1967)Evan Dando of The Lemonheads is born.
48 years ago (1967)The New Musical Express reports the Spencer Davis Group has announced Stevie Winwood and his brother Muff will leave the band after an April 2 show. The 18-year-old had been with the group for four years and will go on to co-found Traffic.
46 years ago (1969)Sonny & Cher's daughter Chastity is born.
45 years ago (1970)Janis Joplin is fined $200 for using obscene language onstage in Tampa, Florida.
44 years ago (1971)On the same day that the Rolling Stones announce their upcoming move to France, they also start a ten-day tour of the U.K.
44 years ago (1971)Fergal Lawler of The Cranberries is born.
43 years ago (1972)A great week for Badfinger who receive a gold record for Day after Day one day after Harry Nilsson gets a gold disc for his cover of their song Without You.
42 years ago (1973)Pink Floyd, promoting its new album, The Dark Side of the Moon, starts a three-week tour of the U.S. in Madison, Wisconsin.
38 years ago (1977)The Rolling Stones play the first of two concerts at El Mocambo, a small club in Toronto, Canada.
38 years ago (1977)New Orleans jazz musician Jason Marsalis is born.
37 years ago (1978)Too Much, Too Little, Too Late by Johnny Mathis and Denice Williams, enters the soul chart where it hits #1 next month and stays there for four weeks.
33 years ago (1982)Rolling Stone reports Frank Zappa's son Dweezil and daughter Moon Unit have formed a band called Fred Zeppelin. Their first single will be called My Mother is a Space Cadet.
29 years ago (1986)Richard Manuel of The Band dies by hanging. He was 41 years old.
22 years ago (1993)Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown become parents to daughter Bobbi.
16 years ago (1999)Cher has her first #1 Billboard single in 25 years with Believe. It is the first time she has topped the charts since 1974's Dark Lady.
10 years ago (2005)Elton John cancels his concert which was to be tonight in Bossier City, Louisiana. He also cancels a show for the next night in the New Orleans Arena. His Web site simply says Elton is under the weather and will either reschedule or refund tickets soon.
9 years ago (2006)Mariah carey keeps her comeback going, winning best female album and best female single honors at the 20th Annual Soul Train Music Awards. The Emancipation of Mimi is the album, and We Belong Together is the single. Mariah says, “This has been the biggest and most successful year of my life.” John Legend’s Ordinary People wins best male single, and Kanye West wins for best video with Gold Digger, which features Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx.
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