BORN ON MARCH 1
1904 – Glenn Miller, American trombonist, composer, and bandleader (Glenn Miller Orchestra) (d. 1944)
1942 – Jerry Fisher, American singer (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
1944 – Mike d’Abo, English singer-songwriter (Manfred Mann and A Band of Angels)
1944 – Roger Daltrey, English singer-songwriter (The Who)
1946 – Gerry Boulet, Canadian singer-songwriter (Offenbach) (d. 1990)
1958 – Nik Kershaw, English singer-songwriter, guitarist
1962 – Bill Leen, American bass player (Gin Blossoms)
1963 – Rob Affuso, American drummer (Skid Row)
1963 – Thomas Anders, German singer-songwriter (Modern Talking)
1964 – Clinton Gregory, American singer-songwriter and fiddler
1965 – Mary Lou Lord, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Helium)
DIED ON MARCH 1
1932 – Frank Teschemacher, American saxophonist and clarinet player (b. 1906)
1970 – Lucille Hegamin, American singer (b. 1894)
1974 – Bobby Timmons, American pianist (The Jazz Messengers) (b. 1935)
2013 – Jewel Akens, American singer and producer (b. 1933)
EVENTS ON MARCH 1
1957 – The Everly Brothers signed with Cadence Records and then recorded “Bye Bye Love.”
1957 – Chuck Berry released “School Days” on Chess Records. It became his biggest hit to date.
1958 – In what would prove to be a major influence on the burgeoning British rock scene, Buddy Holly and the Crickets begin their first and only UK tour at London’s Trocadero Club, playing 25 dates of two sets a night.
1966 – Upset by the band deciding to use Roger McGuinn as lead vocal on all singles, and also suffering from a fear of flying that made touring difficult, guitarist and vocalist Gene Clark announces his departure from the Byrds.
1968 – Johnny Cash and June Carter were married.
1972 – John Lennon was granted an extension on his American work visa. Lennon then began recording “Sometime in New York City.”
1973 – Pink Floyd released their eighth album ‘Dark Side of the Moon.’ The album thematically explores conflict, greed, the passage of time, and mental illness, the latter partly inspired by founding member and principal contributor, Syd Barrett’s deteriorating mental state.Recorded at Abbey Road in London, the album’s iconic sleeve, designed by Storm Thorgerson, depicts a prism spectrum and represents the band’s lighting, the record’s thematic material, and keyboardist Richard Wright’s “simple and bold” design request.The album was an immediate commercial and critical success; it topped the Billboard Top LPs & Tapes chart for a week and remained in the chart for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988. With an estimated 45 million copies sold, it is Pink Floyd’s most commercially successful album and one of the best-selling worldwide.
1973 – Elvis Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker, sells all of Elvis’ back catalog recordings to RCA for a lump sum of $5.4 million, forgoing all future royalties, in an apparent attempt to garner the King some quick, much-needed cash. Parker also renegotiates Elvis into a 50-50 split on new royalties, and lands another seven-year, fourteen-album deal with RCA for $3.5 million.
1980 – Patti Smith married Fred “Sonic” Smith (formerly with MC5).
1982 – Jimmy Page’s first solo LP was released. It was the soundtrack to “Death Wish II.”
1995 – In Switzerland, Bill Berry (R.E.M) suffered a brain aneurysm while performing on stage.