BORN ON MARCH 6
1893 – Furry Lewis, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1981)
1905 – Bob Wills, American singer-songwriter (d. 1975)
1923 – Wes Montgomery, American guitarist and songwriter (Montgomery Brothers) (d. 1968)
1936 – Sylvia Robinson, American singer (Mickey & Sylvia) (d. 2011)
1944 – Mary Wilson, American singer (The Supremes)
1945 – Hugh Grundy, drummer (The Zombies)
1946 – David Gilmour, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Pink Floyd)
1953 – Phil Alvin, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Blasters)
1954 – Joey DeMaio, American bass player and songwriter (Manowar)
1964 – Paul Bostaph, American drummer (Forbidden, Slayer, Testament, and Systematic)
1964 – Skip Ewing, American singer-songwriter
1964 – Madonna Wayne Gacy, American keyboard player (Marilyn Manson)
1968 – Michael Romeo, American guitarist and songwriter (Symphony X)
1970 – Chris Broderick, American guitarist and songwriter (Megadeth and Jag Panzer)
1972 – Jaret Reddick, American singer-songwriter, guitarist (Bowling For Soup and People on Vacation)
1973 – Peter Lindgren, Swedish guitarist and songwriter (Opeth)
1974 – Guy Garvey, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Elbow)
DIED ON MARCH 6
1971 – Thurston Dart, English keyboard player and conductor (b. 1921)
2006 – King Floyd, American singer-songwriter (b. 1945)
2010 – Mark Linkous, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Sparklehorse) (b. 1962)
2013 – Stompin’ Tom Connors, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1936)
2013 – Alvin Lee, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Ten Years After) (b. 1944)
EVENTS ON MARCH 6
1958 – Sam Cooke begins his first residency as a performer at the legendary Copacabana club in New York, but much like Elvis’ 50s attempt at Vegas, supper club audiences prove not quite ready for Cooke’s brand of proto-soul.
1966 – The Rolling Stones started recording sessions for their tenth single “Paint It, Black” at RCA studios in Hollywood. It was originally titled “Paint It Black” without a comma. Keith Richards has stated that the comma was added by the record label, Decca.
1970 – Charles Manson released an album called ‘Lie’ to help raise money for his defence in the Tate-LeBianca murder trial. The album jacket was made to look like a cover of Life magazine with the letter f removed from the word Life. In the mid sixties, Manson had been a wanna-be musician who befriended The Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson, eventually talking the group into recording one of his songs, “Cease To Exist.” The title was changed to “Never Learn Not To Love” and was released as the B side of the single “Bluebirds Over The Mountain,” which eventually climbed to number 61 in early 1969.
1970 – David Bowie released the single “The Prettiest Star” as a follow-up single to “Space Oddity.” The track featured Marc Bolan on guitar, with whom Bowie would spend the next few years as a rival for the crown of the king of glam rock. Despite receiving good reviews, the single reportedly sold fewer than 800 copies, a major disappointment on the back of the success of “Space Oddity.”
1973 – With “Cum On Feel The Noize,” glam-rockers Slade become the first band to have a UK single debut at #1 since the Beatles with “Get Back” in 1969.
1973 – UK promoters reach out to Colonel Tom Parker in order to get Elvis Presley to make his first appearance in the country, at London’s Earl’s Court, but Parker, a Dutch immigrant secretly in the US illegally, declines on fears that his status would be discovered.
1976 – Fleetwood Mac released the single “Rhiannon”
1982 – The Go-Go’s started a six-week run at No.1 on the album chart with ‘Beauty And The Beat.’
2004 – While checking out of his New York hotel, David Crosby leaves behind a bag containing marijuana and an unlicensed handgun; when he returns for the bag, he is nabbed by police, but is soon released on $3,500 bail.
2007 – Having had his father’s body exhumed and examined by doctors, Jay Richardson, son of J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, confirms that no foul play took place aboard the plane which crashed in 1959, killing Richardson, Ritchie Valens, and Buddy Holly.
2010 – Mark Linkous, frontman with US band Sparklehorse committed suicide by shooting himself in the heart outside a friend’s house in Knoxville, Tennessee. In 1996 Linkous “died” for two minutes after ingesting a mix of Valium and antidepressants while supporting Radiohead on tour in the UK. He recovered, but the incident left him paralysed, after lying unconscious for 14 hours, with circulation to his legs cut off. He suffered a heart attack when doctors tried to straighten the limbs, and he had surgery seven times to save his legs.