This Month in Music History – March

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March 1
• 1969: Jim Morrison of The Doors is arrested during a Miami concert for indecent exposure
• 1944: Roger Daltrey of The Who is born

March 2
• 1967: The Beatles’ song “Michelle” is named Song of the Year at the Grammy Awards
• 1944: Lou Reed is born

March 4
• 1966: John Lennon tells a London newspaper that The Beatles are “more popular than Jesus right now”

March 5
• 1963: Patsy Cline is killed in a plane crash near Camden, Tennessee

March 7
• 1955: Carl Perkins’ classic “Blue Suede Shoes” enters the R&B charts

March 8
• 1973: Grateful Dead keyboardist Ron “Pigpen” McKernan dies of cirrhosis of the liver
• 1968: The Fillmore East, owned by promoter Bill Graham, opens in New York City

March 9
• 1997: The Notorious B.I.G. is shot and killed

March 12
• 1955: Jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker dies of heart failure at the age of 34
• 1948: Singer/songwriter James Taylor is born

March 15
• 1947: Guitarist Ry Cooder is born
• 1944: Sly Stone of Sly and the Family Stone is born

March 16
• 1963: Peter, Paul and Mary release the single “Puff the Magic Dragon”
• 1959: Rapper Flavor Flav of Public Enemy is born William Drayton

March 17
• 1967: Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins is born
• 1917: Singer/jazz musician Nat “King” Cole is born

March 18
• 1970: Queen Latifah is born Dana Elaine Owens

March 19
• 1982: Randy Rhoads dies in a plane accident

March 20
• 1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono marry

March 25
• 1947: Elton John is born Reginald Kenneth Dwight
• 1942: Aretha Franklin is born

March 26
• 1948: Steven Tyler of Aerosmith is born
• 1827: Ludwig Van Beethoven dies in Austria

March 27
• 1986: Sammy Hagar debuts as lead singer of Van Halen

March 29
• 1969: Perry Farrell of Porno for Pyros and Jane’s Addiction is born

March 30
• 1945: Eric Clapton is born Eric Patrick Clapp

March 31
• 1959: Angus Young of AC/DC is born

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