This Month in Music History – March

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March 1

• 1941: The first FM radio station opens in Nashville

• 1969: Jim Morrison of The Doors is arrested for indecent exposure during a Miami concert

• 2003: The magazine The Marquee begins publishing

March 2

• 1967: The Beatles’ song “Michelle” is named Song of the Year at the Grammy Awards

• 2005: The iTunes Music Store marks its 300 millionth song sold

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

• 1969: The magazine Creem publishes for the first time.

March 6

• 1992: The Fox Theatre in Boulder opens its doors with a performance by The Meters

March 7

• 1985: “We Are The World” is heard on the radio for the first time

March 8

• 1973: Grateful Dead keyboardist/vocalist/harp player 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 11

• 1997: Paul McCartney is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II

March 13

• 1973: Pink Floyd releases Dark Side Of The Moon. It subsequently remains on the charts for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988, longer than any other album in history, with an estimated 50 million copies sold

March 17

• 1997: The RIAA announces the Eagles Greatest Hits has tied Michael Jackson’s Thriller as the all-time best selling album in the U.S.

March 19

• 1982: Randy Rhoads dies in a plane accident

• 1985: SPIN magazine begins publishing

March 20

• 1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono marry

March 24

• 1991: The Black Crowes are dropped from a tour with ZZ Top after criticizing the tour sponsor Miller Beer.

March 25

• 1967: The Who make their U.S. concert debut in New York

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

 

 

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