17 March

Pick a Day

17 MARCH

In Music History

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2018 At their St. Patrick's Day concert in Brussels, The Script buy everyone in the audience of 8,000 a drink, setting a Guinness World Record for "world's biggest round."

2017 Popular World War II-era singer Vera Lynn releases Vera Lynn 100 to celebrate her 100th birthday. The album debuts at #3 on the UK chart, making her the oldest living artist to have an album on the tally.

2016 Prince's ex-wife Mayte Garcia puts a collection of his memorabilia up for auction.More

2015 Twenty One Pilots release "Fairly Local."

2012 After getting pelted with cans and other trash at their SXSW performance, Rocky and the rest of A$AP Mob launch into the crowd, punching fans and igniting a brawl.

2011 Ferlin Husky dies of congestive heart failure at age 85.

2009 Belinda Carlisle is the first person eliminated on Season 8 of Dancing With The Stars.

2009 Chicago blues harmonicist Lester "Mad Dog" Davenport dies of prostate cancer at age 77.

2009 Instead of getting boozed up on the streets like most people on St. Patrick's Day, Amy Winehouse gets sloppy at her court hearing in London to face charges that she attacked a fan at a charity event in 2008.

2006 Professor X (founder of the hip-hop group X Clan) dies of complications from spinal meningitis at age 49.

2005 Robert Plant is presented with his lifetime achievement Grammy award at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

2003 Country musician Bill Carlisle dies at age 94.

2003 Cliff – The Musical opens at The Prince of Wales Theatre in London. The show, which is based on the life of Cliff Richard, closes three months later.

2001 Seven Pearl Jam bootleg albums from their North American tour debut in the Billboard 200 albums chart, breaking the record for most appearances on the chart in a single week that the band established the previous year, when five bootlegs from their European tour landed on the chart.More

1999 Sinead O'Connor records the first ever single via the Internet in a BBC studio as part of the Tomorrow's World program. The song is a cover of Bob Marley's "Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)" recorded for the War Child charity.

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Talking Heads Play American Bandstand

1979

Talking Heads make their first major TV appearance, performing "Take Me to the River" on American Bandstand. The lip-synced performance goes well, but the interview is a little awkward.

Dick Clark chats up frontman David Byrne, but the laconic frontman gives terse answers, prompting the host to turn to bass player Tina Weymouth and ask, "Is he always this enthusiastic, Tina?" Her response: "I guess he's organically shy." This leads to an insight, as Clark asks Byrne how he can perform if he's so shy. "I don't know the people," he replies. "I get really nervous if there's friends out there." The appearance is great exposure for the band, which gets a nice bump in sales for their second album, More Songs About Buildings and Food. They are impressed with Clark, who was clearly familiar with their work and gave his full attention to their performance.

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