20 March

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2020 The Weeknd releases After Hours, an album filled with the kind of anxiety and paranoia many are feeling in the early weeks of coronavirus lockdown. It goes to #1 in the United States and many other territories, and the single "Blinding Lights" becomes one of the most-streamed songs of the spring and summer.

2020 Kenny Rogers dies at 81.

2017 Rihanna begins her stint as Marion Crane on Bates Motel, a role originated by Janet Leigh as the infamous shower-stabbing victim in the Alfred Hitchcock thriller Psycho.

2016 Trisha Yearwood stars as Mary in the Palm Sunday broadcast of the Fox live musical The Passion, the story of Jesus Christ's last hours on Earth.

2015 Twisted Sister drummer A.J. Pero dies of an apparent heart attack in New York at age 55.

2009 Blues guitarist/singer Mel Brown dies of complications from emphysema at age 69.

2009 The quirky garden store Fountains Of Wayne, which provided the moniker for the band of that name, closes shop after more than 40 years in business. The Wayne, New Jersey, landmark was a Christmas hotspot, as giant santas and holiday displays appeared every season. It was also the backdrop for some scenes from the HBO series The Sopranos.

2008 At the O2 Arena in London, the Eagles launch their world tour in support of their album Long Road Out of Eden.

2008 Rolling Stone magazine endorses Barack Obama by putting him on the first of three 2008 covers.

2006 The song "Thank You For Being A Friend" is played at Leeds Crown Court when John Humble pleads guilty to perpetrating the Wearside Jack hoax (he pretended to be the Yorkshire Ripper serial killer).

2004 Quincy Jones receives an honorary doctorate in Music from The University of Washington.

2000 American composer Vivian Fine dies at age 86.

2000 Gene "Eugene" Andrusco (of Adam Again, Lost Dogs, The Swirling Eddies) dies of a brain aneurysm at age 30.

1994 Madonna snags her third Razzie for Worst Actress at the 14th Golden Raspberry Awards. Her first came in 1987 for Shanghai Surprise, and the second followed in 1988 for Who's That Girl. This time around, it's her role as Rebecca Carlson in Body Of Evidence that underwhelms the judges.

1993 Two children are killed in an Irish Republican Army bombing in Warrington, England, inspiring the Cranberries song "Zombie."

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Big Star SXSW Performance Becomes Tribute After Alex Chilton's Death


Three days after their lead singer Alex Chilton died of a heart attack, Big Star play the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, with a number of guests joining to pay tribute to Chilton.

Curt Kirkwood, Chris Stamey, M. Ward, Mike Mills, John Doe, Sondre Lerche, Evan Dando, Chuck Prophet, Amy Speace and Susan Cowsill all take part, joining the three remaining Big Star members Jody Stephens, Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow, along with founding member Andy Hummel. Stephens, also a founding member, forms a collective called Big Star's Third to perform the group's 1978 album Third, which the original band never played live.



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