21 March

Pick a Day

21 MARCH

In Music History

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2015 Jackie Trent dies at age 74. She was married to Tony Hatch, with whom she wrote the theme song to the Australian TV show Neighbours and the Petula Clark hit "Don't Sleep In The Subway."

2014 Shakira releases her tenth studio album, Shakira, featuring guest vocalist Rihanna on the lead single, "Can't Remember To Forget You."

2013 John Mayer becomes the first big-name celebrity to host a hangout on Google+, Google's social network competitor to Facebook. Google+ never catches on and is discontinued in 2019.

2012 The Wanted become the first UK boy band to land a Top 5 hit in the US when "Glad You Came" peaks at #3. The single got a boost after it was covered on Glee in February.

2011 Blues musician Joe Willie "Pinetop" Perkins dies at age 97.

2011 Singer Loleatta Holloway, whose track "Love Sensation" was sampled on Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch's "Good Vibrations" and several other songs, dies of heart failure at age 64.

2009 The movie Northern Lights, starring LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian, debuts on Lifetime as rumors of the stars' extramarital affair are swirling in the press. They end up divorcing their spouses and marrying each other.

2008 Klaus Dinger of Kraftwerk and Neu! dies of heart failure at age 61.

2006 Six years after filing suit, the family of African musician Solomon Linda, who wrote and recorded the original version of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," reach an agreement with the song's publisher, giving them some royalties. Linda, who died in 1962, signed away rights to the song in 1952.

2005 The final episode of The Osbournes airs.

2004 Motown producer Johnny Bristol dies at age 65.

2003 Roxy Music's Bryan Ferry divorces his first wife, model Lucy Helmore, after 21 years, on grounds of adultery.

2000 Soul Coughing disbands after eight years and three albums.

2000 "Newgrass" trio Nickel Creek release their breakthrough self-titled album, produced by bluegrass star Alison Krauss. The group earns two Grammy nominations: Best Bluegrass Album and Best Country Instrumental for "Ode to a Butterfly."

1991 Leo Fender, founder of Fender Musical Instruments, dies at age 81 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

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The First Rock Concert

1952

Cleveland stakes a claim on rock history when the Moondog Coronation Ball is held at the Cleveland Arena. Organized by the WJW DJ Alan Freed ("Moondog" on the air), it is widely considered the first rock concert. It may also be one of the shortest, as it is shut down after one song.


Over 25,000 people turn up for the show, prepared to hear bands such as The Dominoes and Tiny Grimes and the Rocking Highlanders. The problem is that the capacity of the arena is only 10,000. As the overflow crowd tries to bust through the barriers, Paul Williams and his Hucklebuckers are not even able to make it through one song before the Cleveland Police Department, supported by firefighters bearing fire hoses, bring the show to a halt. Despite the fact that the show never really gets off the ground, it is considered the first rock and roll concert. Cleveland has had a revival of the show every year since 1992, featuring classic rock and R&B artists of the 1960s and 1970s.

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