23 March

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2008 The Jonas Brothers sing the national anthem at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House.

2002 In Houston, Texas, Dusty Hill of ZZ Top marries Charleen McCrory. He looks sharp, but we can't tell if there's a black tie under that beard.

2000 60-year-old Tina Turner launches her Twenty Four Seven tour at the Target Center in Minneapolis. It takes in $80 million, making it the top-grossing tour of 2000.

1993 Depeche Mode release Songs of Faith and Devotion in America, where it goes to #1 despite charting no singles higher than "I Feel You," which tops out at #37.

1992 Billy Ray Cyrus releases "Achy Breaky Heart." It becomes his signature song and starts a line-dancing craze throughout the US.

1988 Mick Jagger performs his first solo gig in Japan, 15 years after having been barred from entering the country due to prior drug convictions.

1987 Whitesnake releases "Is This Love" in the UK.

1983 ZZ Top release their album Eliminator, which features Billy Gibbons' custom hot rod on the cover. Thanks to videos for "Gimme All Your Lovin'," "Sharp Dressed Man" and "Legs" featuring the car and various babes, they become unlikely MTV stars, earning a new generation of fans.More

1980 Reggae musician Jacob Miller (of Inner Circle) dies in a car accident in Jamaica at age 27.

1980 U2 sign a worldwide deal with Island Records. They get about $100,000 for their first album.

1978 A&M Records sign a new, young band called The Police.

1972 The film version of George Harrison's Concert For Bangladesh is released in America, helping raise additional money for aid that goes to UNICEF.

1969 Countering the counter-culture, about 30,000 people attend the "Rally For Decency" in Miami after Jim Morrison was charged with indecent exposure in the city. Celebrities at the event included Kate Smith, Jackie Gleason, The Lettermen and Anita Bryant.

1968 Blur frontman Damon Albarn is born in England.

1965 Marti Pellow (lead singer of Wet Wet Wet) is born Mark McLachlan in Clydebank, Scotland.

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Pretty Woman Hits Theaters


The romantic comedy Pretty Woman, starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, debuts in US theaters. Named for Roy Orbison's classic tune, it also boasts an impressive soundtrack, including the #1 hit "It Must Have Been Love" by Roxette.

Directed by Garry Marshall, Pretty Woman stars newcomer Julia Roberts as a "hooker with a heart of gold" who falls for wealthy businessman Richard Gere. The movie is a surprise smash, raking in over $463 million (far surpassing its $14 million budget) and becoming one of the most iconic films of the '90s. The soundtrack, including the title track by Orbison, is also a big success with three hit singles. "King of Wishful Thinking" by Go West and "It Must Have Been Love" by Roxette both land in the Top 10 of the Hot 100, with the latter reaching #1, and "Show Me Your Soul" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers takes the #10 slot on the Modern Rock chart. Songs from Peter Cetera ("No Explanation"), Natalie Cole ("Wild Women Do") and David Bowie ("Fame '90") round out the album. In May 1991, the soundtrack goes triple platinum, with more than 3 million copies sold.



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