23 March

Pick a Day

23 MARCH

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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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Billy Joel Marries His Uptown Girl

1985

Billy Joel marries the "Uptown Girl" Christie Brinkley. They remain married for nine years.


Two years after Brinkley teaches dance steps to a begrudging Joel on the set of his "Uptown Girl" music video, which cast him as a mechanic opposite Brinkley as the title character, the singer and the supermodel tie the knot aboard a yacht in New York Harbor. It's the second marriage for both: Joel was previously wed to Elizabeth Weber Small from 1973 to 1982, while Brinkley was married to French artist Jean-François Allaux from 1973 to 1981. Brinkley, who stole Joel's heart from his other supermodel girlfriend Elle Macpherson, will appear in several more of her husband's videos, including "Keeping The Faith," "All About Soul," "The River Of Dreams," "A Matter Of Trust," and "Leningrad." She'll also inspire tunes like "Christie Lee" and "All About Soul," and will even paint the cover art for Joel's River Of Dreams album. Their most important collaboration, however, arrives on December 29, 1989: baby daughter, Alex Ray. After nine years, Joel's constant touring (along with a rumor that he was unfaithful) strains the marriage and leads to an amicable split. They announce in a joint statement: "We have been there to support each other during critical times and expect to be there for each other in the future."

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