31 March

Pick a Day

31 MARCH

In Music History

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2015 British jazz pianist Ralph Sharon, who brought "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" to Tony Bennett, dies in Boulder, Colorado, at age 91.

2009 Lynyrd Skynyrd release Live at the Cardiff Capitol Theatre. It features music recorded at Cardiff, Wales' Capitol Theatre on November 4, 1975. It's released alongside the album Authorized Bootleg: Live In Winterland, San Francisco, CA, 3/07/76.

2007 Police issue arrest warrants for Country singer Billy Joe Shaver after he shoots and wounds a man outside a Lorena, Texas, bar. Shaver later turns himself in.

2003 The Roots release Phrenology three years after their highly successful fourth album, Things Fall Apart. An ambitious work that pushes the boundaries of hip-hop, Phrenology also contains a hit: the Cody ChesnuTT collaboration "The Seed (2.0)."

2001 Acker Bilk receives an MBE (Member of the British Empire) medal from Queen Elizabeth for services to the music industry.

1996 After battling a number of health issues, Gun Club guitarist Jeffrey Lee Pierce dies at age 37.

1995 23-year-old Lance Cunningham injures four people at a Jimmy Page/Robert Plant concert in Auburn Hills, Michigan, when he tries to rush the stage with a pocketknife. Cunningham claims he was trying to attack Page, accusing him of being "Satanic."

1993 Mitchell Parish, who wrote lyrics for the songs "Deep Purple" and "Stardust," dies at 92.

1987 Georg Listing (bassist for Tokio Hotel) is born in Halle, Germany.

1986 O'Kelly Isley (of The Isley Brothers) dies of a heart attack at age 48 in Alpine, New Jersey.

1982 The Doobie Brothers announce their breakup. After a summer goodbye tour, lead singer Michael McDonald launches a successful solo career. The band regroups in 1987.

1981 At the first ever Golden Raspberry Awards (aka The Razzies), Neil Diamond takes home the prize for Worst Actor for his performance as Yussel Rabinovitch in The Jazz Singer. Laurence Olivier, who played Cantor Rabinovitch in the film, also scores a Razzie for Worst Supporting Actor, an honor he shares with John Adames for Gloria.

1974 Tom Petty marries his first wife, Jane Benyo. The couple met when they were both 17, which provides the title for the Stevie Nicks song "Edge Of Seventeen." They have two daughters before their divorce in 1996.

1973 Elton John appears on the front page of Melody Maker, which proclaims, "Now Elton's A Teen Idol!"

1972 The official Beatles fan club disbands.

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Bruce Springsteen Makes First Film Appearance

2000

The movie High Fidelity, starring John Cusack and Jack Black as record store clerks, and featuring a cameo by Bruce Springsteen, opens in theaters.

Springsteen, making his first appearance in a feature film, shows up in a dream sequence, acting as Cusack's subconscious guide. Cusack's character relates pretty much everything through music; he explains that he's not born to run and doesn't live on "Thunder Road," but just once, he would like his life to be like a Springsteen song. "Give that big final good luck and goodbye to your all time Top 5 and just move on down the road," Bruce says, referencing a line in his song "Bobby Jean." Springsteen wasn't the first choice for this role: Bob Dylan got first crack at it, but he turned it down. The movie, which was adapted from a 1995 novel by Nick Hornby, is also notable for a scene where Jack Black's character berates a customer for asking for the song "I Just Called To Say I Love You" for his daughter. "Do you even know your daughter?" he scolds. "There's no way she likes that song."

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