31 March

Pick a Day

31 MARCH

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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.

1999 The Matrix opens in theaters with a soundtrack featuring Marilyn Manson, Ministry, The Prodigy and Rob Zombie. It establishes industrial music as the sound of simulation theory.

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.

1984 Jack Antonoff, producer of hits for Taylor Swift, Lorde and Lana Del Rey, is born in Bergenfield, 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.

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Wynonna Judd Launches Solo Career

1992

After the sudden split of The Judds - a hit country duo she formed with her mom, Naomi - Wynonna Judd kicks off her solo career with a self-titled album that helps country crossover to the mainstream thanks to the hit single "No One Else On Earth."


Wynonna is still in the middle of The Judds' farewell tour, necessitated by Naomi's Hepatitis C diagnosis, as she plans her solo debut. For a moment, the pressure of going out on her own gets the better of her and she tells producer Tony Brown she wants to quit. But Brown, who's helmed hit albums for country stars like Vince Gill and George Strait, has big plans for the genre's famous daughter. Wynonna's powerhouse voice that made The Judds one of the hottest country acts of the '80s helps the country-music crossover of the '90s. Without abandoning her roots, she incorporates elements of blues, rock, and soul, emulating her musical hero Bonnie Raitt. The star single is "No One Else On Earth," an energetic anthem about a barrier-busting romance, that goes to #1 on the Country chart. At #83, it's also the first Hot 100 entry of her career and one of the first country records to get a club remix (featured on her compilation Collection). With the help of two other Country chart-toppers, "She Is His Only Need" and "I Saw The Light," Wynonna peaks at #4 in the US, where it also takes the top spot on the Country Albums chart.

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