6 March

Pick a Day

6 MARCH

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2014 Charles Love (vocalist, guitarist for Bloodstone) dies of complications of pneumonia at age 68 in Kansas City, Missouri.

2013 Alvin Lee (lead vocalist, guitarist for Ten Years After) dies at age 68 from complications after a routine surgery.

2011 David Cassidy is the first contestant booted off Season 11 of The Celebrity Apprentice.

2010 Neo soul singer D'Angelo is arrested in Manhattan's West Village when he tries to solicit a sex act from a female undercover police officer.

2010 The Golden Raspberry Awards judges decide the Jonas Brothers aren't capable of portraying themselves and bestow the trio with a Razzie for Worst Actor for Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience.

2006 New Orleans soul singer King Floyd dies from complications of stroke and diabetes at age 61.

2006 Pearl Jam makes their new single "World Wide Suicide" available as a free download after the track is leaked.

2006 Renown African musician Ali Farka Toure dies of bone cancer at age 66.

2004 Peggy DeCastro (of The DeCastro Sisters) dies of lung cancer in Las Vegas, Nevada, at age 82.

2004 David Crosby (of The Byrds, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young) is arrested on marijuana and weapons charges in New York City (he's given a $5,000 fine and a conditional discharge).

2001 Michael "Smitty" Smith, drummer for Paul Revere & the Raiders, dies in Hawaii at age 58.

2001 MTV Cribs visits Redman's two-bedroom pad on Staten Island. Unlike the show's usual ostentatious fare, the rapper's modest crib is a testament to "keeping it real." The highlights are his makeshift doorbell (which is signaled by crossing two exposed wires), a freezer-full of Gorton's fish, and his cousin conked out on his living room floor.

1998 Sixto Rodriguez performs in South Africa for the first time, where his two albums from the early '70s have made him a star. Rodriguez, who didn't know about his popularity in that country until recently, is later the subject of the documentary Searching For Sugar Man, which chronicles a South African fan's quest to find him.

1995 Annie Lennox issues her second solo album, Medusa, a collection of covers. The first single is "No More I Love You's," originally recorded by the English group The Lover Speaks.

1994 Frank Sinatra collapses on stage during a concert in Richmond, Virginia. The aging crooner would retire the following year, at age 79.

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Go-Go's Are First All-Girl Band With #1 Album

1982

Beauty and the Beat hits #1 in America, making The Go-Go's the first all-girl band with a #1 album.

The Supremes became the first girl group to top the chart when The Supremes A' Go-Go went to #1 in 1966, but The Go-Go's are the first to do it on an album where they play their own instruments and write their own songs. Their songs and image are bouncy and fun, but they are a product of the Los Angeles punk scene, honing their skills since 1978 in small clubs alongside acts like The Dickies and The Germs. They have a lot more pop sensibility than many of these acts though, and also an impressive collection of songwriting talent in their two guitarists. Their first US single, "Our Lips Are Sealed," was written by Jane Wiedlin with help from Terry Hall of The Specials - the song is about their clandestine affair; their next single, "We Got The Beat," was written by their other guitarist, Charlotte Caffey, who was riffing on the song "Going To A Go-Go" by The Miracles. With a boost from the recently launched MTV, these songs send the album to the top spot, where it stays for six weeks. It's not until 1999 that another all-girl band hits #1 writing their own songs and playing their own instruments: Dixie Chicks with Fly. photo: facebook.com/OfficialGoGos

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