8 March

Pick a Day

8 MARCH

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1983 English composer William Walton dies at age 80.

1979 Rolling Stone reports that inflation has ballooned the cost of making and promoting a major label LP to between $350,000 and $500,000.

1979 Tom Chaplin (lead singer of Keane) is born in Hastings, East Sussex, England.

1978 Kameelah Williams (lead singer of the R&B trio 702) is born in Las Vegas, Nevada.

1976 Gaz Coombes (lead vocalist, guitarist of Supergrass) is born in Oxford, England.

1975 Olivia Newton-John's "Have You Never Been Mellow" hits #1 in the US.

1974 Rising from the ashes of Free and Mott the Hoople, the newly formed Bad Company play their first live gig, at Newcastle City Hall in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England.

1974 John Denver records "Annie's Song" and "Thank God I'm A Country Boy" at RCA's Music Center of the World studios in Los Angeles.

1974 Queen II (fittingly, their second album) is released in the UK, followed a month later with a US release. None of the tracks chart in America, but "Seven Seas of Rhye" lands at #10 in the UK.

1973 Paul McCartney is fined 100 pounds for growing cannabis on his farm in Campbeltown, Scotland.

1971 Radio Hanoi, which is a propaganda radio station set up by the North Vietnamese army to broadcast to American troops serving in Vietnam, goes on the air with a recording of Jimi Hendrix' version of The Star-Spangled Banner.

1969 Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Proud Mary" hits #2 on the Hot 100, where it stays for three weeks. It's the first of five CCR singles to reach the runner-up spot on the chart without ever hitting #1.

1968 Elvis Presley's 26th movie, Stay Away, Joe, premieres in New York City. The comedy features Elvis as a Native American rodeo champion.

1968 Promoter Bill Graham's East Coast version of the Fillmore, his legendary San Francisco rock ballroom, opens in the East Village section of New York City. Dubbed, appropriately enough, the Fillmore East, its first show features Big Brother & the Holding Company, Albert King, and Tim Buckley.

1968 Shawn Mullins is born in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Superunknown And The Downward Spiral Released The Same Day

1994

Two seminal albums from the '90s are released: Soundgarden's Superunknown and Nine Inch Nails' The Downward Spiral. They enter the albums chart at #1 and #2, respectively.

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