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Awards and Honors (6)

  • 1989: The very unheavy Jethro Tull wins the first Grammy for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance, beating out Metallica.
  • 2000: The recently departed soul legend Curtis Mayfield is honored at a First African Methodist Episcopal Church service in Los Angeles, featuring performances from Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, and, spontaneously, Lauryn Hill.
  • 2002: Little Richard gets the NAACP Image Award. The flamboyant singer put his efforts into preaching in his later years.
  • 2008: Muscle Shoals native Boyd Bennett, of "My Boy – Flat Top" fame, is inducted into the Alabama Music Hall Of Fame.
  • 2008: After much controversy and debate over whether or not to honor recently deceased musician and Mississippi native Ike Turner, the state legislature compromises and passes a resolution that honors his musical achievements only.
  • 2009: A.R. Rahman wins Academy Awards for best original score and best song for "Jai Ho" from Slumdog Millionaire, earning the Bollywood music veteran his first two Oscars.

Births (9)

  • 1819: The composer Joseph Philbrick Webster, who wrote the song " Lorena," is born.
  • 1923: Hurricane Smith
  • 1936: Ernie K-Doe
  • 1937: Bobby Hendricks (The Drifters)
  • 1943: Mick Green (Johnny Kidd and the Pirates)
  • 1945: Oliver
  • 1953: John Sparks (Dr. Feelgood)
  • 1955: Jon Brant (Cheap Trick)
  • 1974: James Blunt

Charts (6)

  • 1956: Elvis Presley's Heartbreak Hotel enters the charts.
  • 1960: Percy Faith's Theme From A Summer Place hits #1.
  • 1963: Fulfilling the prophecy of producer George Martin, Please Please Me by The Beatles becomes the group's first Number One hit in the UK.
  • 1964: "Dawn (Go Away)" by The Four Seasons hits #3 on the Hot 100, where it will remain for 3 weeks trailing two Beatles songs. The song is gradually bumped by more Beatles songs, until April 4, when the Fab 4 hold all of the Top-5.
  • 1975: Average White Band's Pick Up the Pieces hits #1.
  • 1975: Th.e Average White Band LP AWB hits #1.

Concerts and Festivals (2)

  • 1969: David Bowie begins a UK tour with T. Rex where he doesn't sing, but does a mime act.
  • 1974: Ten Years After play their final live gig, in London.

Deaths (4)

  • 1976: Florence Ballard (The Supremes)
  • 1987: Andy Warhol
  • 1994: Papa John Creach
  • 2001: John Fahey

Debuts (1)

  • 1963: Northern Songs is formed with Dick James holding 51%. The company handles publishing for The Beatles songs.

Incidents (1)

  • 2004: Bobby Vinton collapses during a show in Lancaster, PA, but the piano player catches him before he falls. Sweating heavily, the singer recovers backstage and is not hospitalized.

Legal Issues (1)

  • 1990: Stevie Wonder wins a lawsuit brought by an associate, Lloyd Chiate, who alleged that the singer stole part of his 1976 song "I Just Called To Say" for Stevie's 1984 smash, I Just Called To Say I Love You.

Miscellaneous (1)

  • 1963: The Beatles form their Northern Music publishing company (later owned by Michael Jackson).

Movies (3)

  • 1957: Gladys and Vernon Presley, Elvis' parents, are filmed in the audience as their son performs "Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do" for Loving You. After her death, Elvis will never watch the scene again.
  • 1985: Carl Perkins plays a nightclub bouncer in the John Landis directed film Into The Night. It would be Perkins' only film role as an actor.
  • 2008: The U2 concert film U2 3D is released worldwide.

Recordings (2)

  • 1969: The Beatles, I Want You (She's So Heavy)
  • 1969: Elvis Presley: In The Ghetto, "Who Am I?"

Releases (1)

  • 2011: Adele releases her second album, 21, in the US. The record will go to become best-selling album of 2011, shifting a total of 5.82 million copies.

TV, Radio, Press (3)

  • 1986: MTV, who has bought the rights to all 45 episodes of The Monkees TV series, airs them all in the "Pleasant Valley Sunday" marathon in honor of the group's 20th anniversary. The shows launch a Monkees revival, and the group reforms to tour later in the year.
  • 1992: When the Red Hot Chili Peppers perform Under The Bridge on Saturday Night Live, their guitarist John Frusciante sabotages the song, playing unevenly and screaming into the microphone during his background part. His frustrations would lead him to quit the band in May.
  • 2001: British newspaper Sunday Mirror reports that The Beatles, who have been broken up for 31 years, are nevertheless the top grossing recording group of the year 2000.