This Day In Music: 3/3/12

– In 1963: The Beatles played the last show on a UK tour supporting Helen Shapiro at The Gaumont Cinema, Hanley, Stoke.

– In 1966: Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay formed Buffalo Springfield in Los Angeles.

– In 1969:  Led Zeppelin recorded their first BBC Radio 1 ‘Top Gear’ session during the afternoon at the Playhouse Theatre in London, England. Songs recorded were ‘Dazed And Confused’, ‘Communication Breakdown’, ‘You Shook Me’ and ‘I Can’t Quit You Baby’. Free, The Moody Blues and Deep Purple were also in session on the show.

– In 1973: Winners at this years Grammy Awards included, Roberta Flack who won Song of the year and Record of the year with ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ and Harry Nilsson won Best pop vocal performance for ‘Without You.’

– In 1979: The Bee Gees scored their fourth UK No.1 single with ‘Tragedy.’ Also today The Bee Gees went to No.1 on the US album chat with ‘Spirits Having Flown’, the brothers second US No.1 album.

– In 1985: Michael Jackson visited Madame Tussauds Waxworks in London to unveil his waxwork look-alike.

– In 1986: Metallica released their third album, the highly influential album, Master of Puppets, considered by many in the metal community to be the best metal album of all time. This was the last Metallica album with bassist Cliff Burton who was killed when the group’s tour bus over-turned in southern Sweden while touring to promote the album.

– In 1990: Janet Jackson started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Escapade’, her third US No.1, a No.17 hit in the UK.

– In 1994: The Smashing Pumpkins were banned from appearing on BBC TV’s ‘Top Of The Pops’, due to the content of the songs lyrics. The bands single ‘Disarm’ was this weeks highest new entry.

– In 1995: Foo Fighters made their live debut during a benefit show at The Satyricon in Portland, Oregon.

– In 2002: Jennifer Lopez started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Ain’t It Funny.’

– In 2008: The Beatles’ engineer Norman Smith died at the age of 85. Smith who worked on every studio recording the band made between 1962 and 1965 was nicknamed “Normal Norman” by John Lennon. As a producer in 1966, he signed Pink Floyd and produced their early albums including Saucerful of Secrets and as Hurricane Smith had the 1971 UK No.2 hit ‘Don’t Let It Die’.

– In 2009: To celebrate the release of U2’s twelfth studio album and their appearance every night for a week on The Late Show with David Letterman, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg temporarily renamed part of 53rd street in Midtown Manhattan U2 Way.

– In 2010:  A woman claiming to be the wife of Sean ‘P Diddy’ Combs was freed on $5,000 (£3,326) bail after being arrested near the rappers home on Long Island, New York. Cemelia Green claimed to be married to the rapper and producer who is said to be worth around $350m (£233m). There was no official comment from Combs, who is unmarried.

 

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