Rock 'n' Roll History for
March 4






1959 - ClassicBands.com

March 4
The winners of the first Grammy Awards were announced. Domenico Modugno's "Volare" was named Record of the Year; Henry Mancini's "Peter Gunn" was Album of the Year and The Champs "Tequila" won best R&B performance. Variety magazine seemed to take great delight when it later reported - "The record academy has snubbed the Rock. Not one Rock 'n' Roll record was nominated."

1966 - ClassicBands.com

March 4
John Lennon caused a major stir in the United States when London's Evening Standard newspaper published an interview with him in which he remarked, "Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue that. I'm right and will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus right now." Lennon would later apologize, explaining that what he meant was "the way some people carry on, (screaming at their concerts) you'd think we were more popular than Jesus Christ". Thousands of Beatle records were smashed at mass rallies and some radio stations quit playing their songs altogether. John's apology was eventually accepted by most and time has healed most wounds.

1967 - ClassicBands.com

March 4
"Release Me" by Engelbert Humperdinck started a six week run at the top of the UK record chart. The tune would sell over 1,365,000 copies in Britain and reach #1 in eight other countries.

March 4
Eighteen year old Stevie Winwood announces that he is leaving The Spencer Davis Group.

March 4
The Rolling Stones' "Ruby Tuesday" sat atop the Billboard singles chart after American disc jockeys shied away from playing the flip side, "Let's Spend The Night Together".

1968 - ClassicBands.com

March 4
A car crash sends Temptations members Eddie Kendricks and Otis Williams to a hospital in Sommerset, Pennsylvania.

1969 - ClassicBands.com

March 4
A baby girl named Chastity Bono is born to Sonny and Cher. Forty years later she will undergo procedures to change her sex to male and now goes by the name Chaz.

1970 - ClassicBands.com

March 4
Janis Joplin is fined $200 for using obscene language onstage in Tampa, Florida.

1972 - ClassicBands.com

March 4
Badfinger receive a Gold record for the Billboard #4 hit, "Day After Day". The song featured George Harrison on guitar and Leon Russell on piano.

1978

March 4
The Bee Gees were the hottest act around when they helped their younger brother Andy to the top spot on Billboard's Hot 100 by writing his hit, "(Love Is) Thicker Than Water". Their own tune, "Stayin' Alive" was pushed back to number 2, while another of their compositions, "Emotion" by Samantha Sang sat at number 4 and "Night Fever" was number 5.

March 4
The US internal Revenue Service carried out a dawn raid at the home of Jerry Lee Lewis and removed cars worth over $170,000, to pay off his back taxes.

1979 - ClassicBands.com

March 4
Randy Jackson of The Jackson Five was seriously injured in a car crash, breaking both legs. He almost died in the emergency room when a nurse inadvertently injected him with methadone.

1982 - ClassicBands.com

March 4
Frank Zappa's son Dweezil and his daughter Moon Unit form a band called Fred Zeppelin. Their first single, "My Mother is a Space Cadet", gets little attention.

1986 - ClassicBands.com
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After just completing a two set show with The Band in Winter Park, Florida, 41 year old Richard Manuel committed suicide by hanging himself. His band mate, Robbie Robertson honored his friend with the song, "Fallen Angel" in 1987.

1989 - ClassicBands.com

March 4
After Madonna's "Like A Prayer" debuts in a Pepsi commercial on US television, Roman Catholic groups around the world protest, calling the video, which contains both religious and sexual imagery, "blasphemy".

1997 - ClassicBands.com

March 4
Raymond Edwards of the vocal group The Silhouettes, died at the age of 74. The Philadelphia quartet topped the Billboard chart in 1958 with "Get A Job".

2001 - ClassicBands.com

March 4
Glenn Hughes of Village People died of lung cancer at the age of 50. He was buried in his leather biker outfit.

2007 - ClassicBands.com

March 4
Jerry Rightmer, bassist for The Sanford-Townsend Band on their 1976 hit, "Smoke From A Distant Fire", died of cirrhosis of the liver at the age of 57.

2009 - ClassicBands.com

March 4
Peter Tork, bassist for The Monkees, underwent extensive surgery after being diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare, slow-growing form of head and neck cancer. A preliminary biopsy discovered that the cancer had not spread beyond the initial site.

2010 - ClassicBands.com

March 4
Lolly Vegas, lead singer and guitarist for Redbone, died of cancer at the age of 70. The band is most often remembered for their 1974, Billboard #5 hit "Come And Get Your Love".

2011 - ClassicBands.com

March 4
Johnny Preston, who had a #1 hit with "Running Bear" in 1960, passed away at the age of 71. Preson had bypass surgery in late 2010 and suffered from lingering health problems.

2015 - ClassicBands.com

March 4
Daryl Hall and John Oates confirmed that they were suing cereal maker Early Bird Foods & Co. over the company's use of the name Haulin' Oates for their granola bars.






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