23 March, 2020 Grupo Stereo Siete
2008.- The Jonas Brothers sing the national anthem at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House.
2002.- In Houston, Texas, Dusty Hill of ZZ Top marries Charleen McCrory. He looks sharp, but we can’t tell if there’s a black tie under that beard.
1993Depeche Mode release Songs of Faith and Devotion in America, where it goes to #1 despite charting no singles higher than “I Feel You,” which tops out at #37.
1992 Billy Ray Cyrus releases “Achy Breaky Heart.” It becomes his signature song and starts a line-dancing craze throughout the US.
1988Mick Jagger performs his first solo gig in Japan, 15 years after having been barred from entering the country due to prior drug convictions.
1987 Whitesnake releases “Is This Love” in the UK.
1983ZZ Top release their album Eliminator, which features Billy Gibbons’ custom hot rod on the cover. Thanks to videos for “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Legs” featuring the car and various babes, they become unlikely MTV stars, earning a new generation of fans.
1980U2 sign a worldwide deal with Island Records. They get about $100,000 for their first album.
1980 Reggae musician Jacob Miller (of Inner Circle) dies in a car accident in Jamaica at age 27.
1978 A&M Records sign a new, young band called The Police.
1972George Harrison releases Concert For Bangladesh (the film version).
1969 Countering the counter-culture, about 30,000 people attend the “Rally For Decency” in Miami after Jim Morrison was charged with indecent exposure in the city. Celebrities at the event included Kate Smith, Jackie Gleason, The Lettermen and Anita Bryant.
1968Blur frontman Damon Albarn is born in England.
1965 Marti Pellow (lead singer of Wet Wet Wet) is born Mark McLachlan in Clydebank, Scotland.
1964John Lennon’s book In His Own Write is published.
1963.- Johnny Cash records “Ring Of Fire.”
1963 Dion DiMucci marries Sue Butterfield two years after releasing his hit “Runaround Sue.” His bride has nothing to do with the song, but often tells people she is so they will remember her. Their marriage lasts a lifetime.
1961 Elvis Presley records “Can’t Help Falling In Love.”
1960Elvis Presley releases “Stuck On You” b/w “Fame And Fortune.”
1959 Kevin Godfrey is born in Surrey, England. Taking the name “Epic Soundtracks,” he forms the group Swell Maps and plays drums in Crime & the City Solution and These Immortal Souls.
1959Ray Peterson records “The Wonder Of You.”
1956 Eleven teens are arrested at the “Rock & Roll Stage Show,” featuring Frankie Lymon in Hartford, Connecticut.
1956Fats Domino headlines the first day of a 3-day concert organized by the DJ Alan Freed in Hartford, Connecticut. Over the course of the shows, 11 fans are arrested by over-zealous police. It’s a litmus test for rock concerts and their effect on young people, as psychiatrist Francis Braceland testifies afterwards that rock music is “a communicable disease with music appealing to adolescent insecurity and driving teenagers to do outlandish things. It is cannibalistic and tribalistic.”
1953Chaka Khan (of Rufus) is born Yvette Marie Stevens in Chicago, Illinois.
1951 Contemporary Christian musician Phil Keaggy is born in Youngstown, Ohio.
1950 Phil Lanzon (keyboardist for Uriah Heep) is born in England.
1944 Ric Ocasek of The Cars is born in Baltimore, Maryland. His date of birth is often reported at March 23, 1949 because that’s what he often claimed, but records show he was actually born five years earlier.
1743George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” has its London premiere at the Covent Garden Theatre. It is not well received as the press feels that the work’s subject matter is too exalted to be performed in a theatre, particularly by secular singer-actresses such as Susanna Cibber and Kitty Clive.