This Day in Music History: March 12th

2012: The Doobie Brothers’ drummer Michael Hossack died of cancer at his home in Dubois, WY. He was 65 years old.


2007: R.E.M., The Ronettes, Van Halen & Patti Smith were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The only inductees from Van Halen to attend the ceremony were former members Sammy Hagar & Michael Anthony.



2006: Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour reached number one on the U.K. Album Chart with his third solo album On an Island.



2003: The Chinese government ordered The Rolling Stones not to perform “Beast of Burden”, “Brown Sugar”, “Honky Tonk Women” & “Let’s Spend the Night Together” during their concerts scheduled there the following month, which were later cancelled due to the SARS outbreak.



2003: Elvis Costello filled in for David Letterman as host of The Late Show after Letterman fell ill.



1988: David Lee Roth peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Just Like Paradise” which was Roth’s second and final top ten single as a solo artist in the U.S.


1983: U2 reached the top of the U.K. Album Chart for the first time with War which spent one week at number one.



1977: Steve Miller Band peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with the title track off of Fly Like an Eagle which was their third top ten single in the U.S.



1975: Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson married his longtime girlfriend Charlene. They are still married to this day.


Birthdays:
Leonard Chess-founder of Chess Records born in 1917
Paul Kantner-guitarist for Jefferson Airplane born in 1941
Steve Harris-bassist for Iron Maiden born in 1956

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