This Day in Music History: March 7th

1994: The U.S. Supreme Court decided that rap group 2 Live Crew’s parody of Roy Orbison’s “Oh, Pretty Woman” did not break federal copyright laws. 


1987: Peter Gabriel reached the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the second and final time with “Big Time” which peaked at number eight. The song featured Stewart Copeland from The Police on drums.


1987: The Beatles’ first five studio albums were released on CD. This was the first time the original mono mixes of the first four albums were released in the U.S.


1976: Elton John was immortalized at Madame Tussaud’s wax museum in London. John was the first rock star to receive this since The Beatles.


1975: Chuck Berry walked offstage after performing for 58 minutes at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. Berry pointed out that he was only contracted to perform for 45 minutes & that the house lights weren’t turned on for his final song.


1975: David Bowie released his ninth studio album Young Americans which contained his first number one hit in the U.S. “Fame”. 


1973: Columbia Records A & R man John Hammond suffered a heart attack while attending a Bruce Springsteen showcase concert at Max’s Kansas City in New York City. Hammond signed Springsteen to Columbia Records.


1970: Creedence Clearwater Revival peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Travelin’ Band” which was their fifth top ten single in the U.S.


1966: Brian Wilson released his debut solo single “Caroline, No”. It would later peak at number thirty-two on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart & be included on The Beach Boys’ album Pet Sounds.



Birthdays:
Matthew Fisher-organist for Procol Harum born in 1946
Peter Wolf-singer for The J. Geils Band born in 1946

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