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This Day in Music History: March 8th
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2009: A blue plaque honoring The Who’s drummer Keith Moon was unveiled on the site of London’s legendary Marquee Club where they performed 29 concerts in 1964. The plaque was unveiled by Moon’s mother Kit & Roger Daltrey. The blue plaque meant the site was of historical importance & awarded by the U.K.’s Heritage Foundation.


1980: Rush peaked at number four on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with their seventh studio album Permanent Waves which was their first top five album in the U.S. The album spent three weeks at number four.


1975: Styx peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Lady” which was their first top ten single in the U.S.


1974: Bad Company performed their first concert at the Newcastle City Hall in Newcastle, U.K.


1973: Paul McCartney was fined $240 after he pled guilty to charges of growing marijuana at his farm in Campbeltown, Scotland. McCartney claimed he received seeds from some fans & he didn’t know what kind of plants would grow.


1973: Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, keyboardist for the Grateful Dead was found dead at his home Corte Madera, CA of a stomach hemorrhage. He was 27 years old.


1969: The Small Faces performed their final concert at the Springfield Theatre in Jersey on the Channel Islands. Shortly after this concert Steve Marriott announced he was leaving the band to focus on Humble Pie. Shortly afterwards, Kenney Jones, Ronnie Lane & Ian McLagan formed The Faces with Rod Stewart & Ron Wood.


1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Proud Mary” which was their first top ten single in the U.S.


1965: David Bowie made his TV debut in U.K. performing in the Manish Boys on the show Gadzooks! It’s All Happening where they performed their single “I Pity the Fool”. There had been concern over the length of Bowie’s hair.

Birthdays:
Randy Meisner-bassist for The Eagles born in 1946
Mel Galley-guitarist for Whitesnake born in 1948
Clive Burr-drummer for Iron Maiden born in 1957

 

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