Rock 'n' Roll Almanac for Saturday, March 2, 2024

74 years ago (1950)Karen Carpenter of the Carpenters is born.
68 years ago (1956)John Cowsill of The Cowsills is born.
62 years ago (1962)Jon Bon Jovi is born.
61 years ago (1963)Chubby Checker hosts The Limbo Party at San Francisco's Cow Palace. His special guests include Marvin Gaye, the Four Seasons, the Crystals, Lou Christie, Dick & Dee Dee, Paul & Paula, and Herb Albert & the Tijuana Brass.
60 years ago (1964)The Beatles Twist and Shout backed with There's a Place is released in the U.S. on Tollie Records, the fourth label to release a Beatle record in America. Also on this day, The Beatles start working on their first feature-length movie, A Hard Days Night.
57 years ago (1967)Winners of the ninth annual Grammy Awards for 1966 are announced. Record of the Year is Frank Sinatra's Strangers in the Night. Sinatra, a Man and His Music is tabbed Album of the Year, and Song of the Year is John Lennon and Paul McCartney's Michelle.
56 years ago (1968)Blue Cheer's Summertime Blues is released, as is Simon & Garfunkel's Scarborough Fair.
50 years ago (1974)Stevie Wonder takes home five Grammy Awards during ceremonies held at the Hollywood Palladium. The singer is honored for Album of the Year (Innervisions), Best Pop Vocal Performance (You Are the Sunshine of My Life), Best R&B Song (Superstition), Best R&B Vocal Performance (Superstition), and Best Engineered Recording (Innervisions). Says Wonder about his five trips up to the podium: “I would like to thank you all for making this the sunshine of my life tonight.”
49 years ago (1975)After pulling over a late-model Lincoln Continental for allegedly running a red light, the Los Angeles Police detect the smell of marijuana and arrest Linda McCartney for having six to eight ounces of the drug in her pocketbook. Paul was driving, but only Linda is charged with personal possession.
48 years ago (1976)Casey of Jimmie's Chicken Shack is born.
47 years ago (1977)Coldplay's Chris Martin is born.
36 years ago (1988)In Grammy news: U2's The Joshua Tree wins Best Album, while Paul Simon's Graceland wins Best Record. Jody Watley wins Best New Artist.
25 years ago (1999)Bob Dylan is the opening performer at the House Of Blues at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. During the encore, Dylan performs with U2's Bono for a rousing rendition of Knockin' On Heaven's Door.
25 years ago (1999)Singer Dusty Springfield dies at the age of 59 just 11 days before her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She had been battling cancer.
20 years ago (2004)Lionel Richie's wife Diane files papers demanding at least $300,000 per month in spousal and child support, detailing an “extraordinarily extravagant lifestyle.” She had filed for divorce in January of the same year. They had been married six years, and had two children, ages 9 and 5.
19 years ago (2005)Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst files an $80 million lawsuit against web sites that posted the footage and stills from the singer's X-rated romp with a former girlfriend. In a federal copyright infringement/invasion of privacy complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, Durst notes that he recorded the racy video around 2003 (with the consent of his partner) and that it was “never intended to be shown to the public.”
16 years ago (2008)Icelandic singer Bjork shouts, “Tibet! Tibet!” at the end of a concert in Shanghai. It was after a performance of her song, Declare Independence. Chinese officials say her outburst “broke Chinese law and hurt Chinese people’s feelings.”

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