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Today in Music History - March 5

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in Music History - March 5

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Today in Music History - March 5

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Today in Music History for March 5:

In 1882, Canadian soprano Pauline Donalda was born in Montreal. Considered a rival of the famous Melba in the early years of the 20th century, Donalda often replaced her in roles and sang with such renowned performers as Enrico Caruso. Most of her performing career was spent in Europe, but in 1937, she returned to Montreal. There she formed the Opera Guild and directed it until 1969, the year before her death.

In 1955, Elvis Presley made his TV debut on the regional show "The Louisiana Hayride."

In 1958, pop singer Andy Gibb, the younger brother of the "Bee Gees," was born in Brisbane, Australia. His brothers often supervised his recording sessions, and Andy came up with the No. 1 hits "I Just Want to Be Your Everything" in 1977 and "Shadow Dancing" in '78. Andy Gibb was the host of the "Solid Gold" TV show from 1981 to mid-1982. He died on March 10, 1988 in Oxfordshire, England of a heart condition.

In 1960, Elvis Presley was discharged from the U.S. army in one of the most publicized returns of a soldier since Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Presley made almost no personal or TV appearances following his two-year army stint, concentrating instead on making a string of successful movies.

In 1963, country singers Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins were killed when their small plane crashed near Camden, Tenn. The three were returning to Nashville from Kansas City, where they had participated in a benefit concert for the widow of a disc jockey. The deejay, Cactus Jack Call, had been killed in a car crash.

In 1966, "The Ballad of the Green Berets" by Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was the top song in the U.S. for five weeks. The album did even better, topping the LP chart for 13 weeks.

In 1971, "Badfinger" began its first American tour, in Toledo, Ohio.

In 1975, Rod Stewart met actress Britt Ekland at a Los Angeles party. Their romance would be a staple of gossip columns until it ended four years later.

In 1979, Canadian tenor and actor Alan Crofoot committed suicide in Dayton, Ohio. He was 50. Only a year earlier, his career had gained momentum when he signed a contract with the Metropolitan Opera.

In 1979, MCA Records absorbed the ABC record label. More than 300 staffers were fired.

In 1989, Pepsi Cola in the U.S. said it would withdraw its Madonna TV ads from any station that showed the singer's new video, "Like a Prayer." Pepsi in Canada declined to take similar action. But in any case, the entire Madonna-Pepsi campaign was scrapped a month later. The video, which already had been banned in Italy, showed a scantily-clad Madonna kissing the naked feet of a statue in a church sanctuary and caressing a priest. Pepsi had paid the singer a reported $5 million to star in a two-minute TV commercial, featuring the same music as the video but showing a more subdued Madonna. …

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