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Today in Music History - March 19

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in Music History - March 19

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Today in Music History - March 19

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Today in Music History for March 19:

In 1859, the opera "Faust" by Charles Gounod premiered in Paris.

In 1937, R&B singer Clarence "Frogman" Henry was born in Algiers, La. His nickname comes from a line in his best-known song, "Ain't Got No Home," in which he says he can sing like a frog -- and proceeds to give a pretty good imitation. "Ain't Got No Home" was a top-20 pop hit in 1957, as were the more restrained "But I Do" and "You Always Hurt the One You Love" in 1961.

In 1957, Elvis Presley purchased a 23-room manor at 3764 South Bellevue Boulevard in Memphis. He paid $100,000 to the home's original owner, Ruth Moore, who had christened the home Graceland after her great-aunt Grace. More than 700,000 people visit Graceland annually, touring the home, filing past Elvis' grave in the estate's Meditation Garden and purchasing souvenirs in the shopping complex across the street.

In 1958, the duo of "Tom and Jerry" released their first single, "Our Song." They later became known as "Simon and Garfunkel."

In 1958, Cadence Records released the instrumental song "Rumble" by "Link Wray," which later was credited with being the first heavy-metal song.

In 1974, "Jefferson Airplane" began its first tour as the "Jefferson Starship." The "Starship" included "Airplane" members Grace Slick, Paul Kanter, John Barbata, David Frieberg and Papa John Creach, plus Peter Kangaroo and Craig Chaquico. Lead singer Slick was fighting a losing battle against alcoholism, and in 1978, she was forced to quit the band in the middle of a European tour. There was a riot in West Germany when she did not appear.

In 1976, British blues rock guitarist Paul Kossoff died of a heart attack aboard a plane en route to New York. He was only 25. Kossoff was known to have a drug problem. He was a member of the group "Free" and later formed ""Back Street Crawler."

In 1976, Motown rushed out Diana Ross' "Love Hangover" to beat a version by "The Fifth Dimension." Ross's record went to No. 1 on both the pop and R&B charts.

In 1982, several members of rocker Ozzy Osbourne's entourage, including guitarist Randy Rhoads, were killed in a freak accident near Orlando, Fla. …

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