Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in Music History - March 10

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in Music History - March 10

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Today in Music History - March 10

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Today in Music History for March 10:

In 1903, legendary jazz cornet player Bix Beiderbecke was born in Davenport, Iowa. The sordid details of his tragically short life have tended to overshadow the remarkable music he produced. His style on B-flat cornet made a lasting impression on such later players as Red Nichols, Bobby Hackett and Rex Stewart. His solo on "Singing the Blues," recorded in 1927 with saxophonist Frankie Trumbauer and guitarist Eddie Lang, was to become one of the most influential and most discussed solos in jazz. Beiderbecke soon joined the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, at the time the most popular and successful band in the U.S. With Whiteman, Beiderbecke gained international exposure, at the same time boosting the jazz content of the orchestra. By this time, Beiderbecke was losing his battle with alcoholism. He was absent from the band on several occasions, and when he left in 1929, Whiteman refused to hire him back. Beiderbecke died in his New York apartment in August, 1931 at the age of 28.

In 1924, "Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians" made their first recordings at a session in Richmond, Ind. Two songs were released on the Gennett label.

In 1956, "Heartbreak Hotel" reached No. 1 on the charts, making Elvis Presley a bonafide star.

In 1960, the British trade magazine "Record Retailer," now known as "Music Week," published the first LP chart in the U.K. At No. 1 was "The Explosive Freddy Cannon."

In 1963, 25,000 people attended the funeral for country singer Patsy Cline, killed five days earlier in a plane crash.

In 1977, "Pink Floyd's" album "Animals" was certified platinum -- one million copies sold -- in the U.S.

In 1977, British A&M signed the "Sex Pistols" for 150,000 pounds in a ceremony outside Buckingham Palace. The label fired them nine days later.

In 1979, James Brown played the Grand Ole Opry, prompting complaints from traditional country singer Jean Shepard. Barbara Mandrell, on the other hand, said Brown should have been invited five years earlier.

In 1986, British pop star Gary Glitter was banned from driving for 10 years after admitting to a British court that he had committed his third drunk driving offence in nine years.

In 1988, pop singer Andy Gibb, younger brother of the three "Bee Gees," died of a heart condition in a hospital in Oxfordshire, England. He was 30.

In 1991, Alabama, K.T. Oslin, Ricky Skaggs and Tammy Wynette were among those performing at Ford's Theatre in Washington to help celebrate the end of the Gulf War. The concert, attended by U.S. President George Bush, also raised money for the theatre.

In 1992, Prince received a lifetime achievement award at the Soul Train Awards. Winners of other awards included Natalie Cole and "Color Me Badd."

In 1993, songwriters Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 1995, Garth Brooks hosted a "thank you" luncheon for 1,000 employees at an EMI compact disc and cassette manufacturing plant in Jacksonville, Ill. The event celebrated two record-setting achievements by Brooks. …

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