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Music History On This Day the 2nd of March

2nd March 1955 Bo Diddley has his first recording session at Universal Recording Studio in Chicago, where he laid down 'Bo Diddley', which went on the top the US R&B chart by the following June.

Elvis Presley appeared at Porky's Rooftop Club in Newport, Arkansas. Constantly on the road, performing night after night this was the group's 46th show this year, (Elvis along with Scotty Moore and Bill Black).

2nd March 1960 After completing his national service and flying back to America, Elvis Presley stepped on British soil for the first and only time in his life when the plane carrying him stopped for refuelling at Prestwick Airport, Scotland.

2nd March 1961 The Everly Brothers had their third UK No1 single with 'Walk Right Back' a song written by Sonny Curtis of The Crickets.

2nd March 1963 The Four Seasons became the first group to have 3 consecutive No1's in the US when 'Walk Like A Man', started a three week run at the top, a No12 in hit the UK.

2nd March 1964 The Beatles began filming what would become their first feature film A Hard Day's Night at Marylebone train station in London.

2nd March 1967 Engelbert Humperdinck was at No1 on the UK singles chart with 'Release Me.' The singers first of two number 1's, the song spent six weeks at the top of the chart and a record fifty six weeks on the chart.

2nd March 1974 At this year's Grammys Stevie Wonder won four awards: Album of the year for 'Innervisions', Best R&B song and Best vocal for ‘Superstition’ and Pop vocal performance for ‘You Are The Sunshine Of My Life’.

Terry Jacks started a three week run at No1 on the US singles chart with 'Seasons In The Sun', also No1 in the UK. The song (written in French by Belgian, Jacques Brel), had English lyrics by poet Rod McKuen. 

2nd March 1975 A policeman who stopped a Lincoln Continental for running a red light in Los Angeles was surprised to find Paul McCartney at the wheel with his wife Linda. The cop detected a smell of marijuana and on searching the car found eight ounces of the drug. Linda was arrested for the offence.

2nd March 1977 The Jam played the first of a five-week Wednesday night run at The Red Cow, Hammersmith, London. The group had just signed a four-year recording contract with Polydor records.

2nd March 1985 The Smiths were at No1 on the UK indie charts with 'How Soon Is Now.' Soho had the 1990 No8 UK hit with 'Hippy Chick.' a song based on a guitar sample from the song.

Wham! started a three week run at No1 on the US singles chart with 'Make It Big', which eventually went on the sell over 5 million copies in the US.

2nd March 1991 21 years after it's first release 'All Right Now', by Free made No2 in the UK singles chart after being re-issued to coincide with its use in a Wrigleys Chewing gum TV ad.

French singer Serge Gainsbourg died of a heart attack. Famous for his 1969 UK No1 duet with Jane Birkin on 'Je t'aime... Moi Non Plus.' During his career, he wrote the soundtracks for more than 40 films.

Madonna's 'Rescue Me', entered the US hot 100 at No15, making her the highest- debuting female artist in rock history. The record had been held by Joy Llayne whose 1957 single 'Your Wild Heart', entered the chart at No30.

2nd March 1996 Oasis scored their second UK No1 single when 'Don't Look Back In Anger' went to No1. From the bands 'What's The Story Morning Glory' album it was the first Oasis single to feature Noel on lead vocals instead of his brother, Liam Gallagher.

2nd March 1999 Dusty Springfield died after a long battle against cancer, aged 59. The British singer had her first UK hit single in 1963 with ‘I Only Want To Be With You’, which reached No4, the 1966 UK No1 & US No4 single with 'You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me’ plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles.

2nd March 2002 The NME published the winners from this year's Carling Awards: Band of the year went to The Strokes, Album of the year, The Strokes for 'Is This It', Best live act was U2, Single of the year went to Ash for 'Burn Baby Burn' and Best solo artist was won by Ian Brown.

2nd March 2003 Singer, songwriter Hank Ballard died from throat cancer. Wrote and recorded 'The Twist' but it was only released on the B-side of a record. One year later, Chubby Checker debuted his own version of 'The Twist' on Dick Clark's Philadelphia television show. It topped the charts and launched a dance craze that prompted the creation of other Twist songs, including 'Twist And Shout' by the Isley Brothers and 'Twistin' The Night Away' by Sam Cooke.

Christina Aguilera started a two week run at No1 on the UK singles chart with Linda Perry written and produced song 'Beautiful'. The singers fourth UK No1 which earned her a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

Norah Jones started a four week run at No1 on the UK album chart with her debut album 'Come Away With Me'. The album spent over a year on the chart and was also a US No1.

2nd March 2007 American R&B singer Kelis was arrested in Miami Beach, Florida, after the singer started screaming racial obscenities at two female police officers who were working on an undercover operation on South Beach as prostitutes. Kelis was detained and charged with two misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and for resisting arrest.


Jimi Hendrix was crowned the 'wildest guitar hero' of all-time in a poll of music fans for Classic Rock magazine. Hendrix beat Keith Richards into second place, with Stevie Ray Vaughan in third. Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page made it to number four, followed by Dimebag Darrell, who played for several heavy metal bands including Pantera and Damageplan.

2nd March 2008 Canadian guitarist, singer, Jeff Healey, died of cancer. Healey lost his sight to retinoblastoma, a rare cancer of the eyes when he was 8 months old, resulting in his eyes being surgically removed. After living cancer-free for 38 years, he developed sarcoma in his legs. Despite surgery for this, the sarcoma spread to his lungs and ultimately was the cause of his death. Healey released over 12 albums, presented a long running radio show and worked with many artists incuding; Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, ZZ Top & Eric Clapton.

Three months after its initial release, the deluxe edition of Amy Winehouse's Grammy Award-winning album 'Back To Black' went to No1 on the UK album chart. 

2nd March 2009 DJ and Ivor Novello award winner Norman Cook checked himself into rehab to battle an alcohol addiction. His manager Garry Blackburn said. "Norman is voluntarily seeking help for his alcohol problem but he's in good shape."
Liverpool University launched a Masters degree on The Beatles, popular music and society. Liverpool Hope University claimed the course which looked at the studio sound and compositions of The Beatles was the first of its kind in the UK.

2nd March 2013 A pencil doodle by Paul McCartney when he was a teenager sold for over $5,000. The sketches were drawn by McCartney during the late 1950s while a student at the Liverpool Institute High School For Boys. The drawings showed multiple faces with different expressions on a single sheet of paper in pencil. The auction house said the drawing sold for £3,764 ($5,692). 

2nd March 2016 Bob Dylan sold his personal archive of notes, draft lyrics, poems, artwork and photographs to the University of Tulsa, where they would be made available to scholars and curated for public exhibitions. The 6,000 item collection also included master recording tapes of Dylan's entire music catalog, along with hundreds of hours of film video.

Born On This Day

2nd March 1938 Lawrence Payton, American singer with The The Four Tops, who had the 1965 US No1 single with ‘I Can’t Help Myself’ and a 1967 UK No6 single with ‘Standing In The Shadows of Love’. Payton died on June 20th 1997. Founded as the Four Aims they helped established the Motown Sound heard around the world during the 1960s.

2nd March 1943 American musician, singer and songwriter Lou Reed from the Velvet Underground. After leaving the band in 1970, Reed released twenty solo studio albums. His second, 'Transformer' (1972), was produced by David Bowie and arranged by Mick Ronson, and brought mainstream recognition. Reed scored the 1973 solo hit 1 'Walk On The Wild Side', and the 1997 UK No1 charity single 'Perfect Day'. Reed died from liver disease on 27th Oct 2013 aged 71.

Tony Meehan, English drummer. A founder member of the British group The Drifters which would evolve into The Shadows. They scored the 1963 UK No1 single 'Foot Tapper' plus 28 other UK Top 40 singles. Meehan quit the music industry in the 1990s for a major career change as a psychologist. He died on 28 November 2005 aged 62 from head injuries sustained in a fall.

2nd March 1948 American guitarist Larry Carlton who built his career as a studio musician in the 1970's and 80's for acts such as Steely Dan and Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Bobby Bland, Herb Alpert, Christopher Cross, Dolly Parton, Andy Williams, and the Partridge Family.


Rory Gallagher, Irish blues guitarist. Gallagher recorded solo albums throughout the 1970's and 1980's, after forming the band Taste during the late 1960's. His albums have sold over 30 million copies worldwide. Gallagher died on June 14th 1995.

2nd March 1950 American singer and drummer Karen Carpenter, who with The Carpenters had the 1973 UK No2 single 'Yesterday Once More' plus 3 US No1's including the 1975 US No1 single 'Please Mr Postman'. Their 1974 UK & US No1 album 'The Singles 1969-1973' spent 125 weeks on the UK chart. The Carpenters' album and single sales total more than 90 million making them one of the best-selling music artists of all time. She died on 4 February 1983 of anorexia nervosa.

2nd March 1955 Jay Osmond, from American family group The Osmonds. They had the 1971 US No1 single 'One Bad Apple', the 1972 hit 'Crazy Horses' and the 1974 UK No1 single 'Love Me For A Reason'. They had their own 1972–1973 Saturday morning cartoon series, The Osmonds, on ABC-TV. The Osmonds have sold over 75 million records world wide.

2nd March 1956 Mark Evans, bass, AC/DC. He quit in 1977 after becoming tired of touring.
John Cowsill, from American singing group The Cowsills, who had the 1967 US No2 single 'The Rain, The Park & Other Things', and the 1969 US No2 single the theme from 'Hair'. TV's Partridge Family was based on The Cowsills family.

2nd March 1962 American singer-songwriter Jon Bon Jovi, who had the 1990 solo UK No13 single 'Blaze Of Glory', and with Bon Jovi, the 1987 US No1 & UK No4 single 'Livin' On A Prayer'. Their 1986 US & UK No1 album Slippery When Wet spent eight weeks at No1 on the US Billboard 200 chart. He has had various movie roles, including: Moonlight and Valentino and U-571 and made several TV appearances including: Sex and the City and Ally McBeal.

2nd March 1965 Martin Gilks from British alternative rock band The Wonder Stuff who had the 1991 UK No1 single with their version of the Tommy Roe hit 'Dizzy' (with Vic Reeves). Gilks died, aged 41, on 3 April 2006, after losing control of his motorbike in London, England.

2nd March 1977 Chris Martin, English singer-songwriter, pianist, guitarist, and the lead vocalist and co-founder of Coldplay. The band had the 2000 UK No4 single 'Yellow', and the 2000 UK No1 album Parachutes and the 2005 worldwide No1 album X&Y. In December 2009, Rolling Stone readers voted the group the fourth-best artist of the 2000's.

2nd March 1985 Luke Pritchard, lead vocalist and guitarist with British group The Kooks, who had the 2008 UK No1 album 'Konk'. They took their name from the David Bowie song with the same title. 

2nd March 1988 British singer and songwriter James Arthur who won the ninth series of The X Factor in 2012. He scored the 2016 UK No1 hit 'Say You Won't Let Go'.