This Day in History: 2023-03-06

MARCH 6th
The Beatles’ penultimate U.S. single, “Let It Be,” is released. It’s the final single before The Beatles break-up is announced in April. The band’s last single, “The Long And Winding Road,” drops shortly thereafter.  1970
Badfinger release “Baby Blue” in the U.S.  Written by vocalist/rhythm guitarist Pete Ham and produced by Todd Rundgren, the band’s last Top 20 single reaches #14 on the Billboard Hot 100. 1972
Decades later the song is heard during the last scene of the climatic finale of the TV series “Breaking Bad.”
The Go-Go’s “Beauty And The Beat” is #1 on the Billboard Album Chart. It has a five-week run at the top selling over two-million copies.  1982
“Wrecking Ball,” Bruce Springsteen’s 17th studio album, is released. “Bruce has dug down as deep as he can to come up with this vision of modern life,” says long time manger and the album’s executive producer, Jon Landau. “The lyrics tell a story you can’t hear anywhere else and the music is his most innovative of recent years.” 2012
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Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour starts his life in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. 1946
Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon” is released. Written and sung by Stevie Nicks, the song goes a long way toward establishing her Welsh-witch persona. 1976
The Go-Go’s hit #1 for a seven-week stay with their album “Beauty And The Beat.” 1982
Aerosmith is inducted into Hollywood’s Rock Walk on Sunset Boulevard. 1990
Eric Clapton goes into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for a third time – a first. He’s in as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. Now it’s for his solo work. Also, the Lovin’ Spoonful, Bonnie Raitt and guitar pioneer Scotty Moore (Elvis Presley) are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 2000
Paul Revere and the Raiders’ drummer, Mike Smith, dies at age 58. 2001
Dave Mathews Band receives the special Chairman’s Award from the NAACP for their devotion to social and environmental causes. 2004
The Jesus of suburbia phones-in a miracle. A 9-year-old boy wakes from a coma after hearing Green Day’s “American Idiot.” Wales resident Corey George, a Green Day fan, was hit by a car and unconscious for two weeks when his parents played him the disc. “Within an hour he had opened his eyes,” says Corey’s father. 2005
The Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” is chosen by the Librarian of Congress to enter the National Recording Registry. The selection is for recordings deemed “significant.” 2007
Popper gets popped. Blues Traveler singer and harmonica player John Popper is arrested after the blue Mercedes he is traveling in is clocked doing 111-mph on a highway west of Spokane, WA. State patrol officers search the car and find guns and a small amount of marijuana. 2007
Yet another Jimi Hendrix related lawsuit. Experience Hendrix, the business entity that oversees Hendrix’s estate files a suit against Electric Hendrix Vodka for trademark infringement and false advertising. 2007
Just two days out of rehab, Scott Weiland enters a not guilty plea through his attorney to a charge that he was driving under the influence of drugs when he was arrested on a Los Angeles freeway on-ramp the previous November. The former Stone Temple Pilots singer remains free on $40,000 bail but faces up to one year in prison if convicted. 2008
Saving Abel’s self-titled major label debut is certified gold by the RIAA, just five days under a year of its release. 2009
U2 are on ABC’s Good Morning America to promote “No Line On The Horizon.” It’s the first time the group has been on a U.S. morning show – guess they’re not early risers. 2009
Phil Collins participates in a San Antonio ceremony commemorating the historic 1836 battle at the Alamo between Mexican soldiers and Texan defenders. The Genesis frontman is an Alamo aficionado and collects artifacts and memorabilia. He’s also made an honorary member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas. “Basically, now I’ve stopped being Phil Collins the singer. This has become what I do,” says Collins of his avocation. 2009
Sparklehorse’s Mark Linkous shoots himself in the heart outside a friend’s house in Knoxville. Linkous had been battling health issues since an overdose in the ’90’s. 2010
Elvis Costello and Living Colour are among the performers at the Robert Johnson Centennial Celebration at the Apollo Theatre in New York City. “Robert Johnson’s music continues to weave its way, beyond the Blues, into and through almost every other popular genre today,” says event director Joe Morton. Concert proceeds go toward the construction of The Blues Hall of Fame in Memphis. 2012
Rush is among the winners of a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, one of Canada’s most prestigious prizes. They receive $25,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and a commemorative medallion struck by the Royal Canadian Mint. 2012
Does this count as an endorsement? Noel Gallagher (Oasis/High Flying Birds), while on tour in the U.S., tells a reporter that “Barack Obama can talk, and coming after Bush it was something to behold. In my humble opinion, if he loses the next election to the other bunch then, good Lord, I will run (for president) myself.” Not being born in the U.S. or even a U.S. citizen would work against him. 2012
Alvin Lee, the guitarist/singer for Ten Years After, passes away at age 68. While Ten Years After are recognized for the hit “I’d Love To Change The World,” Lee gave an incendiary performance of “I’m Going Home” at Woodstock that was immortalized in the movie. 2013
Queen announces they will tour with Adam Lambert, the American Idol runner-up, as their lead vocalist. Lambert fronted the band for one-off shows but nixed earlier tour proposals. Now, with his career in the dumps, he graciously reconsiders. The trek kicks off in mid-June. 2014
Metallica’s Lars Ulrich is heard on the soundtrack of the film “Triple Frontier,” starring Ben Affleck.  In an Instagram post he states that his “thunderous drums” turned out “really f*ckin’ cool.”  2019
Mike Cross, the founding guitarist of Alt-Rock band Sponge, dies at the age of 57. Sponge is best known for its gold-certified ‘94 debut album, “Rotting Piñata.” 2022