This Day in History: 2023-03-07

MARCH 7th
The Who’s “Pinball Wizard” is released in the U.K. It’s the first song from the Rock opera “Tommy.” 1969
Moving away from Glam and toward Soul and R&B, David Bowie releases the “Young Americans” album. 1975
Disturbed unleash their multi-platinum debut album, “The Sickness.” 2000
Imagine Dragons top the Billboard 200 with their sophomore set, “Smoke + Mirrors,” which sells 195,000 units during its debut week. 2015
Tom Delonge (Blink 182) and co-author Peter Levenda publish “Sekret Machines: Gods,” an “investigative journey to the heart of the UFO phenomenon.”   2017
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Love frontman Arthur Lee is born Arthur Taylor Porter in Memphis. 1945
Peter Wolf (Peter Blankfeld) enters the world. The Bronx-born singer grows up to be the frontman for the J. Geils Band. 1946
Procol Harum’s Matthew Fisher starts his life in in Addiscombe, Croydon, Surrey, England. His Hammond organ dominates the group’s ’67 international hit, “A Whiter Shade Of Pale.” 1946
Tina Turner records her vocals for “River Deep Mountain High.” Producer Phil Spector spends $22,000 on the song but Ike & Tina’s version stiffs in the U.S. However, it does get to #3 on the U.K, pop chart. 1966
Randy Guss (Toad The Wet Sprocket) is born. 1967
Simon & Garfunkel’s epic “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” is the only song keeping Creedence Clearwater Revival’s two-sided hit “Travelin’ Band”/”Who’ll Stop The Rain” out of the top spot on the U.S. pop chart. 1970
“Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory” goes gold as Traffic winds down. 1973
A likeness of Elton John is put on display in Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum. 1976
Stevie Wonder enters the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York. 1983
Howard Stern’s bio flick “Private Parts” is in theaters with a cameo appearance by AC/DC. 1997
Here we go again. David Crosby (The Byrds/Crosby, Stills & Nash) is arrested on marijuana and gun possession charges at a Times Square hotel following a New Jersey concert. Police find an ounce of marijuana, a .45-caliber handgun and a knife in Crosby’s possession. Years earlier, a similar arrest resulted in a Texas prison sentence. 2004
Quick climb to the top. Pearl Jam’s “World Wide Suicide” goes to radio.  The track peaks at #3 on Billboard Radio Monitor’s Modern Rock chart becoming the group’s highest charting debut (to date).  Nine Inch Nails’ “Every Day Is Exactly The Same” and Fall Out Boy’s “Dance, Dance” are #1 and 2 respectively. A week later, Pearl Jam tops the chart. 2006
Van Morrison is named an honorary citizen of Nashville in a ceremony held during the singer’s concert at the city’s famed Ryman Auditorium. 2006
Godsmack shoot the video for “Speak” in Las Vegas. “It just became about fast cars, hot rods, burnouts, wheelies and Rock & Roll,” says Godsmack’s Sully Erna. 2006
It’s THE trend of the Year: Bands ask fans to make their video clips. Red Hot Chili Peppers and YouTube launch a contest – fans make a video for “Charlie,” a track from RHCP’s “Stadium Arcadium” album. The winner gets $5,000 plus a trip to Paris to meet the band and attend a concert. All that is still cheaper than a band producing one themselves. The winning clip is the track’s official video. 2007
They’ve been going in and out of style but they’re guaranteed to raise a smile. The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” tops the National Association of Recording Merchandisers Definitive 200, a list of “great, classic albums.” Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, U2 and the Rolling Stones also land in the Top 10. 2007
R.E.M.’s fifteenth studio album, “Collapse Into Now,” drops. Recorded in Berlin with producer Jacknife Lee, the set features collaborations with Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and Punk icon Patti Smith. 2011
She-Bop-A-Lula, a photography exhibit of female Rockers, opens at the Strand Gallery in London. The 60-plus images feature Debbie Harry (Blondie), Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders), Joan Jett, Janis Joplin, Suzi Quatro and Patti Smith. The exhibition supports Breakthrough, the U.K.’s leading Breast Cancer Charity. 2012
A class action suit reveals that Sony will pay $7.95 million to Cheap Trick, the Allman Brothers and others, to end a five-year dispute over digital music revenue. Most of the settlement goes to artists who have a minimum of 28,500 downloads from Apple’s iTunes store. 2012
Peter Banks, the original Yes guitarist, dies in his London home from heart failure at age 65. Banks is heard on the group’s first two albums. 2013
AC/DC postpone the U.S. leg of their Rock or Bust World Tour because singer, Brian Johnson has been told by doctors to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss. 2016
A U.S. House of Representatives committee meets in Wisconsin to debate the merits of the proposed H.R. 1 bill, intended to overhaul voting rights, political campaign finance reform and lobbying.   When Democratic congressman Mark Pocan (WI) says only four of 77,000 people who commented on a specific provision wanted to keep it, he then adds, “That’s probably about the percent of people who think Nickelback is their favorite band. It’s pretty low.” Republican congressman Rodney Davis (IL) responds asking, “Why would you criticize one of the greatest bands of the ’90s?”  The congressman continues his praise of the Canadian band. “One more reason why there’s a difference between Democrats and Republicans,” exclaims Pocan.  2019
The Speaking Rock Casino in El Paso, TX cancels a Filter show after the band posts a promotional video promising “a lot of Trump bashing” and showing the American flag upside down, which frontman Richard Patrick claims is an “artistic expression.” The venue receives threatening calls and bomb threats which leads the venue’s G.M. to shout at the group’s manager, “The First Amendment does not exist in this Casino. Get the f@*k out.”  2019
Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) headlines the “Love Rocks NYC” all-star benefit at New York City’s Beacon Theatre. The third-annual event “raises money for God’s Love We Deliver — which provides meals for those living with illness in the NYC area.”  2019
The Black Keys return with their first new song since ’14. “Lo/Hi,” a Bluesy tune, was recorded at guitarist/singer Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville.  2019