This Day in History: 2023-03-17

MARCH 17th
Matchbox Twenty’s “Yourself Or Someone Like You” is named the Best Selling Recording by a New Artist by the National Association of Recording Merchandisers. Selling over 3-million copies it stays on the album chart for over two years. 1998
Dave Matthews Band’s “Everyday” tops the Billboard 200.  2001
DMB’s fourth album sells over 3-million copies.
“Dio: Dreamers Never Die,” a career-spanning documentary on the life and times of Ronnie James Dio, receives its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival. It’s the first documentary about the late singer to be fully authorized by his estate. 2022
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Paul Lorin Kantner, guitarist, Jefferson Airplane co-founder (with Marty Balin) and Grace Slick’s one-time significant other, is born in San Francisco. 1941
Lovin Spoonful’s John Sebastian is born in New York, NY. Accomplished on guitar, autoharp and harmonica, Sebastian plays the latter, though un-credited, on The Doors’ classic “Roadhouse Blues.” 1944
Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham is born. Though not a founding member (he joins in ’74), he plays on two Thin Lizzy classics – “The Boys Are Back In Town” and “Jailbreak.” 1951
The movie “Rock Around The Clock” premieres in Washington, DC. The film features Bill Haley & His Comets (naturally) and Little Richard. 1956
Janet Patricia Gardner, Vixen’s lead singer, is born in Juneau, AK.  1962
Angst master. Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan (William Patrick ‘Billy’ Corgan, Jr.) is born in Elk Grove Village, IL. 1967
Grateful Dead release their self-titled debut album. 1967
Melissa Auf der Maur is born. She becomes friends with Billy Corgan after apologizing for a friend who had thrown a beer bottle at the Smashing Pumpkins during a show. In ’94, when Hole needs of a new a bassist (following the death of Kristen Pfaff), Corgan recommends Auf der Maur to Courtney Love. 1972
Singer/guitarist Justin Hawkins (The Darkness) has a birthday. 1975
Christine McVie’s “Got A Hold On Me” is #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart.  1984
“Blue Sky Mine” (Midnight Oil) tops the Mainstream Rock Songs chart.  1990
“Van Halen III” is the only Van Halen album with singer Gary Cherone – and the last with bassist Michael Anthony (who leaves in ’06). It’s also the only album in the Van Halen catalog not to go platinum. The band even does a signing at the Times Square Virgin Megastore. Anything to push sales. 1998
Dire Straits’ guitarist Mark Knopfler breaks his collarbone and six ribs in a London motorcycle accident. 2003
Courtney Love makes an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman. With her back to the camera, she lifts her skirt, and later goes topless, which is blocked out for viewers. Otherwise, a sedate performance. 2004
You give love a bad name. Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora files a legal request in Los Angeles calling for his prenuptial agreement with estranged wife Heather Locklear to be honored. He asks for joint custody of their 8-year-old daughter, Ava Elizabeth, while Locklear wants to grant him only visitation rights. In addition, Sambora doesn’t want to be required to provide spousal support. The document also reveals that the couple separated the previous December. 2006
Radiohead and the Aniboom animation company launch a contest in which fans create their own animated videos for one of nine songs from “In Rainbows.” Months later four winners are selected: Clement Picon, KotaTotori, Tobias Stretch, and Wolfgang Jaiser/Claus Winter. 2008
Over 100 tracks from Linkin Park’s “LP Archives: Official Tour Bootlegs” are available for download to Linkin Park Underground fan club members. “We originally decided that it would be cool to let our fans buy a recording of the show they just attended,” says drummer Rob Bourdon.” “Once we saw the positive response to that, we figured it would be even better to make all of the shows available to anyone who would like to download them.”  2010
Alex Chilton, singer and guitarist for the Box Tops (“The Letter” and “Cry Like A Baby”) and Big Star, passes away in New Orleans at the age of 59 after suffering a heart attack. 2010
Alice Cooper is the keynote speaker at the Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music’s commencement ceremony at the Wiltern Theater in L.A. 2012
David Bowie’s “The Next Day” sells 56,000 copies during its first day to claim the top spot on the U.K. album chart. 2013
KISS co-founder Gene Simmons states that Rap music will die and reiterates his two-year-old belief that Rock is already dead during a radio interview. “I’m looking forward to music coming back to lyrics and melody, instead of just talking,” says the bassist. 2016
The tenth annual Musink, presented by Travis Barker (Blink 182) begins in Costa Mesa, CA. The three-day convention is America’s largest tattoo and music festival. 2017
“The Devil’s Candy” soundtrack” features performances by Slayer, Machine Head and Ghost The soundtrack supports Sean Byrne’s horror film.  2017
Meanwhile, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith and Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) appear in the Terrence Malik film “Song To Song.” It’s a “modern love story set against the Austin, Texas music scene” and stars Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman. A critic calls it “one Texas turkey.”  2017
Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, a band featuring Alice In Chains singer William DuVall, makes its U.S. live debut in Austin during South By Southwest (SXSW). 2017
Judas Priest debuts at #5 on the Billboard 200 chart with “Firepower.” It’s group’s highest charting effort ever on the U.S. album chart. 2018