This Day in History: 2023-03-19

MARCH 19th
Sheryl Crow’s “Tuesday Night Music Club” enters the U.S. album survey. It stays on the chart for over a year, peaking at #3. 1994
The Library of Congress announces that The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and Bruce Springsteen’s “Born To Run” albums are in the Library which digitally stores and saves significant musical works. 2004
MORE TODAY IN ROCK…
Guitarist Paul Atkinson has a birthday. The guitarist becomes a founding member The Zombies (“She’s Not There,” “Time Of The Season”). 1946
Guitarist Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big) has a birthday.  He’s from Buffalo, NY.  1953
Ricky Helton Wilson, guitarist and founding member of the B-52s, is born in Athens, Georgia. 1953
Elvis Presley buys the Graceland mansion in Memphis. It’s Presley’s home for twenty years. He even dies there and is (eventually) laid to rest on the Graceland grounds. 1957
Bob Dylan’s self-titled debut album is released. It features Folk standards, but also includes two original compositions, “Talkin’ New York” and “Song To Woody” (as in the legendary Folk singer Woody Guthrie).  1962
Tailor and Cutter magazine publicly requests that the Rolling Stones wear ties. The Stones dismiss the suggestion continuing to flout their open collars. 1965
“19th Nervous Breakdown” can’t make it to #1 in the U.S. The Rolling Stones song is lodged behind Barry Sandler’s “The Ballad Of The Green Berets.” 1966
Jefferson Airplane becomes Jefferson Starship. 1974
Singer/drummer Brann Timothy Dailor (Mastodon) is born in Rochester, NY.  1975
The film version of The Who’s “Tommy” opens. It stars The Who’s Roger Daltrey (Tommy), Elton John (Pinball Wizard), Tina Turner (Acid Queen), Eric Clapton (The Preacher) and Ann-Margret (Nora, Tommy’s mother), whose performance earns a Golden Globe award. 1975
“Dressed To Kill” is the third album from KISS.  Produced by Casablanca Records president Neil Bogart, because the label’s financial situation does not permit the hiring of a professional producer, the set subsequently goes gold.  1975
Jimmy Eat World drummer Zach Lind has a birthday. 1976
Free guitarist Paul Kossoff dies from undetermined causes at the age of twenty-six on a London-to-New York flight. He had a history of heart disease. 1976
While on tour in Florida, Ozzy Osbourne’s plane dive-bombs the tour bus. On one pass the plane clips the bus and goes out of control. The resulting crash kills three, including Ozzy’s guitarist supreme, Randy Rhoads. 1982
Vocalist Andrew Wood dies from a heroin overdose.  His passing means the end of Mother Love Bone but the beginning of Pearl Jam. Ex-Love Bone guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Jeff Ament recruit new members with vocalist Eddie Vedder suggesting the name. 1990
Aerosmith, Queen and Steely Dan are inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. 2001
Paul Rodgers along with Queen’s guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor perform at the Nelson Mandela 46664 AIDS Awareness Concert in South Africa. 2005
The Offspring’s Dexter Holland runs in the Los Angeles Marathon. He raises money for the Innocence Project, a nonprofit charity that supports people wrongly convicted of crimes. 2006
Director Peter Margolis interviews fans of the late Randy Rhoads at the San Bernardino, CA, cemetery where he is buried. The interviews are for a documentary sanctioned by Rhoads’ family. Rhoads died 25 years earlier, on this day (see above), at age 25. 2007
The Runaways,” based on the ’70s female Punk band, is in theaters. Directed by Floria Sigismondi, the film stars Twilight’s Kristen Stewart as guitarist Joan Jett, and Dakota Fanning as frontwoman Cherie Currie. 2010
The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn launches his “Clear Heart” beer in collaboration with Signature Brew. “Clear Heart (is) a ‘golden brew’ with ‘a full-bodied taste’ and ‘citrus notes’,” reads a press release. 2012
A graveside memorial marks the 30th anniversary of Randy Rhoads’ death (see above). More than 350 friends, family and fans pay their respects. 2012
“Specter At The Feast” by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club arrives. The band used the album to overcome the ’10 death of frontman Robert Been’s father, Michael, who was involved with the band. “No one really wanted to find those words or dig in deep,” says Been. “You have to go back again and dig a bit deeper, and it was excruciating.” 2013
Anthrax unfurls their Classic Rock covers album, “Anthems.” “It was a lot of fun, especially because a lot of those (songs) aren’t, I guess, normal for us-although they are because they’re songs we all knew,” says Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian. The set includes their versions of “Jailbreak” (Thin Lizzy), “Smokin'” (Boston) and “T.N.T.” (AC/DC). 2013
“Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead,” a documentary about The Damned, premieres at the SXSW Festival in Austin. The film features original members Dave Vanian, Captain Sensible, Rat Scabies and Brian James, along with appearances by Motorhead’s Lemmy and Offspring’s Dexter Holland. 2015
“City Of Lies” is released starring Johnny Depp.  The soundtrack features Aerosmith guitarist/songwriter Joe Perry who contributed five songs to the Brad Furman-directed film.  2021