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March 24

1945

March 24
Billboard magazine published their first album chart with Nat King Cole's "A Collection of Favorites" named as #1.

1958

March 24
23 year old Elvis Presley is sworn in as Private 53310761 for a two year hitch in the US army, where he would earn $78 per month. Accompanied by his parents and newspaper reporters from all over the world, Elvis answered an onslaught of nonsensical questions before summing up his feelings: "I simply want to be treated like all the other fellows."

1963

March 24
The Beatles were the opening act for American Pop stars Chris Montez and Tommy Roe in the quartet's hometown of Liverpool, England.

1965

March 24
The Rolling Stones' bass player Bill Wyman is knocked unconscious by an electrical shock from a microphone stand in Odense, Denmark.

1966


March 24
The New York State Assembly passes a bill making it a misdemeanor to sell unauthorized copies of records or tapes, commonly known as bootlegs.

March 24
The Beatles posed with mutilated and butchered dolls for the cover of the album, "Yesterday and Today". After a public outcry, the L.P. was pulled from stores and re-issued with a new cover that showed them sitting in and around a steamer trunk.

1973

March 24
The O'Jays followed their Billboard #3 hit, "Back Stabbers" by topping the chart with "Love Train".

1978

March 24
The British courts grant record companies the right to seize bootleg and pirated recordings.

1979

March 24
The Bee Gees scored their eighth US number one hit when "Tragedy" topped the Billboard chart.

1984


March 24
Former Commodores lead singer Lionel Richie held the top spot on the UK singles chart with "Hello".

1991

March 24
The Black Crowes were dropped as the opening act on ZZ Top's tour for repeatedly criticizing Miller Beer, who was sponsoring the tour.

1992


March 24
A Chicago judge settles the Milli Vanilli class-action suit by approving cash rebates of up to $3 to anyone proving they bought the group's music before November 27, 1990, the date the lip synching scandal broke. Arista Records and its parent, BMG, paid out more than $400,000. About 80,000 claims were filed, most of them by people who bought compact discs.

1997

March 24
57 year old Harold Melvin, leader of the Philadelphia Soul group Harold Melvin And The Blue Notes, died of heart related problems. The group is remembered for their 1972, US #3 hit, "If You Don't Know Me By Now".

2001

March 24
Duane Allman Boulevard is dedicated in Macon, Georgia, near where he died in a motorcycle crash.

2002

March 24
Randy Newman, who had been previously nominated 15 times, finally won his first Oscar for "If I Didn't Have You", from the animated feature Monsters Inc.

2005

March 24
Rod Price, a founding member of Foghat, died after falling down a stairway at his home. The 57 year old guitarist was with the band for three Platinum and eight Gold records, including their highest charting US single "Slow Ride" in 1976.

2007

March 24
Henson Cargill, who reached the top of the US Country chart and #25 on the US Pop chart in 1968 with "Skip A Rope", died following complications from surgery at the age of 66.

2008

March 24
Neil Aspinall, who became The Beatles' road manager when the group was still a local dance band and later went on to manage the band's production and management company, Apple, died of cancer at the age of 66. When the Beatles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, George Harrison made a point of saying that Neil should be considered the fifth Beatle.

2009

March 24
Deputy District Attorney Truc Do, the prosecutor in the Phil Spector murder trial, described Spector as a "demonic maniac" when he drinks and "a very dangerous man" around women. During her closing argument, she also accused Spector of demonstrating a "conscious disregard for human life" and urged the jury to find the music producer guilty of murdering actress Lana Clarkson in 2003.

2010

March 24
Johnny Maestro, the lead singer for The Crests on their seven US Top 40 records, including the 1959, #2 hit "Sixteen Candles" as well as The Brooklyn Bridge on "The Worst That Could Happen" in 1969, died of cancer at the age of 70.


 


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