This Day in Music History: March 19

This Day in Music History: March 19March 19, 2017

We cover all sorts of news, facts and historical and interesting facts that happened on this day in music history.


Today: March 19.


1962: Bob Dylan, Dylan's debut album was released in the US. At the beginning, sales of the album were poor, which led the album to be known around Columbia Records as ‘Hammond's Folly’ (John Hammond was producer of Dylan’s early recordings and the man who was responsible for signing Dylan). However, the record was praised by the New York City weekly newspaper Village Voice as an ‘explosive country blues debut’, yet featured only two Bob Dylan original compositions, Talkin' New York and Song To Woody. The rest of the songs were old folk standards.

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1971: T. Rex topped the UK singles chart with 'Hot Love.' It was the band's first of four UK No.1's and stayed at the top of the charts for six weeks.


1974: Jefferson Airplane changed the name of the band were now known as Jefferson Starship. The new line-up included: Grace Slick, Paul Kantner, drummer Johnny Barbata, David Freiberg, Peter Kaukonen, Cragi Chaquico and Papa John Creach.


1976: Paul Kossof, the guitarist of Free and Back Street Crawler died at the age of 25 due to a heart failure during a flight from Los Angeles to New York. It was also known that he had a long history of drug abuse. Free had the 1970 UK No.2 & US No.4 single 'All Right Now'. Kossof's first band was Black Cat Bones alongside drummer Simon Kirke, (later of Free) and he formed Back Street Crawler after he left Free.


1981: The J Geils Band topped the US singles chart with 'Centrefold' and Roxy Music topped the UK singles chart with 'Jealous Guy.'

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1982: Randy Rhoads, who was the guitarist of Ozzy Osbourne and also member of Quiet Riot, died when the plane he was riding in crashed. After driving most of the night, the band decided to stop near a small airstrip. The tour bus driver, Andrew Aycock, convinced the band's keyboardist, Don Airey, to take a test flight in a '55 Beechcraft Bonanza, the joyride ended, and the plane landed safely. Then Aycock took Rhoads and Rachel Youngblood on another flight and attempts were made to "buzz" the tour bus. This made the left wing to clip the bus, causing the plane to spiral into a nearby house, bursting into flames. All three bodies were burned beyond recognition, and were identified only by dental records.

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2015: Ed Sheeran sold the two millionth copy of his second album, X, in the UK, just nine months after it was released. This made Sheeran the fifth artist that achieved this landmark this decade, following in the footsteps of Adele, Michael Buble, Emeli Sande and Take That.

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