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March 1:

Born:     Dinah Shore (1917)

             Harry Caray baseball announcer (Chicago Cubs) (1920)

             Sonny James singer (Young Love) (1929) 

             Jerry Fischer rocker (Blood, Sweat & Tears) (1942)

             Roger Daltrey, Hammersmith London England, rocker/actor/producer (The Who-Tommy) 1944) 

             Ron Howard Duncan OK, actor/director (Andy Griffith Show, American Graffiti, Happy Days  (1953)

Events:    President Kennedy establishes the Peace Corps (1961)

               Mattel Toys places Ken dolls on sale as Barbie's boyfriend. (1961)

               K-Mart begins operation (1962)

               Singers Johnny Cash (36) & June Carter (38) wed (1968)

               Jim Morrison allegedly "exposes organs" in southern Florida concert. (1969)

               After 88 weeks Sergeant Pepper drops off the charts (1969)

               New York Yankees' Mickey Mantle announces his retirement from baseball (1969)

               Joe Besser comedian (3 Stooges, Abbott & Costello), dies at 80  (1988)

               Jewell Aikens, singer and record producer, known for his hit "The Birds and the Bees" dies at 79 (2013)

               Minnie Minoso, the seemingly ageless Cuban slugger who broke into the majors just two years after Jackie Robinson and the first black player in Chicago was the game's first black Latino star, dies at 90 (2015)

March 2:

Born:      Howard "Hopalong" Cassady (1934)

              George Benson (1943)

              Lou Reed (1944)

               Karen Carpenter New Haven CT, vocalist/drummer (1950)

Events:   Wilt Chamberlain scores incredible 100 points in an NBA game  (1962)

              The move The Sound of Music opens. (1965)

               "Wooly Bully" becomes Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs first chartmaker (1965)

              Jim Morrison is arrested after his concert of March 1, and charged with "lewd behavior" on six counts, including public exposure, public masturbation and ejaculation. (1969)

              Randolph Scott actor dies at 89 (1987)

              Dusty Springfied, singer dies. (1999)

March 3:

Born:        Dave Dudley singer (Six Days on the Road) (1928)

                Don Gibson singer/writer (I Can't Stop Loving You, Oh Lonesome Me) (1928)

                Willie Chambers guitarist/vocalist (Chambers Brothers) (1938)

Events:   "Bits and Pieces" by The Dave Clark Five charts. (1964)

               Buffalo Springfield officially forms. (1966)

              William Frawley actor (Fred Mertz-I Love Lucy), dies at 89 (1966)

               Rock group Buffalo Springfield forms (Steven Stills, Neil Young, et al) (1966)

              "Something Stupid" by Frank and Nancy Sinatra charts. (1967)

             A member of Hell's Angels testifies that the club has tried "at least three times to kill Mick Jagger because of the Altomont 1969 concert problems." (1983)

             Bobby Rogers, singer, The Miracles, dies at 73 (2013)

             David Ogden Stiers, actor, best known as Major Winchester, on TV series M.A.S.H.dies at 75 (2018)

March 4:

Born:     Bobby Womack (1948)

Events:  "Happy Birthday To You" published by Claydon Sunny (1924)

              Lucille Ball files divorce from Desi Arnaz (1960)

             Jimmy Hoffa convicted of jury tampering (1964)

             Minnie Pearl country comedienne (Grand Ole Opry), dies at 84 (1994)

             Johnny Preston, singer with #1 hit Running Bear dies at 71 (2011)

March 5:  

Events:   Elvis Presley is honorably discharged from the Army. (1960)

              Patsy Cline, country singer, (Crazy, I Fall To Pieces), dies in a plane crash at age 30 (1963)

March 6:

Born:    Merle Haggard country singer  (1937)

            Mary Wilson, The Supremes, (1944)

            Randy Meisner (1945)

            Hugh Grundy, The Zombies (1945)

            Kiki Dee (1947)

            David Gilmour, Pink Floyd (1947

Events:   Liz Taylor's 3rd divorce (Eddie Fisher) (1964)

              Muhammad Ali is ordered by selective service to be inducted (1967)

              Charles Manson releases an LP "Lies," to fianance the Sharon Tate murder trial defense. (1970)

               William Hopper actor (Paul Drake-Perry Mason), dies at 55 (1970)

               Nancy Reagan, former first lady, dies at age 94 (2016)

March 7:

Born:     King Curtis (1934)

             Chris White, The Zombies (1943)

              Matt Fisher, Procol Harum (1946)

Events:   "Dead Man's Curve" by Jan and Dean charts. (1964)

              "Needles and Pins," the first by The Searchers charts. (1964)

              Alabama state troopers & 600 black protestors clash in Selma (1965)

              Teamster president Jimmy Hoffa begins 8-year jail sentence at Lewisburg Federal Prison for defrauding the union & jury tampering (1967)

March 8:

Born:      Mickey Dolenz Los Angeles CA, actor (Circus Boy) singer (Monkees) (1945)

Events:   1st US combat forces arrive in South Vietnam (3,500 Marines) (1965)

               Casey Stengel elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame (1966)

               "Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In" by The Fifth Dimension charts. (1969)

              Ron "Pig Pen" McKernan, The Grateful Dead dies. (1973)

              George Martin, record producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer, muscian, known as the 5th Beatle dies at 90 (2016)

                                                     March 9:

Born:      Carl Betz Pittsburgh PA, actor (Alex Stone-Donna Reed Show) (1920)

              Lloyd Price, singer (Personality) (1933)

              Mark Lindsay, Paul Revere and The Raiders (1944)

              Ray Royer rocker (Procol Harum-Whiter Shade of Pale) (1945)

Events:   Barbie, the popular girls' doll, debuted, over 800 million sold (1959)

              Sputnik 9 carries Chernushka (dog) into orbit  (1961)

              US advisors in South-Vietnam join the fight (1962)

              Beatles began 1st British tour, supporting Tommy Roe & Chris Montez (1963)

               1st Ford Mustang produced (1964)

              "Monday, Monday" by The Mamas and the Papas charts. (1966)

              CBS cancels "The Smothers Brothers Show" following the brothers refusal to censor Joan Baez when she dedicated a song to her husband David, who was about to go to jail for his opposition to the draft during the Vietnam War. (1969)

March 10:

Born:     Jethro Burns country singer (Homer & Jethro) (1920)

             Dean Torrance, Jan and Dean (1940)

Events:   Pete Rose debuts with hits in his two 1st at bats in spring training (1963)

             James Earl Ray pleads guilty in murder of Martin Luther King Jr (1969)

             Alex Chilton, lead singer, The Box Tops dies at age 59 (2010)

             Keith Emerson of the rock group Emerson, Lake and Palmer dies from suicide at 71 (2016)

March 11:

Born:     Mike Hugg, Manfred Mann (1940)

             Mark Stein, Vanilla Fudge (1947)

Events:  Otis Redding posthumously receives gold record for "(Sittin' On) the Dock of the Bay" (1968)

            Vince Edwards actor (Ben Casey), dies of cancer at 67 (1996)

                             March 12:                      

Born:     Barbara Feldon Pittsburgh PA, actress (Agent 99-Get Smart) (1939)

            Al Jarreau (1940)

             Paul Kantner, Jefferson Starship (1942)

             James Taylor, singer (1948)

             Jon Provost actor (Timmy-Lassie) (1950)

Events:   "Runaway," Del Shannon's first hit, makes the charts. (1961)

              "Good Lovin" by The Rascals charts. (1966)

              Paul McCartney and Linda Eastman wed. (1969)

              Nokie Edwards, guitarist, who helped create the instrumental rock band, Ventures dies at 82 (2018)

March 13:

Born:     Mike Stoller (songwriter) (1933)

             Neil Sedaka (1939)

             Donald York, Sha Na Na (1949)

Events:   "Tired of Waiting for You" by The Kinks charts. (1965)

              Jeff Beck replaces Eric Clapton of the Yardbirds  (1965)

March 14:

Born:     Quincy Jones, songwriter, record producer, singer (1933)

Events:   The first RIAA gold record, "Catch a Falling Star" is awarded to Perry Como. (1958)

               Dallas jury sentences Jack Ruby to death for Lee Harvey Oswald murder (1964)

               JFK's body moved from temporary grave to a permanent memorial (1967)

              The Beatles' "Yellow Submarine" album becomes their fourteenth gold LP. (1969)

              The Rolling Stones retire for the first time after a concert in the United States. (1971)

              Susan Hayward actress dies at 56 (1975)

               Peter Graves, actor, (Mission Impossible) dies at age 83 (2010)

March 15:

Born:     Eddie Arnold (1918)

             Roy Clark country singer (Hee Haw) (1933)

             Mike Love, The Beach Boys (1941)

             Sly Stone of Sly & The Family Stone (1944)

             David Costell Pittsburgh PA, rocker (Gary Lewis & the Playboys-This Diamond Ring) (1944)

Events:   Liz Taylor's 5th marriage (Richard Burton) (1964)

              Racial riots erupt in the Watts section of Los Angeles (1966)

              LIFE magazine calls Jimi Hendrix "most spectacular guitarist in the world" (1968)

              Gail Davis ( Annie Oakley TV Series), dies at 72 (1997)

March 16:

Born:     Jerry Lewis (1926)

Events:   "Can't Buy Me Love" by The Beatles is released. (1964)

              My Lai massacre occurs (Vietnam War); 450 die (1968)

              Robert F Kennedy announces Presidential campaign (1968)

              Tammi Terrell, singer, dies. (1970)

              T-Bone Walker blues guitarist (Funky Town, Well Done), dies at 64 (1975)

              Arthur Godfrey TV host (Arthur Godrey Show), dies at 79 (1983)

              Dick Dale, known as the King of Surf Guitar, dies at 81 (2019)

                                                      March 17:

Born:     Nat "King" Cole, sineger (1919)

             John Sebastian The Lovin' Spoonful (1944)

             Harold Broan, War (1946)

Events:    Alex Chilton (lead singer of The Box Tops, "The Letter") dies at age 59 (2010)

               Ferlin Husky dies at age 85 (2011) 

March 18:

Born:     Peter Graves Minneapolis MN, actor (James Phelps-Mission Impossible) (1925)

             Wilson Pickett, soul singer (1941)

             Barry Wilson England, rock drummer (Procol Harum-Whiter Shade of Pale) (1947)

Events:   President Dwight D Eisenhower signs Hawaii statehood bill (1959)

              Poppin' Fresh Pillsbury Dough Boy introduced (1961)

              Congress repeals requirement for a gold reserve (1968)

              John Phillips, The Mamas and The Papas dies. (2001)

              Fess Parker (Walt Disney's Davey Crockett, "Old Yeller" and TV Daniel Boone) dies at 85 (2010)

              Chuck Berry, Rock .n Roll hall of fame legendary recording artist, songwriter, dies at 90 (2017)

March 19:

Born:     Ursula Andress Berne Switzerland, actress (Dr No, She) (1936)

            Clarence "Frogman" Henry, singer (But I Do, You Always Hurt the One You Love) (1937)

            Paul Atkinson, The Zombies (1943)

Events: Chicago 8 indicted in aftermath of Chicago Democratic convention (1969)

            Edward Platt actor (Chief-Get Smart), dies at 58 (1974)

March 20:

Born:  Ozzie Nelson Jersey City NJ, actor (Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet) (1906)  

          Jerry Reed (1937)

Events:   President Lyndon Johnson signs a bill removing gold backing from US paper money (1968)

              John Lennon and Yoko Ono marry. (1969)

              US President Nixon proclaims he will end Vietnam war in 1970 (1969)

              Chet Huntley newscaster (NBC Huntley-Brinkley Report), dies at 62 (1974)

March 21:

Events:   Allan Freed hosts the first rock show. "Moondog Ball" in Cleveland, Ohio. He sells 18,000 advance tickets for a 10,000 seat hall. Riots in the streets results. (1952)

              The Beatles debut at the Cavern Club. (1961)

             Alcatraz federal penitentiary in San Francisco Bay closed (1963)

              Martin Luther King Jr begins march from Selma to Montgomery AL (1965)

              Supreme Court reverses Massachusetts ruling that "Fanny Hill" is obscene  (1966)

              John Ireland actor (Rawhide), dies of leukemia at 78 (1992)

March 22:

Born:     Keith Relf, The Yardbirds (1943)

             Jeremy Clyde, Chad and Jeremy (1944)

Events:  31st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Purdue 92-72 UCLA wins its 5th national championship in 6 years  (1969)

 March 23:

Events:   John Lennon publishes his first book, In His Own Write. (1964)

              Peter Lorre actor dies at 59 (1964)

              Elizabeth Taylor dies at age 79 (2011)

              Joe Garagiola Jr, former baseball player and hall of fame sports broadcaster dies at 90 (2016)

March 24

Born:      Steve McQueen Slater MO, actor (Wanted, Dead or Alive) (1930)

Events:  Elvis is inducted into the Army, serial no. 533 10761. (1958)

             Kennedy half-dollar issued (1964)

             Selective Service announces college deferments based on performance (1966)

             Johnny Maestro (lead singer, The Crests, The Brooklyn Bridge) dies at age 70 (2010)

March 25:

Born:     Johnny Burnette (1934)

             Anita Bryant Barnsdall OK, Miss Oklahoma-America (1958)/singer (George Gobel Show) (1940)

             Aretha Franklin (1942)

             Elton John (1947)

             Nick Lowe (1949)

Events:   DH Lawrence' "Lady Chatterley's Lover" ruled not obscene (New York NY) (1960)

              Elvis Presley performs live on the USS Arizona (1961)

              Martin Luther King Jr led 25,000 to state capitol in Montgomery AL (1965)

              The first concert in New York City by The Who takes place. (1967)

               Warren E Burger chief justice of US Supreme Court (1969-86), dies  (1995)

               Dan Seals, singer (England Dan, John Ford Coley) "I'd Really Love To See You Tonight," "Nights Are Forever" dies, age 61 (2009)                               

March 26:

Born:     Leonard Nimoy Boston MA, actor (Spock-Star Trek, Mission Impossible) (1931)

             Fred Paris rocker (Five Satins) (1936)

             Diana Ross, singer (1946)

             Johnny Crawford Los Angeles CA, actor (Mark-The Rifleman)  (1946)

             Steven Tyler, Aerosmith (1948)

             Vicki Lawrence Inglewood CA, actress (Carol Burnett Show) (1949)

Events:   Funny Girl opens on Broadway starring Barbra Streisand. (1964)

              Edmund S Muskie Vice Presidential candidate/(Governor-Democrat-ME), dies at 81 (1996) 

              Jan Berry, Jan and Dean dies. (2004)

              Robert Culp, actor, (I Spy) dies at age 79 (2010)

March 27:

Born:        Judy Carne comedienne (Laugh-In) (1939)

Events:     Earthquake strikes Anchorage AK, 9.2 on Richter scale, 131 die from earthquake and resulting tsunami; this is the most violent eathquake in US history (1964)

               "I Can't Explain" is The Who's first hit. (1965)

                Black Academy of Arts & Letters forms in Boston (1969)

March 28:

Born:     Rufus Thomas (1917)

              Brian Jones [Lewis B Hopkin] Cheltenham Gloucestershire England, pop guitarist (Rolling Stones) (1942)

             John Evans, Jethro Tull (1948)

Events:   Dwight D Eisenhower 34th President/General (WWII), dies in Washington DC at 78 (1969)

               Emmett Kelly circus clown (Weary Willy), dies at 80 (1979)

               Jesse Owens (Olympics-gold-36), dies in Tucson AZ at the age of 66  (1980)

March 29:

Born:       Nancy Kwan Hong Kong, actress (Flower Drum Song, Night Creature) (1939)

Events:     23rd Amendment is ratified, allows Washington DC residents to vote for President (1961)

                After a 4½ year trial Nelson Mandela is acquitted on treason charge (1961)

                1st Lieutenant William L Calley Jr found guilty in My Lai (Vietnam) massacre  (1971)

                Patty Duke, actress, Oscar winner "Miracle Worker", starred in TV series,  The Patty Duke Show dies at 69 (2016)

March 30:

Born:     Graeme Edge, The Moody Blues (1944)

             Eric Clapton, rock singer, guitarist (1945)

             Dave Ball, Procol Harum (1948)

Events:   Simon and Garfunkle make their first New York appearance at Gerde's Folk City. (1964)

               James F Cagney actor (Public Enemy, Angels With Dirty Faces, Yankee Doodle Dandy), dies at his Stanfordville NY farm at 86 (1986)

               Rosie Hamlin, singer, songwriter, lead singer of Rosie & the Originals, known for the song Angel Baby, dies at 71 (2017)

March 31:

Born:     Herb Alpert (1935)

Events:   Los Angeles ends streetcar service after 90 years (1963)

              Jimi Hendrix burns his guitar on stage for the first time in London. (1967)

              LBJ announces he will not seek re-election (1968)

              O'Kelly Isley (The Isley Brothers) dies. (1986)

              Edwin Alberian TV celebrity (Clarabell, the Clown on Howdy Doody), dies at 76 (1997)




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