Waky Week in Rock History
Today in History, March 4thToday's Birthdays
Yes bassist Chris Squire is 66.
Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted is 51. He now fronts his own band, Newsted.
Chris Rea is 63. He's perhaps best known for the 1978 hit "Fool (If You Think It's Over)."
R&B singer Bobby Womack is 70.
Gloria Estefan's husband, producer, and backing musician Emilio Estefan is 61
Bobby Darin's best-of collection "The Bobby Darin Story" was released.
The Beatles released the EP "Yesterday" in the UK.
John Lennon's controversial comment about the Beatles being, quote, "more popular than Jesus right now" was published in the London "Evening Standard" newspaper.
The "New Musical Express" reported that Steve Winwood was leaving the Spencer Davis Group.
The Marvin Gaye-Tammi Terrell duet "It Takes Two" peaked at number 14 on the pop singles chart.
The Beatles' "Penny Lane," The Mamas and the Papas' "Dedicated to the One I Love," The Turtles' "Happy Together," and Herman's Hermits' "There's A Kind of Hush" broke into the Top 40.
The Temptations' Eddie Kendricks and Otis Williams were injured in a car accident in Somerset, Pennsylvania.
The Bee Gees were a guest on "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In."
Sonny and Cher became parents with the birth of their daughter, Chastity.
Janis Joplin was fined 200-dollars for obscenity relating to an on-stage incident in Tampa, Florida.
The Rolling Stones kicked off a "farewell" tour of Britain before going into tax exile in France.
The Osmonds' "Down By The Lazy River" peaked at number four on the pop singles chart, while Donny Osmond's solo single "Puppy Love" broke into the Top 40.
Bread's "Everything I Own" peaked at number five on the pop singles chart.
Carole King's "Sweet Seasons" peaked at number nine on the pop singles chart.
T. Rex's "Bang A Gong (Get It On)" peaked at number ten on the pop singles chart.
America's "A Horse With No Name" broke into the Top 40.
Pink Floyd kicked off its tour in support of "Dark Side Of The Moon" with a show in Madison, Wisconsin.
The Rolling Stones played the first of two club gigs at the El Mocambo in Toronto, Canada. The show was recorded for the Stones' album "Love You Live."
Poco released the album "Legend," featuring the hit "Crazy Love."
The Rolling Stones released the single "Neighbors" backed with "Hang Fire."
The Band's Richard Manuel committed suicide by hanging. He was 41.
The Rolling Stones released the single "Highwire" backed with a live version of "2000 Light Years From Home."
Sonny Bono officially filed for the Republican primary to run for the U.S. Senate in California.
Patti LaBelle received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The Beatles single "Real Love" was released.
Crosby Stills and Nash performed a benefit concert for the UCLA Division of Digestive Diseases, which is where David Crosby received his lifesaving liver transplant a couple years earlier.
Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, and Bruce Cockburn [[COH-burn]] were among the winners at the Juno Awards ceremony, Canada's equivalent to the Grammys.
Former Supreme Mary Wilson began an eight show run of "The Vagina Monologues" in Detroit. Proceeds from her appearances were earmarked for local organizations that support women's health, security, and welfare.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed "Let's Go, Let's Go Let's Go" during a concert in Jacksonville, Florida, in tribute to Hank Ballard, who died a couple days earlier.
An expanded, two-disc deluxe CD edition of blues great Howlin' Wolf's "London Sessions" was released. The set includes guest appearances from Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, and Charlie Watts.
Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts was named one of "Vanity Fair's" best dressed men in the publication's annual list of the most fashionable celebrities.
Elton John cancelled a concert in Bossier City, Louisiana because he was ill.
Keith Richards was revealed as the new model for Louis Vuitton ads. Company executives explained they chose the rocker for the campaign because the whole point was to feature, quote, "someone unexpected."
Charlie Daniels was presented with a Career Achievement Award during the Deejay Hall of Fame ceremony at the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville.
Jon Bon Jovi officially began his efforts to promote President Obama's United We Serve initiative to promote volunteerism by showing a special video he made for the project at Bon Jovi's concert in Los Angeles.
Redbone co-founder Lolly Vegas died in Los Angeles following a long battle with cancer. He was 70.
The Dramatics' Ron Banks died of a heart attack in Detroit. He was 58.
Phil Collins announced that he was retiring from the music business. He explained his decision, saying he was suffering from a number of health problems including a dislocated vertebra, hearing loss, and nerve damage as a result of his many years of performing.
Prince took part in the 42nd Annual NAACP Image Awards, presenting the award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture to Halle Berry for "Frankie & Alice."