March 17 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
March 17

1978 : The Irish high school band U2, which just recently changed their name from The Hype, win the Limerick Civic Week Pop '78 talent competition, earning about $1,000 and a chance to record a demo for CBS Records.

1985 : Richard Ramirez kills a man and attacks a woman at a house in Rosemead, California, leaving an AC/DC hat behind at the crime scene. Ramirez would continue his killing spree and became known as the "Night Stalker". When it becomes clear that AC/DC is his favorite band, the group is accused of encouraging crime and devil worship in their music.

1990 : Whitney Houston headlines an AIDS benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The concert, dubbed "That’s What Friends Are For" celebrates the 15th anniversary of Arista Records.

1991 : Seven members of Reba McEntire's band, as well as her road manager and two pilots, are killed when their plane crashes near the Mexican border after a performance in San Diego. McEntire, along with two members of her band and some of her road crew, were on a different plane that took off before the one that crashed.

1998 : A live St. Patrick’s Day performance at Royal Albert Hall coincides with the release of The Corrs sophomore album "Talk on Corners". The concert includes a guest performance by Mick Fleetwood. The famed drummer sits in on three songs, including a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s "Dreams". That song would catapult to the top of the UK charts later in the year along with remixed version of several other songs on the new album, finally bringing The Corrs international success.

1999 : Sinead O'Connor records the first ever single via the Internet in a BBC studio as part of the Tomorrow's World program. The song is a cover of Bob Marley's "Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)" recorded for the War Child charity.

2004 : Britney Spears injures her knee at a concert in Moline, Illinois, forces her to cancel her next show.

2005 : Robert Plant is presented with his lifetime achievement Grammy award at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

2009 : Instead of getting boozed up on the streets like most people on St. Patrick's Day, Amy Winehouse got sloppy at her court hearing in London to face charges that she attacked a fan at a charity event in 2008.

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