March 20 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
March 20

1965 : The first Motown package tour begins in the UK with a show in north London. On the bill are The Supremes, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, and Martha and the Vandellas.

1967 : The Beatles' "Penny Lane" b/w "Strawberry Fields Forever" is certified gold.

1968 : In Los Angeles, Eric Clapton and three members of Buffalo Springfield - Neil Young, Jim Messina, and Richie Furay - are arrested for suspicion of marijuana use. The band members are eventually found guilty and fined, while Clapton beats the charges.

1980 : Joseph Riviera, 28, a truck driver from New York, breaks into the offices of record label Asylum, takes the office manager hostage, and demands to see label artists Jackson Browne and/or Eagles so that they can help finance his trucking business. After he realizes the artists in question aren't actually in the building, he surrenders to police.

1990 : Near Scranton and heading for a show in Syracuse, Miami Sound Machine's tour bus is hit by a tractor trailer on a snowy highway. Gloria Estefan suffers a serious spinal injury requiring 4 hours of surgery.

1991 : Eric Clapton's 4-year-old son Conor dies after falling out of a window at his mother's apartment. Clapton's "Tears In Heaven" is about Conor.

1991 : Michael Jackson signs the largest contract renewal in history to that time, inking a $65 million deal with Sony.

2000 : Madonna issues a statement to announce that she is three months pregnant with her second child. The father is U.K. film director Guy Ritchie (Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels), who is 10 years Madonna's junior.

2003 : On the day the Iraq war begins, Bruce Springsteen opens his Melbourne, Australia show with a quiet, acoustic version of his hit "Born In The U.S.A." and follows it, pointedly, with a cover of Edwin Starr's "War".

2004 : Quincy Jones receives an honorary doctorate in Music from The University of Washington.

2008 : The Eagles launch their world tour in support of their album, "Long Road Out of Eden".

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