March 21 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
March 21

1952 : Cleveland stakes a claim on Rock history when the Moondog Coronation Ball is held at the Cleveland Arena. Organized by the WJW DJ Alan Freed ("Moondog" on the air), it is widely considered the first Rock concert, with Billy Ward and The Dominoes, Tiny Grimes, and Paul Williams scheduled to perform. The crowd is over capacity and police shut down the show because of fire code violations after just one song by Williams. The event proves to the music industry that this type of R&B music has widespread appeal - to white audiences as well as black.

1956 : Gene Vincent opens for Carl Perkins at a Norfolk, Virginia concert.

1956 : After performing in Norfolk, Virginia, (with Gene Vincent opening), and en route to New York to appear on The Perry Como Show, Carl Perkins is badly injured in a Dover, Delaware, car crash that also kills his manager and his brother Jay. The crash derails Perkins career, almost for good, as he is forced to spend months in the hospital nursing a fractured neck, broken collarbone, and a severe concussion, while Elvis Presley has an ever bigger hit with Carl's hit "Blue Suede Shoes".

1964 : Dean Martin leaves his handprints at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

1964 : Judy Collins is catapulted into stardom after a momentous appearance at New York's Carnegie Hall.

1967 : John Lennon takes his first major LSD trip and freaks out while recording backing vocals on the track "Getting Better". Producer George Martin, not realizing the effects of the drug, takes Lennon to the roof of Abbey Road Studios to get some fresh air. Paul and George, upon learning where John was, rush up to get him down. The group works on a piano track for Lovely Rita instead.

1976 : David Bowie and Iggy Pop are arrested at a Massachusetts hotel on suspicion of marijuana possession. The charges are later dropped.

1987 : Dean Martin's son, Dean Paul Martin, dies in a plane crash in California’s San Bernardino Mountains at the age of 35 while serving in the Air National Guard.

1990 : Tony Orlando is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6385 Hollywood Boulevard.

1994 : Bruce Springsteen wins an Oscar for the song Streets of Philadelphia from the Tom Hanks movie "Philadelphia".

2000 : Soul Coughing disbands after eight years and three albums.

2006 : After a six-year legal battle, the three surviving daughters of African musician Solomon Linda are awarded one-quarter of all future royalties from The Tokens' 1961 hit "The Lion Sleeps Tonight". The court ruled that the song, which The Tokens adapted from a Pete Seeger song called "Wimoweh," which was actually Linda's 1939 adaptation of a native folk song. Linda, who died in 1962, had nothing to leave to his family, who were destitute at the time of the ruling.

2008 : Beach Boys founding members Mike Love and Al Jardine settle a lawsuit Love filed in 2003, claiming Jardine was touring under variations of the group name, which Love owns the rights to. The settlement leads to a reunion of the group in 2012 for their 50th anniversary.

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