March 3 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
March 3

1965 : Eric Clapton plays his last show with The Yardbirds, leaving to join John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. He is replaced by Jeff Beck.

1966 : The Buffalo Springfield is formed (as "The Herd") by Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay.

1967 : Petula Clark performs before England's Princess Margaret at the London Palladium.

1972 : Harry Nilsson's "Nilsson Schmilsson" is certified gold.

1973 : The live album "The Concert for Bangla Desh", taken from the Madison Square Garden benefit concert organized by George Harrison, and featuring Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton, wins the Grammy for album of the year.

1978 : Van Halen starts their first ever US tour in Chicago as the opening act for Journey. Even then, they had the legendary "brown M&Ms" provision in their contract.

1980 : Sotheby's hold their first auction of rock memorabilia - four dollar bills signed by The Beatles sell for $528.

1985 : Michael Jackson visits London to attend the unveiling of his look-alike at Madame Tussaud's waxworks.

1995 : A stalker is arrested trying to break into Roberta Flack's New York apartment.

1995 : R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry undergoes successful brain surgery. Berry collapsed due to a brain aneurysm during a concert in Switzerland.

1998 : Bad Religion's breakthrough album "Stranger Than Fiction", released almost four years earlier, is certified gold by the RIAA, becoming the band's only album to achieve this certification in the United States.

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