March 4 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
March 4

1959 : It's the first ever Grammy Awards ceremony, with "Nel Blu, Dipinto di Blu (Volare)" by Domenico Modugno winning Record of the Year and Henry Mancini's "Peter Gunn" soundtrack taking Album of the Year.

1967 : Steve Winwood and his brother, Muff, announce they are leaving The Spencer Davis Group. Steve forms Traffic later that year.

1968 : An icy car crash sends Temptations members Eddie Kendricks and Otis Williams to a Sommerset, Pennsylvania hospital.

1972 : Badfinger's "Day After Day" is certified gold.

1970 : Janis Joplin heads to Rio de Janeiro. While there, she announces her intention to quit drugs and alcohol.

1971 : One the eve of their new UK tour, The Rolling Stones become rock's first tax exiles by announcing that they're moving from England to France.

1977 : The Rolling Stones perform at Toronto's small El Morcambo Tavern, a rare intimate show that provides four tracks for their notoriously bad 1977 LP "Love You Live".

1978 : The IRS raids Jerry Lee Lewis' home at dawn and reposesses $170,000 worth of automobiles to pay off his tax debt.

1979 : Randy Jackson (The Jackson 5) is involved in a serious car crash near Los Angeles, breaking both legs and nearly dying when a nurse at the hospital nearby injects him with methadone.

1984 : The Police play the final concert of their "Synchronicity" tour in Melbourne, Australia. It is their last show, except for a few special events together, until 2007.

1989 : Time Inc. and Warner Communications merge into Time Warner, creating the world's largest media company.

1993 : 400 hopefuls audition for the group that will become known as The Spice Girls. They are given one minute each to sing, dance, and otherwise impress some producers at a studio in London.

1994 : Kurt Cobain of Nirvana spends 20 hours in a coma after overdosing on Rohypnol (a prescription sedative) and champagne.

2001 : Michael Jackson and friend Macaulay Culkin spend the night shopping at a London record store, which stays open after hours to accommodate the pair.

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