March 5 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
March 5

1960 : Elvis Presley is officially discharged from active duty in the U.S. Army. He will be on reserve for 4 more years.

1963 : Having ironically just finished a tribute concert for the family of a country music DJ who'd been killed in a car crash, country legend Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins fly back to Nashville, with her manager, Hughes, at the controls. Bad weather postpone the flight an extra day, however, and, anxious to get going, Randy phones his wife in Nashville, who informs him that the weather is clearing there. Unfortunately, she is actually in the storm's eye, and when the four proceed on, Hughes, who is not rated "on instruments," loses all visibility and attempts to land on a nearby highway. Instead, he skirts some trees, which bring the plane down in a nearby swamp. Cline, and her other fellow stars as well as Randy Hughes are all killed in the accident.

1968 : The 1910 Fruitgum Company's "Simon Says" is certified gold.

1969 : Dusty Springfield collapses while taping a TV appearance.

1971 : Badfinger begin their first tour as headliners with a gig in Toledo, Ohio.

1971 : Led Zeppelin begins their "Thank You" tour of small clubs that supported them when they started out, charging the same prices they charged in 1968.

1975 : One of the more famous romances in rock begins when Rod Stewart meets Swedish model and actress Britt Ekland at a party thrown by mutual friend Joni Mitchell.

1994 : Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane is arrested at her home in Tiburon, California for pointing a loaded gun at police officers responding to reports of a domestic dispute. She will be sentenced to community service and forced to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

1999 : Trauma Entertainment files a $40 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against the members of Bush for failure to deliver their next album.

2002 : MTV launches its new reality television show, The Osbournes. The show films the domestic life of heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne and his family. In its first season, it became the most-viewed series to date on MTV.

2006 : "It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp" from the movie Hustle & Flow wins an Oscar for Best Song, just the second Rap song to get the award, after "Lose Yourself" by Eminem. Three 6 Mafia become the first rappers to perform on the show.

2009 : Michael Jackson holds a brief and bizarre press conference announcing his plans to hold a final run of concerts at London's O2 Arena this summer in London.

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