March 8 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
March 8

1963 : The Four Tops get a $400 advance to sign with Motown. They spend the rest of the year singing backup for other acts, including The Supremes.

1968 : Promoter Bill Graham's East Coast version of the Fillmore, his legendary San Francisco rock ballroom, opens in the East Village section of New York City. Dubbed, appropriately enough, the Fillmore East, its first show features Big Brother & the Holding Company, Albert King and Tim Buckley.

1969 : The Small Faces break up when lead singer Steve Marriott leaves the band. Marriott forms Humble Pie, and the remaining members rechristen themselves The Faces after adding new lead singer Rod Stewart and guitarist Ron Wood.

1970 : Diana Ross performs for the first time as a solo act, doing a show in Framingham, Massachusetts.

1971 : Radio Hanoi, which is a propaganda radio station set up by the North Vietnamese army to broadcast to American troops serving in Vietnam, goes on the air with a recording of Jimi Hendrix' version of "The Star-Spangled Banner".

1973 : Paul McCartney is fined 100 pounds for growing cannabis on his farm in Campbeltown, Scotland.

1974 : Rising from the ashes of Free and Mott The Hoople, the newly-formed Bad Company play their first live gig, at Newcastle City Hall in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England.

1976 : Gary Wright's "Dream Weaver" is certified gold.

1979 : Rolling Stone reports that inflation has ballooned the cost of making and promoting a major label LP to between $350,000 and $500,000.

1990 : Rolling Stone dubs Jefferson Airplane's disastrous new comeback album Most Unwanted Comeback of the Year.

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