On This Day – March 1 – Buddy Holly, The Doors, Joy Division, Janet Jackson, Nirvana & more

Sam Phillips launches his label Sun Records by releasing ‘Drivin’ Slow’ by saxophonist Johnny London.

Buddy Holly plays the first of 25 dates on his only UK tour at the Trocadero, Elephant & Castle, London. Also on the bill are Gary Miller, The Tanner Sisters, The Montanas, Ronnie Keene & His Orchestra and compere Des O’Connor.

At EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London, The Beatles start recording a John Lennon song, ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.’

Elton John’s first single ‘I’ve Been Loving You Too Long’ is released on the Philips label but doesn’t chart.

Jim Morrison of The Doors is charged with lewd and lascivious behaviour after allegedly showing his penis to an audience during a show in Miami. He is found guilty and sentenced to eight months hard labour. Morrison dies in Paris in 1971 while the sentence is on appeal.

Chris Difford places an advert in a South London shop window: ‘Lyricist seeks musician for co-writing’. Glenn Tilbrook answers the ad. The Lennon & McCartney-influenced duo go on to form Squeeze.

Sara Lowndes files for divorce from her singer-songwriter husband, Bob Dylan. The pair had secretly married in 1965.

Winners at this year’s Grammy Awards ceremony include Paul McCartney for Best Pop Vocal on ‘Band On The Run’, Olivia Newton-John (Record Of The Year with ‘I Honestly Love You’) and Stevie Wonder (Album Of The Year: Fulfillingness First Finale).

Manchester band Joy Division appear at The Hope & Anchor, Islington, London.

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Admission is 75p ($1.28).

Patti Smith marries ex-MC5 guitarist Fred ‘Sonic’ Smith “so I won’t need to change my maiden name” she quips. Fred Smith passed away on November 4, 1994.

R.E.M. kick off the US leg of their ‘Green’ World Tour in Louisville, Kentucky.

Janet Jackson plays the first night of a 120-date Rhythm Nation 1814 World tour at the Miami Arena, Florida. As part of the show Jackson has a live panther on stage, but after concerns are raised over safety and several incidents of the animal urinating on stage the panther is returned to its cage.

Nirvana play their final concert at the 3,000 capacity Terminal Einz, a small airport hanger in Munich, Germany. When the power cuts during the show the band play an impromptu acoustic set including a version of The Cars’ ‘My Best Friend’s Girl’.

Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Streets Of Philadelphia’ wins three Grammys for Song Of The Year, Best Male Vocal Performance and Best Rock Song.

A Motley Crüe fan, Clifford Goldberg, who claimed his hearing had been irreparably damaged after a show in New Jersey has his lawsuit thrown out of court. The judge decrees that Goldberg knew the risk he was taking by sitting near the front of the stage.

‘Bowie Bonds’ are issued on the US Stock Exchange. Linked to David Bowie’s back catalogue, albums with money earned on the bonds via interest from royalties, investors could expect to make an 8% profit in about 10 years.

Michael Jackson unveils a new website, www.mjjsource.com. The site features a celebration of Jackson’s music career plus news on his current criminal trial, including short biographies of his attorneys and a calendar listing upcoming court dates.

Born on this day:
1944 Mike D’Abo, vocals (Manfred Mann)
1944 Roger Daltrey, vocals (The Who, solo)
1958 Nik Kershaw, singer, songwriter, producer
1973 Ryan Peake, guitar (Nickelback)

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