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1957 - Elvis Presley bought the Graceland mansion from Ruth Brown-Moore for $102,500. The house is named after the builder's daughter, Grace Toof.

1958 - The first "Greatest Hits" compilation is released, and it's by Johnny Mathis. It's a huge hit, and the format catches on quickly. The Mathis album stays in the Billboard 200 album chart for over nine years, a record not broken until Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon.

1967 - Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles finished the recording of "She's Leaving Home" after adding backing vocals to the track. Harpist Sheila Bromberg, who was part of the string section heard on the track, became the first woman to play on a Beatles recording.

1968 - Mick Jagger joins a demonstration at Grosvenor Square in London to protest the Vietnam War. rioting ensues. Jagger leaves the protest before rioting ensues, but uses the event as inspiration for the Rolling Stones song "Street Fighting Man."

1978 - U2 won £500 ($850) and a chance to audition for CBS Ireland in a talent contest held in Dublin, The Limerick Civic Week Pop '78 Competition. Just two years later, U2 were signed to Island Records and released their debut album, Boy.

1978 - Elvis Costello and the Attractions release This Year's Model. It was comprised largely of leftovers from My Aim Is True and songs written on the road, giving the album a reckless, careening feel. It's nervous, amphetamine-fueled, nearly paranoid music -- the group sounds like they're spinning out of control. Costello and the Attractions never rocked this hard, or this vengefully, ever again. A terrific album.

1992 - After reuniting at their ex-manager's funeral, Spinal Tap issue their 17th album (actually their 2nd), Break Like The Wind.

Issued on Dead Faith Records (named in tribute to their departed - and disliked - manager), the album features the tracks "The Majesty of Rock," the protest tune "Stinking Up the Great Outdoors," and "Bitch School". Guest musicians include Steve Lukather, Cher, Joe Satriani, Slash, Jeff Beck, and a drum machine that explodes during the sessions.

2010 - At a hospital in New Orleans, Alex Chilton died due to heart problems at age 59. As a teenager Chilton had been a member of The Box Tops who had the 1967 hit 'The Letter' and later in 1971 co-founded the power-pop group Big Star, with Chris Bell. In the 1980s both R.E.M., and the Replacements cited Big Star group as a major influence.

2018 - At their St. Patrick's Day concert in Brussels, The Script ( KBCO played their song "Breakeven") buy everyone in the audience of 8,000 a drink, setting a Guinness World Record for "world's biggest round."


Paul Kantner (founding member of Jefferson Airplane) was born on this day in 1941. He was known for co-founding Jefferson Airplane, a leading psychedelic rock band of the counterculture era, and its spin-off band Jefferson Starship. With Jefferson Airplane, Kantner was among the performers at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and the Woodstock Festival in 1969.

Nat "King" Cole was born on this day in 1919. He recorded over one hundred songs that became hits on the pop charts and was the first black man to host an American television series.

Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins is 56. Corgan's first true exposure to music came from his father, Bill Corgan, Sr., who was a blues guitarist. By age 14 he began playing guitar himself, citing such hard rock bands as Cheap Trick and Van Halen as important early influences. Formed a goth metal group called the Marked, before forming Smashing Pumpkins. They started out a s a trio backed by a drum machine.

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Hozier is 33. The Irish singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist rose to global attention in 2013 when his moody and soulful rock single "Take Me to Church" became a viral success.

On This Day In Music History was sourced from This Day in Music, Allmusic, Song Facts and Wikipedia.

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