Thursday, March 4, 2021

Music History Today: March 5, 2021

March 5, 1982: John Belushi of The Blues Brothers, 33, dies of a drug overdose in his bungalow at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. 

One of the founding players when Saturday Night Live burst onto television screens in 1975,
John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd dressed in black suits with black hats as the Blues Brothers in front of a police car

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Belushi parlayed his early comedic triumphs on the small screen into movie success with National Lampoon’s Animal House in 1978 and The Blues Brothers in 1980. But only two years later, the actor who delighted audiences as Jake “Joliet” Blues and SNL’s Samurai Hitman, was dead at age 33 from an accidental drug overdose of a combination of cocaine and heroin, also known as “speedball.” 
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March 5, 1959: Bobby Darin records "Dream Lover."

Released in 1959, “Dream Lover” is a rock & roll and doo-wop style kind of music. It was conceived by singer-songwriter and actor Bobby Darin. 

Painting of Bobby Darin in a tuxedo with his elbow propped in front of him, looking coyl
Booby Darin

In one of his accounts, Darin shared that he personally decided to stretch out some chord changes he found on the piano and add strings and voices in order to give a new taste of music. And so he did, and the result was spectacularly great! 
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March 5, 1965: The Yardbirds release "For Your Love" in the UK.

Graham Gouldman wrote the song at the age of 18 while working by day in a gentlemen's outfitters  and playing by night with the semi-professional band the Mockingbirds.

The Yardbirds black and white photo band playing
The Yardbirds

Gouldman's manager, Harvey Lisberg, was so impressed by the song he  gave a demo to publisher Ronnie Beck of Feldman's, who took it to where the Beatles were performing. By coincidence the Yardbirds were also performing  at the venue and Beck played the song to their manager, Giorgio Gomelsky, and the band.  

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March 5, 1968: The 1910 Fruitgum Company's "Simon Says" is certified gold.

The 1910 Fruitgum Company was founded in 1965 in Linden, NJ by guitarist Frank Jeckell. By 1967, the group had signed with Buddah Records, a label which released five of their LPs and a variety of singles which became Top 40 hits including “1, 2, 3 Red Light,” “Goody Goody Gumdrops,” and “Simon Says.” 
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March 5, 1963: Patsy Cline was killed when her private plane crashed near Camden, Tennessee. 

Although she would die in a plane crash in March 1963, aged just 30, Virginia Patterson Hensley – professionally known as Patsy Cline – is still widely regarded as one of the greatest female country singers of all time.
Patsy Cline color photo landscape oriented reclining in her arm wearing a blue dress
Patsy Cline

She achieved considerable success in her brief lifetime, hitting the charts with trademark songs “Walkin’ After Midnight”, the elegiac “I Fall to Pieces”, “She’s Got You”, Willie Nelson’s now standard “Crazy” and Don Gibson’s “Sweet Dreams”. 
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