Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Music History Today: March 1, 2023

March 1, 1991: The Doors movie, a biographical film directed by Oliver Stone and starring Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison, opened in theaters. 

The Doors movie contains over two dozen of the Doors' songs, although only half of these appear on the accompanying soundtrack album.

The Doors movie poster
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In the film, original recordings of the band are combined with vocal performances by Kilmer himself, although none of Kilmer's performances appear on the soundtrack album. 
Read more: Wikipedia

March 1, 1944: Mike D'Abo was born in Betchworth, Surrey, England.

Michael d'Abo rose to prominence in British rock by succeeding Paul Jones as lead singer in Manfred Mann. D'Abo became a successful songwriter with his hit for The Foundations, "Build Me Up Buttercup, and "Handbags and Gladrags," recorded by Rod Stewart and the Stereophonics
Read more: Allmusic

March 1, 1968: Johnny Cash married June Carter of the gospel stars The Carter Family.

Both Johnny Cash and June Carter were married to other people when they met. Cash and Carter began working together professionally, and by the early 1960s, he was touring with Carter singing backup and as a duet partner. “Ring of Fire,” one of Cash’s best-known recordings and a huge 1963 crossover hit, was penned by Carter and Merle Kilgore, with Cash as the inspiration.  
Read more: Biography

March 1, 1980: ZZ Top entered Billboard's top 40 section with a cover of Sam & Dave's "I Thank You."  

March 1, 1997: Madonna reached Number 8 in the US with "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" from the 1995 film Evita.
Preparing to record Evita’s soundtrack, Madonna trained hard with a vocal coach – and it showed. 

Evita movie poster 1995

She sang with a newly developed, confident upper register that has been used regularly in her music ever since. "Don’t Cry For Me Argentina" was an almost inevitable single released in its original, delicate presentation on 16 December 1996, straying little from familiar interpretations. 
Read more: This Is Dig

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