Saturday, March 18, 2023

Music History Today: March 19, 2023

March 19, 1975: The movie version of "Tommy," based on the rock opera by The Who, opened in New York City.
After seeing his stepfather murder his father during an argument over his mother, young Tommy goes into shock, suddenly becoming psychosomatically deaf, dumb, and blind.

Tommy movie poster 

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Tommy stumbles upon a pinball machine as a teenager and discovers he is a natural prodigy at the game. Fame and fortune follow Tommy as he becomes a pinball champion and later the messiah of a religious cult, which views his pinball skills as a miraculous sign of divine intervention. 
Read more: IMDB
March 19, 1966: Cher had the fastest-moving song on Billboard, moving from Number 75 to 41, with "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)."
Written by Cher's husband at the time, Sonny Bono, "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" was an international hit and Cher's biggest solo hit of the 1960s in the United States, selling over 3 million copies. 
Read more: Songfacts

March 19, 1977: Queen's "Tie Your Mother Down" entered the US music chart.
Queen guitarist Brian May wrote their hit "Tie Your Mother Down." May and Roger Taylor from Queen performed this when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins from The Foo Fighters played with them. 
Read more: Songfacts

March 19, 1982: Ozzy Osbourne guitarist and former Quiet Riot member Randy Rhoads was killed when the plane he was riding in crashed.
Ozzy Osbourne's band was heading to a festival in Orlando, Florida. They stopped at Flying Baron Estates in Leesburg, Florida, to fix a malfunctioning air conditioning unit on the bus. On the property was an airstrip with helicopters and small planes.

Randy Rhoads
Randy Rhoads

The tour bus driver and private pilot Andrew Aycock took a single-engine Beechcraft F35 plane. The pilot attempted to "buzz" the tour bus with Rhoads and makeup artist Rachel Youngblood aboard. One of the plane's wings clipped the top of the tour bus, severed the top of a pine tree, and crashed into the garage of a nearby mansion, bursting into flames. 
Read more: Loaded Radio

March 19, 1994: "Mary Jane's Last Dance" by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers peaked at Number 14 in America.
Tom Petty never said what the song "Mary Jane's Last Dance" is about, but there are two common interpretations. It could be about Petty's divorce from his wife, Jane. Another possibility is that it is about marijuana, as "Mary Jane" is slang for pot, and the lyrics refer to "killing the pain." 
Read more: Songfacts

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