Today In History: Lennon Beats Jesus, Joplin Is Obsene, Pantera Is Racist
On March 4th…
Bassist Chris Squire of Yes was born, he’s 65. Also celebrating — Singer Shakin’ Stevens is 65. Singer Chris Rea is 62. Actor-singer Ronn Moss of Player (“The Bold and the Beautiful”) is 61. Actress Kay Lenz is 60. Percussionist Emilio Estefan of the Miami Sound Machine is 60. Actress Catherine O’Hara is 59. Actor Mykelti Williamson (“Forrest Gump”) is 56. Actress Patricia Heaton (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) is 55. Actor Steven Weber (“Wings”) is 52. Bassist Jason Newsted (Metallica) is 50. Singer Evan Dando of The Lemonheads is 46. Actress Patsy Kensit is 45. Drummer Fergal Lawler of The Cranberries is 42. Country singer Jason Sellers is 42. Actress Margo Harshman (“The Big Bang Theory”) is 27. Actress Andrea Bowen (“Desperate Housewives”) is 23.
John Lennon’s controversial comment about the Beatles being, quote, “more popular than Jesus right now” was published in London’s “Evening Standard” newspaper.
Janis Joplin was fined 200-dollars for obscenity relating to an on-stage incident in Tampa, Florida.
The Rolling Stones kicked off a “farewell” tour of Britain before going into tax exile in France.
T. Rex’s “Bang A Gong (Get It On)” peaked at number ten on the pop singles chart.
Pink Floyd launched a tour in support of the album “Dark Side Of The Moon” with a show in Madison, Wisconsin.
The Rolling Stones played the first of two club gigs at the El Mocambo in Toronto, Canada. The show was recorded for the Stones’ album “Love You Live.”
The Rolling Stones’ released the album “Sucking in the 70s.”
The Band’s Richard Manuel committed suicide by hanging. He was 41.
Poison’s “Your Mama Don’t Dance” broke into the Top 40 chart.
During a concert in Montreal, Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo told the crowd that rap music advocates the killing of white people. He later apologized for his remarks.
Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr turned down a $225 million dollar offer to tour North America, Europe and Japan.
U2 released the album “Pop.”
Crosby Stills and Nash performed a benefit concert for the UCLA Division of Digestive Diseases, which is where David Crosby received his lifesaving liver transplant a couple years earlier.
U2 won seven trophies at the Meteor Irish Music Awards
The first lawsuits in relation to the tragic nightclub fire in West Warwick, Rhode Island, were filed against Great White and the owners of The Station.
Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts was named one of “Vanity Fair’s” best dressed men in the publication’s annual list of the most fashionable celebrities.
Good Charlotte’s Joel Madden allegedly struck a female photographer on her left breast with the heel of his hand as he tried to help girlfriend Nicole Richie out of a Beverly Hills restaurant. Moments later Madden was caught on video stiff-arming another member of the paparazzi.
Keith Richards was revealed as the new model for Louis Vuitton ads. Company executives explained they chose the rocker for the campaign because the whole point was to feature, quote, “someone unexpected.”
Linda Perry sued Warner Music Group over royalties from James Blunt’s album “Back to Bedlam.” Blunt was signed to her Custard record label, and Atlantic Records was distributing his disc. In their original agreement, Blunt received 13-percent and Perry took seven-percent of the royalties from the project. But when the album took off, Blunt’s management renegotiated the deal with Atlantic to get a bigger cut, which Perry claimed Atlantic provided by illegally reducing her share of the profits.
Jon Bon Jovi officially began his efforts to promote President Obama’s United We Serve initiative to promote volunteerism by showing a special video he made for the project at Bon Jovi’s concert in Los Angeles.
Redbone co-founder Lolly Vegas died in Los Angeles following a long battle with cancer. He was 70.