Music History for

March 3


1875 - The Georges Bizet opera Carmen premiered in Paris.

1931 - The "Star Spangled Banner" was adopted as the American national anthem. The song was originally known as "Defense of Fort McHenry."

1931 - The first jazz album to sell a million copies was recorded. It was "Minnie The Moocher" by Cab Calloway.

1940 - Artie Shaw and his orchestra recorded "Frenesi".

1945 - Bing Crosby recorded "Temptation" with John Scott Trotter's Orchestra. He had recorded it before on October 22, 1933, with Lennie Hayton's orchestra. 1957 - Samuel Cardinal Stritch banned rock 'n' roll from Chicago archdiocese Roman Catholic schools.

1966 - Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay formed Buffalo Springfield.

1967 - Petula Clark performed before Princess Margaret at the London Palladium.

1979 - Van Halen began their first world tour.

1981 - The documentary movie "This is Elvis" premiered in Memphis, TN.
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1985 - Madame Tussaud's waxworks unveiled their look-alike of Michael Jackson.
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1986 - The Metallica album "Master of Puppets" was released.

1994 - Kurt Cobain of Nirvana lapsed into a coma in Italy after taking a combination of Valium and champagne.

1995 - Bill Berry of R.E.M. underwent surgery to halt a bleeding brain aneurysm.

1995 - A stalker was arrested while trying to break into Roberta Flack's New York apartment.

1998 - C-BO was arrested for parole violation. The violation was the use of lyrics that encouraged violence against police officers. He was held without bail.

1998 - Madonna's album "Ray of Light" was released.

2003 - Penguin Group announced that Madonna had written five illustrated story books for readers aged 6 and above. Publication was scheduled to begin in September 2003.