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The Week In Music History Mar 3-9

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MAR 3: On this day in 1973, Roberta Flack was at #1 with "Killing Me Softly With His Song". It was first recorded in 1972 by Lori Lieberman. Flack heard Lieberman's version and decided she would like to record it herself. She made some changes and it took her three months to record. Flack's version would go on to win the 1974 Grammy for Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal.🎤
MAR 4: Sadly, Keith Flint of Prodigy has passed away at age 49. Flint took his own life sometime this past weekend and was found in his home today. Prodigy broke into the scene in the 1990s. They mixed techno, breakbeat, and acid house music. They sold over 30 million records. Flint was known for his stage energy and punk look. If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts, please reach out to someone-help is available.😢
MAR 5: Today in 1963, Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, and Hawkshaw Hawkins perished in an airplane crash. The plane was traveling to Nashville when it went down near Camden, TN. Cline was one of the first country artists to crossover to pop. Her and Kitty Wells paved the way for female headliners in the country genre.😢

MAR 6: Happy Birthday to David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, born today in 1946!🎂 He joined Pink Floyd as guitarist and co-lead singer in 1968. In 1985, he assumed leadership of the band after Roger Waters departure. In addition to his work with Pink Floyd, he has released four solo albums. He has worked as a producer and engineer with many artists. 

MAR 7: Today in 1975, David Bowie released his ninth studio album, Young Americans. It was a change from his previous glam rock style. The album hit the Top 10 on the Billboard charts and the single “Fame” went to #1. Bowie didn’t think that “Fame” would do that well as a single. 

MAR 4: Happy Birthday to Micky Dolenz, born today in 1945. In 1965, he was cast in The Monkees as the drummer and lead vocalist. Dolenz was a singer but not a drummer and needed lessons to be able to play. After The Monkees ended, Dolenz did voice-overs, stage and television work, directing, and periodic musical reunions with members of The Monkees.

MAR 3: On this day in 1999, Cher was at #1 with “Believe”. It was on her 22nd album by the same name. This song used the new technology of Auto-Tune as a vocal effect, which became known as the “Cher effect.” Cher set a record with this song as the oldest female solo artist to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 at age 52.
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