Tuesday 5th March 2013

1963, Country singers Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins were killed in a plane crash near Camden, Tennessee. They were travelling to Nashville after appearing at a benefit concert for the widow of Kansas City disc jockey ‘Cactus’ Jack Call, who had died in a car crash. On 7 March, country singer Jack Anglin was killed in a car crash on his way to Cline’s funeral. Cline was the first country singer to cross over as a pop artist.

1983, Michael Jackson started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Billie Jean’, his fourth solo US No.1, also No.1 in the UK. And on this day Jacksons album ‘Thriller’ went to No.1 for the first time on the UK album chart, it went on to become the biggest selling album of all time with sales over 50 million.

2011, 61 year-old Charles Mulchrone’s teenage love for the Beatles paid dividends when he sold his old autograph book at Sheppard’s auction house, Durrow, for 1,300 euros. It contained the signatures of John Lennon and Yoko Ono when the couple stayed at a hotel in Mulranny in the summer of 1968. Charles plucked up the courage to approach them and got their signatures, he said they were “sweet as pie” to him. John Lennon had bought Dorinish island in Clew Bay, Ireland and it was said that he had wanted to build a house there. But that never happened. The autograph album was bought by an Irishman living in Berlin.


March 5th: Born on this day

1948, Born on this day, Eddy Grant, singer with The Equals who had the 1968 UK No.1 single ‘Baby Come Back’, and as a solo artist scored the 1982 UK No.1 single ‘I Don’t Wanna Dance’.

1958, Born on this day, Andy Gibb, younger brother of The Bee Gees. He had a 1978 UK No.10 single with ‘An Everlasting Love’ Gibb died on March 10th 1988.

1962, Born on this day, identical twin brothers, Craig and Charlie Reid from the Scottish band The Proclaimers,

1970, Born on this day, John Frusciante, guitarist with Red Hot Chili Peppers

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