On March 12, 1955, Charles Parker, Jr. died aged 35. By being the leading figure in the development of bebop and inventor of revolutionary harmonic ideas including rapid passing chords, new variants of altered chords and chord substitutions, “Yardbird” or “Bird” gained the status of one of the most influential and important musicians in the history of jazz. Parker became an icon for the hipster subculture and the Beat Generation, personifying the jazz musician as an uncompromising artist and intellectual rather than just an entertainer.
On March 9, 1987, “Island Records” released U2 fifth studio album “The Joshua Tree”. It was produced by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno”.“The Joshua Tree” produced the hit singles “With or Without You”, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”, and “Where the Streets Have No Name”. The album won “Grammy Awards” for “Album of the Year” and “Best Rock Performance” by a “Duo or Group with Vocal” in 1988. The album is U2 best sold album with more than 25 million copies sold. In 2007, to commemorate its 20th anniversary, the band released a remastered edition of the album. In 1995, the “RIAA” certified it 10× platinum, and the album subsequently received the “Diamond Award” for reaching this level. “Canadian Recording Industry Association” certified the album diamond in Canada. In the UK, “BPI” certified “Joshua Tree” 8× platinum, with an additional silver certification for the 20th anniversary edition. In 2012, magazine “Rolling Stone”ranked the album at number 27 on its list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.
- Bono– lead vocals, harmonica, guitars
- The Edge– guitars, backing vocals, piano
- Adam Clayton– bass guitar
- Larry Mullen, Jr.– drums, percussion
- Brian Eno– keyboards, DX7 programming, backing vocals
- Daniel Lanois– tambourine, Omnichord, additional guitar, backing vocals
- The Armin Family – strings
- The Arklow Silver Band – brass
All lyrics by Bono, all music by U2.
- Where the Streets Have No Name
- I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
- With or Without You
- Bullet the Blue Sky
- Running to Stand Still
- Red Hill Mining Town
- In God’s Country
- Trip Through Your Wires
- One Tree Hill
- Mothers of the Disappeared
On March 7, 2013, Peter William Brockbanks aka Peter Banks died aged 66. He was the original guitarist of “Yes” and had formed the bands “Flash” and “Empire”. In his career he has worked with “Blodwyn Pig”, Jan Akkerman, Roger Ruskin Spearm, John Wetton, Phil Collins, Steve Hackett and “Zox & the Radar Boys”.
On March 7, 2006, Ali Ibrahim “Farka” Touré died aged 67. Malian born singer and multi-instrumentalist, he was and one of the African most influential and internationally popular musicians. He created unique fusion of Malian music (regarded as one of the roots of contemporary North American blues) with the modern North American and English blues.Touré was ranked number 37 on “Spin” magazine’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.
On March 5, 1995, Victor Anthony Stanshall aka Viv Stanshall died aged 52. The English singer-songwriter, musician, painter, author and poet is best known for his work with the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, for his surreal exploration of the British upper classes in Sir Henry at “Rawlinson End” and for narrating Mike Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells”.
On March 5, 1982, comedian and singer John Belushi died aged 33. Belushi was one of the original cast members of “NBC” comedy show “Saturday night live”, he appeared in the movies “National Lampoon’s animal house” and in “Neighbors” but his most memorable role was “Joliet ‘Jake’ Blues” in the 1980 movie “The Blues brothers”. His tombstone epitaph says “I may be gone, but rock n roll lives on”.
On March 3, 1966, in Los Angeles, Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay formed Buffalo Springfield. The band combined rock, folk, and country music into a sound of its own. Its best known and selling song “For what it’s worth” became a political anthem in the late 60’.