Mar 1 – 7: Historic events this week from Pink Floyd, U2, Harry Nilsson, Eric Clapton and David Bowie
MARCH 1, 1973: DARK SIDE OF THE MOON RELEASED IN AMERICA
Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon gave the band international recognition.
With over 45 million sold, it’s their best selling album.
With each new generation discovering the album, it has spent 900 non-consecutive weeks on the charts.
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MARCH 2, 1988: U2 WIN THEIR FIRST GRAMMYs
U2’s The Joshua Tree received 4 Grammy nominations in 1988.
In addition to winning Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, they won Album of the Year by beating out Whitney by Whitney Houston, Bad by Michael Jackson and Sign o’ the Times by Prince.
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MARCH 3, 1972: NILSSON SCHMILSSON CERTIFIED GOLD
Harry Nilsson’s Nilsson Schmilsson has sold over 500,000 copies thanks to hit singles “Coconut”, “Jump Into the Fire”, and his Grammy-winning Badfinger cover, “Without You”.
It received the Album of the Year nod but lost to his friend George Harrison’s The Concert for Bangladesh.
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MARCH 6, 2000: CLAPTON INDUCTED INTO ROCK HALL AS SOLO ARTIST
In 2000, Eric Clapton was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for a third time!
This time, it was as a solo artist.
He was previously inducted with the Yardbirds in 1992 and with Cream in 1993.
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MARCH 7, 1975: BOWIE RELEASES YOUNG AMERICANS
After the glam rock of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Aladdin Sane and Diamond Dogs, Bowie took an unexpected left turn into Blue-eyed soul.
Young Americans included contributions from soul singer Luther Vandross, John Lennon, and featured a cover of The Beatles’ “Across the Universe.”