Presty the DJ for March 3

Today in 1966, Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay formed the Buffalo Springfield.

The number one British single today in 1967:

Today in 1971, the South African Broadcasting Corp. lifted its ban on broadcasting the Beatles.

Perhaps SABC felt safe given that the Beatles had broken up one year earlier. (SABC was South Africa’s radio broadcaster, by the way. TV didn’t get to South Africa until 1976.)

Speaking of the Beatles, the number one British single today in 1973 was the first to debut on top of the charts since the Beatles:

Today in 1973, this song was the Grammy Awards’ Record of the Year:

The number one British single today in 1979 …

… was from the U.S.’ number one album, “Spirits Having Flown”:

The number one British single today in 1984 originally was recorded in German:

The number one single today in 1990:

Birthdays begin with Mike Pender of the Searchers:

Jance Garfat played bass for Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show:

Snowy White played guitar for Thin Lizzy and later for Pink Floyd:

Derek “Blue” Weaver played keyboards for the Bee Gees:

Chris Hughes of Adam and the Ants:

One death of note today in 2008: Norman Smith, who engineered every Beatles album between 1962 and 1965 (which earned him the nicknames “Normal Norman” and “Hurricane” from John Lennon), then became a one-hit wonder:

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