MARCH 8: The Daily Flashback
1896: Umberto Giordano’s opera “Andrea Chenier” premiered in Milan.
1958: Eddie Cochran recorded “Summertime Blues.”
1967: Van Morrison recorded “Brown Eyed Girl.”
1973: Led Zeppelin’s album Houses of the Holy was released.
1975: At an Elvis Presley concert at the Hilton in Las Vegas, Barbra Streisand went backstage and offered Elvis the lead role in her upcoming film “A Star Is Born.” Elvis was interested, but on the advice of his manager Colonel Parker, he demanded too much money and top billing, so Kris Kristofferson was chosen for the role instead.
1978: Alice Cooper appeared on “The Muppet Show,” where he sang “Welcome to My Nightmare” and “School’s Out.”
1984: Mick Fleetwood, whose band Fleetwood Mac had the biggest-selling album of all time just seven years earlier, filed for bankruptcy.
1995: After just 21 months of marriage, Lyle Lovett and Julia Roberts announced that they were separating.
1996: Phil Collins announced that he was leaving Genesis to concentrate on his solo career.
1890: Paul Whiteman
1903: Rudolf Serkin
1923: Thad Jones
1941: Charlie McCoy
1955: Reba McEntire
1986: Lady Gaga
1943: Sergei Rachmaninoff
1958: W.C. Handy
1974: Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup
2013: Hugh McCracken