March 1, 1969 – Jim Morrison of The Doors receives a felony charge of lewd and lascivious behavior and five misdemeanors; two counts of indecent exposure, two of public profanity and one of public drunkenness after allegedly showing his penis to a Miami audience. Although it has never been confirmed that he actually exposed himself, he did say, “You want to see my c*ck, don’t you? That’s what you came for isn’t it? YEAHHHH!” Morrison was inebriated, but he was also playing in a venue that had been oversold to three times its capacity, on a hot night with no air-conditioning. Morrison was eventually convicted of two misdemeanors for open profanity and indecent exposure, but he died in Paris while the sentence was on appeal. In 2010, the governor of Florida granted Morrison a posthumous pardon.
March 1, 1991 – The Doors movie, produced by Oliver Stone, premieres in North America. It stars Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison, after Ian Astbury of the Cult turns the role down.
March 1, 1994 – Ozzy Osbourne wins his first Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance for the song “I Don’t Want to Change the World.”
March 1, 1994 – Nirvana play their last concert ever in Munich, Germany, at Terminal Einz, an airplane hanger that fits 3,000 fans. Kurt Cobain is very sick, and the rest of the tour is cancelled. He is found dead a little over a month later.
March 1, 1980 – Patti Smith marries MC5 guitarist Fred “Sonic” Smith in Detroit. They have two children, and remain married until his death from heart failure in 1994.
March 1, 1968 – Johnny Cash marries June Carter in Franklin, Kentucky. They remain married for 35 years until her death. Before they married one another, Johnny had been married once; June had been married twice.
March 1, 1995 – Soundgarden win two Grammy Awards: Best Hard Rock Performance for “Black Hole Sun” and Best Metal Performance for “Spoonman.”
March 1, 1973 – Pink Floyd release their 8th studio album “The Dark Side Of The Moon” in the US. It remains on the US charts for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988, longer than any other album in history. The album then moves to the Billboard Top Pop Catalog Chart, and logs another 759 weeks. Sales have topped an estimated 45 million copies worldwide.
Classic Rock Birthdays
March 1, 1944 – Roger Daltrey, vocals (The Who)
March 1, 1963 – Rob Affuso, drums (Skid Row)
March 1, 1973 – Ryan Peake, guitar, vocals (Nickelback)
March 1, 1944 – Mike D’Abo, vocals (Manfred Mann)
March 1, 1962 – Bill Leen, bass (Gin Blossoms)
March 1, 1942 – Jerry Fisher, vocals (Blood, Sweat & Tears)