The compact disc turns 40 this month — in March 1983, the CD revolutionized the we consumed music. CD sales peaked in 2000, when *NSYNC was topping the charts with “No Strings Attached.” But the media isn’t going away anytime soon. In 2021, CD sales increased for the first time since 2004.
Got an Electric Vehicle? Many people don’t realize the different levels of “fast-charging.” Even the fastest chargers don’t always deliver juice as fast as advertised.
Finland is the happiest country in the world, according to the 11th World Happiness Report, from the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. The U.S. ranks 15th. The bottom-ranked countries were Lebanon (136) and Afghanistan (137), which are beset by political instability and conflict. “Despite the magnitude of suffering and damage in Ukraine, life evaluations … remained high … supported now by a stronger sense of common purpose, benevolence, and trust in Ukrainian leadership,” the 166-page report says.
Drivers on Woodward Avenue will see lane closures between 8 Mile and I-696 starting this week and through the fall. Construction is beginning on the Woodward “road diet” project for sidewalk upgrades, new bike lanes and resurfacing. Follow up to the minute Detroit Traffic here.
Is beer better in cans or in bottles? It depends on the beer. Here’s what the survey says.
Thinking about Spring Cleaning? Here are 15 essential tools via Nice News.
Miss Ernie? Listen to this classic 1963 Detroit Tiger broadcast, George Kell’s final on the radio. It features a Tiger win in Baltimore and an early appearance by Denny McLain on the mound.
March 22 – John Mayer – Little Caesar’s Arena
March 24=25 – The Detroit Symphony – Symphony Hall
March 29 – Bruce Springsteen – Little Caesar’s Arena
March 31 – Molly Hatchet – District 142 – Wyandotte
April 8 – Vanessa Carlton – The Ark – Ann Arbor
See the full Detroit Area Concert Calendar
Today in History:
1882 – Polygamy was outlawed in America by the U.S. Congress.
1934 – The first Augusta National Invitation Tournament, as professional golf’s Masters Tournament was originally known, began in Augusta, Georgia. It was won by Horton Smith.
1957 – Elvis Presley released the single “All Shook Up” b/w “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin.”
1960 – The Playmates performed “Beep Beep” on ABC-TV’s “American Bandstand.”
1960 – At Joe Boles’ home studio in Seattle, the Puget Sound instrumental group the Ventures recorded “Walk – Don’t Run.”
1963 – The Beatles‘ first album, “Please Please Me,” was released in the UK.
1967 – At the Paramount Theater in New York City, the Who made their U.S. live performance debut.
1969 – The Who release “Pinball Wizard.”
1971 – John Lennon released the single “Power To The People” in North America. Phil Spector, John Lennon, and Yoko Ono were credited as the recording’s producers.
1974 – The Eagles released their third album, “On The Border.”
1976 – Stevie Wonder releases “Sir Duke”.
1978 – The Police signed with A&M Records.
1997 – At a Beatles memorabilia auction in Tokyo, a collector paid $84,146 for Paul McCartney’s original birth certificate.
Born on this Date:
1913 – Karl Malden, American actor. He was primarily a character actor, especially in such classic films as A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, On the Waterfront (1954), Pollyanna (1960), and One-Eyed Jacks (1961). Malden also played in high-profile Hollywood films such as Baby Doll (1956), The Hanging Tree (1959), How the West Was Won (1962), Gypsy (1962), and Patton (1970). Died: July 1, 2009
1920 – Werner Klemperer, American actor. He was known for playing Colonel Wilhelm Klink on the CBS television sitcom Hogan’s Heroes, for which he twice won the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series at the Primetime Emmy Awards in 1968 and 1969. Died: December 6, 2000
1923 – Marcel Marceau, French actor and mime artist most famous for his stage persona, “Bip the Clown.” Died Septembrer 22, 2007.
1930 – Stephen Sondheim, American composer and lyricist. One of the most important figures in 20th-century musical theater, Sondheim is credited for having “reinvented the American musical”with shows that tackle “unexpected themes that range far beyond the [genre’s] traditional subjects” Died: November 26, 2021
1931 – William Shatner, Canadian actor. In a career spanning seven decades, he is best known for his portrayal of James T. Kirk in the Star Trek franchise, from his 1966 debut as the captain of the starship Enterprise in the second pilot of the first Star Trek television series to his final appearance as Captain Kirk in the seventh Star Trek feature film, Star Trek Generations (1994). Also known for TV turns as TJ Hooker and Denny Crain on Boston Legal.
1936 – Roger Whittaker – Internationally-acclaimed baritone pop singer and songwriter, “The Last Farewell” (#19, 1975), TV actor
1941 – Jeremy Clyde – One half of strings-backed British Invasion light folk-pop duo Chad & Jeremy, “A Summer Song” (#7, 1964), TV actor
1943 – George Benson. Grammy-winning jazz and R&B/pop guitarist and scat singer, “Give Me The Night” (R&B #1, 1980)
1948 – Andrew Lloyd Webber, English composer and impresario of musical theatre. Several of his musicals have run for more than a decade both in the West End and on Broadway. He has composed 21 musicals, a song cycle, a set of variations, two film scores, and a Latin Requiem Mass.
1957 – Stephanie Mills – Broadway star (The Wiz, 1975) turned Grammy-winning R&B/pop-disco diva, “Never Knew Love Like This Before” (#6, 1980)
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