Today In Pop Music: March 4 – John Lennon’s ‘Beatles Bigger Than Jesus’ Statement
Birthdays today include:
1925 – Paul Mauriet – d 2006 (Love Is Blue)
1932 – Miriam Makeba – d 2008 (Pata Pata)
1936 – Eric Allandale [Foundations]- d 2001 (Build Me Up Buttercup)
1944 – Mary Wilson [Supremes]
1948 – Chris Squire [Yes] (Owner Of A Lonely Heart)
1950 – Emilo Estefan [Miami Sound Machine] (Conga)
1950 – Billy Gibbons [ZZ Top] (Legs)
1951 – Chris Rea (Fool If You Think It’s Over)
March 4, 1978 – The IRS carried out a dawn raid at the home of Jerry Lee Lewis removing vehicles worth over $170,000 to pay off tax debts for the “Killer”.
March 4, 1979 – The Jackson Five’s Randy Jackson suffered near fatal injures from a car accident in which he broke both legs and almost died in the emergency room when a nurse inadvertently injected him with methadone.
March 4, 1993 – Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown became proud parents when Bobbi Kristana Houston Brown was born.
March 4, 2001 – The Village People lost original member Glenn Hughes (the Biker) to lung cancer. He was 50.
March 4, 1966 – John Lennon’s statement that The Beatles were ‘more popular that Jesus’ was published in the London Evening Standard. When his statement was published in American papers in August, just as the band was touring the United States, Christian groups were outraged resulting in the burning of Beatles records in some locations. Here’s a video that shows some of the commotion that was stirred up.
(I’d love to have some of those original Beatles albums that were destroyed!)