Phil Lanzon performing with Uriah Heep in 2010. CC BY-SA 2.0 Credit: Sergei StepanovMarch 23, 1969 – 30,000 people attend the “Rally For Decency” in Miami at the Orange Bowl after Jim Morrison was charged with indecent exposure in the city. Countering the counter-culture, announcements publicizing the rally warn that “longhairs and weird dressers” won’t be let inside. Celebrities at the event included Kate Smith, Jackie Gleason, The Lettermen and orange juice pitchwoman and future anti-gay advocate Anita Bryant.
March 23, 1972 – The film of The Concert For Bangladesh featuring George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton premieres in New York. The concert raises $250,000 (almost $1.5 million in today’s dollars) for Bangladesh relief, and becomes the first benefit concert of this magnitude in history, setting the template for many future philanthropic music campaigns.
March 23, 1988 – Mick Jagger performs his first solo gig in Japan, 15 years after being barred from entering the country due to his prior drug convictions.