Friday, March 23, 2018

More Music History for March 23, 2018


1955 -

March 23
Elvis Presley auditions for TV's Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts, where he plays "Good Rockin' Tonight". His performance is weak and the show's producers turn him down.

1958 -

March 23
A teenage quartet from Hollywood, California who called themselves The Four Preps saw their first big hit, "Twenty-Six Miles (Santa Catalina)" peak at #2 on the Hot 100. They would go on to place six more songs in the Top 40 over the next four years, including "Big Man" (#3) and "Down By The Station" (#13).

1959 -

March 23
Ray Peterson recorded the original version of "The Wonder Of You", which will climb to #25 on the Billboard chart. Elvis Presley would take the same song to #9 in 1970.

March 23
The Skyliners, a five member group from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, entered the Billboard Pop chart for the first time with the now classic doo-wop hit, "Since I Don't Have You". The song will be their biggest success, reaching #12. Joe Rock would later say that he was upset about a girl who had just left him and wrote most of the lyrics while sitting in his car between stoplights.

1964 -

March 23
Elvis Presley received his final discharge from the US Army Reserve. He had left active duty in February, 1960.

March 23
The Duke of Edinburgh presents The Beatles with an award for Best Beat Group at the annual Carl-Alan Awards.

1968 -

March 23
Blue Cheer enter the Billboard Hot 100 for the first and only time with their Heavy Metal version of Eddie Cochran's 1958 hit "Summertime Blues". The single would rise to #14 and helped push the album "Vincebus Eruptum" to #11. Jim Morrison of The Doors called the trio "The single most powerful band I've ever seen."

1969 -

March 23
Entertainers Jackie Gleason, Kate Smith, The Lettermen and Anita Bryant appear in Miami, Florida at what is billed as the Rally for Decency. Posters for the event warn that "longhairs and weird dressers" won't be allowed inside. Four days later, President Richard Nixon sends a letter of appreciation to the organizers of the rally.

1974 -

March 23
Cher enjoys her third, solo, US number one hit with "Dark Lady", a song written by The Ventures' keyboard player Johnny Durrill. It made #36 in the UK.

1977 -

March 23
Elvis Presley began his final tour at the Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. The 49 date jaunt would conclude with his last ever concert at the Indianapolis Indiana Market Square Arena on June 26th, 1977.

1985 -

March 23
Billy Joel marries Christy Brinkley on a boat moored alongside the Statue Of Liberty. Her engagement ring was described as a diamond solitaire "the size of a sugar cube." The pair would split in March, 1994.

March 23
John Lennon's son Julian gave his first concert in San Antonio, Texas. Over the next two years he would place four songs on the Hot 100, including "Valotte" (#9) and "Too Late For Goodbyes" (#5).

March 23
Former Creedence Clearwater Revival front man John Fogerty went to #1 on the US album chart with his third solo LP, "Centerfield". Using over-dubbing, Fogerty played all of the instruments on every track. The RIAA has since certified the album Double-Platinum (2 million album sales) on the strength of the hit singles "The Old Man Down the Road", "Rock and Roll Girls" and the title track.

March 23
Former Earth Wind And Fire vocalist Philip Bailey teamed up with Phil Collins to top the UK chart with "Easy Lover", which had reached #2 in the US in February.

1991 -

March 23
Elton John joined George Michael on stage at London's Wembley Arena for a duet on the 1974 hit "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me". The 'live' version will be released as a single and would top the charts on both sides of the Atlantic next December. Michael will donate $500,000 from the royalties to various charities.

2011 -

March 23
The Who's Pete Townshend told Britain's Uncut magazine that he regretted ever forming the band. "What would I have done differently? I would never have joined a band. Even though I am quite a good gang member and a good trooper on the road, I am bad at creative collaboration."

Today in Music History...March 23, 2018 (Now with more info)

Music History: March 23rd:

2008 The Jonas Brothers sing the national anthem at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House.

2002 The O Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack, featuring a popular revival of the mountain ballad "Man of Constant Sorrow," takes bluegrass to #1 in America.More

2002 At the 75th Academy Awards, Eminem becomes the first rapper to take home an Oscar when "Lose Yourself," from his semi-biographical film 8 Mile, wins Best Original Song. Eminem didn't bother to attend the ceremony, thinking he had no chance of winning, so his friend and producer Luis Resto accepts the honor in his absence.

1993 Depeche Mode release Songs of Faith and Devotion in America, where it goes to #1 despite charting no singles higher than "I Feel You," which tops out at #37.

1992 Billy Ray Cyrus releases "Achy Breaky Heart." It becomes his signature song and start a line-dancing craze throughout the US.

1988 Mick Jagger performs his first solo gig in Japan, 15 years after having been barred from entering the country due to prior drug convictions.

1987 Whitesnake releases "Is This Love" in the UK.

1980 U2 sign a worldwide deal with Island Records. They get about $100,000 for their first album.

1980 Reggae musician Jacob Miller (of Inner Circle) dies in a car accident in Jamaica at age 27.

1978 A&M Records sign a new, young band called The Police.

1972 George Harrison releases Concert For Bangladesh (the film version).

1969 Countering the counter-culture, about 30,000 people attend the "Rally For Decency" in Miami after Jim Morrison was charged with indecent exposure in the city. Celebrities at the event included Kate Smith, Jackie Gleason, The Lettermen and Anita Bryant.

1968 Blur frontman Damon Albarn is born in England.

1965 Marti Pellow (lead singer of Wet Wet Wet) is born Mark McLachlan in Clydebank, Scotland.

1964 John Lennon's book In His Own Write is published.

1963 Johnny Cash records "Ring Of Fire."

1963 Dion DiMucci marries Sue Butterfield two years after releasing his hit "Runaround Sue." His bride has nothing to do with the song, but often tells people she is so they will remember her. Their marriage lasts a lifetime.

1961 Elvis Presley records "Can't Help Falling In Love."

1960 Elvis Presley releases "Stuck On You" b/w "Fame And Fortune."

1959 Kevin Godfrey is born in Surrey, England. Taking the name "Epic Soundtracks," he forms the group Swell Maps and plays drums in Crime & the City Solution and These Immortal Souls.

1959 Bobby Darin's first full-length album, That's All, is released. Among the tracks is "Mack The Knife," a song about a cold-blooded murderer popularized in the play The Threepenny Opera. Considered just an album cut at first, in August the song is released as a single, and it transforms Darin's career, going to #1 for nine weeks and making him one of the most popular entertainers in America.

1959 Ray Peterson records "The Wonder Of You."

1956 Eleven teens are arrested at the "Rock & Roll Stage Show," featuring Frankie Lymon in Hartford, Connecticut.

1956 Fats Domino headlines the first day of a 3-day concert organized by the DJ Alan Freed in Hartford, Connecticut. Over the course of the shows, 11 fans are arrested by over-zealous police. It's a litmus test for rock concerts and their effect on young people, as psychiatrist Francis Braceland testifies afterwards that rock music is "a communicable disease with music appealing to adolescent insecurity and driving teenagers to do outlandish things. It is cannibalistic and tribalistic."

1953 Chaka Khan (of Rufus) is born Yvette Marie Stevens in Chicago, Illinois.

1951 Contemporary Christian musician Phil Keaggy is born in Youngstown, Ohio.

1950 Phil Lanzon (keyboardist for Uriah Heep) is born in England.

1949 Ric Ocasek (frontman for The Cars) is born in Baltimore, Maryland.

1743 George Frideric Handel's "Messiah" has its London premiere at the Covent Garden Theatre. It is not well received as the press feels that the work's subject matter is too exalted to be performed in a theatre, particularly by secular singer-actresses such as Susanna Cibber and Kitty Clive.

Billy Joel Marries Christie Brinkley

Billy Joel marries the "Uptown Girl" Christie Brinkley. They remain married for nine years.

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2004 With Confessions, Usher becomes the first R&B artist to have an album sell 1.1 million copies in its first week.

2002 At the 22nd Golden Raspberry Awards, Mariah Carey takes home her first Razzie as Worst Actress for her starring role in Glitter. The film earns a total of six nominations, including one for Mariah's cleavage as Worst Couple.

1985 John Fogerty's comeback album Centerfield hits #1 in America. He had plenty of time to work up material: Fogerty took 10 years off because of a dispute with his former record label.

1974 Hall & Oates' "She's Gone" peaks at #60 on the Hot 100. Later that year, a version by Tavares hits #50, and in 1976, the original goes to #7 when it is re-released. The duo were each dealing with girl problems when they wrote the song together.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Jack Blanchard's Column March 21, 2018


Very few people are as good or as bad as the first impression.
We can protect ourselves by being suspicious of new people,
but our suspicion can bring out a dark side.
Sometimes they will play whatever roll you write for them.

On the other hand,
a bad guy can be a saint with us if we don't expect evil of him.
He unconsciously tries to be whatever is expected of him.
I know this from experience.

There was Joe M., a notorious gangster in Miami
who treated me like a son.
He was an elderly man
who bore a strange resemblance to Edward G. Robinson.
I played piano and managed two nightclubs for him.
He was always more than fair with me.
He even protected me from other mobsters.

I think the secret was this: I'd never heard of him.
He just seemed to me like a nice old man,
and he lived up to that image.

When I heard about his bloody and violent career,
I couldn't just turn off the friendship.
It was like the news stories were about somebody else.
I heard all the stories,
but he and I never discussed that side of his life.
I kept up the pretense that I didn't know.
We trusted each other.

Joe had a trick he liked to do for friends.
He could take my shirt off with out removing my suitcoat.
I still don't know how he did it.

He was old then and is surely dead by now,
and he will always be a villain in the public memory,
but if they ever ask me, I'll give him a good reference.
He was nice to me.

Jack Blanchard


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More Music History for March 22, 2018


1955 -

March 22
23 year old Johnny Cash lays down his first tracks at Sam Phillips' Memphis Recording Studio. With Luther Perkins on guitar and Marshall Grant on bass, Johnny sang five Country / Gospel numbers, of which "Mr. Porter" was the only useable cut. Phillips tells Johnny to come back when he's written a hit.

1956 -

March 22
While on his way to an appearance on The Perry Como Show, Carl Perkins received a broken collarbone and a concussion in a car accident that killed his brother Jay just outside Dover, Delaware. An eight seat Chrysler Imperial that was loaned to Perkins while he awaited delivery of his new Cadillac Sixty Special, plowed into the back of a pickup truck after his manager, Dick Stuart fell asleep. The accident also killed the local farmer who was driving the pickup and Perkins would spend several days in the hospital.

1963 -

March 22
The Beatles' first album, "Please Please Me" is released in England. The LP would reach the top spot in May and remained there for thirty weeks before being replaced by "With the Beatles". The collection, minus "Please Please Me" and "Ask Me Why" would be issued by Vee-Jay Records in North America on January 10th, 1964 as "Introducing... The Beatles".

March 22
"Our Day Will Come" by Ruby And The Romantics topped the Billboard Hot 100, although it only made #38 in the UK. On the day the song was recorded, it was the first time Ruby had ever been in a recording studio.

1971 -

March 22
At a truck stop in Jackson, Alabama, The Allman Brothers Band are arrested by state troopers and charged with marijuana and heroin possession after drugs are found in the back seat of the band's car.

1975 -

March 22
Franki Valli returned to the US Top 40 for the first time in nearly seven years when "My Eyes Adored You" went to number one. The song was originally titled "Blue Eyes In Georgia" by its writers, Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan, but Valli altered the lyrics to suit himself.

March 22
31 year old Barry Manilow performs "Mandy" and his latest release, "It's A Miracle" on American Bandstand.

1977 -

March 22
The John Denver TV special, Thank God, I'm A Country Boy aired on ABC-TV. Guests included Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell and Roger Miller.

1980 -

March 22
Although they had found the UK chart with several earlier entries, The Jam top the list for the first time with "Going Underground". They would repeat this success three more times before disbanding in 1982. Despite their immense popularity in Britain, the band never found an audience in North America.

1982 -

March 22
Diana Ross' first solo album for RCA, "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" goes Platinum less than three months after its release.

1986 -

March 22
Mark Dinning, who scored a US number one hit in 1960 with "Teen Angel", died following a heart attack at the age of 52. The song had been written by his sister, Jeannie. Although he never had another hit, Mark continued performing throughout the 1960s, but felt his lack of success was because "groups were in and singles were out" once the British Invasion started. He died just after returning home from a club appearance in Jefferson City, Missouri.

1991 -

March 22
Dave Guard, a founding member of The Kingston Trio died of cancer at the age of 56. The group had 17 chart singles and nine Gold albums between 1958 and 1963. Guard left the group in 1961 to form The Whiskey Hill Singers.

1996 -

March 22
Former Turtles' drummer Don Murray died from complications during surgery. He was 50.

2001 -

March 22
Earl Beal of the Philadelphia vocal group The Silhouettes died at the age of 76. The group topped the Billboard chart in 1958 with "Get A Job".

2004 -

March 22
Ozzy Osbourne topped a Yahoo poll as the UK's favorite ambassador to welcome aliens to Earth.

2012 -

March 22
Paul McCartney announced that his 1971 album "Ram", which included the hit single "Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey", had been re-mastered and would be re-released next May. Macca was quoted as saying "This is an album from a long, long time ago, when the world was different. It reminds me of my hippie days and the free attitude with which it was created."

2017 -

March 22
Former Boston drummer, 67-year-old Sib Hashian, collapsed and died on stage during a performance on a Caribbean cruise ship. The Legends Of Rock cruise also featured Sib's old Boston bandmate Barry Goudreau, original Beach Boys star David Marks and Foreigner singer Lou Gramm. Hashian had performed on Boston's 1967 self-titled debut album that featured the giant hit, "More Than A Feeling".

Today in Music History...March 22, 2018 (Now with more info)

Music History: March 22nd:

2017 Original Boston drummer Sib Hashian, who played on their first two albums, dies at age 67 after collapsing during the Legends of Rock Cruise.

2016 After years of health problems and a battle with diabetes, Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest dies at age 45.

2013 Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy releases his debut EP, God Loves You When You're Dancing.

2013 My Chemical Romance announces their breakup after 12 years as a band.

2009 Folk music historian Archie Green dies at age 91.

2006 Cuban singer Pío Leyva (of Buena Vista Social Club) dies of a heart attack at age 88.

2006 Aerosmith cancels the rest of their Rockin' The Joint tour so lead singer Steven Tyler can have throat surgery to treat strained vocal chords.

2005 Rod Price (guitarist for Foghat) dies after suffering a heart attack and falling down a flight of stairs at his home.

2001 Earl Beal of The Silhouettes dies at age 71.

2000 An audience member falls 90 feet off of an electrical tower at a Kiss concert in at California's Oakland Arena.

1997 Paul McCartney's original birth certificate is sold to a private Beatles collector for $84,146.

1996 Don Murray (drummer for The Turtles) dies of complications from ulcer surgery at age 50.

1994 Dan Hartman dies of an AIDS-related brain tumor at age 43.

1994 Ted Nugent, always a straight arrow, makes a PSA warning kids of the dangers of abusing inhalants.

1994 Pantera releases Far Beyond Driven.

1991 Dave Guard of The Kingston Trio dies of lymphoma at age 56.

1986 Amy Studt is born in Hammersmith, London, England.

1986 Mark Dinning, known for the 1960 hit "Teen Angel," dies of a heart attack at age 52.

1985 Alcatrazz's only studio album with Steve Vai, Disturbing the Peace, is released. Produced by Eddie Kramer, the album's lead-off track, "God Blessed Video," attracts a whole new audience years later when it's included on the popular video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

1979 Chaka Khan gives birth to her son, Damien Milton Patrick Holland.

1977 Stevie Wonder releases "Sir Duke," a single from his album Songs in the Key of Life. The Duke Ellington-inspired track tops the Billboard Hot 100 and the Black Singles chart.

1977 The John Denver TV special Thank God, I'm A Country Boy airs on ABC.

1976 While campaigning for US President, Jimmy Carter tells NARM (The National Association of Record Merchandisers) that he listened to Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead, and Led Zeppelin while Governor of Georgia.

1975 Barry Manilow appears on American Bandstand, performing "Mandy" and "It's A Miracle." It would be his first appearance on US TV.

1975 Frankie Valli's unrequited love ballad "My Eyes Adored You" hits #1 in the US.

1975 Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti album hits #1, where it will stay for six weeks.

1974 Catch My Soul, an updated version of Shakespeare's Othello for the hippie generation, premieres in New York City with Richie Havens in the lead role. Tony Joe White and Delaney & Bonnie also star.

1974 The Eagles release On The Border.

1974 Ten Years After play their final gig, seven years after their first one.

1971 Elvis Presley releases You'll Never Walk Alone.

1971 John Lennon releases "Power to the People" in the US.

1969 Two days after their wedding in Gibraltar, John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their "Bed-in," inviting members of the media into their Amsterdam hotel room where they are promoting peace with songs, signs and dialogue. These events are outlined in the song "The Ballad of John and Yoko."

1967 Elvis Presley releases Easy Come, Easy Go.

1967 The Beatles record "Within You Without You."

1967 The Who make their US stage debut, performing at the Paramount Theater in New York City.

1965 Bob Dylan releases his fifth album, Bringing It All Back Home.

1963 The Beatles release their debut studio album, Please Please Me, in the UK.

1962 Nineteen-year-old Barbra Streisand makes her Broadway debut, starring in the play I Can Get It For You Wholesale.

1961 Elvis Presley records "Blue Hawaii," "Ito Eats," "Hawaiian Wedding Song," "Island Of Love," "Steppin' Out Of Line," and "Almost Always True."

1957 R&B singer Stephanie Mills is born in New York City. Her first hit is "Home," from the Broadway musical The Wiz. Mills plays Dorothy in the show's original run from 1975-1977.

1956 Carl Perkins is injured in a car accident near Dover, Delaware, on his way to perform on NBC-TV's Perry Como Show. This stymies promotion for his single "Blue Suede Shoes," but the song still reaches #2 in May.

1956 Mr. Wonderful opens on Broadway. Its star Sammy Davis, Jr. will soon become a top entertainer and member of the Rat Pack.

1948 Randy Jo Hobbs (bassist for The McCoys) is born in Winchester, Indiana.

1947 Patrick Olive (percussionist, bassist for Hot Chocolate) is born in Grenada.

1946 Harry Vanda (lead guitarist for The Easybeats) is born Johannes Hendrikus Jacob van den Berg in Voorburg, Netherlands.

1944 Tony McPhee (guitarist for The Groundhogs) is born in Humberston, Lincolnshire, England.

1943 Jazz guitarist George Benson is born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

1943 Keith Relf (lead vocalist for The Yardbirds) is born in Richmond, Surrey, England.

1941 Jeremy Clyde (of Chad & Jeremy) is born in Dorney, Buckinghamshire, England.

1937 Country/pop singer Johnny Ferguson is born in Nashville, Tennessee.

1936 Roger Whittaker is born in Nairobi, British Kenya.

1932 Blues musician Juke Boy Bonner is born Weldon H. Philip Bonner in Bellville, Texas.

1930 Composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim is born in New York City. He wins an Academy Award for Best Original Song for Madonna's "Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)," written for the 1990 film Dick Tracy.

1916 Bernard Weissman, the future George Wyle, is born in New York City. Among his compositions: the Gilligan's Island theme song.

Pink Floyd Has A Hit Single

1980Pink Floyd tops the Hot 100 with "Another Brick In The Wall (part II)," which stays a total of four weeks. It's a rare hit single for the band, whose only other Top 40 appearance is "Money," which hit #13 in 1973.

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2003 Britney Spears' girl-power flick Crossroads earns eight nominations at the 23rd Golden Raspberry Awards, and two wins: Worst Original Song for "I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman" and Worst Actress for Spears, an honor she shares with Razzie darling Madonna for Swept Away (named Worst Picture). The Material Girl, who has been a regular contender - and five-time Worst Actress winner - since her 1986 win for Shanghai Surprise, earns two more awards. She shares Worst Screen Couple with Adriano Giannini for Swept Away and garners Worst Supporting Actress as Verity in Die Another Day.

1987 Anthrax release their third album, Among the Living. The cover shows an image of Henry Kane, a character in the film Poltergeist II: The Other Side, which the band finds terrifying.

1986 Heart's "These Dreams" hits #1 in the US. The lyric is written by Bernie Taupin, who is Elton John's songwriting partner.

1978 A Beatles parody special called The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash, airs on ABC. The special stars various members of the Monty Python troupe.

1948 Andrew Lloyd Webber is born in Kensington, London, England.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

More Music History for March 21, 2018


1952 -

March 21
The Cleveland Arena is the site of what will become recognized as the world's first major Rock 'n' Roll concert. With over 10,000 people inside and another 20,000 waiting outside, Alan Freed is set to broadcast the event 'live' over WJW radio. Paul Williams And His Hucklebuckers were playing their first song when city officials decided to shut the proceedings down, citing fire code violations. Doors and windows were smashed, a few fights broke out, but no one asked for their $1.75 admission back.

1963 -

March 21
Billy J. Kramer And The Dakotas enter Abbey Road studios to record the Lennon / McCartney tune "Do You Want To Know A Secret", which will reach #1 in the UK, topping The Beatles themselves.

1964 -

March 21
The Beatles replaced one Billboard chart topper with another when "She Loves You" took over from "I Want To Hold Your Hand".

1970 -

March 21
The Faces, featuring newcomers Rod Stewart and Ron Wood, released their debut LP, "First Step".

March 21
The Jaggerz, a six piece group from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, see their first Billboard Hot 100 entry, "The Rapper", peak at #2. Two other releases, "I Call My Baby Candy" (#92) and "What A Bummer" (#88) couldn't crack the Top 40.

1973 -

March 21
The BBC banned all teenybopper acts appearing on UK TV show Top Of The Pops after a riot following a David Cassidy performance.

1976 -

March 21
David Bowie, Iggy Pop and several others are arrested in New York and charged with possession of marijuana.

1981 -

March 21
Although they had been making records for ten years, REO Speedwagon enjoyed their first taste of success when "Keep On Loving You" became the top tune in the US. The band would go on to place twelve more songs in the Top 40.

1984 -

March 21
Yoko Ono opens Strawberry Fields, an area in New York's Central Park dedicated to the memory of her late husband, John Lennon.

1987 -

March 21
35 year old Dean Paul Martin of Dino, Desi And Billy, died when his F-4 Phantom fighter-jet crashed into California's San Bernardino Mountains during a snowstorm about 100 kilometers east of Los Angeles. Dino was serving in the Air National Guard at the time. His band had placed two songs on the Billboard Top 40 chart, "I'm A Fool" (#17) and "Not The Lovin' Kind" (#25), both in 1965. He was married to actress Olivia Hussey from 1971 to 1978 and to ice skater Dorothy Hamill from 1982 to 1984. His famous father, singer Dean Martin was devastated by his son's death, telling his former partner Jerry Lewis, "I just lost one of the only two male loves I had in my life. Him and you."

1991 -

March 21
Leo Fender, who pioneered the electric guitar, passed away at the age of 81. He started mass producing solid body electric guitars in the late '40s and when he sold his guitar company in 1965, sales were in excess of $40 million a year.

1992 -

March 21
Former model Vanessa Williams started a five week run at the top of the US singles chart with "Save The Best To Last", a #3 hit in the UK.

2001 -

March 21
Michael Jackson's interior decorator told The London Times that the singer keeps 17 life size dolls, adult and child sizes, all fully dressed, in his bedroom for 'company.'

2002 -

March 21
John "Speedy" Keene, vocalist and drummer for Thunderclap Newman died at the age of 56. The band's biggest hit came in 1969 with "Something In The Air".

2004 -

March 21
Johnny Bristol, who had a 1973 #8 hit in America with "Hang On In There Baby", died of natural causes at the age of 65.

March 21
George Michael scored his fifth UK #1 album with "Patience". After a slow start in the US, the LP would eventually climb to #12.

2006 -

March 21
Three impoverished South African women whose father, Solomon Linda, had written "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" in 1939, won a six-year court battle that will give them 25 per cent of all past and future royalties from the song.

2007 -

March 21
US TV's American Idol featured celebrity coaches Lulu, who performed "To Sir With Love", and Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits, who sang "There's A Kind Of Hush".

2008 -

March 21
The long legal battle over the use of The Beach Boys' name came to a close after two days of talks mediated by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge. Mike Love, Brian Wilson and the estate of the late Carl Wilson had launched several law suits against former band member Al Jardine, who had been touring under various names such as Beach Boys Family And Friends. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but the band's three surviving co-founders would put their differences aside long enough for a 50th Anniversary Tour in 2012 before fragmenting again.

2010 -

March 21
Phil Spector was allegedly beaten at the state prison in Corcoran, California, after mouthing off to another inmate. The 70 year old former record producer, who was jailed in 2009 for murdering actress Lana Clarkson, wound up with bruises, a black eye and lost a couple of teeth.

2011 -

March 21
A lost David Bowie album called "Toy", which went unreleased since 2001, mysteriously appeared on several file-sharing websites. The collection of mostly re-recorded tracks from Bowie's early years had been locked in a dispute with Virgin Records.

March 21
Loleatta Holloway, best known for the 1980 Disco hit "Love Sensation", died of heart failure at the age of 64.

2012 -

March 21
El DeBarge escaped drug charges after the Los Angeles County District Attorney decided to drop the case due to a lack of evidence. The "Rhythm Of The Night" hit maker had been arrested three times for drug possession since 2001.

2013 -

March 21
The US Library of Congress announced that Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon", Simon And Garfunkel's "Sounds Of Silence" and Chubby Checker's "The Twist" would all be added to the National Recording Registry as culturally or historically significant recordings.

First Rock Concert - On This day in History - The Moondog Radio Show (Check Out the Date & the Price $$$) - March 21st

The First Rock Concert

1952Cleveland stakes a claim on rock history when the Moondog Coronation Ball is held at the Cleveland Arena. Organized by the WJW DJ Alan Freed ("Moondog" on the air), it is widely considered the first rock concert. It may also be one of the shortest, as it is shut down after one song.

Over 25,000 people turn up for the show, prepared to hear bands such as The Dominoes and Tiny Grimes and the Rocking Highlanders. The problem is that the capacity of the arena is only 10,000. As the overflow crowd tries to bust through the barriers, Paul Williams and his Hucklebuckers are not even able to make it through one song before the Cleveland Police Department, supported by firefighters bearing fire hoses, bring the show to a halt.

Despite the fact that the show never really gets off the ground, it is considered the first rock and roll concert. Cleveland has had a revival of the show every year since 1992, featuring classic rock and R&B artists of the 1960s and 1970s.

Today in Music History...March 21, 2018 (Now with more info)

Music History: March 21st:

2015 Jackie Trent dies at age 74. She was married to Tony Hatch, with whom she wrote the theme song to the Australian TV show Neighbours and the Petula Clark hit "Don't Sleep In The Subway."

2013 John Mayer hosts a Google+ hangout, an online virtual meeting place with his fans. The PR action of the pop-blues rocker is a historic precedent, in that this marks the first time such a big-name celebrity has made an exclusive appearance on Google+, a social network competitor to Facebook.

2012 The Wanted become the first UK boy band to land a Top 5 hit in the US when "Glad You Came" peaks at #3. The single got a boost after it was covered on Glee in February.

2011 Blues musician Joe Willie "Pinetop" Perkins dies at age 97.

2011 Singer Loleatta Holloway, whose track "Love Sensation" was sampled on Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch's "Good Vibrations" and several other songs, dies of heart failure at age 64.

2008 Klaus Dinger of Kraftwerk and Neu! dies of heart failure at age 61.

2006 Six years after filing suit, the family of African musician Solomon Linda, who wrote and recorded the original version of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," reach an agreement with the song's publisher, giving them some royalties. Linda, who died in 1962, signed away rights to the song in 1952.

2004 Motown producer Johnny Bristol dies at age 65.

2003 Roxy Music's Bryan Ferry divorces his first wife, model Lucy Helmore, after 21 years, on grounds of adultery.

2000 Soul Coughing disbands after eight years and three albums.

2000 "Newgrass" trio Nickel Creek release their breakthrough self-titled album, produced by bluegrass star Alison Krauss. The group earns two Grammy nominations: Best Bluegrass Album and Best Country Instrumental for "Ode to a Butterfly."

2000 With the release of their third album, No Strings Attached, 'N Sync smashes the Backstreet Boys' record for first-week sales with 2.4 million copies sold - almost double the amount BSB garnered with their 1999 album, Millennium. 'N Sync's record holds for 15 years until Adele pushes more than 3 million units of 25.

1997 The movie Selena debuts in theaters, chronicling the life of the late Tejano singer, who was murdered two years earlier by the former president of her fan club. Jennifer Lopez is lauded for her breakout performance in the title role, which inspires her to pursue a singing career of her own.

1991 Leo Fender, founder of Fender Musical Instruments, dies at age 81 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

1990 Tony Orlando is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6385 Hollywood Boulevard.

1990 The sitcom Sydney premieres on CBS, starring Valerie Bertinelli and a pre-Friends Matthew Perry. Bertinelli's husband Eddie Van Halen provides the theme song: "Finish What Ya Started."

1988 Lynyrd Skynyrd releases Southern by the Grace of God, their second live album. It features music recorded in 1987 in what was supposed to be a one-time touring tribute to band members who died in a 1977 plane wreck that seemingly ended the band. Four years later, an updated Lynyrd Skynyrd lineup records new material and begins touring again regularly.

1987 Dean Martin's son Dean Paul Martin (of Dino, Desi & Billy) dies in a plane crash in California's San Bernardino Mountains at the age of 35 while serving in the Air National Guard.

1987 Club Nouveau's poppy cover of the Bill Withers song "Lean On Me" hits #1 on the Hot 100.

1980 Deryck Whibley (frontman for Sum 41) is born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada.

1978 Carole King's third husband, Rick Evers, dies of a drug overdose after working on Carole's album Welcome Home, which was released two months later. Evers had co-writing credits on three songs from the album and appears on the cover with King.

1976 After playing a show in Rochester, New York, David Bowie is arrested on charges of marijuana possession when police raid his hotel room. Iggy Pop and two others are also arrested. His hearing takes place on April 20 (4/20!), and the charges are dropped.

1976 The French actress Claudine Longet, ex-wife of Andy Williams, shoots her live-in lover, the famed skier Spider Sabich, at his home in Aspen, Colorado. The shooting is ruled an accident, and Longet is sentenced to 30 days in jail for criminal negligence. Her case inspires the Rolling Stones song "Claudine."

1970 Faces release First Step.

1968 Andrew Copeland (rhythm guitarist for Sister Hazel) is born in Gainesville, Florida.

1967 Jonas Berggren (of Ace Of Base) is born in Gothenburg, Sweden.

1967 Keith "Maxim" Palmer (of The Prodigy) is born in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England.

1967 John Lennon takes his first major LSD trip and freaks out while recording backing vocals on the track "Getting Better." Producer George Martin, not realizing the effects of the drug, takes Lennon to the roof of Abbey Road Studios to get some fresh air. Paul McCartney and George Harrison, upon learning where John is, rush up to get him down. The group works on a piano track for "Lovely Rita" instead.

1966 The Beach Boys release "Sloop John B," a traditional tune from the West Indies.

1964 Dean Martin leaves his handprints at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

1964 The Beatles' "She Loves You" hits #1.

1964 Judy Collins is catapulted into stardom after a momentous appearance at New York's Carnegie Hall.

1963 Barbra Streisand marries her first husband, actor Elliott Gould, whom she'd met while both were performing in the Broadway hit I Can Get It for You Wholesale.

1961 Elvis Presley records "Hawaiian Sunset," "Ku-u-i-po," "No More," and "Slicin' Sand."

1961 Slim Jim Phantom (drummer for Stray Cats) is born James McDonnell in Brooklyn, New York.

1960 Elvis Presley records "Stuck On You," "Fame And Fortune," "A Mess Of Blues," and "It Feels So Right."

1957 Sean Dickson (lead singer for The Soup Dragons) is born in Scotland.

1956 The movie Rock Around The Clock, about a concert promoter (played by DJ Alan Freed) who brings Rock and Roll to the masses, opens in theaters. The film stars Bill Haley and His Comets and is named after their hit song. It is one of the first movies based on rock music and aimed at teenagers.

1953 Robert Johnson (drummer for KC & The Sunshine Band) is born.

1953 Patti Page's "(How Much Is) That Doggie In The Window?" hits #1 in America. A version by Lita Roza later tops the chart in the UK.

1951 Conrad Lozano (bass player for Los Lobos) is born in Los Angeles, California.

1951 Soul singer Russell Thompkins, Jr. (of The Stylistics) is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1950 Roger Hodgson (of Supertramp) is born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England.

1949 Eddie Money is born Joseph Mahoney in Brooklyn, New York.

1946 Ray Dorset (frontman for Mungo Jerry) is born in Ashford, Middlesex, England.

1945 Rose Stone (singer, keyboardist for Sly & the Family Stone) is born Rosemary Stewart in Dallas, Texas.

1943 Viv Stanshall of Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band is born in Oxford, England.

1941 Record producer/songwriter John Boylan is born in New York City. He manages Linda Ronstadt and co-produces Boston's first album.

1940 Solomon Burke is born James Solomon McDonald in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1939 Kate Smith records "God Bless America."

1930 Chicago blues pianist Otis Spann is born in Mississippi.

1923 Composer Mort Lindsey, longtime bandleader for The Merv Griffin Show, is born Morton Lippman in Newark, New Jersey.

1919 Music executive Lew Bedell, also known by the pseudonym Billy Joe Hunter, is born in El Paso, Texas. He establishes Doré Records, later known as Era Records, in 1958. The label's first hit is the Teddy Bears' "To Know Him Is To Love Him."

1918 Jazz pianist Charles Thompson is born in Springfield, Ohio.

1902 Son House is born Eddie James House Jr. in Lyon, Mississippi.

1839 Composer Modest Mussorgsky is born in Russia.

The First Rock Concert

Cleveland stakes a claim on rock history when the Moondog Coronation Ball is held at the Cleveland Arena. Organized by the WJW DJ Alan Freed ("Moondog" on the air), it is widely considered the first rock concert. It may also be one of the shortest, as it is shut down after one song.

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2008 Beach Boys founding members Mike Love and Al Jardine settle a lawsuit Love filed in 2003, claiming Jardine was touring under variations of the group name, to which Love owns the rights. The settlement leads to a reunion of the group in 2012 for their 50th anniversary.

1994 Bruce Springsteen wins an Oscar for the song "Streets of Philadelphia" from the Tom Hanks movie Philadelphia.

1985 In Vancouver, the Canadian wheelchair athlete Rick Hansen begins his "Man In Motion" tour to raise money for spinal cord research. Inspired by his quest, fellow Canadian David Foster works with John Parr to write a tribute song to Hansen for the film St. Elmo's Fire.