MARCH 2 – MARCH 10 – THIS WEEK IN ROCK

Answer This Week’s Trivia Question-MARCH 2 – MARCH 10

3/3/1978 – The first ever Van Halen U.S. tour begins; they are the opening act for Journey.

MARCH 2 – MARCH 10 – BORN THIS WEEK:

3/2/1944 – Lou Reed (The Velvet Underground)

3/2/1948 – Rory Gallagher (Taste)

3/2/1948 – Larry Carlton (Steely Dan)

3/2/1956 – Mark Evans (AC/DC)

3/2/1962 – Jon Bon Jovi (Bon Jovi)

3/3/1953 – Dave Amato (REO Speedwagon)

3/4/1948 – Chris Squire (Yes)

3/5/1952 – Alan Clark (keyboards, Dire Straits)

Happy Birthday John Frusciante!

3/5/1970 – John Frusciante (guitar, Red Hot Chili Peppers)

3/6/1925 – Wes Montgomery (Jazz guitarist)

3/6/1937 – Ben Keith (pedal steel, Neil Young)

3/6/1946 – David Gilmour (guitar, Pink Floyd)

3/6/1951 – Walter Trout (blues guitarist)

3/7/1946 – Matthew Fisher (keyboards, Procol Harum)

3/8/1946 – Randy Meisner (bass, Eagles)

3/8/1957 – Clive Burr (drums, Iron Maiden)

DIED THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY:

3/02/2008 – Jeff Healey (Jazz and blues-rock vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter)

3/02/2003 – Hank Ballard (Lead vocalist for the Midnighters)

3/02/1942 – Charlie Christian (Swing and Jazz guitarist, Bebop)

3/02/1999 – Dusty Springfield (English pop singer and record producer)

3/03/2013 – Bobby Rogers (Singer with Motown vocal group The Miracles)

3/5/1963 – Patsy Cline (Country Musician, vocals)

3/6/2013 – Alvin Lee (vocals & guitar, Ten Years After)

3/7/2013 – Peter Banks (guitar, Yes)

3/8/1973 – Ron “Pigpen” McKernan (keyboards, The Grateful Dead)

3/8/2016 – George Martin (Beatles’ Producer)

MUSIC RECORDINGS & RELEASES 

3/2/1955 – Bo Diddley records “I’m a Man”

3/3/1986 – Metallica releases Master of Puppets

 The Yardbirds release “For Your Love” on 3/5/1965.

3/5/1983 – “Billie Jean” hits #1

3/6/1975 – Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti is certified Gold

3/7/1970 – Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel hits #1

3/7/1967 – The Beatles record “Lovely Rita”

3/7/1975 – David Bowie releases Young Americans

THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY

3/2/1988 – U2 is awarded their first Grammy awards, “Album of the Year” and “Best Performance by Rock Duo or Group with Vocal” for their gorgeous album The Joshua Tree. The Album of the Year award went to U2 over Whitney Houston for Whitney, Michael Jackson for Bad, Trio by Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, and Linda Ronstadt, as well as Sign o’ the Times by Prince.

3/3/1978 – The first ever Van Halen U.S. tour begins; they are the opening act for Journey.

3/3/1973 – The Concert for Bangladesh wins the Grammy for “Album of the Year.” This live album, recorded at Madison Square Garden, was organized by George Harrison and features Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan. Other artists that were nominated for the award included Don McLean, the cast of Jesus Christ Superstar, Neil Diamond, and Nilsson.

3/3/1966 – Buffalo Springfield is formed

3/3/1965 – Eric Clapton plays his last gig as a Yardbird. After leaving the band, he joins John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, his replacement is Jeff Beck.

3/3/1967 – The Jeff Beck Group gives their first live performance in London with their new vocalist Rod Stewart.

U2 Tours The U.S.

U2 starts their first major U.S. tour in Washington, D.C. at a club called “The Bayou” on 3/3/1981.

In March 1963, Cline appeared at a benefit show in Kansas City, Missouri. To return home, she boarded a plane along with country performers Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins and manager Randy Hughes. Upon hitting rough weather, the plane crashed outside of Camden, Tennessee, killing all those on board.

On March 5th, 1971Led Zeppelin embarks on their “Thank You” tour, by going to the small clubs that helped them out three years earlier .

On March 6, 1966, The Rolling Stones began recording their classic single “Paint It Black”. To this day it is a Rolling Stones fan favorite. And one of ours, too.

Eric Clapton is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the third time on March 6, 2000.

On March 7, 1976, Elton John becomes a wax figure at Madame Tussaud’s in London. As well as Elton John is the first rock star to have this honor since The Beatles.

On March 8, 1969, The Small Faces broke up. Steve Marriott, vocalist, first announced that he was leaving the band. The rest of the band formed The Faces.

On March 8, 1973, Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, keyboardist for the Grateful Dead and blues connoisseur, tragically died at the age of 27 from alcohol poisoning.

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