THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY: MARCH 11 – MARCH 17
BORN THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY
3/11/1974 – Adam Wakeman (keys, Ozzy Osbourne)
3/12/1917 – Leonard Chess (Record Mogul, Chess Records)
3/12/1948 – James Taylor (Rock Singer-Songwriter)
3/12/1949 – Bill Payne (piano, Little Feat)
3/12/1949 – Mike Gibbins (drums, Badfinger)
3/12/1956 – Steve Harris (bass, Iron Maiden)
3/12/1969 – Graham Coxon (guitar, Blur)
3/13/1960 – Adam Clayton (bass, U2)
3/14/1933 – Quincy Jones (A Legend)
3/15/1912 – Lightnin’ Hopkins (Blues Singer-Songwriter)
3/15/1940 – Phil Lesh (bass, Grateful Dead)
3/15/1943 – Sly Stone (vocals & multi-instrumentalist, Sly and the Family Stone)
3/15/1947 – Ry Cooder (guitarist & songwriter, multiple genres)
3/15/1955 – Dee Snider (singer, Twisted Sister)
3/16/1948 – Michael Bruce (guitar and keyboards, Alice Cooper Band)
3/17/1919 – Nat King Cole (jazz singer)
3/17/1941 – Paul Kantner (guitar, Jefferson Airplane)
3/17/1951 – Scott Gorham (guitarist, Thin Lizzy, Supertramp)
3/17/1967 – Billy Corgan (singer, Smashing Pumpkins)
DIED THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY
3/11/1986 – Sonny Terry (Piedmont Blues Musician)
3/11/2016 – Keith Emerson (keys, Emerson, Lake, & Palmer)
3/12/1955 – Charlie Parker (Jazz Saxophonist)
3/12/2012 – Michael Hossack (drums, The Doobie Brothers)
3/12/2013 – Clive Burr (drums, Iron Maiden)
3/15/1929 – Pinetop Smith (Blues Pianist)
3/15/2014 – Scott Asheton (drums, The Stooges)
3/16/1975 – T-Bone Walker (Blues singer-songwriter)
3/17/1990 – Ric Grech (bass, Traffic, Blind Faith)
MUSIC RECORDINGS, RELEASES AND TOP OF THE CHARTS:
3/12/1967 – The Velvet Underground Releases The Velvet Underground and Nico
3/12/1971 – The recording of The Allman Brothers’ At Fillmore East occurs (as well as on March 13th); minds are blown by those in attendance.
3/13/1967 – The Beatles’ “Penny Lane” hits #1.
3/13/1968 – The Byrd’s Greatest Hits goes gold.
3/13/1976 – The Eagles’ Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) hits #1.
3/13/1980 – Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon goes platinum.
3/15/1976 – KISS releases Destroyer.
3/17/1965 – “The Last Time” by The Rolling Stones hits the U.K. #1.
THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY:
Paul McCartney is knighted by the Queen on March 11, 1997
On March 12, 2007, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducted Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, R.E.M., Van Halen, The Ronettes, and Patti Smith.
On March 12, 1958, Billie Holiday was sentenced to one year of probation for heroin possession by a Philadelphia court. She had plead guilty to the charge.
On March 12, 1969, the police busted George Harrison and his wife for marijuana possession after entering The Beatles guitarist’s house. Meanwhile, on the same day, Paul McCartney married Linda Eastman. No other Beatle attended the wedding, but at least George had a good excuse.
On March 12, 1974, John Lennon and Harry Nilsson got drunk and thrown out of a Smothers Brothers comedy show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. They were accused of causing a disturbance during the show. The press called Nilsson a bad influence on Lennon. Later, Nilsson commented, “It ruined my reputation for 10 years. Get one Beatle drunk and look what happens.”
On March 12, 2003, The Rolling Stones were about to embark on their first tour of China. The Chinese government, however, bans the Stones from playing a list of songs that they found controversial. These included classics like “Honky Tonk Women,” “Let’s Spend the Night Together,” and “Brown Sugar.” Guys, censorship is bad, especially in rock and roll.
On March 13, 1965, Eric Clapton quit The Yardbirds over his fears that they were becoming too commercial and veering away from the R&B and blues rock that he loved. For his next endeavor, he joined up with John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers for their legendary collaborative album known in blues rock lore as the “Beano” album.
On March 13, 2006, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducted Blondie, Miles Davis, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Black Sabbath and The Sex Pistols. Bunch o’ punks that they were, The Sex Pistols did not attend the ceremony and rejected the induction. Meanwhile, Tommy Iommi almost wasn’t allowed to bring his awards home to England because security was concerned that it could be used as a weapon.
On March 14, 1981, Eric Clapton was sent to the hospital with a near-fatal ulcer. He canceled the rest of his tour which consisted of 47 tour dates.
On March 14, 1998, Johnny Cash won the Grammy for Best Country Album. A few weeks later, his record company put a full-page ad in Billboard magazine with an old photo of Cash extending his middle finger obscenely. The ad read, “American Recordings and Johnny Cash would like to acknowledge the Nashville music establishment and country radio for your support.”
On March 17, 2005, Robert Plant received his Grammy Lifetime Achievement award at Austin’s SXSW festival.
And that’ll do it for this week’s edition of Rock History from the Joe Bonamassa Blog. Keep on rockin’ in the free world, ya’ll!