BORN THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY

3/25/1942 – Aretha Franklin (American singer, songwriter, pianist, and civil rights activist)

3/25/1947 – Elton John (English singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer)

3/26/1917 – Rufus Thomas (Blues & Soul Singer-Songwriter)

3/26/1944 – Diana Ross (Lead Vocals, The Supremes)

3/26/1946 – Fred Sheehan (Bass, Boston)

3/26/1948 – Steven Tyler (Lead Vocals, Aerosmith)

3/27/1924 – Sarah Vaughan (Jazz Vocalist)

3/27/1950 – Tony Banks (Keyboards, Genesis)

3/27/1960 – Victor Bailey (bass, Weather Report)

3/28/1948 – John Evan (Keyboards, Jethro Tull)

3/29/1947 – Bobby Kimball (vocals, Toto)

3/29/1949 – Michael Brecker (jazz saxophone)

3/29/1959 – Perry Farrell (vocals, Jane’s Addiction)

3/30/1914 – Sonny Boy Williamson (Blues Singer-Songwriter & Harmonica Player)

3/30/1941 – Graeme Edge (drums, The Moody Blues)

3/30/1945 – Eric Clapton (Singer-Songwriter & Guitar, The Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek and the Dominos)

3/30/1950 – Dave Ball (Guitar, Procol Harum)

3/30/1979 – Norah Jones (sing/songwriter)

3/31/1955 – Angus Young (Lead Guitar, AC/DC)

3/31/1944 – Mick Ralphs (guitar, Mott The Hoople and Bad Company)

3/31/1948 – Thijs Van Leer (singer/keyboardist, Focus)

 

DIED THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY

3/25/2009 – Dan Seals (England Dan & John Ford Coley)

3/25/2006 – Buck Owens (Country Musician – Hee Haw Show)

3/26/2005 – Paul Hester (Drummer – Crowded House)

3/26/2002 – Randy Castillo (Drummer – Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue)

3/27/2000 – Ian Dury (Ian Dury & the Blockheads)

3/27/2007 – Faustino Oramas (Trova singer, tres guitarist – Buena Vista Social Club)

3/28/2013- Hugh McCracken (Guitarist – Billy Joel, Steely Dan)

3/29/1999 – Joe Williams (Jazz Singer)

3/29/2001 – John Lewis (The Modern Jazz Quartet)

3/30/2013 – Phil Ramone (Music Producer – Billy Joel)

3/30/2008 – Sean Levert (Levert)

3/31/1993 – Mitchell Parish (Songwriter – Deep Purple, Stardust)

3/31/1986 – O’Kelly Isley (The Isley Brothers)

 

MUSIC RECORDINGS, RELEASES AND TOP OF THE CHARTS:

3/25/1967 – The Turtles started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Happy Together’.

3/26/1977 – The Clash release “White Riot”

3/26/1990 – Bob Dylan releases his Bootleg Series Volume 1-3

3/27/1965 – The Who make their U.S. singles chart debut with “I Can’t Explain”

3/28/1973 – Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon hits #1

3/28/1967 – Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl” is recorded

3/28/1967 – The Beatles record “Good Morning Good Morning” & “Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite!”

3/28/1970 – Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young release “Woodstock”

3/28/1973 – Led Zeppelin releases Houses of the Holy

3/28/1995 – Rock band Wilco releases their debut album, AM

3/29/1969 – Blood, Sweat, and Tears’s self-titled LP hits #1

3/29/1975 – Jeff Beck releases his most successful US album, Blow By Blow

3/30/1971 – Jimi Hendrix’s The Cry of Love goes gold, posthumously

3/30/1987 – Prince releases his ninth studio album

3/31/1958 – Chuck Berry releases “Johnny B. Goode”

3/31/1992 – Bruce Springsteen releases Human Touch and Lucky Town on the same day.

 

THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY:

3/25/1964 – The Beatles made their debut on UK TV show Top Of The Pops singing ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ and ‘You Can’t Do That.’ The show had been recorded on March 19th.

3/25/1967 – The Who and Cream made their U.S. concert debut at RKO 58th Street Theatre, New York City as part of a rock & roll extravaganza promoted by DJ Murray the K.

3/25/1983 – Motown Records celebrated its 25 anniversary with a concert in Pasadena, featuring; The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Jr. Walker, The Commodores, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and The Jackson 5.

3/26/1971 – The Rolling Stones “lips and tongue” logo makes its first appearance on VIP passes.

3/26/1980 – The Wall by Pink Floyd breaks the record for longest running pop album on the charts. The previous record holder was Carole King’s Tapestry.

3/27/1965 – Jeff Beck replaced Eric Clapton in The Yardbirds

3/28/1969 – Joe Cocker plays his first U.S. gig.

3/28/1978 – Alice Cooper appears on The Muppet Show and performs “Welcome To My Nightmare” and “School’s Out.” Adorable? Nightmarish? Both?

3/29/1975 – Led Zeppelin becomes the first band in history to have six albums on the Billboard chart simultaneously: Physical Graffiti, Led Zeppelin IV, House of the Holy, Led Zeppelin II, Led Zeppelin and Led Zeppelin III.

3/29/1980 – Brian Johnson becomes the new lead singer of AC/DC after the tragic loss of Bon Scott.

3/29/1980 – Dark Side of the Moon is on the US charts for the 303rd week

3/30/1967 – The Beatles shoot the iconic photograph that becomes the front cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely-Hearts Club Band.

3/31/1967 – Jimi Hendrix sets his guitar on fire for the first time at the Astoria Theatre in London. He goes to the hospital afterwards with minor burns. He learned how to perfect this art in time, however. No more burns.

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