BORN THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY

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)

4/1/1997 – Ronnie Lane (bassist, the Small Faces)

4/1/1954 – Jeff Porcaro (drummer, Toto and Steely Dan)

 

MUSIC RECORDINGS, RELEASES AND TOP OF THE CHARTS:

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

3/26/199 – 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” and “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 – Rocl 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:

3/26/1971 – 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.

4/1/1969 – A group of sessions musicians at FAME studios in Alabama open the Muscle Shoals Sound Studios not far away.

4/1/1985 – David Lee Roth official leaves Van Halen to start a solo career

 

Patrick Ortiz 

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