BORN THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY

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

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)

3/9/1942 – John Cale (bass, keyboards, viola, The Velvet Underground)

3/9/1945 – Robin Trower (guitar, Procol Harum)

3/10/1947 – Tom Scholz (guitar, Boston)

3/10/1953 – Ronnie Earl (guitar, Roomful of Blues)

3/10/1963 – Jeff Ament (bass, Pearl Jam)

3/10/1963 – Rick Rubin (producer, record mogul)

3/10/1966 – Dave Krusen (drums, Pearl Jam)

3/11/1974 – Adam Wakeman (keys, Ozzy Osbourne) 

 

DIED THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY

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)

3/9/2007 – Brad Delp (lead vocals, Boston)

3/10/2005 – Danny Joe Brown (lead vocals, Molly Hatchet)

3/11/1986 – Sonny Terry (Piedmont Blues Musician)

3/11/2016 – Keith Emerson (keys, Emerson, Lake, & Palmer)


MUSIC RECORDINGS, RELEASES AND TOP OF THE CHARTS:

3/5/1965 – “For Your Love” by The Yardbirds is released

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

3/9/1976 – Queen’s A Night at the Opera goes Gold

3/9/1987 – U2 releases Joshua Tree

3/10/1965 – The Beatles’ “8 Days a Week” Hits #1

3/10/1963 – “Little” Stevie Wonder records “Fingertips”

3/10/1964 – Simon & Garfunkel record “The Sound of Silence”

3/10/1966 – Bob Dylan records “Rainy Day Women #12 and 35”

3/10/1967 – The Beatles record “Getting Better”

3/10/1970 – Grand Funk Railroad records “Closer To Home”

3/10/1973 – Pink Floyd releases The Dark Side of the Moon

 

THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY:

 

On March 5, 1963, country music superstar Patsy Cline was killed in a plane crash in Tennessee. She was traveling along with country musicians Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins. The plane was carrying the passengers from a benefit concert to Nashville, TN.

 

On March 5th, 1971, Led Zeppelin embarked on their Thank You tour, 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, 1976Elton John becomes a wax figure at Madame Tussaud’s in London. Elton John was the first rock star to be so honored since The Beatles.

 

On March 8, 1969The 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, 1973Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, keyboardist for the Grateful Dead and blues connoisseur, tragically died at the age of 27 from alcohol poisoning.

 

On March 9, 1970Black Sabbath made their live debut at The Roundhouse in London.

 

On March 10th, 1973Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon was released, basically making my life totally perfect.

Paul McCartney is knighted by the Queen on March 11, 1997

 

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