BORN THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY
3/18/1941 – Wilson Pickett (R&B Superstar)
3/18/1948 – Bobby Whitlock (keys, Derek and the Dominoes)
3/18/1966 – Jerry Cantrell (guitar, Alice in Chains)
3/19/1930 – Ornette Coleman (Pivotal jazz musician)
3/19/1953 – Ricky Helton Wilson (guitarist for The B-52s)
3/19/1946 – Paul Atkinson (guitarist for The Zombies)
3/20/1936 – Lee “Scratch” Perry (Producer, Bob Marley & the Wailers)
3/20/1951 – Jimmie Vaughan (The Fabulous Thunderbirds)
3/21/1902 – Son House (Blues Singer & Guitarist)
3/21/1930 – Otis Spann (Blues Pianist)
3/22/1943 – Keith Relf (Vocals-Harmonica, The Yardbirds)
3/22/1948 – Randy Jo Hobbs (bass, The McCoys)
DIED THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY
3/18/2001 – John Phillips (The Mamas & the Papas)
3/18/2017 – Chuck Berry (Pioneer of Rock N Roll)
3/18/2009 – Eddie Bo dies (New Orleans singer/pianist)
3/19/1976 – Paul Kossoff (Paul Kossoff, Free)
3/19/1982 – Randy Rhoads (guitar, Ozzy Osbourne’s band)
3/20/1988 – Gil Evans (Canadian jazz pianist / Miles Davis)
3/21/1991 – Leo Fender (Guitar Manufacturer / Innovator)
3/21/2011 – Joe Willie “Pinetop” Perkins (Blues Pianist)
3/21/2008 – Klaus Dinger (Kraftwerk and Neu!)
3/22/2005 – Rod Price (guitar, Foghat)
3/22/2017 – Sib Hashian (Original Boston drummer)
RECORDINGS, RELEASES,TOP OF THE CHARTS
3/18/1972 – “Heart of Gold” by Neil Young goes #1
3/19/1962 – Bob Dylan is released.
3/19/1975 – KISS release Dressed To Kill
3/19/1981 – The #1 U.S. single is The J Geils Band’s “Centerfold”
3/19/1996 – Barenaked Ladies release their third studio album, Born On A Pirate Ship.
3/20/1967 – “Penny Lane” / “Strawberry Fields Forever” goes gold
3/20/1971 – “Me and Bobby McGee” by Janis Joplin hits #1
3/20/1982 – “I Love Rock ‘n’Roll” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts hit #1
3/21/2000 – Nickel Creek release self-titled album, produced by bluegrass star Alison Krauss.
3/22/1965 – Bob Dylan releases Bringing It All Back Home
3/22/1975 – Physical Graffiti by Led Zeppelin hits #1
3/22/1980 – Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick In the Wall (part II) is #1 on the singles charts
3/22/1994 – Pantera release Far Beyond Driven, one of the few heavy metal albums to reach #1 in America.
3/22/1987 – Anthrax release their third album, Among the Living. The cover shows an image of Henry Kane, a character in the film Poltergeist II: The Other Side, which the band finds terrifying.
3/22/1986 – Heart’s “These Dreams” hits #1 in the US. The lyric is written by Bernie Taupin, who is Elton John’s songwriting partner.
THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY
3/18/2008 – Brenda Lee, Gene Pitney, Isaac Hayes, The Ramones, Talking Heads and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
3/18/2008 – Among other artists, Lou Reed, Damien Rice, and Moby take part in the Speak Up! concert (which benefits Iraq war veterans) held at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York.
3/18/1992 – Donna Summer gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
3/19/1975 – The movie version of The Who’s rock opera Tommy premieres in America.
3/19/1982 – Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist Randy Rhoads dies when he takes a plane ride with a pilot who tries to buzz Ozzy’s tour bus. When the wing hits the bus, the plane crashes into a nearby house, killing Rhoads, the pilot, and the tour costume designer/hairdresser.
3/19/1978 – Billy Joel makes his UK concert debut at London’s Theatre Royal.
3/20/2008 – The Eagles launch their world tour in support of their album Long Road Out of Eden.
3/20/1989 – After 37 years on the air, Dick Clark announces he will discontinue hosting his creation, ABC-TV’s highly influential American Bandstand. The show continues with another host, but folds for good soon after.
3/20/1976 – Alice Cooper gets married for the first (and only) time. His bride is Sheryl Goddard, a 19-year-old dance instructor who had performed on his Welcome To My Nightmare tour.
3/20/1975 – Patti Smith and Television begin a 7-week residency at CBGB in New York City. During these shows, Smith refines that songs that later appear on her debut album Horses.
3/20/1975 – The first Motown package tour begins in the UK with a show in North London. On the bill are The Supremes, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, and Martha & the Vandellas.
3/21/1994 – Bruce Springsteen wins an Oscar for the song “Streets of Philadelphia” from the Tom Hanks movie Philadelphia.
3/21/2000 – Soul Coughing disbands after eight years and three albums.
3/22/2006 – Aerosmith cancels the rest of their Rockin’ The Joint tour so lead singer Steven Tyler can have throat surgery to treat strained vocal chords.
3/22/1997 – Paul McCartney’s original birth certificate is sold to a private Beatles collector for $84,146.
3/22/1976 – While campaigning for US President, Jimmy Carter tells NARM (The National Association of Record Merchandisers) that he listened to Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead, and Led Zeppelin while Governor of Georgia.
3/22/1974 – Ten Years After play their final gig, seven years after their first one.
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!