Van Morrison Records Brown Eyed Girl on March 28th, 1967
On March 28th, 1967, Van Morrison recorded one of the rock’s iconic classics: “Brown Eyed Girl”. The legendary tune was originally recorded for Bang Records and was produced by Bert Berns. In June of that year it was released as a single and it was a smash hit for Van Morrison, peaking at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. To this day, the tune is considered Van Morrison’s signature song.
And here’s what else happened this week in rock history:
Born This Week in Rock History
3/25/1942 – Aretha Franklin (Soul Singer)
3/25/1947 – Elton John (Rock Singer-Songwriter & Pianist)
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)
3/28/1948 – John Evan (Keyboards, Jethro Tull)
3/30/1914 – Sonny Boy Williamson (Blues Singer-Songwriter & Harmonica Player)
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)
3/31/1955 – Angus Young (Lead Guitar, AC/DC)
Music Recordings, Releases and Top of the Charts:
3/26/1977 – The Clash release “White Riot”
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!”
3/28/1973 – Led Zeppelin releases Houses of the Holy
3/30/1971 – Jimi Hendrix’s The Cry of Love goes gold, posthumously
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:
3/25/1967 – The Who and Cream performed for the first time in the U.S. at the RKO 58th Street Theatre in New York City.
3/25/2001 – Bob Dylan wins the Oscar for “Best Original Song” for the song “Things Have Changed” from the movie Wonder Boys.
3/25/2007 – The record for most performances at New York City’s iconic Madison Square Garden is set by Elton John. This was his 60th performance and occurred on his 60th birthday.
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?
3/29/1980 – Brian Johnson becomes the new lead singer of AC/DC after the tragic loss of Bon Scott.
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.
3/30/1967 – 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.