Sunday, March 11, 2012

ROCK HISTORY - IT HAPPENED ON MARCH 11


Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Born on this day:
1961 Bruce Watson, guitar (Big Country)
1964 Vinnie Paul, drummer and producer (Pantera, Damageplan)
1968 Lisa Loeb, U.S. singer

Rock Pills: 
1968, the Otis Redding single “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” went gold in the U.S. three months after the singer was killed in a plane crash.

1970, winners at this year’s Grammy Awards included Joe South for Song of the Year with “Games People Play.” Crosby Stills & Nash won Best New Artist, and The 5th Dimension got Record of the Year with “Aquarius’”/ “Let The Sun Shine In.”

1971, Jim Morrison arrived in Paris, booking into the Hotel George V. The following week he moved into an apartment at 17 Rue Beautreillis where he lived in until his death on 3 July.

1972, Harry Nilsson was at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with his version of the Pete Ham-Tom Evans composition, “Without You.” First recorded by Badfinger in 1970, the song was also a #1 for Mariah Carey in 1994.

1978, French singer Claude Francois was electrocuted changing a light bulb while standing in his bathtub.

1978, the debut single from Kate Bush, “Wuthering Heights,” a song inspired by a film of the Emily Bronte novel, started a four-week run atop the U.K. singles chart. EMI had originally chosen another track, “James And The Cold Gun,” as the lead-off single from the album The Kick Inside but Bush was determined that “Wuthering Heights” would be the first release.

1983, Joni Mitchell played the first night of a 13-date Australian and New Zealand tour at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney.

1989, Debbie Gibson started a five-week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart with Electric Youth.

Joni Mitchell
1993, Oasis record their first demos at The Real People’s studio in Liverpool, including “Rock ‘n’ Roll Star,” “Columbia” and “Fade Away.”

1995, Van Halen kicked off their 131-date Balance world tour (dubbed the ‘Ambulance Tour’ by Eddie Van Halen due to his hip surgery and brother, drummer Alex Van Halen wearing a neck brace) at the Pensacola Civic Center, Florida.

1996, Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker walks free from Kensington police station after police fail to charge him with any criminal offence following his ‘stage invasion’ during Michael Jackson’s performance at the Brit Awards on 19 February.

2005, The front door of Ozzy Osbourne’s childhood home in Lodge Road, Aston, Birmingham went up for auction on eBay because the current owner was fed up with fans defacing it. Ali Mubarrat was giving the proceeds to charity.

2008, Madonna was inducted into the U.S. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by singer Justin Timberlake at a star-studded ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York. The 49-year-old thanks her detractors in her acceptance speech, including those “who said I couldn’t sing, that I was a one hit wonder.”

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