Friday, March 16, 2012

ROCK HISTORY - IT HAPPENED ON MARCH 16

Nancy Wilson
Born on this day:
1942, Jerry Jeff Walker, US singer, songwriter
1948, Michael Bruce, guitar (Alice Cooper)
1954, Jimmy Nail, UK actor, singer
1954, Nancy Wilson, vocals (Heart)
1972, Andrew Dunlop, guitar (Travis)
1979, Leena Peisa, keyboards (Lordi)

Rock Pills:
1959, doo-wop group The Platters scored their only U.K. and U.S. #1 with “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes.”

1964, The Beatles set a new record for advance sales in the U.S. with 2,100,000 copies of their latest single, “Can’t Buy Me Love.”

1965, The Rolling Stones were at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with “The Last Time.” the group’s third U.K. #1 and the first A-side for songwriters Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

1969, Fleetwood Mac, The Move, Amen Corner, Peter Sarstedt, The Tymes, Harmony Grass and Geno Washington all appeared at Pop World ‘69 at London’s Wembley Empire Pool.

1970, Motown singer Tammi Terrell died of a brain tumor at the age of 24. Initially Terrell recorded solo but from 1967 onwards she recorded a series of duets with Marvin Gaye. She had collapsed onstage into Gaye’s arms on October 14, 1967 during a concert in Hampton, Virginia. Marvin reacted to her death by taking a four-year hiatus from concert performance and went into self-isolation.

Amen Corner
1972, John Lennon lodged an appeal with the U.S. INS office in New York, after he was served with deportation orders arising from a 1968 cannabis possession conviction.

1989, Bez from The Happy Mondays was arrested at Manchester Airport moments before boarding a flight to Belfast for a gig, charged with breaking bail conditions set from a previous arrest.

1991, seven members of country singer Reba McEntire’s band and her road manager are among 10 people killed when their private jet crashed in California just north of the Mexican border.

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