Saturday, March 17, 2012

ROCK HISTORY - IT HAPPENED ON MARCH 17

Justin Hawkins
Born on this day:
1919, Nat King Cole, singer
1944, John Sebastian, vocals, guitar, harmonica, The Lovin’ Spoonful
1951, Scott Gorham, guitar, Thin Lizzy
1962, Clare Grogan, vocals, Altered Images
1967, Billy Corgan, vocals, guitar, Smashing Pumpkins
1973, Caroline Corr, drums, vocals, The Corrs
1975, Justin Hawkins, vocals, The Darkness

Rock Pills:
1957, Elvis Presley bought the Graceland mansion in Memphis from Mrs. Ruth Brown-Moore for $102,500. The 23-room, 10,000 square foot home on 13.8 acres of land, would be expanded to 17,552 square feet of living space. The original building had, at one time, been a place of worship, used by the Graceland Christian Church, and was named after the builder’s daughter, Grace Toof.

1966, The Walker Brothers scored their second U.K. # 1 with “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore.”

1967, Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd, Carla Thomas, Sam & Dave and Booker T. & The M.G.’s appeared at London’s Finsbury Park Astoria on the first night of a 17-date U.K. tour.

1968, The Bee Gees made their U.S. television debut on The Ed Sullivan Show.

1973, Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show’s single, “The Cover of the Rolling Stone,” peaked at #6 on the U.S. chart, but was banned in the U.K. by the BBC, due to rules about product placement.

1976, The Heartbreakers, featuring ex-New York Dolls members, guitarist Johnny Thunders and drummer Jerry Nolan, appeared at CBGB in New York City.

1978, U2 won £500 and a chance to audition for CBS Ireland in a Dublin talent contest. The Limerick Civic Week Pop ’78 Competition was sponsored by The Evening Express and Guinness Harp Lager.

1982, Samuel George, Jr., lead singer of The Capitols, who had a U.S. # 7 single with “Cool Jerk” was killed, aged 39, after being stabbed during a family argument.

1988, during his 137-date Faith World Tour, George Michael played the first of four sold-out nights at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.

1997, singer Jermaine Stewart, who had a 1986 U.K. #2 with “We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off” and also worked with Shalamar, The Temptations and Boy George, died of cancer.

Ray Davies
2004, The Kinks’ singer and songwriter Ray Davies received his CBE medal from the Queen at Buckingham Palace for services to the music industry.

2006, The Smiths, who split acrimoniously in 1987, turned down a $5 million offer to reform for the Coachella festival.

2008, Ola Brunkert, a 62-year-old Swedish musician who had played on every Abba album and had toured with the group, was found dead with his throat cut after an accident at his home in Majorca, Spain.

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