Tuesday, March 20, 2012

ROCK HISTORY - IT HAPPENED ON MARCH 20


Carl Palmer
Born on this day:
1951, Carl Palmer, drummer (Atomic Rooster, ELP)
1953, Poison Ivy Rorschach (Kristy Wallace), guitar (The Cramps)
1961, Slim Jim Phantom, drums (The Stray Cats)
1972, Shelly Poole, singer, songwriter (Alisha’s Attic)
1972, Alex Kapranos, guitar, vocals (Franz Ferdinand)
1976, Chester Bennington, vocals (Linkin Park)

Rock Pills: 
1960, Elvis Presley started his first recordings since being discharged from the U.S. Army. A 12-hour session in Nashville produced his next #1 hit, “Stuck on You.” Scotty Moore and Bill Black, who had quit Presley’s touring band in 1957, were in the studio with him for the last time.

1969, John Lennon married Yoko Ono at the British Consulate Office in Gibraltar. They spent their honeymoon in Amsterdam, campaigning for peace via a week-long “bed-in”. Lennon detailed this period in The Beatles’ single, “The Ballad of John and Yoko,” which was recorded by just Lennon and Paul McCartney on April 14, 1969.

1971, at their own expense The Rolling Stones placed full-page advertisements in all the U.K. music papers disclaiming any connection with the compilation album Stone Age, which had been issued by their old record company Decca. The Stones stated that “in our opinion the content is below the standard we try to keep.”

1977, Lou Reed was banned from appearing at the London Palladium because of his supposed punk image.
1982, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts started a seven week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll.” The song also hit #4 in the U.K. It had previously been a B-side by the ’70s band, Arrows.

1990, Gloria Estefan’s tour bus was rammed by a tractor-trailer on the way to a concert. Emilio Estefan and their son Nayib were injured, while Gloria suffered a serious back injury requiring an operation two days later.

Lou Reed
1991, Eric Clapton’s four-year-old son, Conor, fell to his death from the 53rd story of a New York City apartment after a housekeeper, who was cleaning the room, left a window open. The boy had been in the custody of his mother, Italian actress, Lori Del Santo, and the pair had been visiting a friend’s apartment. Clapton was staying in a nearby hotel after taking his son to the circus the previous evening. The tragedy inspired his song “Tears in Heaven.”

1997, U.K. police investigated singer Mark Morrison after discovering he had sent a friend to carry out his community service, a sentence he’d been given after being involved in a fight.

2001, Jon, Paul and Bradley from pop group S Club 7 were apprehended by police as they walked through Covent Garden, London, and openly smoked a marijuana joint. They were taken to Charing Cross police station and held for four hours.

2002, The Daily Mail carried a report that Robbie Williams had become a priest. He was ordained via the Internet by the non-denominational Universal Ministries and officiated the wedding of Billy Morrison from rock band The Cult and Jennifer Holliday.

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