Thursday, March 22, 2012

ROCK HISTORY - IT HAPPENED ON MARCH 22


Pink Floyd
Born on this day:
1943, Keith Relf, vocals, The Yardbirds, Renaissance
1948, Randy Hobbs, bass, The McCoys, Johnny Winter
1963, Susanne Sulley, vocals, The Human League
1979, Aaron Wright North, guitar, Nine Inch Nails
1980, Shannon Bex, singer, Danity Kane

Rock Pills:

1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at The Guildhall, Southampton, England.

1971, Police arrested all the members of The Allman Brothers Band for heroin and marijuana possession.

1978, The Police signed to A&M Records and go on to score more than 15 U.K. Top 40 hits with the label.

1980, The Jam had their first U.K. chart-topper with their 10th release, the double A-side “Going Underground”/“The Dreams of Children,” the first single of the ’80s to debut at #1.

1980, Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)’ started a four-week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart. It also reached the top spot in the UK.

1984, Queen filmed the video for “I Want to Break Free” at Limehouse Studio in London. Directed by David Mallet, it was a parody of the northern British soap opera Coronation Street with the band members dressed in drag. Guitarist Brian May later said the video ruined the band’s career in America and was initially banned by MTV.

Queen in I Want To Break Free
1992, Polygram Records officially announced that Tears For Fears have split up, although Roland Orzabal continued to use the name. The duo reformed in 2004.

1994, Singer, songwriter, and producer Dan Hartman died of a brain tumor in Westport, Connecticut. As a member of The Edgar Winter Group, he wrote the band’s 1973 hit “Free Ride,” and as a soloist, had a 1978 #1 dance hit with “Instant Replay,” wrote “Relight My Fire” (a U.K. #1 for Take That and Lulu), and collaborated with Tina Turner, Dusty Springfield, Joe Cocker, Bonnie Tyler, Paul Young, James Brown, Holly Johnson and Steve Winwood.

2004, A new book, The Presley Prophesy, claimed that Elvis Presley’s ancestors came from a small village called Lonmay in the northeast of Scotland. Author Allan Morrison said he’d found evidence that Elvis’ great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather was married in the village 300 years ago.

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