Friday, March 23, 2012


Ric Ocasek
Born on this day:
1949, Ric Ocasek, guitar, vocals, The Cars
1953, Chaka Khan (Yvette Marie Stevens), singer
1966, Marti Pellow (Mark McLoughlin), vocals, Wet Wet Wet
1968, Damon Albarn, vocals, Blur, Gorillaz

Rock Pills:
1967, At a ceremony held at The Playhouse Theatre in London, The Beatles were awarded three Ivor Novello awards for 1966: Best-Selling British Single (“Yellow Submarine”), Most-Performed Song (“Michelle”) and Next-Most-Performed Song (“Yesterday”). None of The Beatles attended – although a recorded message from John Lennon and Paul McCartney was played – and the winning songs were played by Joe Loss and his Orchestra. The lead vocal for “Michelle” was sung by Ross MacManus, whose son Declan would go on to become Elvis Costello.

1969, During a U.K. tour, Stevie Wonder played two shows at the Coventry Theatre, with The Foundations, The Flirtations and Emperor Rosko.

1972, The film of The Concert for Bangladesh featuring George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton premiered in New York.

1973, John Lennon was ordered to leave the U.S. within 60 days by immigration authorities. Lennon appealed and after a long fight to obtain his Green Card, the ex-Beatle was given permanent resident status on July 27, 1976.

1977, Elvis Presley appeared at the Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona – the first show of a 49-date U.S. tour lasting over three months and Presley’s last-ever tour.

1983, The Smiths made their London debut at The Rock Garden in Covent Garden. The gig was not reviewed in the music press.

1985, Billy Joel married top fashion model Christie Brinkley on a boat moored alongside the Statue of Liberty. They divorced in 1993.

1991, R.E.M. scored their first U.K. #1 album with their seventh LP, Out of Time, featuring the hit singles “Losing My Religion” and “Shiny Happy People.”

1992, Janet Jackson signed with Virgin Records for $16 million.

The Smiths
1994, Oasis played at The Angel in Bedford, England, and were paid £100 ($170) for the gig.

1995, Alan Barton, of one-hit-wonders Black Lace, died at age 41.

2008, Neil Aspinall, who oversaw The Beatles’ Apple Corps business empire from 1968-2007, died from lung cancer at age 66 at a hospital in New York. A Liverpool school friend of Paul McCartney and George Harrison, he was regarded by many as “the fifth Beatle,” becoming the group’s road manager in 1961 before becoming their personal assistant. In the ’80s Aspinall became the head of The Beatles’ Apple company. Aspinall had also played background instruments on certain Beatles tracks, including “Magical Mystery Tour,” “Within You, Without You” and “Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite.”

2008, Jack Johnson topped the Billboard chart with his fifth album Sleep Through the Static, which spent three weeks at the top of the charts, and was also #1 in the U.K. and Australia.

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