Saturday, March 24, 2012

ROCK HISTORY - IT HAPPENED ON MARCH 24


Simon & Garfunkel
Born on this day:
1951, Dougie Thompson, bass (Supertramp)
1960, Nena, singer
1970, Mase, vocals (De La Soul)
1970, Sharon Corr, vocals, violin (The Corrs)

Rock Pills:
1958, Elvis Presley reported to the Memphis draft board. From there he and 12 other recruits were taken by bus to Kennedy Veterans Memorial Hospital where the singer was assigned army serial number 53310761.

1966, Simon & Garfunkel made their U.K. singles chart debut with “Homeward Bound.”

1967, Pink Floyd played the first of two nights at the Ricky Tick Club, Hounslow, London.

1973, during a Lou Reed show in Buffalo, New York, a fan jumped on stage and bit Reed on the bottom. The man was thrown out of the theatre and Reed continued with the show.

1976, transvestite singer Wayne County appeared in court charged with assault after an incident at New York club C.B.G.Bs. County had attacked Dictators singer Handsome Dick Manitoba with a mike stand, fracturing his collarbone.

1985, ‘Easy Lover’ by Philip Bailey (a former vocalist with Earth Wind & Fire) and Phil Collins (who produced, drummed and sang on the track) was at #1 on the U.K. singles chart.

1990, Sinead O’Connor was at #1 on the U.K. album chart with I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got, featuring the single “Nothing Compares 2 U.” The album also spent six weeks at #1 in America and 13 other countries.

The Black Crowes
1991 The Black Crowes were dropped as support act on ZZ Top’s tour after repeatedly criticizing the tour sponsor Miller Beer.

2001, a stretch of road on Highway 19 in Macon, Georgia, was named Duane Allman Boulevard, near where the Allman Brothers guitarist died aged 24 in a motorcycle crash on October 29, 1971.

2002, Gareth Gates, a 17-year-old who won second place on U.K. TV’s Pop Idol show, became the youngest male solo artist to score a U.K. #1 with his debut release “Unchained Melody,” the fourth time that the song had been at #1 in Britain.

2009, Motown drummer Uriel Jones died aged 74 after suffering complications from a heart attack.

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