Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Born on this day:
1950, Tony Banks, keyboards, Genesis
1959, Andrew Farriss, keyboards, INXS
1970, Mariah Carey, singer
1975, Fergie (Stacy Ann Ferguson), singer

Rock Pills:
1952, Sam Phillips launched Sun Records, which would go on to launch the careers of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and others.

1956, Roy Orbison recorded “Ooby Dooby,” “Go Go Go” and “Trying to Get to You” at Sun Records in Nashville, Tennessee. “Ooby Dooby” would be Orbison’s first single with Sun, peaking at #59 on the Billboard charts.

1958, CBS Records announced the invention of stereophonic records. Although the format would be playable on ordinary record players, when used on the new stereo players, a rich and fuller sound split over two speakers would be heard.

1967, The Young Rascals recorded “Groovin’,” which would go to the top of the U.S. charts in May (and #8 in the U.K.).

1971, Bruce Springsteen and Friendly Enemies opened for The Allman Brothers Band at The Sunshine In, Asbury Park in New Jersey. Tickets cost $4.00. Springsteen had just disbanded his group Steel Mill and, within a few weeks, would form Dr. Zoom & The Sonic Boom with Steven Van Zandt.

1973, Rolling Stone magazine reporeds that after becoming a disciple of Sri Chinmoy, Carlos Santana had changed his name to “Devadip,” which means “the lamp of the light of the Supreme.”

Ronnie Lane
1982, former Small Faces and Faces bass player Ronnie Lane was admitted to a London hospital for treatment for multiple sclerosis. Lane eventually died from the disease in 1997.

1986, Van Halen kicked off their 112-date 1986 North American tour—the first with Sammy Hagar on lead vocals—at the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum, Shreveport, Louisiana.

1987, U2 performed from the roof of a store in downtown L.A. for the video of “Where the Streets Have No Name,” attracting thousands of spectators and bringing traffic to a standstill. The police eventually stopped the shoot.

2000, singer, songwriter, poet and actor Ian Dury died, aged 57, after a long battle with cancer.

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