Thursday, March 29, 2012

ROCK HISTORY - IT HAPPENED ON MARCH 29


Perry Farrell
Born on this day:
1943, Evangelos Papathanassiou (Vangelis)
1946, Terry Jacks, singer, songwriter
1949, Dave Greenfield, keyboards, The Stranglers
1959, Perry Farrell, singer, Jane’s Addiction, Porno For Pyros

Rock Pills:
1966, Mick Jagger was injured during a Rolling Stones concert in Marseilles after a fan threw a chair at the stage. The resulting cut required eight stitches.

1975, Led Zeppelin had all of their six albums (to date) in the Billboard Top 100 chart in the same week with their latest album, Physical Graffiti, hit #1.

1978, David Bowie kicked off his 77-date Stage World Tour at San Diego Sports Arena in California.

1980, Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon spent its 303rd week on the U.S. album chart, beating the previous record set by Carole King’s Tapestry.

1983, At the end of a 29-date War U.K. tour, U2 appeared at the Hammersmith Palais, London.

1985, Jeanine Deckers, a.k.a. The Singing Nun, died at age 52 after taking an overdose of sleeping pills in a suicide pact with a friend. Her 1963 U.S. #1 (U.K. #7) single “Dominique” sold over 1.5 million copies, winning a Grammy Award for the year’s Best Gospel Song. Deckers wrote about her financial plight in a suicide note. With great irony, on the very day of her death, unbeknownst to her, the Belgian association that collects royalties for songwriters awarded her $300,000 (571,658 Belgian francs).

1986, Austrian singer Falco started a three-week run atop the U.S. singles chart with “Rock Me Amadeus,” also a #1 in the U.K. Falco became the first German-speaking artist to achieve a chart-topper on the U.S. charts.

Neil Young
1999, The David Bowie Internet Radio Network broadcast its first show for Rolling Stone Radio. The show consisted of Bowie’s favorite songs with Bowie himself introducing each track.

2000, Phil Collins took out a high court action against two former members of Earth, Wind & Fire. Collins claimed his company had overpaid the musicians by £50,000 ($85,000) in royalties on tracks including “Sussudio” and “Easy Lover.”

2005, Neil Young was treated for a brain aneurysm at a New York hospital. Doctors expected the 59-year-old to make a full recovery. The aneurysm was discovered when Young’s vision became blurred after attending the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the previous month.

2007, U2 singer Bono accepted an honorary knighthood at a ceremony in Dublin. Fellow band members The Edge and Adam Clayton join the singer’s wife and four children at the British ambassador David Reddaway’s official residence. While not entitled to be called Sir because he was not a British citizen, the U2 singer’s new title is Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE).

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