Saturday, March 31, 2012


Angus Young
Born on this day:
1937, Herb Alpert, A&M Records co-founder
1948, Mick Ralphs, guitarist (Mott the Hoople, Bad Company)
1958, Pat McGlynn, guitar (Bay City Rollers)
1959, Angus Young, guitar (AC/DC)

Rock Pills:
1949, RCA Victor introduced the 45rpm single record that had been in development since 1940. The 7” disc was designed to compete with the Long Playing record introduced by Columbia a year earlier. Both formats offered better fidelity and longer playing time than the 78rpm record that was currently in use. Advertisements for new record players boasted that with 45rpm records, the listener could hear up to ten records with speedy, silent, hardly noticeable changes.

1957, billed as the nation’s only atomic powered singer, Elvis Presley played two shows (2pm and 6pm) at The Olympia, Detroit, Michigan in front of 24,000 people.

1960, Lonnie Donegan was at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with “My Old Man’s a Dustman,” his third chart-topper. The song, recorded live at the Bristol Hippodrome, was a music hall novelty.

1967 On the first night of a 24-date tour featuring a bizarre combination of The Walker Brothers, Cat Stevens and Engelbert Humperdinck, Jimi Hendrix sets fire to his guitar live on stage for the first time.

1972, The Beatles Official Fan Club closed. The Beatles Monthly magazine, run in association by Sean O’Mahoney, had ceased publication three years previously.

1974, Television first appeared at CBGBs club in New York City.

1984, Kenny Loggins started a three-week run at #1 in the U.S. with “Footloose,” the theme from the film of the same name. The single reached #6 in the U.K.

1986, O’Kelly Isley, of The Isley Brothers, died aged 48 of a heart attack. The trio were best known for their 1962 hit version of “Twist And Shout” (as covered by The Beatles), zwhich had originally been recorded the previous year by The Top Notes.

1995, Jimmy Page escaped being knifed when a man rushed the stage at a Page & Plant gig at Auburn Hills, Michigan, but was stopped by two security guards, whom he wounded instead. After his arrest, the assailant told police that he wanted to kill Page because of the satanic music he was playing.

1995, Mexican American singer Selena was murdered aged 23 by the president of her fan club Yolanda Saldívar. Warner Brothers made a film based on her life, starring Jennifer Lopez, in 1997.

2002, Bee Gee Barry Gibb bought his childhood home in Keppel Road, Chorlton, Manchester. Gibb said he would renovate the house before renting it out and planned to affix a plaque on the outside wall.

2007, a new world record for the longest non-stop concert was set by hundreds of musicians in Japan. The performance began on the evening of 23 March in the city of Omi, with musicians aged between six and 96 taking turns with over 2,000 tunes being performed over 182 hours. Organizers praised the musicians, one of whom carried on despite a major earthquake during her piano piece. The previous world record was set in Canada in 2001 with 181 hours.

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