Sunday, March 4, 2012

ROCK HISTORY - IT HAPPENED ON MARCH 4


Chris Rea

Born on this day:
1944, Bobby Womack, singer
1948, Chris Squire, bass, Yes
1951, Chris Rea, singer, songwriter, guitarist
1967, Evan Dando, guitar, vocals, The Lemonheads
1971, Feargal Lawlor, drummer, The Cranberries

Rock Pills:
1966, An interview with John Lennon by Maureen Cleave was published in the London Evening Standard. Among Lennon’s frank answers was the statement: “Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. We’re more popular then Jesus now… I don’t know which will go first, rock ’n’ roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.” After a storm of controversy later ensued, Lennon was forced to apologize.

1967, The Rolling Stones were on top of the American singles chart with “Ruby Tuesday,” the group’s fourth U.S. #1 single. “Let’s Spend the Night Together” was the original A-side but after radio stations banned the song, “Tuesday” became the plug side.

1973, Pink Floyd played the first night of a 19-date North American tour at Dane County Memorial Coliseum, Madison, Wisconsin.

1977, CBS released The Clash’s self-titled debut album in the U.K. CBS in the U.S. eventually released their own version in 1979, after over 100,000 imported copies of the record made the LP one of the biggest-selling imports of all time.

1979, Randy Jackson of The Jackson 5 was seriously injured in a car crash, breaking both legs and almost dying in the emergency room when a nurse inadvertently injected him with methadone.

1982, Frank Zappa’s son, Dweezil, and his daughter Moon Unit formed a band called Fred Zeppelin. Their first single was entitled “My Mother is a Space Cadet.”

Glenn Hughes (Village People)
1986, American songwriter Howard Greenfield died at age 50, of a brain tumor. Working out of New York’s famous Brill Building with Neil Sedaka, Greenfield co-wrote several hits, including “Calendar Girl,” “Breaking up is Hard to Do,” and “Crying in the Rain” with Carole King, as well as writing TV themes including Bewitched.

1994, Kurt Cobain was rushed to hospital after overdosing in a Rome hotel room during Nirvana’s European tour. Cobain had taken 50-60 Rohypnol pills mixed with champagne in a suicide bid; rumors on the Internet claimed that Cobain was dead.

2001, Village People singer Glenn Hughes, the “biker” character in the disco group, died at the age of 50 from lung cancer in New York.

2003, 23-year-old Sian Davies is fined £1,000 ($1,700) plus court costs after environmental protection officers raided her flat in Porth, Rhondda, Wales, seizing 15 amplifiers and speakers, plus 135 CDs and cassette tapes. The disc found in her CD player was the Cliff Richard single, “Peace in Our Time.” A spokesman for the Cliff Richard Organization said he was delighted to hear of somebody Sian’s age owning one of his many recordings, but added that Cliff would not want anyone to play his music so loud that it caused a nuisance.

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