Friday, March 9, 2012

ROCK HISTORY - IT HAPPENED ON MARCH 9

Robert Plant
Born on this day:
1948, Chris Thompson, vocals, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
1949, Jimmy Fadden, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
1951, Frank Rodriguez, ? & The Mysterians
1958, Martin Fry, vocals, ABC
1968, Robert Sledge, drums, Ben Folds Five

Rock Pills:
1966, The Beach Boys started recording “God Only Knows” (off Pet Sounds), which became a U.K. #2 when released as a single with “Wouldn’t It Be Nice.”

1967, The Small Faces, Family and The Strollers appeared on a bill at the Skyline Ballroom, Hull.

1968, Bob Dylan started a 10-week run at #1 on the U.K. chart with his ninth album, John Wesley Harding.

1973, Black Sabbath kicked off an eight-date, sold-out U.K. tour at Green’s Playhouse, Glasgow.

1975, Actor Telly Savalas, famous for his role as TV cop Kojak, was at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with his version of the David Gates song “If.”

1977, The Jacksons’ CBS show aired for the last time on TV, finishing at the bottom of the ratings.

1981, Robert Plant played a secret gig at Keele University, England, with his new band The Honeydrippers.

1985, Dead Or Alive were at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with “You Spin Me Round (Like Record).” It was the first chart-topper for the production team of Stock, Aitken & Waterman, who went on to produce more than 100 U.K. Top 40 hits.

1991, “Should I Stay or Should I Go” gave The Clash their only U.K. #1 single after the track is used for a Levi’s TV advertisement. The track was first released in 1982 on the band’s Combat Rock album.

1996, Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher walked off stage during a gig at the Vernon Valley Gorge ski resort in New Jersey because his hands were too cold to play.

Brad Delp (Boston)
1999, Guitarist Mike Anthony, who worked with Harry Nilsson, The 5th Dimension and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, died from a heart attack at age 68.

2004, Tom Jones was banned from wearing tight leather pants by his son and manager Mark Jones, who felt it was time for his father to “dress his age” because he was in danger of becoming a laughing stock at 63.

2007, Brad Delp, lead singer of Boston, committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning at his home in the New Hampshire town of Atkinson. Boston had a 1976 U.S. #5 single with “More Than a Feeling” and the U.S. #1 single, “Amanda,” 10 years later.

2008, Duffy started a five-week run at #1 on the U.K. album charts with Rockferry, the Welsh singer’s debut album.

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