Sunday, March 14, 2010

This Date In Music History-March 14


Quincy Jones (1933)

Walter Parazaider - Chicago (1945)

James O’Rourke - John Fred & His Playboy Band (1945)

Jim Pons - Turtles (1946)

Boon Gould - Level 42 (1955)

Taylor Hanson - Hanson (1983)

Colby O'Donis (1988)

They Are Missed:

Mary Ann Ganser of the Shangri-Las ("Leader Of The Pack") died of a barbiturate overdose in 1970.

In 1972, soul singer, Linda Jones, died (age 26) in New York after collapsing into a diabetic coma following a performance at Harlem's Apollo Theatre in new York. Had the 1967 US #21 single "Hypnotized."

American songwriter Doc Pomus died in 1991. With Mort Shuman he wrote many early 60's hits including, "A Teenager in Love," "Save The Last Dance For Me," "Sweets For My Sweet," "Can't Get Used to Losing You," "Little Sister," "Suspicion," "Surrender" and Viva Las Vegas."

Born on this day in 1922, Les Baxter, (1956 US #1 single "Poor People Of Paris"). Died on January 15, 1996.


In 1955, CBS talent scout Arthur Godfrey turned down the chance to sign Elvis Presley, instead at the same audition he signed singer Pat Boone.

The movie "Rock Around the Clock" (with Bill Haley) made its premier in Washington, DC in 1956.

Perry Como's "Catch A Falling Star" was certified as the first gold single in 1958.

Mick Jagger saw Buddy Holly & the Crickets perform at the Granada Theatre in Woolwich, England in 1958.

Fabian was voted Most Promising New Talent by the viewers of ABC-TV's "American Bandstand" in 1959.

In 1963, on a UK tour with Chris Montez and Tommy Roe, The Beatles appeared at the Gaumont Cinema, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire. For the third night in a row, John Lennon, suffering from a bad cold, was unable to perform.

In 1964, Billboard reports The Beatles own sixty percent of it, thanks largely to Capitol Records flooding the U.S. market with numerous recordings. Fortunately, The Beatles survive the “fad” stage.

Petula Clark made her American TV debut on CBS' "Ed Sullivan Show" in 1965.

The promotional film for ‘Lady Madonna’ was broadcast in black and white on Top of the Pops on UK television in 1968. The video portion of the film clip was shot while The Beatles were performing the song "Hey Bulldog," but the ‘Lady Madonna’ audio track was paired with the video for the promo release.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded a live concert for 'Fan Club', the Dutch TV show in Amsterdam, Holland in 1969.

Elton John was at #1 on the US singles chart in 1973 with "Crocodile Rock."

Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and Alec John Such formed Bon Jovi in 1983.

Rainbow played their last ever gig as a band when they performed in Japan in 1984.

Huey Lewis and the News went to #1 on the US singles chart in 1987 with "Jacob's Ladder."

Michael Jackson was voted artist of the decade at the annual 'Soul Train Awards' in 1990.

John Mellencamp and Neil Young joined Willie Nelson for Farm Aid V in Irving, TX. in 1992.

With the release of 'Me Against the World' in 1995, Tupac Shakur became the first male solo artist to have a #1 album on the Billboard chart while in prison.

Will Smith started a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1998 with "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It."

TLC started a four week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1999 with 'Fanmail.'

In 2001, Peter Blake, who designed The Beatles’ classic Sgt. Pepper album cover sued the group’s record company for more money. Blake was paid £200 ($340) for the famous figures in 1967, but was now “cheesed off” that EMI have never offered to pay more money.

In 2004, thieves stole $325,000 worth of Elvis Presley`s jewelry and kitsch from the Elvis-A-Rama Museum in Las Vegas. Among the stolen inventory: a gold-plated handgun, a custom scarf, a bracelet and Presley`s Humes High School ring from 1953. However, the crooks leave Elvis` blue suede shoes.

In 2006, U2 topped Rolling Stone magazine’s annual list of the year’s biggest money earners from 2005 with $154.2m, the Rolling Stones were listed second with $92.5m and The Eagles third with 63.2m. Paul McCartney was in fourth place with $56m and Elton John in fifth with $48.9m.

A Black Sabbath compilation titled "Greatest Hits 1970-1978" was released a day after the band is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. The disc contains remastered songs recorded by the group's original lineup, including "Iron Man," and "Paranoid."

The Rolling Stones played their first-ever show at New York's famed Radio City Music Hall in 2006. It's a benefit for the Robin Hood Foundation which distributes funds to nonprofit charities.

In 2007, Gibson Guitar announced a limited-edition replica of Jimmy Page's double-necked electric guitar, based on the '71 Gibson EDS-1275 that features both a 12-string and a 6-string neck. The Led Zeppelin guitarist's majestic double neck was a fixture of the band’s live shows. A run of 25 signed, "aged" versions of the guitar retail for $33,500. A cheaper edition goes for $10,000 to $12,000.